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by Alex Burack, posted Oct 26, 2011 at 7:58PM

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by Ted Dillard, posted Feb 8, 2010 at 8:12PM


 

We look at a lot of photographs, and every so often we see some work that is just simply amazing.  Roy Lockwood’s photographs of competition Paintball for the New England Paintball League is all that and have earned him the first feature for new Shoot Profile series.  

These shots are what sports photography is all about: seeing the shot, knowing where to be and what to expect.  You want to give the viewer the experience of not only seeing the action, but the feeling that they’re in the action, and in the case of paintball, that means you’re going to have to take some hits yourself.  

Lockwood uses primarily Olympus gear, but with a notable addition: an Olympus E-620 with Zuiko 14-54 and 70-300, and the
Olympus E-3 with Zuiko 12-60 SWD and 50-200 SWD.  He also totes a
Casio EX-F1.  “The Casio EX-F1 is very specialized and can take stills up to 60 FPS and shoot video up to 1200FPS. I shoot some break-outs (start of the games) with this and I have been able to capture images that I would normally have missed, such as hit-shots and other action that could be lost if shooting less than 30-60 FPS.   That, and the players have been extremely enthusiastic about the results as they were able to see some of their moves in slow-motion when viewing the shots sequentially.”

His choice of Olympus is mainly about the 4/3 format and Autofocus speeds, but also about the weather (in this case, paint) resistance: “I favor Olympus equipment because I like the advantages of the Four-Thirds lens system, also because the SWD lenses coupled with the Olympus E-3 have an extremely fast auto-focus.  The E-620 is packed with features and is very economical in terms of value for the dollar.  The E-3 is a weather-resistant system (as are the Zuiko SWD lenses) and can take being hit by paintballs, and is easily cleaned since it’s sealed against water.”

Take a look at the photographs and read our complete interview with Roy after the jump.


Tags: Casio, Shoot Profile, Roy Lockwood, Paintball, Olympus

by Ted Dillard, posted Feb 5, 2010 at 3:06PM

This all started with my Nikon D5000 and the BarbieCam
 

I was putting together a toy camera lens fitted body cap for my Creative Digital class at Northeastern, and, naturally, had to shoot in M mode since there was no lens.  No lens, no aperture, no meter.  Blame it all on the BarbieCam. 
 

I’ve been working on some “HDSLR” videos, too. Now, one of the things I really love about HDSLR video is the shallow depth of field that you get with a 35mm-sized sensor.   But, I have the D5000, with an APS sensor, so, I’m wondering, will I get shallow depth of field with that…  Now, the only new lens I have for that camera is a really not-so-good (OK, sincerely trashy) Tamron zoom.  At anywhere near full zoom, you get f5.6.  Not so good on a small sensor if you’re looking for shallow focus. 
 

All of which lead me to grabbing my old Nikkor 50mm f1.4, shooting on M, and taking a couple of shots at full-open.  Here’s what those looked like- the full shot, and the


Tags: Stone-Axe Photography, Shooting on M, uncoupled lenses

by Ted Dillard, posted Jan 27, 2010 at 5:52PM


 

I’ve played around with digital “enabling” of toy cameras for a while now, from my first Digital Holga to the pinhole digital, and even the “barbieCam”- a modified body cap using a plastic lens from an old Barbie Movie Projector.  Sorry.  I haven’t yet found any image of such a thing on Google.  It’s fun stuff, especially if you’re a Holga, toy camera fan and love them blurry photos. 
 

A buddy of mine found this little Bakelite camera in the cellar of a friend’s house, while helping him clean out.  This is a Univex Model A camera from Universal Camera Corporation, a camera that sold in the  1930’s for around 39¢, with a “00” film roll that sported what looks like a full 35mm frame. 
 

The lens is easily removable and can be replaced without damaging it, a plus for such a sweet vintage camera…  so here’s a how-to on using a body cap with your DSLR to try out some of this special “glass”…  well, uh, lenses. 
 

Glass only comes into the equation some of the time… 


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by Ted Dillard, posted Jan 9, 2010 at 3:33PM


 

Well, I'm just a little underwhelmed by CES.  Although I would have liked to see Lady Gaga (she doesn't return my calls anymore... ) there's been just little or no real earth-shattering news coming out for the pro photographer.  Here's the new improved workhorse of a lens from Canon, though, the2nd gen. EF 70-200MM f/2.8L IS II USM.  How could I not have Lens Envy? 
 

Here's the

press release from Canon

, and here's the down and dirty:


Tags: Canon, CES, lenses