Archive for May, 2011

Rolling Thunder 2

Posted in Blog, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2011 by sethkoberg

So, I had 400+ images to go through last night after the trip to Washington DC. Took a few hours to go through them all, select my favorites, color correct, and upload them to flickr.

This morning, I uploaded 10 of the photos to CNNs iReport section just to share the love with a news agency. Around 12 this afternoon, I got an email from a producer at CNN who wanted to ask me a few questions and use my photos.

I thought it was pretty cool.

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Rolling Thunder

Posted in Blog with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2011 by sethkoberg

Just got back from rolling thunder, and my feet hurt!

Lots of walking, not wearing walking shoes, but vibram 5 fingers. They’re nice for light walking, I guess, or maybe walking on dirt trails through the forest, but walking on pavement and concrete for a few hours is not nice to your feet.

I took lots of pictures that I’ll post to my flickr stream later this evening, but before I do that, I MUST go get a pedicure. I need to give my feet some lovin’.

Also, I tried taking pictures for Gizmodo’s current photography challenge, 1 second, but none of the shots I got were decent enough. One of the main problems was that I didn’t have a tripod with me. Another issue is that the aperture on my kit lens doesn’t close down enough, so a lot of the photos were washed out.

My fiance came up with a simple work around, which was to buy some cheap sunglasses and put those in front of the lens. It helped a great deal, but I think the main downfall of this photographic project was not having a tripod.

I need to get me one of those.

Here we go again!

Posted in Blog, Photography with tags , , , , , , , on May 25, 2011 by sethkoberg

Gizmodo recently released their newest photography challenge, 1 second.

The rules are simple, take a photograph where the exposure lasts for one second. Easy enough.

Since this upcoming weekend is Memorial Day weekend, and I live near DC, I think my subject matter will be about Rolling Thunder.

Not 100% sure I’ll make it to The District, but if I do, their is no other subject matter I’d like to capture. If I can’t make it out on Sunday, I may try to find a motorcycle I can photograph as a stand-in. We’ll have to wait and see.

I’ve done the typical long exposures of water/night traffic/etc., so this will be something new and challenging.

The Results are In

Posted in Blog with tags , , , , on May 24, 2011 by sethkoberg

Well, Gizmodo just announced the winner(s) for their 1/1000 sec. photography contest.

I didn’t win, but I was featured in the main article, which I understand is an honor unto itself. Assuming the order of images is any indication of how well I did, I placed 9th out of 111 entries. Not bad for my first photo contest.

You can check out the entries on Gizmodo, or in their flickr set.

Congrats to everyone!

Preview

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , on May 23, 2011 by sethkoberg

Last week, Gizmodo.com ran a photography contest called “1/1000.” You can read about it on their website, here, or in my blog post below. I’ve uploaded some extra shots to my flickr account.

Since these were taken for the 1/1000 contest at gizmodo, I set my Canon 60D to shutter priority, and adjusted the aperture and ISO settings to get a good exposure.

All post processing was done with the GIMP in Ubuntu 10.04.

Nose Grind on the cement fun box

Photo Contest

Posted in Blog with tags , , , , , on May 18, 2011 by sethkoberg

Recently, maybe today, Gizmodo announced their newest weekly photography contest.

The rules are simple: Your shutter speed must be set at 1/1000. Thats it. Any camera, any lens, any F-stop, any focal length, any subject. As long as the shutter speed is set to 1/1000th of a second.

I have to enter.

After leaving work today, I rode my bike to the local skate park to snap some shots. Chatted with a couple of the skaters and reminisced about days gone by where I would have been the one planting my face into the concrete.

I got some great shots of guys catching air on the quarter pipe and in the pool they have at the park.

Even though I think I have the shot I want to enter into the contest, I may go back a few more times to get some backup ones.

Vacation

Posted in Blog with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2011 by sethkoberg

Last night, my fiance and I returned home from a 5 day long vacation.

We visited family in Louisiana, where my soon-to-be sister-in-law graduated from College.

We flew into New Orleans (which is pronounced or-lins, not or-leans, damn it!), and we knew we made it to the dirty south when we went to go pick up our rental car.

My fiance had gone into the rental office to pick up our car, while I waited outside with our luggage and had a smoke. Not 10 seconds into being outside by myself, some gang-banger-thug-wannabe walked outside, stood right next to our luggage and started checking things out.

Having lived in Louisiana for 6 years, I’ve learned to pick up on subtle characteristics of those who are planning on doing no good, so don’t try to say I was being paranoid…

While this little shit was scoping out his potential pay-day free-for-all, I decided to toss my cigarette out, and let him know I wasn’t stupid. I sat down on the luggage and started opening and closing zippers as if I was looking for something, informing him that this was my/our shit, and he needs to take a step back.

Realizing I wasn’t an easy target, he waddled back inside.

A few minutes later, the fiance came back out w/ the keys to the car.

I asked him if he noticed the little bastard and what, if anything, he was doing inside.

Not a damn thing. Apparently, this young man was just standing around looking at every piece of luggage that came and went through the sliding doors.

Sad really.

On a not-so-frustrating note, I took TONS of pictures while visiting, most of which are portraits, that I need to do some post work to. Once those are done, I’ll put some of them on the intarwebz.