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November Photos

Hello, here’s my photos from November.

Yep, I know, I’m late. November and December are hectic months as you know. It’s not that I didn’t shoot. But as soon as Thanksgiving hits all plants go straight in the bucket. As a result I will be doing some extra duty for catch-up. I have all my edits for my December pictures done too.

Without further wait, here are my photos for November:

A friend of mine, Laurie Novak introduced me to Cycle Cross photography in the beginning of November. In this shot I used my new super wide 14mm lens. It creates some interesting perspectives. (It’s such a fun lens!)

A cyclecross race in Elgin, IL the day after Halloween. This was taken with a wide angle lens that captured the mime and the racers behind her . A mime is a terrible thing to race.
A cyclecross race in Elgin, IL the day after Halloween. This was taken with a wide angle lens that captured the mime and the racers behind her . A mime is a terrible thing to race.

 

Feeling the need to click the shutter, I went to a local forest preserve for some moody black and white.

Next I needed to explore some Chicago Neighborhoods because I’m hoping to move and would like a better handle on the City I love so much.

After Thanksgiving my twin brother, Tony Dooley, and I went shooting at a local bar that also has a good music stage.

The next day I went to the Lincoln Park Zoo and tested a “new to me” lens, the Minolta F/4 70-210. Not bad for a 30 year old lens!

A primate at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. This guy was taking a moment to look at the visitors before he had to consider if one of his zoo mates were going to chase him.
A primate at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. This guy was taking a moment to look at the visitors before he had to consider if one of his zoo mates were going to chase him.

Lastly, I went to the Loop in Chicago and took some skyline shots. This one took some work. I forgot my tripod so it was handheld. I discovered some new tools to handle noise. The fact that my camera is a dream for handheld shooting is a plus, too.

The Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago has these wonderful lines that draw you through the image and across the skyline.
The Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago has these wonderful lines that draw you through the image and across the skyline.

That’s it for my November photos!  My December shots will be coming soon.

October 2015 – NEW STUFF!

Something awesome happened for me this month. I got a new full frame camera! This was actually quite unexpected but, I plan to make full use of this unexpected boost to my photography.

Since, I already have the Sony NEX-7 and I have been a fan of mirrorless technology. Also, since I have never shot with a DSLR, I am staying mirrorless. The NEX-7 is an APSC sensor camera, which means it uses smaller lenses but also collects less light. Since I really wanted a full frame camera there was only one game in town to shoot mirrorless and to go full frame. That was the Sony A7 series of cameras.

I purchased the Sony A7II from Sony’s refurbish store, Secondipity. Let me tell you, this camera so far feels 100% NEW. I have no problems with it at all. It was a 25% savings over new retail.

This camera has in body stabilization that is making steady shots at longer shutter speeds possible. My ability to shoot at night, hand held has gone up by about 4 – 6 stops of light when you combine the larger sensor with the steadiness of the camera. What does this mean? 4 stops means a shot that would ordinarily take 1/400th of a second, I can use a cleaner ISO and shoot as slow as 1/25th of a second.

I also purchased my first super wide lens! I was aching for a super wide lens ever since I rented a wide angle lens for a national park vacation in 2014.

I hope you like this month’s selections. I know that last month I had a large amount of pictures. This month I’m keeping it down to 12 images. I hope to keep a similar limit from here on out.

The beginning of October saw the Scott Kelby World Wide Photowalk led by Teresa Peek and then the next weekend was the Open House Chicago 2015 extravaganza.

I have to get around to writing some posts about the people I’ve met over the last few months. It’s been very gratifying to meet so many skilled photographers and wonderful people.

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