Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Rat Rod-Hotrod

There is something intriguing about the whole RATROD &"Rock a Billy" scene. The cars are old unfinished works of art. I say unfinished meaning, made to look that way. The detail that goes into one of these cars is amazing once you start to look at the way things are put together with odds and ends.

A rat rod is a style of hot rod or custom car that, in most cases, imitates (or exaggerates) the early hot rods of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. It is not to be confused with the somewhat closely related "traditional" hot rod, which is an accurate re-creation or period-correct restoration of a hot rod from the same era.
Most rat rods appear "unfinished" (whether they actually are or are not), with just the bare essentials to be driven.
The rat rod is the visualization of the idea of function over form. Rat rods are meant to be driven, not shown off. Sometimes the customization will include using spare parts, or parts from another car altogether.

Sunday, August 17, 2008


My Niece has got the photography bug. Each night she sends a couple photos to critique and this has been great. The enthusiasm she has shown and the ability to take criticism and run with it is also inspiring for me.

Here is one of the shots she has taken, you can see her ability to visualize the shot is right on.


I love the Canon 5D, there is so much more to learn with this camera that will greatly increase the quality of the prints.

The exposure for this was: ISO 100

AV F11

TV 11 sec.

lens 24-70L 2.8

Friday, August 1, 2008

Canon 5D

Canon EOS 5D SLR - Large image sensor The main sales argument for the Canon EOS 5D is of course the large sensor. It's a full-size image sensor meaning that the dimensions equal the 35mm format. And this means you don't suffer from focal length multiplier anymore, and this is especially ideal for wide angle lovers. Producing a full-size sensor is extremely expensive, more so because there is a lot of remainder of the wafers that the sensors are made from. You'd expect Canon to use the same sensor they've used for the EOS 1Ds Mark II, because the higher the production numbers, the lower the price will be per unit. But Canon decided to put an entirely new 12 Megapixel CMOS into the EOS 5D. It has a pixel pitch of 0.082 mm which equals the pixel pitch of speed monster; Eos-1D Mark II N. It is therefore well possible that the EOS 5D features a larger type than the one used in the EOS-1D Mark II N. Some image characteristics seem to prove this thought.
Here is some shots taken with the Canon 5D.