The Daily Focal Point

November 9, 2008


Filed under: Week Four — cabenelson @ 11:30 pm

Let’s Talk Shop

Filed under: Week Four — cabenelson @ 11:05 pm

Nikon D80

I keep hearing Nikon or Canon? Nikon or Canon?
Here’s my two cents… and you ARE reading my blog mind you… IF YOU SPEND ENOUGH FOR A DIGITAL SLR (Single Lens Reflect) YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH EITHER! The picture quality is equally the same on comparable models (to the naked eye) and even if it WERE to be off you really wouldn’t notice a difference unless you were taking a picture of the same image with the two different cameras and comparing them side by side. (Which is a joke as most people wouldn’t normally do this) Point is if you spend enough for a Digital SLR whether Canon or Nikon D40 or Rebel Xti, you’ll be happy with your choice. I chose my Nikon D80 mainly because I had tested out and used the D70 (previous model now replaced by the D80) for a week or so. Personally I prefer my Nikon D80 over Canon’s Rebel series because of Nikon’s internal navigation screen, how the buttons are laid out over the camera, and mainly how it felt when I picked it up. I know that last part sounds lame but the Nikon D80 has a heavier sturdier feel and for a camera that I was planning on having last 10 years or so it was important to me. Not to say that the Canon Rebel series isn’t great (because it is) these are just little things that I liked in Nikon’s D80 model. Like I mentioned before, the image quality is the exact same, it’s the functionality of the camera and its feel. One thing I don’t necessarily like about my Nikon is that it tends to take very “cool” pictures. Meaning the pictures turn out to have a lot of cool blues, greens, and magentas. I’ve really had to do some “extra” things on the manual mode to make the original photo capture the proper colors. I also notice that for indoor low level light shots, the Canon exceeds the Nikon in capturing correct shades and not making the photos blurry etc. Our good friends purchased a Canon 40D a few months ago, it truly is an exceptional camera, I just have a difficult time with the functionality of the camera (reviewing photos, deleting, etc.) Nikon’s layout just seems to work perfectly to how my brain thinks a camera should function.
If you’re looking into an entry level digital SLR camera I would recommend the Nikon D60 or D40X. But frankly you can’t go wrong with any digital SLR that Nikon or Canon makes. If you want a higher end SLR, Nikon just came out with the new D90. It’s practically a glorified D80 EXCEPT it has the ability to capture HD video. “I WANT THAT” ….. “So how does the dealy-o sound?”

If you already have a digital SLR camera share your thoughts. What do you like about your Canon or Nikon? What don’t you like?


Filed under: Week Four — cabenelson @ 12:08 am


Tonight I handed Kim my laptop (more like hoisted, this thing is GINORMOUS) and had her pick the photo for today’s post. She chose one that we took during our trip home last Christmas. While we were there we met up with some of our good friends for dinner in downtown Salt Lake City. I brought the camera that night and I’m glad I did. One of our friends announced that his father was actually working just a block away as a security guard at an upscale residential high rise for fun while he’s retired. We went to visit him after dinner and he gave us the grand tour. He took us up to the rooftop and let us goof around a while. The view was spectacular, but I was even more blown away by the street right below us. I’m sorry for the massive size of the photo, but it’s the details that really make it and you really can’t see them on the smaller scale.

November 7, 2008

Different Views

Filed under: Week Four — cabenelson @ 8:51 pm

Okay Okay… I know, you’re probably getting sick of seeing pictures from our recent “Babymoon” as I’ve posted 4 billion so far. (Secretly I’m putting you all through our vacation slideshow bwha ha ha)
But, I absolutely love this series of photos. These were taken just outside of Telluride on a bluff overlooking the surrounding mountains. The sun was battling with an approaching storm and it made for some beautiful light.

I was the first out of the car and ran to the edge of the bluff, Kim slowly followed with camera in hand and snapped this one of me scoping the view.

With the storm approaching, the wind picked up and the rain started. Kim handed me the camera and booked it to the car. Standing there watching the storm pick up and move to the right of us, it reminded me of when her and I were dating while we were growing up in Bountiful, UT. We would park in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains and watch massive thunderstorms roll over the Great Salt Lake.
Kimba Car
(Of course back then I didn’t have a Blackberry where Kim could check her email…)

After waiting 5 minutes or so for the sun to hit the horizon and break underneath the clouds, the view was amazing. But I was more blown away by the dropping hillside right in front of me. The sun just light up the hillside and made everything golden.

The song that goes with this photo is one that’s been in my head for the past week. It’s Mason Jennings – Darkness Between the Fireflies. Check it out… Follow the link and hit the play button on the upper right hand side.

Also, putting this P-LOG together I’ve realized how much I love my Nikon D80. I always tell Kim that our Nikon, Tempur-Pedic bed, and TV have been the best investments we could make. Seriously what could be better? Pictures, TV, and sleep! Which brings me to my question for you. What kind of camera do you have?

November 6, 2008


Filed under: Week Four — cabenelson @ 11:54 pm

I’m issuing a photo challenge for those people who want to participate! Let me tell you right now, I don’t care if you have an SLR or a point and shoot camera. It’s suppose to be fun and carefree. More importantly it’s an excuse to get out and take some pictures! Just accept the challenge and do it… do it… commit… three… two… one… DO IT! Having just tried my best sales technique, I’m anticipating it’s just going to be between me and my cousin in-law Stacy. But for those of you who are snooping around this site it’s time to delurk!

Composition is arrangement of parts in relation to each other as a whole. A great lesson in composition is forcing yourself to make a uninteresting subject interesting by framing the subjects in the shot to work well with each other.

This is mine…
Back Yard Bricks

I chose this one because the subjects are not terribly interesting and I intentionally forced myself to try and make an uninteresting picture work. I like how the leaf is framing the upper right hand and how the lines in the brick match up with the texture of the brick. Here is a hint… don’t put your subject in the middle of the picture. Use what you have around you to make an interesting shot.

Once you’ve taken your picture just email it to me and I’ll post them up here, anonymously if you would like. Or you can just email them to me and I can give you advice and my 2 cents. Email me at DEADLINE IS GOING TO BE SUNDAY! Good luck and happy clicking!

November 5, 2008

So much for the city

Filed under: Week Four — cabenelson @ 10:53 pm

Kim and I took this photo when we were visiting Hawaii last April with her family. We had decided to stay a few extra days by ourselves because it overlapped with our 3rd year wedding anniversary. We did absolutely NOTHING… and it was fantastic. Kim and I were sitting on beach chairs and were just watching the clouds. I saw this guy walking into view and realized that this would be a good opportunity. The main subject would yes, be the man walking with complete profile shot, but equally shared by the powerful image of the clouds. Although the sand and the water play a part of it it’s small in comparison. I waited until the man was square in my view with the clouds and was in full stride. To be honest, after taking the photo and immediately reviewing it, I really didn’t like how the image turned out…


In the “before shot” when it was originally captured it really needed some adjusting. I wanted the man and the boy on the right to be completely silhouetted. It seemed if you could see details of their face/clothes it would distract from the rest of the image. What I did was use the burn tool to black out the man and the child. The picture turned out to be high contrast and it needed to be. I created more contrast with the cloud, again by using the dodge and burn tools.

And as a side note… I usually work on my photos while listening to music. I also crank up my iPod when I’m reading a book or trying to concentrate. I’m the kind of guy that needs to be listening to music all the time, most of the time it’s just white noise. When it’s with photography, it really helps me create the mood I’m looking for. For this photo it’s The Thrills- Big Sur. This song IS summer. I’ll be listening to it for the next 5 months- ENJOY

November 4, 2008


Filed under: Week Four — cabenelson @ 10:23 pm


ME: “Oh this is gonna be good!” (CLICK-CLICK)

KIM: “You’re such a dork”

ME: “Kim, I’m going to have fun with those lines”

KIM: “Lines?”

ME: “Yeah! Can’t you see the tree lines?! It’s gonna look great in black and white!”

KIM: “Seriously Cabe, I don’t know you”


November 3, 2008

Stained Glass

Filed under: Week Four — cabenelson @ 9:55 pm


I snapped this one while Kim and I snuck behind a glass works shop and watched the artist create this. He said the glass was still 600 degrees farenheit at the time it was taken. If you look closely on the top of the glass it’s still on a 6 foot iron pole. It really was an amazing process. I love the light through the glass and the colors.

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