Monday, January 30, 2012

This Path I Tread

My laptop's screen is broken and my glasses are broken, but at least my heart is intact. And hopefully my laptop will be able to be repaired soon. And I should be getting new glasses in the very near future; although my eyesight isn't all that bad, it's very annoying not being able to see things clearly when I'm farther than an arm's length away.
I have nothing to write worth reading at the moment...college courses are awful; my Statistics math course is driving me nuts. And to think I was actually finding it fun for a tiny bit.
Ok, here you go: more photos.
[Update: I forgot to include the old "path" photo...while its not very interesting in a small size, I think it's not too bad when it's viewed large and used as a desktop wallpaper; please, feel free to try it and tell me what you think...although it might not look that good if you download it from Flickr because it's not at full-resolution. Tell me if you'd like to see a higher-resolution one and I'll upload it to this post later.]
This Path I Tread

15 comments:

Riah said...

I can't pick a favorite photo - I want to say the baby photo, but I am extremely partial to babies :) I love the second picture! And the third... wow I love the effects.
I'm sorry you're having such a hard time of it. I know I'd hate it if I broke my laptop and glasses... I don't particularly like wearing glasses, but I don't like headaches either. I hope things go better for you and I'm sorry your school isn't any fun!

Maximillian said...

Thanks for the kind words, Riah. :)
My iPhone's quality isn't as good as that of my Canon, but I always have it with me, there's a lot you can do with photo apps, and the quality doesn't usually look that bad if you're viewing the photos in a small size, like in Instagram.

I miss contacts, but they do take a bit more work, and they aren't cheap (and I have no money right now).
I had to leave the place I was on the computer at doing my Stat quiz since the place closed, so I didn't get to finish it. :(
I'm sure smart people wouldn't take very long to do the math homework and stuff I'm doing, but I can't remember a lot of the concepts I'm starting to grasp, I stil don't understand others, and after trying to work through homework for hours, my brain feels like its going I shut down - I'm half-expecting to start seeing the Matrix code on the computer screen. :P
I don't think I get headaches from not wearing glasses (I went a good while without any before I got my first pair, even though I could have used them), but it gets frustrating trying to look at things and not being able to make out the details of them unless I'm close enough to touch them. :~\

I should stop talking about myself; it'll sound like I'm just complaining. How are your wedding plans going?

Sam said...

The picture with the girl is adorable!

Maximillian said...

Yep, my little sister is pretty cute. :)
Thanks!

Hannah Leigh said...

Those are some very good photos, Max! I think the last one is my favorite. ;) I'm enjoying my new camera a LOT - very pleased with the photo quality.

Are you doing well since I last asked? How's life going for you?
Please tell everyone I said hello, too.
(And get those glasses before you run into a light post and break something else. ^_^)

- hannah

P.S. If you'd like, you can go to my photography blog and look at some of the more recent photos I've got - in the most recent post, however, the pictures were taken by my friend Caroline - I think you've talked to her before. Anyway, yeah - the address is
www.hannah-leighphotography.blogspot.com

If that doesn't work, you can go to my main blog and find the link there.

Maximillian said...

Thank you, Hannah. :) As you've probably been able to tell, I've been using my iPhone to take photos quite a bit; the quality isn't as good as when I use my DSLR, but it's convenient and photo apps help a lot.

Ah, you got a new camera? Very nice. If you ever save up some more money and want to know how to get a DSLR for a good price, I'd be glad to offer some advice.

I'm doing just about the same as before, I guess, which is to say I could be doing a lot worse, but I could also be doing a lot better...college is fairly difficult and I don't know how much it'll help me, I don't have any money, I don't have a good job and I'm not able to support myself, let alone a family (I actually don't have any job at all right now)...so life seems kind of bleak and depressing for me right now.
But I don't mean to complain or anything...

A while ago my mom asked if I'd heard from you and I said I hadn't recently (I'd forgotten you left a short comment on my blog a week or so earlier, but it was a short one), so now I'll say you said hi. The eye doctor wouldn't give me an appointment until next week, so right now I'm using a trial pair of contacts; my right one doesn't have a strong enough prescription since the optometrist didn't have the right one for my right eye, but it's not that bad - its much better than not having anything or only having only lens.

I don't remember if I've talked to her before, but I suppose I may have. Would ou like me to leve a comment on your blog?

Maximillian said...

Oh, and I was going to say I haven't been online in the blogger world much at all recently - the only blog I've been keeping up with is Mirriam's (I get updates via e-mail when a new post is published), but I can try to keep up with a few more, including your photography blog. :)

Hannah Leigh said...

Hey!

Well, keep your head up - every cloud has a silver lining you know. ;) You never know; good things come to those who wait.

My camera's a SLR Rebel T3 - doesn't Lucas have one like that? I don't remember if I had read that on his blog, or dreamed it up somewhere. =D It's a GOOD camera! XD

Hopefully you can get your glasses soon - AND get the computer fixed. :) (It's never fun when a comp breaks! :P)

Sure, you can leave a comment. (For some weird reason, since I've changed the layout on my photography blog, it won't allow comments. >:( Sooo... you'd have to leave one on my main blog.) But yeah, it'd be great to here from you waaay over there. XD

Anyway, I'll catch up with you later - keep fighting!

- Hannah

Maximillian said...

Thank you for the kind words. :)

Ah yes, a T3. It replaced the XS (which I have) and XSi as Canon's entry-level DSLR. My brother has a T1i.
I'd like to upgrade to a 60D but I don't have the money. :(
Feel free to ask if you have any questions about your DSLR, lens buying choices, etc.; I'll do my best to answer them.

Hannah Leigh said...

Thanks! Which do you like most; MF or AF? I tend to like MF faaar better. (Unless it's self portraits or something that needs to be shot quickly.)
So, when did you get your camera? We looked into mine around Christmas, and I've got a relative who's a professional photographer, and he HIGHLY recommended the T3 as an upgrade from a point and shoot. Do you have any tips for good photos? ;)

See you!
- Hannah

michaela said...

Awww, the baby is so cute! Reminds me of when I would take my little sis outside for photoshoots! :)

Maximillian said...

Hannah,
I wrote a really long comment in reply to yours (answering your questions about photography, but for some reason it's not here - it's fairly frustrating); I'll try to rewrite it soon, so stay tuned.

Michaela,
Thank you; little sisters can make good photo models. :)

Maximillian said...

Hannah, here you go (WARNING: this is long).
I shoot almost solely using autofocus unless I'm taking a macro shot where I have my camera on a tripod and the subject is steady, or in a few other situations.
I got my camera around a year-and-a-half ago (in late July of 2010, I think).
Tips for taking good photos...hm, let me see. If you already know all this, just ignore it; I don't know what exactly you know, so if I tell you things that are kind of basic, I don't mean to be insulting.

1) Which modes do you use? I shoot in the manual mode 99.9% of the time (which has caused problems when I moved from one spot to another that was brighter or darker and ended up getting a photo that was underexposed or overexposed because I forgot to check the light meter and change the settings); although it sounded like a daunting task at first, it is really quite simple to learn.
However, AV and TV work for most situations, especially when you use exposure compensation...in fact, I forget which ones Manual is better for. Anyway, if you've been using the basic beginner modes, switch to AV (aperture priority) or TV (shutter priority) right away: they're easy to learn and give you much more control.

2) I assume you only have the 18-55mm kit lens right now? You'll want to get a fast prime soon, such as the Canon EF 85 1.8, 50 1.4, 50 1.8, 35 f/2 (which I have), 28 2.8, 28 1.8, etc. for the shallow depth-of-field (dof) they provide as well as for letting more light in for non-blurry shots in low-light conditions. There are also a bunch of L lenses that have even larger apertures, such as the 85 1.2, 50 1.2, 50 1.0, and 35 1.4, but they're very expensive; L lenses are very nice though - you may get a chance to use one if someone else has one and lets you use it.
Many photographers recommend getting the EF 50 1.8 (a.k.a. "Plastic Fantastic") because it's fast, takes sharp pictures, and only costs $100.
I don't particularly like it since the build quality isn't impressive (it's made of plastic and has a plastic mount) and it's noisy and slow to focus, but it can be useful. My 35 f/2 is also noisy - but I prefer its noise to the "nifty fifty's" - and its autofocus is also slow, but it's made of metal and has a metal mount so it feels much sturdier. However, it's also around three times as expensive.

Something to remember is that since your T3 has an APS-C sensor, it has a crop factor of 1.6x.
This means that when using EF lenses, you have to multiply the focal length of the lens by 1.6 to get the equivalent field-of-view. This means an EF 50 1.8 will be equal to an 80mm EF-S lens on your Rebel. Likewise, a 70-200 EF lens would be equal to 110-320mm, the EF 8-15 f/4L would have the equivalent of around 12-24mm, etc. With EF-S lenses on your camera, what you see is what you get.

A prime is simply the opposite of a zoom lens: it only has one, fixed focal length instead of a range.
A fast lens is one with a low f-number, such as f/2.8, 2.0 1.8, 1.4, 1.2, 1.0, etc., which is how large the aperture of the lens  However, it also depends on the focal length of the lens as well as whether the lens is a prime or a zoom (prime lenses generally have larger apertures than zooms with the same focal length): f/2.8 on a prime such as the EF 28 2.8 isn't all that fast, but it is quite fast on a longer zoom such as the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM. Also, while f/5.6 (like on your 18-55mm) is pretty slow, it's pretty good with the gigantic EF 1200mm f/5.6L IS USM.

3) I'm sure none of this is really helping you, but it might be useful nonetheless. I might talk about RAW vs. JPEG  (which do you shoot in?) and other stuff later, but this is already ridiculously long.

Hannah Leigh said...

Wow... long tip. ^_^
Helpful, though, for future reference. I appreciate your taking the time! XD I'm still learning a lot about my camera, and need to learn MORE, 'cause I mostly just turn it on, use manual, and *click* - take the picture. (AFTER I find the angle I want. XD) I mean, I mess with the settings and contrast, etc; field of depth, all that good stuff, but I don't go way into it. (I need to, though.) So, in short, your comment was helpful. *runs off to print it up*
^_^

Thanks!

- hannah

Maximillian said...

Shooting in RAW can be very important depending on what you're doing, but I'll talk about that later. I hope that wasn't too long...