When I started to get better at web design I started looking at photography; back then, big typographic text in white on high resolution photos were becoming all the rage. Up until the last couple of months, I’ve bought or downloaded every photo I’ve used.
That is going to change with a wedding gift from my wife: a Canon Rebel T3i and a 50mm lens.
I’ve wanted a DSLR for awhile now, but have always found an excuse to buy something else first. Plus this setup is good enough to take great photos, but appropriate enough to let me learn to be a better photographer.
We got married and the very next day went on our honeymoon — like we’re a couple in the 1950s. We decided on Alaska, because going to Sandals for two weeks and eating at an all-inclusive sounded gross.
Thank God I had 1. A Camera and 2. This Lens.
I took a lot of bad photos trying to make things work or fiddling around with settings would screw up exposure or the focus would be off. But some came out okay. Trying to get “everything” in the frame showed me how much you need to move around with a 50mm.
There were so many big landscapes in Alaska, and Denali National Park was scene after scene of winding roads with multicolored mountains in the backdrop. Denali’s highlight though was a family of goats that was hanging out on an outcropping of rocks and didn’t seem to care about the tour bus.
I also fought claustrophobia and sat in the tiniest plane with a man that looked like papa smurf if he was an Alaska bush pilot. He flew us to the top of Ruth Glacier and landed us at the base camp that climbers use to summit Mt. McKinley. After we landed he told us to watch out for crevasse since people fall through them.
Aerial photography is hard when you’re 6’1″ and shooting through the window of a Sena 185. Some photos came out okay, but I realized that my f/stop was too low making anything with snow in the photo incredibly over exposed and not really correctable.