Los celulares han ido reemplazando poco a poco a las cámaras compactas de bolsillo.
Hace unos meses fui a un concierto de Phoenix, y tomé las siguentes fotos con un Samsung Galaxy III. Las fotos originales son de 7 megapixeles, que aunque no son efectivos, son suficientes para capturar detalles aceptables, sobre todo para impresiones pequeñas.
Por lo general, las cámaras de celulares son muy sensibles a la luz, y en conciertos tienden a sobre-exponer las fotos, eliminando muchos detalles.
Yo siempre ajusto la compensación de la exposición (exposure value) a -2.0 – como muestro en la siguiente imagen, para forzar la cámara a tomar fotos más oscuras. También deshabilito el flash, que es totalmente inservible en estos eventos porque desde el público no alcanza a iluminar a los artistas.
These are some photos I took some weeks ago in the football game Redskins vs Lions. I actually did a decent work, after tailgating and having four beers (2 ales and 2 IPAs) for breakfast. I have to admit that 50% (if not more) of the photos I took were of the redskins cheerleaders. I used my 70-200mm lens, with middle and large apertures to focus on the players (and cheerleaders) and separate them from the background.
Broncos won 45-21 today over Redskins. Some people might say that Redskins sucks, but I think their cheerleaders represent them really well. These are some photos I took some weeks ago, with my Canon Mark II, using a 70-200mm f2.8 lens.
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I was in NIN’s amazing concert yesterday in Washington DC. I presume that some of the people were a bit disappointed because the band played mainly songs of their new album Hesitation Marks, but for those who were already familiar with that album the experience must have been more than great.
The band doesn’t really interact with the public during the concert, but they express all the energy and power of the songs with the spectacular and mind blowing light effects, which combine several layers of screens where videos are projected, and a sophisticated set of robotic lights from top and back, that rotate and configure very differently on every song.
The following photos were taken with a cellphone camera, the quality is not very good but the atmosphere of the concert was captured. I had to set the exposure compensation to the minimum (-2) to force the photos to be darker and not overexposed. You can also see short videos – focused to record the light effects mainly, instead of a full song.
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Last Saturday Washington DC hosted its first Red Bull Flugtag (German: flight day) in the National Harbor, in a cloudy and rainy day. For the ones who don’t know what is Flugtag, this is a good definition taken from Wikipedia:
Red Bull Flugtag (German: flight day, airshow) is an event organized by Red Bull in which competitors attempt to fly home-made, size- and weight-limited, human-powered flying machines (max 10m/30 ft, 150 kg/330 lbs). The flying machines are usually launched off a pier about 30 feet (9.1 m) high into the sea (or suitably sized reservoir of water). Most competitors enter for the entertainment value, and the flying machines rarely fly at all.
Indeed, most of those flying machines didn’t fly at all, but there where others with weird shapes that made you think they were not going to fly but actually did an impressive performance. And that is what makes this event so great, you never know what’s going to happen.
The event was opened by two skydivers who jumped from a plane, and glided with their parachutes to land in the flugtag platform with great precision.
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I went last Tuesday to see Depeche Mode in concert. What a great experience, I had no idea how was their performance, specially David Gahan’s who never stopped moving and dancing during the whole presentation. Martin Gore was great too, and generated a lot of emotions in the public with his songs accompanied with classical piano sounds.
One of the awesome surprises for me was to hear them performing their old songs, specially several from their album Violator.
These are some photos I took with my (shitty but reliable) point-and-shoot camera. Since this type of cameras calculate the exposure automatically depending on the average lighting, I set the exposure compensation to -2, to take photos darker and allow the artists not to look washed out or too overexposed due to the light falling over them which is usually more intense than the screens and videos projected behind them.
This is Annabell, a beautiful female cat we are fostering while she finds a new home. These photos were taken with my 50mm lens, using natural light coming from a window.
Some photos of the Great Falls Park. I used my 70-200mm lens, and shut with small apertures to have great depth of fields and have almost everything in focus. I chose large apertures for the close ups of the flowers though.
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Fotografías del cementerio de Arlington, Virginia, un cementerio militar establecido durante la gerra civil donde se encuentran tumbas de personajes notables de los Estados Unidos, incluyendo la de John F. Kennedy.
Todas las fotos fueron tomadas con el lente 70-200 f2.8, y las exposiciones que usé fueron muy variadas. Para obtener casi todos los elements de la escena en foco usé números f superiores a f11 (diafragma casi cerrado), pero algunas de las fotos las tomé con f2.8 (diafragma abierto) para enfocar sólo una parte de la escena y desenfocar el resto (foco selectivo).
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