A Tale of Two Photos

Here are a couple of images with several differences. They were taken with two different cameras at two different times. One was taken outside, one was taken inside. One is of darkness, one is of light.

Yet there are similarities. Both were post-shoot processed with a quick “White Balance” adjustment. Neither came out the way I expected. Still they are both good pictures.

Night Vision – Nikon P610

This was done while experimenting with the Nikon’s low-light capabilities, which are not very good. For one thing I found that if you crank the ISO up above 800 it becomes nothing but random colour information (this is actually not a B&W picture) rather than actual imaging of what’s there. For another, its shutter speed is limited to a maximum of 15 seconds when using ISO 100 in manual mode (a distinct disadvantage). Increasing the ISO to 6400 (+6 stops) shortens the maximum shutter time to where it makes no difference for the exposure. Never mind the hype; cameras can not see as well as the human eye.

Flame On – Canon T100

Here we see the Canon is better at handling unusual lighting situations, such as this burning log. However in its ‘original’ form it looked like a blur of orange, but the slight WB correction brought out the texture and shapes within the flame.

In both cases we have an example of things turning out not as expected, yet still turning out ‘right’.

September Gallery

All taken with the Kodak P850.

Frosted Grass

We’ve already had several killing frosts this season. In fact as I write this it’s 24°F (-4°C).


A couple of horses from the herd down the road.

Like A Painting

The subdued colour rendition on this reminded me of a painting by Constable or Turner perhaps.


This is the outlet to the lake. The colours here were opposite of the previous picture due to the different lighting: this one early morning, the previous one early evening. Time of day makes a big difference to how cameras see things.


As I said, time of day. Here the setting sun behind the trees is reflecting off the cloud mass in the sky.

Up High

A raven fighting for altitude just for the joy of it. He was way up there and apparently enjoying himself. Or herself perhaps.

Photography in a nightmare

I don’t usually discuss dreams and such, but this was so unusual … At the time it was a nightmare, but in retrospect it’s kind of funny or at least amusing.

The Dream:

I saw an interesting cloud pattern in the sky, like a hole with light shining through it, and wanted to get a picture of it. Naturally I didn’t have my camera with me (you often don’t when you see that great shot – like the night before when I looked out the kitchen window and saw a bird perched on the fence post). So I ran back through the snow (where did that suddenly come from? It wasn’t there before!) and grabbed the Nikon. Running to get the shot, the snow became thicker and harder to run through. I fell down backwards, and the picture was gone. Then the sky began to fill with clusters of little orange lights, like fireflies (which I haven’t seen since I was a kid). Naturally I pointed the camera at them now and … it wouldn’t fire, the settings were wrong, the shot came out black. Two potentially great images missed due to not having the camera or not having the settings.

On the whole I’d say this is the photographic anxiety we face every day, and it manifested itself either because I’ve been shooting too many pictures of late (is that possible?) or not enough. Yes, probably the latter. I need to shoot more pictures.