Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Made the paper!


As I mentioned in earlier posts, the local paper was going to publish a selection of the best photos in their annual tulip photo contest in the paper. I figured this likely meant a very small selection in the actual Newspaper, when in fact they took 25 of the 68 submitted in a special insert dedicated to the tulip photos. It also appears that the contest was a contest for 1st place, with the winner being featured on the cover of the special print section. All in all I am very happy to have made the publication, as this was my only goal for my first real photo contest. The insert was published in Monday's paper (28th), so if you are local to the Skagit Valley and haven't recycled yours yet you can still flip through a nice selection of photos - mine among them! Thank you to all who voted for me, I am already looking forward to next year's contest!

I have several articles in the works to post up here, and haven't taken many new photos as of late as my wife and I are very busy preparing for our first baby, due to arrive in early August. As you can imagine my priority list has computer time low on the importance scale thought more posts are coming so stay tuned!

Blessings,

Jesse

Monday, May 21, 2012

Topped Tulips

May is drawing to a close and the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is fading into a distant memory (along with the extra traffic it brings) for the season. The tulips have also been long since topped, which the bulb growers do each year to preserve the bulbs, meaning the beautiful tulip vistas are void of the vibrant multicolored patterns and are limited to fields of green.

Tonight's images are two tulip photos taken in the process of a local field being topped. The first is a photo of some topped tulips and the second a close up of one that has not been topped yet.

Topped Tulips

Colorful closeup

Don't forget to take time to stop and smell the flowers, since you don't know how long they will be there!

Blessings,

Jesse

Saturday, May 19, 2012

GoSkagit Tulip Contest Concluded

Voting for the GoSkagit 2012 Tulip Photo contest ended last night and my photo finished in 5th place out of 68 photos approved for the contest. I am very happy with the showing, which is not too bad for my first photo contest. While some of the photos definitely had some retouching and editing done, with one even making mention of some touch up in the description, my Tulip photo (seen a couple posts down) was completely untouched - strait from the camera.

Part of the contest will publish a selection of the top voted on photos in the local paper which I was hoping to make, so we will see. If you voted for me, thank you!

Blessings,

Jesse

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The New Nikon D3200

Announced on April 19th and now beginning to show up in online stores, the Nikon D3200 is the latest entry level DSLR to be released by Nikon. Like the D3100 before it, the D3200 represents quite a nice improvement over the last generation model it replaces (at least at first look on the specification sheet).

The D3200 packs a 24.2MP sensor into an entry level body and also adds wireless shutter release capabilities. I will admit to being partially susceptible to the more is better when it comes to a sensor's megapixel count, but more so the wireless remote option makes this an even more compelling option - the one I am most excited to see on an entry level body. With the wireless remote option, the last thing I would like to see offered on an entry level body would be exposure bracketing. Perhaps the D3200's replacement will offer this option and perhaps not, as too many features would likely pull people away from buying the more expensive mid-level option.

I am sure the 24 megapixel sensor is going to bring an endless supply of banter about what someone really needs as far as resolution or it will lead to more noise or it is ridiculous for some other reason, but everyone has an opinion. And like it or not, pixel count is easily marketed and will sell cameras. Plus, for those of us who do not have the luxury of affording full frame body's or high end APS-C body's a 24 megapixel entry level brings many benefits. I for one am looking forward to seeing how it performs in the typical magazine tests, especially in the noise department and how it stacks up against my current wish list favorite: Nikon's D5100.

What also is of great interest with this release is what it will mean for the mid-level and advanced consumer level DSLR offerings from Nikon. Traditionally the mid-level and advanced models share a higher resolution sensor than the entry level and the biggest difference between the top two is the feature set. Will the replacements for the D7000 and D5100 sport 30+ megapixel sensors and keep the traditional pattern? Or will we see a D7100 and D5200 sport the same 24.2 megapixel sensor and the main differences in the lineup will be reduced to the features and possibly the noise control? Time will tell...

One thing is for sure, it is hard to imaging a better time than now to be into digital photography, with the quality of equipment available for all skill levels at attainable prices.

Blessings,

Jesse