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The Boston Skyline


I find that the Rose Wharf view from the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse very picturesque. I have attempted this photograph several times. My past attempts were with a Nikon D2x using the 12 – 24mm f/4 lens (which was barely wide enough to capture this skyline).

An issue with my past attempts was that I was not paying close attention to the buildings and their orientation. I was too focused on Rose Wharf. In past photos the Custom House Tower, an important Boston landmark, was hidden behind the foreground buildings. As it turns out, there are only two spots along the waterway where the Custom House Tower is not blocked.

The key to a good night skyline shot is choosing a week day evening where the sun sets early enough so that people at still working after sunset. Around winter solstice would be best, but I was not due to be back in Boston until Christmas/New Year. I was planning on taking this shot on Thursday, but the weather was not cooperating which forced me to take this shot on Friday evening. Sunset was at 4:19pm.

Finding the light for this photo took patience. I only had 4 sheets of film with me (and I left my digital camera home). At sunset the sky is way too light for a night skyline shot. And if you wait too long the red glow would be gone. I waited so long that most of the other photographers there were gone. This shot was taken about two hours after sunset; after I pack up and started started to leave, I was thinking that I took the shot too early.

For this shot I used a 4×5 camera with the Rodenstock 90mm f/6.8 Grandagon-N Lens. The final image is actually two images stitched together. I almost gave up on this photo using Adobe Photoshop CC, but for some reason, I stumbled upon Microsoft’s ICE software while looking for alternative stitching software; it was free so I thought I’d give it a try. To my surprise it is very fast and does a remarkable job.

Time: December 27, 2013 @ 7:00pm
Camera: Toyo 45AII
Lens:  Rodenstock 90mm f/6.8 Grandagon-N
Film: Kodak Professional Ektar 100 4×5 sheet film
Exposure: IOS 100; f/22 @ 16s

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This little compass by Brunton has just about everything you could need except for the tent. The field reference card has the answer to just about any question that you could have, from navigation to formulas and scale you would use in the field. Brunton also uses a magnetic declination scale. Magnetic declination is the difference between true north and magnetic north, at a position. The magnetic declination scale, located on the bottom of the azimuth ring, is used in combination with the adjustable blue orienting circle to set the eclipse for magnetic declination. Brunton’s compass line, formed through hand-crafted technology with a commitment to quality, gives hikers and backpackers the best opportunity to know where they are and where they are going. Best of all, is the security of having a Brunton to guide you to the end of the trail. D.W. Brunton did his best to make his compass easy to understand and use. This credo lives on today with the products that carry his name. Brunton compasses give you the confidence you need to get out there and back safely, every time.

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New Product Tracks Down Stolen Cameras & Lenses

LensTag1Lenstag, has figured out a way to track down your stolen camera by scanning the web for images that contain your camera or lenses’s serial number. Digital cameras have always saved internal information about the settings add equipment used to capture an image. It is recorded inside what is called the EXIF header information; included inside this header is the camera and lenses unique serial number that was used to take the photograph.

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Calumet Photographic files Chapter 7

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