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Photography Technique / Hot Tips for Shooting Photos in Cold Weather
« on: January 08, 2014, 10:27:11 PM »
Shooting photos during the winter months can be an extremely rewarding experience, but only if you are prepared to handle the elements.

For me living in the Northeast (Princetown, NY) doesn’t afford me the ability to shoot in perfect conditions, like where the temps are ideal because the sun is abundant about 62 days a year, give or take. The remaining days are typically cold and wet. Nevertheless, it’s one of the most beautiful areas of the country. That being said, when the spring and summer seasons come to a close many photographers put their cameras on the shelf and hibernate, awaiting the sweet glory of warmer air.

If you're interested in my tips and tricks for shooting in cold weather click the link below and let me know what you think. Thanks!



Macro / Towercomb: A closeup of my Mac Tower
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:45:57 PM »
I took a photo of my Mac tower with my 7D and a my EF 50mm f/1.8 II





Landscape / Acadia National Park and my Canon 7D
« on: March 08, 2013, 10:43:17 PM »
A Perfect Photo Vacation,

I had a wonderful chance to spend a week in the majestic Acadia National Park located near Bar Harbor, Maine this past summer (2012) and was blessed to have absolutely perfect weather at least 5 out of the 8 days I was there.

Now that I have some free time, you know before the spring shooting season starts up, I have started to collect my images. I have wanted to share them with everyone as I always spark up and get the best and most interesting conversations from my fellow CRF members.

All of the shot's taken were with my Canon EOS 7D - My absolute favorite camera of all time. Which of course factors in price / performance / image quality and video quality. Regardless, that's a topic for another post.

The shots were mostly made from my 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Nevertheless, I have attached some of my shots.

You can read more about the trip and see additional photos from my photo vacation on my blog if you are interested

Lenses / A Hands on Review of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens
« on: February 01, 2013, 02:50:15 PM »
The Canon 50mm f/1.8 II is a fantastic portrait and street lens that won't leave you or your wallet disappointed.

There have been many lenses in my life, some of them have been great and some of them not so great. I for sure have had my share of spending way too much on a lens only for it to sit in my camera bag as a unwanted fragile passenger, well unwanted is not the word, it would be best defined as a weary passenger. We are all to familiar with the feeling of being out shooting and the uncomfortable burden of guilt that is tethered to not using a lens.

With that I have had the exact opposite experience where I spent barely anything on a lens and found it almost welded onto my Canon 7D . This lens was the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens which goes for about $104 and is the second version of this unbelievable prime lens. I never thought that I would be spending more for my cameras memory this year buying a Transcend 32GB 600X Compact Flash than on a new lens. How strange!

From the unboxing you will find immediately that the lens is fairly, lets say, cheaply made. Admittedly, I might add, I was even a little surprised to discover how cheap the lens feels. Well at some point you attach the lens and walla first light.

After the first or second shot you will instantly forget about that the cheap feeling of the lens and you realize that this lens is an absolute beauty. Shot after shot you will discover that the depth of field at f/1.8 and the sweet bokeh you create is unmatched. Well that is for the $119 that you spent on the lens . Of course you could go and spend $369 on the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 and achieve a slight bit more DOF and bokeh but honestly the sharpness of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II is in my opinion is slightly crisper in the details.

I have been addicted to this lens now for several months and I can't seem to stop shooting with it. It's a workhorse that won't leave you disappointed. Shoot me an email via my blog and let me know what you think.

Click the link below to see more shots that I took with my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens



Portrait / My happy nephew
« on: February 01, 2013, 02:48:58 PM »

Landscape / A skyline to remember.
« on: September 11, 2012, 03:01:45 AM »
I will never forget the sky on this night when I was on a walk. I almost missed this scene as I was fiddling with my camera. Then all of a sudden I looked up and was rocked with this scene.  I took about 200 photos and HD video of this once in a lifetime display of colors.  I was stunned at the beauty and the color.

Have you ever been stunned by a vista of the sky? I sure have.

I welcome all of my Canon Rumors friends to learn more about me at my blog. www.solargravity.com

Landscape / Bald Mountain Panoramic
« on: September 02, 2012, 11:17:21 AM »
A panoramic photo from the top of Bald Mountain in Old Forge, NY. On the way up to the Rondaxe Fire Tower. This photo was selected by Google Earth to showcase the region.


Portrait / Powered by cutness
« on: September 02, 2012, 11:12:51 AM »
A few shots I took this summer that captured the innocence of a 2 year old.


Animal Kingdom / DragonFly Series
« on: August 20, 2012, 10:24:21 PM »
A perfect landing on the antenna of my car. This beauty actually waited patiently for me to get my camera and almost seems to pose for me. It was as if she was looking at me with equal curiosity. Both shots came about 20 seconds apart. The one is framed with the soft blue sky and the second was taken from a different angle. Then after she flew away she came back for another series. A true gift as I have always wanted to get a shot like this of these beautiful creatures.

Tech Info:
Shot with a my bestfriend my trusty EOS Canon 7D ( while dreaming secretly of a EOS 5D Mark II )
EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
1/200 at f/5.6
ISO 100
No Flash

Click here to checkout more of my work. www.solargravity.com

Landscape / Bald Mountain Panoramic
« on: July 26, 2012, 10:47:17 PM »
A panoramic photo from the top of Bald Mountain in Old Forge, NY.  On the way up to the Rondaxe Fire Tower.

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Street & City / Bench of Mine
« on: June 07, 2012, 08:45:42 PM »
While at a conference in Baltimore I snapped this shot as my camera was sitting on a bench next to me.  What was interesting about this shot was that I never even framed it up. I simply looked at my settings and clicked. It was almost 1 week later that I looked at the shots on my card to find this one. I love it when that happens .

Solar Gravity

web: solargravity.com
twitter @solargravity

Abstract / Dawn of the Bubble
« on: June 07, 2012, 08:26:25 PM »
Here is a shot that I took of a "Bottle of Dawn soap detergent" Nothing spectacular, but it has been one of my most commented abstract images. Let me know what you think.

web: solargravity.com
twitter @solargravity

Portrait / The Genesis of my Portrait Portfolio
« on: June 01, 2012, 03:04:01 PM »
Hello CRF Friends,

I welcome you to take a peek the start of my portrait portfolio. I have lots of additional portraits to post, but I was so inspired by this thread and all of the AMAZING talent that I felt that I would like to share.

I welcome your comments and I look forward to being a part of the forum very much.




Pricewatch Deals / $400 Savings - Canon Camera & Lens Bundles
« on: May 14, 2012, 12:19:48 PM »
Just posted - Up to $400 Savings - Canon Camera & Lens Bundles from B&H



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