Friday Mystery Location – 2019 #016

A setting sun and a lovely view!

Here comes the sixteenth mystery location post of this year….

Last week, the power of Google was demonstrated…and I had hoped that one of you had either made it to Panzano and seen Dario Cecchini’s butcher shop or seen it on the late Anthony Bourdain’s food/travel show, No Reservations.

For this week, there are fewer readable details in this image, as it is a wider view of a lovely town and its harbor. Where in the world do we find ourselves in this image?

A Lovely Harbor

Another shot from a lovely vacation filled with great people, sights and food!

Friday Mystery Location – 2019 #014

Wonderful architecture

Here comes the fourteenth mystery location post of this year….

Last week’s entry in this series was very difficult, so this week should be a bit more straightforward, as the landmark is rather pronounced…

Where is this?

Plenty of mystery here…

There are some advantages to business trips, such as getting great views, such as these!

Taking the EOS R for a test drive

Mostly hits and an HDR miss…

Recently, I spoiled myself with a new Canon EOS R camera and an RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM zoom lens to go with the new Canon RF series mount; note that the camera came with an adaptor for all the Canon EOS mount lenses that I have, but I did want to make use of the full integration that comes with the new lens series.

You may ask, why I decided to go mirrorless; actually, I had already gone mirrorless for my travel photography with my Fuji X-H1, which is a great camera. There were some minor nuisances in this camera that kept me looking for other possible cameras to fit the niche. The most significant issue that I have with the Fuji is that it is a crop sensor. As a result, it’s ability to shoot real wide angle landscapes is a bit restricted.

Also, I have a significant investment in Canon lenses that I really like… Thus, when Canon released the EOS R last year with its full frame sensor, I was intrigued. However, I’m not exactly an early adopter in cameras, which made me wait until the 1.2.0 firmware release was out and the EOS R had ample field testing under its belt. Also, there was a significant rebate available at this time, which made the purchase more tempting. So, a couple of weeks ago, I pulled the trigger and used my Adorama credit that I had and a great credit deal (6 months with 0% interest) to buy the camera and lens.

View toward Windsor Dam at the Quabbin Reservoir

First observations of this camera is that it fits my hands well, its menus are well laid out in the familiar Canon style. Also, even though there are some changes to the layout of buttons and dials, they are quickly picked up and work well with my shooting style; I tend to shoot in either Aperture Priority or Manual modes, and making adjustments to settings while shooting in these modes is mostly done with 2 dials that are lined up with the index finger and thumb. Common adjustments for me, depending on mode, are aperture, exposure compensation, shutter speed and ISO speed, if light is highly variable.

After making my usual changes to default settings; which took about 10 or so minutes, the EOS R was ready for business. Btw, batteries have the same form factor, although there is an upgraded battery that can be charged by connecting the camera to a USB-C power source (MacBook…).

This weekend was the first real landscape shooting trip, as I hadn’t really caught great light conditions over the past week during the gaps in my schedule.

Ware River in Gilbertville, MA

Part of what I wanted to exercise is the HDR shooting capability of this camera. There are a good variety of options and I have found that Canon did a passable job in its in-camera processing and it still does a reasonable job, even though the processing takes quite a bit of time in the EOS R (I will get exact timing, but it seems like more than 5 seconds, which is slow when you are eager to shoot more). The shot of the Ware River is an in-camera processed HDR shot; it’s okay, but not stellar, as there was a slight breeze and trees get a bit fuzzy.

Hardwick Mill brick detail – Gilbertville, MA

The first image in this post was a quick test shot, which was unremarkable, but certainly workable. The brick detail image is the first of an HDR series, aka the EV 0 image; the raw image was taken through my basic Photoshop process and shows the sharpness of the lens and camera.

Hardwick Mill detail

The second mill image shows that the camera handles the exposure range between the white of the doors and the brick and darker sections pretty well. Both of the last two images were shot at f/5.6 and 400 ISO to get 1/500 s or faster shutter speed.

So far, I’m very happy with the results and I will continue to take this camera on the road for more opportunities (next stop: Brno).

One quick note on HDR; of course, I was looking forward to taking the HDR sequences through some proper processing. Unfortunately, I was thwarted, as Aurora HDR by Skylum does not support the CR3 RAW file format yet. Yes, the format has been out in public since February of 2018 with the release of the EOS M50, but Skylum has not figured out how to make the format work yet. Instead, I tried Photoshop Merge HDR processing, but was less than enchanted by the results, as ghosting is not handled very well. I will look for other options, as I enjoy the freedom of creating something unusual through HDR… Stay tuned!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Road

All who dare to enter…

Welcome to week 164 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Your posts on last week’s theme of Ancient were amazing and a lot of fun! As there were some of you who didn’t have anything of sufficient age around, I thought it would be a good idea to come up with a theme that would be close to everyone. At the same time, I wanted something that allows for creativity, so I decided to use Road as a theme. There are many directions, into which you can take the Road, whether they are well-traveled or less taken!

So, tap into your creative juices and ease on down the Road filled with wonder and adventure! Have fun!

Here’s a road to consider…

Less Taken…

This under-utilized road was a side street on one of my previous commutes. After a significant storm it look significantly less passable and made me wonder, if the ‘Do Not Enter’ sign was still needed…

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Looking forward to seeing all of your roads to the future!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 160

Enjoy the beauty of the night!

Welcome to the 160th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

The night spoke to many of you, as is evident from your wonderful creations this week. I think you’ll agree with me that the set of entries in response to the Night theme are simply amazing. Your variety of approaches and skill, with which you executed them were a pleasure to behold!

Thank you for allowing me to read another great set of posts and the effort that you put into them! Please comment on each other’s work!

Here’s something fun to do at night…

Skating in Brno

During the Winter season, the town of Brno in the Czech Republic has this wonderful outdoor skating rink in front of one the museums. One can glide around and in front of the art!

  1. Joseph starts things off this week with a great post in his blog, Lillie-Put, which features a great set of night photos!
  2. Maria’s photos in her entry in Kamerapromenader are nothing short of stunning; go check them out!
  3. Sarah shares a great photo in her post in By Sarah; I bet you know where this was taken!
  4. With another stunning post, A Day in the Life brings us a sense of mystery that fog at night evokes…
  5. Ann-Christine brings out the sense of the night in her post in To See the World in a Grain of Sand…; wonderful photo!
  6. In a wonderful post in iBall Round the World, we get to see one of the fun things to do with photography at night: light trails!
  7. In another lovely post in pensivity101 we experience the sense of nights on a boat…I bet those ducks sounded interesting!
  8. Na’ama brings us an outstanding poem in her post in Na’ama Yehuda; the long night…
  9. Jase shares the love of a rainy night in an enticing post in Proscenium, great photos too!
  10. Kammie brings us a wonderful set of photos in Nut House Central, where she gets the ambience across to us beautifully!
  11. Carol’s photos in her post in Light Words are lovely; they really give us a sense of midnight in Paris!
  12. In an awesome post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we get to see night time in an abandoned shopping mall…eerie!
  13. Irene’s photo in this week’s entry in Heaven’s Sunshine captures a stunning night-time reflection!
  14. Paula’s view of the night in Light Motifs II captures the last light beautifully!
  15. Nicole’s capture of the sunset in her blog One Photo, Un Poéme is nothing short of stunning!
  16. Travel with Tech features some great travel locations with London, Budapest and Prague and these night-time shots are wonderful!
  17. Shelley’s warming up to the nights in her post in Quaint Revival, as Spring nights warm her heart! Great photos!
  18. Debbie’s travels in Valetta bring us wonderful night scenes in Travel with Intent; I love the quiet ambience!
  19. Brian’s views of the night in Bushboy’s World provide a wonderful variety of aspects; that salamander is stunning!
  20. Ken really brings out the charm of camping at night in his post in Pictures without Film; that harbor is stunning too!
  21. Danny’s photo in this week’s post in Danny James Photography has a great sense of color against the night!
  22. This week’s wonderful post in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery provides a stunning view of the Nordic night!
  23. This week’s contribution to the theme in A Wise Woman’s Journey has a gorgeous photo and lovely haiku!
  24. In this week’s post in Land of Images we get a stunning night view of a bridge that brings the art to architecture!
  25. In a touching post in the Blog of Hammad Rais, Hammad focuses on some of the mishaps during one night of photography…
  26. Sandy stuns us with a great photo in her post in Out of My Write Mind, and the poem just adds to your enjoyment!
  27. Ramya shares a lovely photo of trees against the night sky in a great post in And Miles to go before I Sleep…
  28. Deb’s post in Twenty-Four brings us a rather interesting view, as foreground and background interplay…
  29. With a lovely photo in Hadd Hai Year, we get a view of the night in Zibo, China!
  30. David’s post in David Meredith’s Photoblog is one that you’ll have to see! His night-time photography is nothing short of amazing!!
  31. Michelle gives us a gorgeous view of the night in Bangkok in her post in Take a Walk and Discover!
  32. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0, takes us to Coronado Beach with a night-time view that all of us would cherish!
  33. This week’s entry in Photography Journal Blog is stunning! The Royal Albert Hall never looked better!
  34. Khürt once again brings us an amazing post in Island in the Net! His photos of life at night are to be seen by all!

Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Vista

Welcome to week 161 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

As we’re spending quite a bit of our vacation time away from WiFi, I’m running a bit behind on last week’s round up, but will try to finish it by Wednesday. I hope you don’t mind too much. The travels did inspire this week’s theme, as my wife and I encountered a number of stunning Vistas! Your challenge is to share those vistas that inspired you or simply left you breathless!

I’m looking forward to seeing your favorite vistas during this week!

Here’s one of those vistas…

The Kerry Cliffs

This view is off the top of the Kerry Cliffs, which rise as much as 300 meters above the Atlantic Ocean. The views here are simply breathtaking and well worth the hike up to the cliff’s edge…

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Can’t wait to see your vistas appear!

Friday Holiday Fun!

Exploring Ireland!

Greetings to all you wonderful followers and readers across the globe. As many of you are aware, I’m taking a little holiday with my wife in the lovely country of Ireland. We’re in Killarney at the moment, where we’ll be until Thursday.

We’re splitting our vacation into two segments: the first part here in the southwest in Counties Kerry, Cork and Clare and final 3 days in Dublin.

We’ve been making some day trips from which I include a few photos here…

Hope you enjoy!