Borkware Photoblog

May 12, 2008

New Gallery : Park in the Dark

Filed under: gallery — Mark Dalrymple @ 3:18 pm


I forgot to post this earlier. Apologies. There’s a nearby park where I go when I need a photobreak. Here are some early spring shots near and past sunset.


May 1, 2008

DIY : $10 macro studio

Filed under: Macro, tips — Mark Dalrymple @ 9:34 pm

Strobist how-to for a cheapass macro studio using a cardboard box and some tissue

April 28, 2008

New Gallery : Christmas Windows 2007

Filed under: gallery — Mark Dalrymple @ 12:02 am

Every year First Lutheran goes whole hog and decorates the windows in the sanctuary. Since I present the illusion of knowing my way around a camera, I get to photograph them. Please visit the gallery if you’re bored.

April 10, 2008

Tilt/Shift Movements

Filed under: Random — Mark Dalrymple @ 7:32 pm
Ken Rockwell has an introduction to Camera movements : why tilt and shift, as it applies to 35mm PC (T/S) lenses.

DIY Bokeh

Filed under: Random, tips — Mark Dalrymple @ 7:19 pm
“Bokeh” is a term that describes the out-of-focus highlights in an image. Different lenses have different kinds of bokeh, from smooth and creamy to seriously ugly. DIY Photography and Studio Lighting show a way to make your own bokeh shapes. Now to see if I can make a happy-face bokeh.

March 29, 2008

New Gallery: Bones And Stones

Filed under: D3, gallery, technique — Mark Dalrymple @ 3:23 am

New Gallery, where Torin and I go on a photo shoot in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh. Originally we were going to do street / architecture stuff, but the weather was truly dreadful, so we went into the Carnegie Dinosaur Museum Thing, and also Heinz Chapel.

For folks who question the usefulness of the Nikon D3(00) Live View mode, I must say that it made many of these shots much easier, both in getting critical focus, and for composition where the camera was in an awkward position on the tripod. Much easier to see the screen than to look through the view finder upside down hanging by a rope, or something like that.

March 28, 2008

New Gallery: Ta Rent ‘Em

Filed under: gallery — Mark Dalrymple @ 1:14 am

New Gallery, taken during some other errands today, around the little town of Tarentum, PA. Very gray, overcast day, and was spitting rain.

March 24, 2008

New Gallery : Good Easter Friday Day

Filed under: gallery — Mark Dalrymple @ 2:13 am


New gallery – some Good Friday and Easter shots at First Lutheran in Leechburg (PA).

March 7, 2008

Focal Length Comparison

Filed under: lenses — Mark Dalrymple @ 1:04 am

Ever wondered how different focal lengths comare? Tamron has a cool interactive
focal length comparison tool.

February 15, 2008

Diffraction Limitation

Filed under: technique — Mark Dalrymple @ 2:14 pm


Sean McHugh has a write-up at about Diffraction Limited Photography: Pixel Size, Aperture, and Airy Disks. Includes a calculator to see where your setup starts to get diffraction-limited.

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