Expect the unexpected photography opportunity

Expect the unexpected photography opportunity

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I am not the kind of person that carries a camera everywhere they go. I generally don’t carry a camera unless I am going to a shoot or coming from one. I have a small point and shoot I never use. Basically, that kind of photography is not for me. However, when a photographic opportunity presents it’s self and I am packing cameras, then of course I have to see what can be photographed.
This house fire is a case in point. I arrived after the fire was put out, so I was left with looking around for something to shoot as it were. People shots are always interesting and everyone loves fire engines, so I decided to try and do some interesting shots of both. I parked my truck in an out-of-the way area and then walked up to the scene. That gave me some time to switch the gears in my head and start thinking about what I’m going to shoot.
When I encountered the group in the shot above I found the uniforms interesting and knew they would photograph well. So I just yelled at the group “smile” and took this shot with the Nikon D5000 and the 18-200mm vr lens. This is my favorite combination to photograph with. The lens was set to f/7.1, the shutter at 1/30th and ISO was a low 100.
I also had the Didymium photographic filter on the lens. I have been using that filter since April and it just stays on my lens instead of a UV filter. I love this “intensifier” filter! Check out the colors in this photo, especially the foliage. I did a post on this a while back. Check it out when you have the time. It’s not an easy filter to find, you might try Amazon.com, I┬áthat is where I got mine.
Anyway, I just walked around looking for interesting scenes like this:
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Lots of color, lights and reflections.
I had fun doing this little shoot, nobody was hurt in the fire and fire departments from Horizon City, Socorro and El Paso County all took part and prevented a much larger fire.
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The Intensifier Or Didymium Filter For Photography

Didymium Filter For Photography – The Intensifier

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Hoya makes an interesting filter called the Intensifier, also known as a didymium filter.
I just received it from Amazon.com, my favorite shopping mall.
Amazon forgot to include a description to this filter so I looked it up elsewhere.
The Wiki description for this filter states in part:
Didymium photographic filters are often used to enhance fall scenery by making leaves appear more vibrant. This is accomplished via the special properties of the substance which causes the removal of part of the orange region of the color spectrum. When present, this group of colors tends to make certain elements of a picture appear “muddy”.

I found this description to be very accurate.
A lot of the photo forums, stores, etc state it “enhances red brown and orange colors”
This is an inaccurate load of crap! It’s an example of one idiot quoting another.
Although I hate quickies, I did take a few to show on this blog.


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This Mexican Elder was photographed with the didymium filter. Practice saying that and you will really impress the folks at the next photo club meeting. Didymium
OK, back to photography
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As you can see, without the use of the Intensifier the greens, brown and blues are more muddy and not nearly as pleasing. Sure the filter alters reality but so do my meds.

Another example WITH the filter:


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These roses are close enough to red for gummint work.

Now WITHOUT the Didymium filter:

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Oh yah for sure, for sure, this filter is going to replace my UV filter on my Nikkor 18-200mm because I’m going to use it all the time! I love the effect. Yeah, yeah, it alters reality. So what? I strive to make pleasing pictures, not reality. My aim is to have fun with photography, not to create reality or boast about my equipment.
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