Return from Maui
Today we returned to sunny San Diego. The babies had a blast!
Katie checks out mom's luggage tags, Maui. 8:39 AM.
This is cooler (more blue) than I'd like. I was too lazy to attach my flash, which would have resulted in the great colors I got for all my other shots today. Without fill-flash, I should have tried Shade white balance, since this is in shade. I could have warmed it up in Photoshop, and dodged (lightened) Katie's face, and burnt-in (darkened) her distracting white pants. Better, I should have cropped-off her pants and the blank space on the right, all and all would have resulted in a much better print here.
Ryan checks out the window ledges, Maui. 9:07 AM.
Ryan and Katie hug each other!!! Maui. 9:09 AM.
The 5D Mark II's meter isn't very smart, so it was mislead by the dark background and tried to make everything too light. I had to dial-in -1 stop exposure compensation.
Ryan and Katie check out the view. Maui. 9:11 AM.
I still had exposure compensation at -1.
Ryan getting on the plane, Maui. 10:21 AM.
Kids move fast, and this is a grab shot. Canon's Auto ISO isn't programmable, so it usually shoots at 1/40 with a 50mm lens in dim light. On my Nikons, I can program Auto ISO to shoot at at least 1/125, which lest me stop kid motion better. In this case, a Nikon, as I program it, would have shot at a much higher ISO and shutter speed.
Katie gets away, Maui. 10:21 AM.
I shot this nine seconds after I shot the previous image. Katie is fast!
I had sharper images, but I deliberately picked this one to show her blinding speed. So much for me whining about the inability to fix faster shutter speeds in Canon's Auto ISO!
The crappy light is exactly that: crappy fluorescent light that looks nasty.
We flew from Maui to Honolulu.
Ryan and Katie in the terminal, Honolulu. 11:26 AM.
The terminal and signs are blurred because I'm panning to track my speedy kids. That's why they're sharp.
Katie looking under the concrete fence, Honolulu. 11:33 AM.
Katie couldn't see over the barrier. This is what she saw:
Honolulu Airport. 11:33 AM.
Kane, Honolulu Airport. 11:33 AM.
Since the sign was dark, I dial-in -1 stop exposure compensation to keep it dark. I straightened it in Photoshop's Lens Distortion Filter, and I also corrected the nasty yellow cast from the nasty fluorescent lights.
Looking out the window, Honolulu Airport. 11:57 AM.
Ryan gives Katie another hug, Honolulu Airport. 12:05 PM.
I dodged this a little, and pulled out some of the excess yellow from the crappy lighting.
More of the same hug, Honolulu Airport. 12:05 PM.
I also dodged this a little.
Katie all ready for takeoff, Honolulu. 1:08 PM.
The light from the plane window obliged nicely: it falls off naturally towards the sides.
Kai, Honolulu. 1:25 PM HST.
The jet's hot exhaust blurred the bottom of the image. This is otherwise a sharp shot because I was able to open the window as we flew in the pattern, before we climbed to high altitude.
We enjoyed a pleasant flight home for the next several hours. I was even smart enough to have remembered to reset the clock in my camera for the trip home, so my time stamps aren't 3 hours off.
San Diego. 9:31 PM PDT.
VR and IS are no replacement for fast lenses when shooting motion. In this case, we're flying at 250 knots. The f/1.8 28mm lens let me shoot at 1/15 of a second at ISO 3,200. If all I had was an f/4 VR lens, like NIkon's 16-35mm, I would have had to have shot at 1/3 of a second, which would have let the lights on the ground blur horribly.
Swirl, San Diego. 9:36 PM.
Here's what you get if you use a long shutter speed. All I did to get this was to fix ISO 200, and the camera did the rest. Note that for a 1-second exposure, I can shoot ISO 200 at f/1.8. If all I had was an f/4 zoom, I'd have had to have used ISO 1,000 for the same thing, or ISO 500 with a pro f/2.8 lens.
San Diego from the air, 9:36 PM.
As we descended, the lights were brighter and this was shot at 1/25. The blurs at the edges aren't motion; they're coma in my 28mm lens. If I wanted to hump Canon's huge 24mm f/1.4 L II with me, it might have been a little better at coma, for four times the price.
Touchdown, San Diego, 9:38 PM.
The runway is very dark, thus the exposure at f/1.8 at ISO 3,200 was only 1/8 of a second. This is perfect; it gives just the right sense of motion.
Katie running away again, 9:54 PM.
I dodged much of the lower half of this snap. I also straightened the lines a bit in Photoshop.
Ryan and the luggage conveyor, 9:59 PM.
I lightened this a bit in Photoshop, and also tried in vain to make the colors from the nasty fluorescent lights less nasty. Hey, I was asleep and the kids were moving too fast for me to try to set a more precise white balance.
A bag approaches, 10:00 PM.
Ryan gets one! 10:00 PM.
Ryan gets another! 10:00 PM.
I had to lighten this a lot; the 5D Mark II's meter was mislead by the reflections from the stainless steel conveyor.
That was the last bag. 10:01 PM.
Van in the hole. 10:22 PM.
Ah ha! Someone carefully parked their van underground, and when they come back in a week and discover a 1/4" of dirt and dung on their roof and look up, they'll discover that they've been parked under a big hole.
Note how I caught myself in shadow in the upper right corner.
Taxis. 10:24 PM.
At f/1.8, I can shoot in the dark at ISO 200; not bad!
I got to ride shotgun in the van home.
Whee! 10:25 PM.
I darkened this a bit in Photoshop with a curves adjustment layer. As expected, the 5D Mark II's meter isn't very smart, and overexposed due to all the dark sky.
Digital really shines for hand-held night shooting. I could never shoot film like this: notice how the camera automatically pulled-up ISO 2,000 all by itself. With film, I'd still be at ISO 50. With fast fixed lenses, digital sees in the dark as well as we do - or better.
McDonalds drive-through. 10:38 PM.
it was dark, but the 5D Mark II and f/1.8 lens just kept on shooting. Believe it or not, mom got the van to stop at McDonalds on the way home. We were famished, and we all had a good time.
That's it! return to start of trip.