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Some Useless Photo Stats for 2010

by on Dec.31, 2010, under Photography

Jacob Lucas published a year end (or, really, year start) post recently which included some statistics on his photo catalog from 2010 so I thought it would be interesting to take a look at mine and see what’s happened this year.

During 2010, my Lightroom catalog grew to a total of 36,945 images, up 10,666 from the final tally in 2009. Of this year’s additions, I took 10,335 myself, the remainder being photos from other family members or friends (images for HDR Tennis, for example).

Of these photos, the camera breakdown is as follows:

Cameras used in 2010

I bought the D700 in spring and used it almost exclusively when I was shooting with a single camera. The D90 numbers represent images shot early in the year and on the small number of occasions that I was shooting with two bodies – covering a barrel racing competition and during one of my Longhorn Band shoots.

Looking at my lens use with the DSLRs, here’s the breakdown:

Lenses used in 2010

I included the Nikon 200-400mm just to make people think I had bought a really expensive new toy but, in actual fact, I shot 3 frames with it at a Precision Camera get together when Robert, one of their sales guys, had one and let me play with it. Super-expensive loaners aside, it looks as if I’m using my 3 Nikon professional zooms pretty evenly. The 24-70mm is my workhorse and the lens that pretty much lives on the D700 so it doesn’t surprise me that I took about twice as many pictures with it as with any other lens. I am somewhat surprised at the number I shot with the 14-24mm though and it’s pretty evident that I fell down on my macro photography this year since the Tamron 90mm saw very little action. Since buying the 24-70mm, I’ve hardly had the 35mm f/2.0 on the camera though I’ll likely hang on to it as a good standard lens for the crop sensor D90. The only lens in the collection that I’ve not used at all since February is the D90’s kit 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6. It’s a VR lens and covers a great range but I’m now horribly spoiled by the sharpness and speed of the other zooms. If anyone is interested in this lens, drop me a line and I bet we could do a deal.

This will be my last post on the blog for 2010 so I hop everyone had a great year and I wish you all health, happiness and loads of nice sharp pictures in 2011!

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Nifty Exposure Demo

by on Apr.07, 2009, under Photography

If you are new to photography and having problems getting your head around the different exposure modes your camera offers, and how changing shutter speed and aperture affect the final outcome, you may like to take a look at the cameraDemo web site by Craig Hickman. This site offers an interactive tool that lets you fiddle with all the relevant settings and see how they affect the final image. It’s very nicely done and shows settings, exposure and depth of field rather nicely.

The only problem I’ve found is that the “Auto” exposure mode shows the wrong depth of field when you select it but, if you are interested in the kinds of thing this tool is trying to teach you, you would never be using “Auto” anyway, would you? 🙂

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