Picture of the Joshua Tree above.
The Joshua Tree is more like a private home or retreat… a super quiet place and if you are looking for a place like that, I just found one for you. With an airy space, you can bring along a chair, sit and read or go into the common area for barbecuing and chatting up people who might be nearby. The people are really nice. It's totally safe and I didn't have a single concern... an unique place, I will definitely be back.
This trip was actually a lab visit to the University of Newcastle Australia. The trip lasted 6 days. Never want to miss any chances of getting good pictures for my own collection, i decided to bring my D200 along.
Picture below is the view of Newcastle.
During the trip, I was fortunate to have some good buddies of the same course to travel together... Jowee, Kevin, Tengsoon, and of course not forgetting ALEX!("Star" of the trip). Alex really brought in a lot of fun and laugher to our group throughout the trip.
When we reached Sydney airport, the weather was not pleasing at all. First thing when the bus driver who came to fetch us from the airport said: "You guys brought the rain with you... I can see the clouds keep following you guys from the back of the plane". Ha humorous Aussies...
Inspite of the bad weather I was still able find my way to capture some wonderful shots anyway. Above picture was shot on the 2nd day. Looking out from my hotel window, I saw this interesting scene. I quickly took out my camera, carefully composed it and then snapped it!
Newcastle prides its magnificient coastline. We took a visit to the Nobbys Beach; Newcastle's highest profile beach, winner of Regional and State Clean Beaches Awards.
Closer look at the sandy beach.
Took the below two pictures while strolling along the Wharf Road.
On the last day of our trip. The same bus driver came to send us off to the Airport. It was a sunny day and a last word from him was: "See what I told you. Now you send back the rain... "
There may also be a good chance to capture a dramatic shot when the sun peeks through the clouds after the rain stops. It may only last a couple of minutes, and it will either start storming again or clear up and just get sunny. Thus, it is a few magical moments worth waiting for.
3)Close up adaptors/ lens
You may buy rain gear for your camera but another way to go about it is to use a shower cap and put it around your camera- it's not pretty, but it works.
Try using an apperture of f2.8 and focus on their tiny feet or fingers. You will be amazed on what you will see.Bring in probs(eg.cute toys) to the picture to add in more fun.Don't be afraid to take too many pictures. It's usually these extra photos that add interest to your baby's album. Create an interesting portfolio of photographs. Let your child be off center in a few photographs. This has aesthetic appeal. Use a diffused flash or you can use soft natural light from a side window. Below are the pictures of my little nephew Javier.
All 3 pictures below were shot with an aperture of f16 which provided a good depth of fill. I waited for a few minutes on each pictures for the sun to be hidden behind the clouds. By doing so a diffused lighting was created and this was what I intended.
During the time of visit, the tide was low. By making use of the reflection of the low tide condition, I took the 3rd picture at a very low angle shot whereby the beach, the sky and the clouds could all be captured into the view finder. A creative and unique approach I think .
To understand more on the depth of field and the apperture, you can click on the "Video Tutorial link" provided in my blog.
If you are going to print your photo for the first time and are confused about the megapixel size, here are some of the information that might be useful in order to retain the picture quality:
4x6 prints: 1024 x 768 (640 x480 resolution is acceptable but not always recommended)
5x7 prints: 1152 x 864 pixels (1 megapixel)
8x10 prints: 1600 x 1200 pixels (2 megapixels) (1280 x 960 is acceptable but not recommended)
8x10 prints (cropped from original image): 1920 x 1600 pixels (3+megapixels)
16x20 prints: 1600 x 1200 (this is a bare minimum, for best results 2048 x 1536)
20x30 prints: 1600 x 1200 minimum, for best results 5 megapixel (2560 x 1920)
Wallet size: 320 x 240