Wednesday, December 31, 2008

DSC05218_wm: Clover 1.0


DSC05218_wm: Clover 1.0, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Clover with water drops on the leaf taken using the Componon Lens.

Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 40 mm
ISO Speed: 200

Last morning of 2008...

Taken with my LGVX8600 1.3Megapixel phone.
From RMStringer

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

DSC05054_wm: Moss


DSC05054_wm, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Tree Moss Taken with the Minolta 50mm f1/7 Prime lens.

Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/1.7
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 200

New Flash

Sony HVL-F58AM High-Power Digital Camera Flash with Wireless Ratio Control and Quick Shift Bounce for Sony Alpha Digital SLR
From the Sony website.

The HVL-F58AM flash unit delivers flexible lighting control for α (alpha) DSLR photographers. The innovative new Quick Shift Bounce system allows the flash to pivot 90 degrees left and right to maintain a proper lighting position, even when shooting vertically. The HVL-F58AM can also wirelessly control up to three groups of flashes, and Wireless Ratio Control allows you to specify luminosity ratios for each group. Additionally, the HVL-F58AM features an effective range of more than 45 feet (14.5m) and a fast, five-second recharge time. A built-in wide panel and bounce sheet provide an even greater degree of creative control.

The HVL-F58AM Flash Unit is designed specifically for Sony® α (alpha) DSLR cameras.

Delivers high-illumination output in a compact, lightweight body, with an effective range of more than 45 feet (14.5m) and guide number 58. (Guide number measures the illumination capability of the flash; the higher the number, the higher the light output. Tested at ISO100, 105mm).

The innovative “Quick Shift Bounce” system allows the HVL-F58AM to orbit 90 degrees left and right, allowing you to maintain horizontal light distribution even when shooting vertically. In addition to pivoting side-to-side, the flash unit can also tilt down 10 degrees or back 150 degrees, ensuring customers the lighting freedom they need to capture that perfect shot.

Wireless Ratio Control allows customers to wirelessly control up to three groups of flashes, as well as specify the luminosity ratio for each group, so they can enjoy multiple-flash lighting techniques without the need for special equipment or tedious exposure settings.

The HVL-F58AM Flash Unit recharges approximately 55% faster than the previous Sony® high-end accessory flash (HVL-F56AM), so customers will be ready to catch the next great moment. And because it features a quiet recycle charge, there’s no whine to distract them from their subject.

Auto White Balance compensation allows for more accurate white balance in flash photography sending color temperature information from the HVL-F58AM to the camera, where it is incorporated into the camera’s white balance settings.

Modeling light capability allows the HVL-F58AM to pulse, helping photographers determine where shadows will fall before taking the picture, so they can alter lighting or subject positioning as necessary.

Stroboscopic lighting control lets the HVL-F58AM fire multiple times during a single exposure, allowing customers to capture stroboscopic images where moving subjects are frozen several times in the frame.

ADI (Advanced Distance Integration) metering enables the HVL-F58AM to work more effectively with lenses equipped with distance encoders -- combining TTL (through-the-lens) flash metering with guide number control calculated automatically according to the distance to the subject, the ambient light and the pre-flash reflectivity of the subject.

Conventional flashes only work well at shutter speeds from 1/125 to 1/250 of a second. The Sony® HVL-F58AM Flash Unit provides High-Speed Synchronization mode that enables flash sync with shutter speeds from 1/500 to 1/4000 of a second to catch fast-moving subjects.

The HVL-F58AM automatically adjusts flash for focal-length settings from 24mm to 105mm -- and a built-in, slide-out wide-angle panel increases wide-angle coverage to 16mm.

The HVL-F58AM features a slide-out bounce sheet built into the flash head, and can be used in portraits and other bounced light shots to direct light at a subject’s pupils to deliver more lively expression.

The large, easy-to-see LCD display and intuitive button layout make it easy to configure the HVL-F58AM for a variety of shooting needs.

The HVL-F58AM comes with a mini-stand that can stand on its own or be mounted to a tripod or lighting stand for increased wireless freedom. Folds up for easy storage.


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"I had stated that i had the HVL-F56Am flash and i did untill today. I returned it to get the HVL-F58AM flash. It is the latest and greatest flash for the Sony Alpha line of cameras. It will be here next week!!

"Sony HVL-F58AM High-Power Digital Camera Flash with Wireless Ratio Control and Quick Shift Bounce"

Sony HVL-F58AM High-Power Digital Camera Flash with Wireless Ratio Control and Quick Shift Bounce for Sony Alpha Digital SLR

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Updated Geat List:

My Equipment:

Sony a200,
Sony VG-B30AM Grip,
Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens,
Sony HVL-56AM Flash,
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Minolta AF 50mm F/1.7,
Minolta AF 35-105 F/3.5-4.5,
Schneider-Kreuznach: Componon f/4 40mm,
Quantaray AF LD 70-300mm f/ 4-5.6 Tele-Macro,
Bower AF 2x MC4 Tele Converter,
55mm Reversing Ring Adapter,
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
(1) 4gig CF Card Lexar Platinum 80x
(1) 2gig CF Card Lexar Platinum 80x
(1) 2gig CF Card SansDisk Ultra II 15mb/s
6 filters( 3 @55mm and 3 @ 62 UV, Polarize, Red for B/W photography)
(2) Batteries,
A Dynex TriPod,
A Dynex MonoPod,
Gorilla Pod,
Lowepro SlingShot 200 AW,
Lowepro Nova 2 AW,
Lowepro Transporter Neck Strap,
Opteka Timer Remote Control,
Opteka Wireless Radio Remote Release,

Other:
Sony DSC-H1 5.1 Megapixel as second Camera
LGVX8600 1.3Megapixel CMOS Cell Phone

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Bower Teleconverter


Bower Teleconverter, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Bower MC4 2X AF Teleconverter for Minolta Mx / AF Lenses It has a setting of f/4 I have this in my camera bag. Photos to follow soon.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

DSC05575 High Power


DSC05575 High Power, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Stroboscopic Effect using the F56AM Flash.

10hz
10 times
1/8 Power

Exposure: 0.6 sec (3/5)
Aperture: f/10
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 200

DSC05422: Courthouse


DSC05422: Courthouse, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Jasper County Courthouse, Jasper Texas.
Taken on December 26,2008 facing Southeast.

Exposure: 1/3200 sec
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 200

My a200 Now

HVL-F56AM Flash VG-B30AM Grip 50mm f1.7 Prime
From RMStringer

Saturday, December 27, 2008

DSC05492: Garmin 1.1


DSC05492: Garmin 1.1, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Taken with my 50mm lens while i was driving today. The DOF and Bokeh are just AMAZING on this lens.

Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/1.7
Focal Length: 50 mm

DSC05480_wm


DSC05480_wm, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Old HWY 63 West: Part of the Old Angelina River Bridge.

Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/1.7
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 200

Thursday, December 25, 2008

VG-B30AM a200 Sony.

Dual battery pack. Vertical Grip. Taken with my LGVX8600 1.3Megapixel phone.
From RMStringer

More Cam Gear!

AF 2X Tele Converter Taken with my LGVX8600 1.3Megapixel phone.
From RMStringer

A200 Portrait Mode

50mm 1.7 with battery pack on tripod. Opteka wireless remote.
Taken with my LGVX8600 1.3Megapixel phone. From RMStringer

Looking Down...

Taken with my LGVX8600 1.3Megapixel phone.
From RMStringer

A200 Portrait Mode

50mm 1.7 with battery pack on tripod. Opteka wireless remote.
Taken with my LGVX8600 1.3Megapixel phone. From RMStringer

I like water!

Taken with my LGVX8600 1.3Megapixel phone.
From RMStringer

Thursday, December 18, 2008

DSC01050: F-15


DSC01050: F-15, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

F-15 enveloped in a Vapor Cone. He was doing a high speed maneuver and banking to fly vertical. You can see that he has his After Burners on.

Exposure: 1/4000 sec
Aperture: f/5
Focal Length: 210 mm
ISO Speed: 200

Third Team All American.

Jasper's Sean Weatherspoon named Third Team All American

As found in the KJAS.COM article. This is the radio station in Jasper 107.3fm

Former Jasper Bulldog and current Missouri Tiger Sean Weatherspoon has been named Third Team All American in football by the sports writers of the Associated Press.


Weatherspoon, who graduated from Jasper in 2006, was a member of the Bulldog football team that played Gilmer in the 2004 class 3-A State Championship. Weatherspoon and his Jasper teammates fell just short of the state title in a 47-49 loss to Gilmer. However, many said it was one of the best high school football games ever played in Texas.

Weatherspoon took his talent to the University of Missouri in 2006 and is now a junior. At Missouri, Weatherspoon has been credited with 3 interceptions, 138 tackles, and four quarterback sacks.

Weatherspoon will be in action again this year in his home state on December 29th when Missouri meets Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio's Alamodome.

The game will be broadcast at 7:00 PM on ESPN.

In August, Sean Weatherspoon (left) and two of his Missouri teammates graced the cover of Sports Illustrated.





His father was a teacher of mine when i lived in Jasper Texas. I attended
grades 8-12 there from 1984-1989.




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Morning Sky...

Taken with my LGVX8600 1.3Megapixel phone.
From RMStringer

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Steelmill

Taken with my LGVX8600 1.3Megapixel phone.
From RMStringer

OG Mudbone!

Taken with my LGVX8600 1.3Megapixel phone.
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DSC04496: Componon 2.1


DSC04496: Componon 2.1, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Base Lens used in these photos was the 18-70mm Kit Lens. This is a good view of the place where the band connects to the watch. The button with the "G" on it controls the back light for the watch.

Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 40 mm
ISO Speed: 200

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

DSC04484: Componon 2.5


DSC04484: Componon 2.5, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Base Lens used in these photos was the 18-70mm Kit Lens.
I wanted to do a series of photos dealing with my G-Shock Watch.

Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 200

Plasma Burn Table.

One of the Plasma Cutting Tables that we have and use at work.

Snow on Road...

Taken with my LGVX8600 1.3Megapixel phone.
From RMStringer

Snow Today...

The temp is 24deg f today. Taken with my LGVX8600 1.3Megapixel phone.
From RMStringer

Monday, December 15, 2008

Paddinghaus Plasma Cutter.

One of the machines that we have at work.

"Engineered for the toughest shop environment, “The Powerhaus” series is a rugged workhorse combining 100 tons (90 metric tons) of punching power, multi-spindle carbide drilling for accurate hole production. Contoured parts are thermally cut via plasma or oxy/fuel, and a scribe type marking system provides legible part identification.

Continuous material flow truly equals True Efficiency saving costly material handling. Engineered into this machine's rugged design Peddinghaus has optimized every operation. Run different material sizes & thicknesses back to back through this machine without ever stopping your production
38 HP High Speed Carbide Spindle

The Peddinghaus Powerhaus Plate lines come standard with a 38 horse power motor. This high speed carbide capable drill allows the Peddinghaus Plate machines to surpass your every expectation.

One look at this machine and you will not wonder why the industry has named this the " Powerhaus "
True 1 Pass Processing

The Peddinghaus plate machine comes standard with this unique machine design which saves you the hidden labor, inventory, and material handling costs

While other machine manufacturers taught they have a 1 pass design, we can prove it. On the Peddinghaus Plate lines your cutting, measuring, part marking, part drilling, and part punching are done in one continuous flow.
Power of Plasma

This Peddinghaus Plate Machine comes power packed with a powerful Plasma unit delivering high speed, accurate contoured cuts.

Equipped with a high speed Hypertherm HT2000 or HPR 260 Plasma Unit the Peddinghaus Plate Lines offer exceptional speed and accuracy
Integrated Carbide Marking

The integrated Signoscript carbide marking system provides legible part identification. Automated in the DSTV and DXF import process mark your parts quickly and easily. This automated marking process eliminates those handwritten headaches.
Higher Arc Times

Continue producing parts while other machines have to shut down production to finish the cutting and scrap removal process
Efficient Compact Design

* 3 Punched hole capacity
* 3 High Speed drilled hole capacity
* Tapping
* Countersinking
* High Definition Plasma
* Oxy Fuel Thermal Cutting
* Carbide Scribe part marking

Oxy Acetylene Fuel Cutting Torch

The automated Oxy Acetylene fuel cutting torch delivers unparalleled speed and proven CNC accuracy thick heavy plate.
Extreme Punching Power

The proven 100 ton triple tool assembly accelerates parts production....adding to your bottom line.

Capable of punching round, square or slotted holes, this inline Punch saves countless material handling steps by punchiing your material at the same time it is cut and marked
"
Taken with my LGVX8600 1.3Megapixel phone.
From RMStringer

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Foyer...


The Foyer..., originally uploaded by RMStringer.

All were taken when i first bought the camera. These are photos of our old home.
I did this photo not really knowing anything about the camera when i took it. It turned out really neat with the contrast in light and dark areas.

Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/9
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 100

DSC00066


DSC00066, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

All were taken when i first bought the camera. These are photos of our old home.
I think that this is a neat perspective photo taken from the top of the stairs. The sun and shadows is very nice as well.

Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 100

Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Neat Little Project...

This lens is an enlarger. It states that The F4/40mm is for 24mm x 24mm neg. Componons are enlarging lenses.
DSC09465: Componon 1.4
I have had this little lens for over 10 years and i do not know whay i kept it. I did not have a DSLR camera back then.

I used a lens cap and made a hole through the center and placed it on the top of my 35-105 lens as a holder. It will also work on my 18-70mm lens as well.

From what i have learned, having the Componon on the end, you add +40mm to the Focal Length and +4 to the Aperture and F/Stop. It has a very good Bokeh and a very selective Depth Of Field when in used in conjunction with the other lenses.

Here are some of the photos taken with this Do It Yourself(DIY) Lens.
You get some distortion due to the different layers of glass in the lenses but for the most part
the photos turn out nice.
DSC04412: Componon 1.0 Componon 2.1


Here is the end result with the lens attached to my A200.
Super Macro DIY Lens

Here is a link to my set of photos: Schneider-Kreuznach: Componon f/4 40mm

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Componon 2.1


Componon 2.1, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

All items were placed on black wool. Lighting was table lamp and flash with white paper placed in front of flash as a diffuser.

Base EXIF Data:
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 200

Wall Of Time...

Taken with my LGVX8600 1.3Megapixel phone.
From RMStringer

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Componon 2.0


Componon 2.0, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

All items were placed on black wool. Lighting was table lamp and flash with white paper placed in front of flash as a diffuser.

I love the Bokeh that this photo has. It is really interesting to use this set up as you are shooting in the blind so to speak. Really none of the focal and aperture settings are correct on the on the EXIF data because the camera does not know the other lens is on it. It has a very selective Depth Of Field with a very small in-focus area.

Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 200

Super Macro DIY Lens

Sony A200 Minolta 35-105mm Componon 40mm Taken with my LGVX8600 1.3Megapixel phone.
From RMStringer

Moon Clouds Trees

Taken with my LGVX8600 1.3Megapixel phone.
From RMStringer

Morning Clouds...

Taken with my LGVX8600 1.3Megapixel phone.
From RMStringer