The Lord Corporation has a school program to spark interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers. They put on amazing demonstrations that really interest the kids. This is the second year they came to LPES. We couldn't go last year for some reason but this year both girls have an interest in science and math and it fell on a Thursday which is the day we are not at the gym so we went on over. I expected to make the rounds in about a half hour but the demonstrations were so interesting we ended up staying for an hour and a half!
I got my new lens today so, of course, I had to bring it. Yes, it was overkill but I still was able to get some decent pics. The above pic was taken at the "Messed up Machine" station. It was a Rube Goldberg type contraption that had the kids watching very closely. The little guy was fascinated by the thing.
The girls were so eager to go, they came right home from school and started their homework. They even declined playing with Meghann and Sarah so they could go! Several of these pics were sent to the yearbook since I didn't see many other cameras. I probably should have focused less on my own two kids but I didn't even think about the yearbook until the end of the evening and then it was too late.
Here are some other pics from the evening:
A follow up on yesterday. I set up a RGB scene in the back yard this morning and shot it with varying color spaces and picture controls. I had my new 70-200mm lens on my D800 mounted on my tripod and used my remote shutter release. So these pics were much more steady and the light was considerably better. I'm still in the process of making my final determinations but here's what I've learned so far.
Below is a comparison of Adobe on the left and sRGB on the right. In order to post them, I needed to export them to a JPEG file which takes the image from 14 bit to 8 so the difference isn't as drastic but it's still noticeable if you zoom in on them. The greens and blues are definitely deeper and richer in the Adobe pic but the red is laking some life. As expected.
I have read up on Adobe vs. sRGB and I understand a little bit more. I have decided that I'll stick to sRGB for the most part but I'm still wondering if I should shoot in Adobe if I'm shooting still life, macro and landscapes where I'll be the only one looking at them. If I decide to print them, I will look for a lab who can handle Adobe. I wonder if Mpix does. They claim to be a professional quality printer. (update: I checked and MPIX does not print Adobe. There are a few that do but they are getting mixed reviews.)
All this talk about color spaces and bits got me thinking about what happens when I convert them to 8 bit JPEGs. I'd be going from 14 to 8 bits so I'd loose so much of that color anyway. I got to wondering why places can't print from a RAW file. Is it impossible for them to combine the EXIF data in the printing process? I am still looking for that answer but I did find an article that compared a few different labs which do this. From the sounds of it, you have to leave the color correction and tone curve adjustments to the technician. I don't think I like that. I'm not always fond of how someone else may adjust my pics and I won't even mention how expensive this service is. I still have a lot to learn. It'll all get in my brain eventually but for now I just keep clicking.
As far as picture controls go; I am still seeing a softness in the portrait mode which I don't completely understand why anyone would want that. When I shoot portraits, I want as much sharpness as possible. I'm not the worlds best portrait tog though so I may be missing something. I'll continue to read up on things and hope to be better educated on that topic soon.
Here's one more that I got today. Not an amazing pic but worth a peek. ISO 100, 200mm, f5.0, 1/160
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun