Old School Photo Hack

What & Where?

The arched ceiling of the West Wing -- Smithsonian Castle, Washington, DC (March 2016) Sony RX1R II + Zeiss 2.0/35mm

The arched ceiling of the West Wing — Smithsonian Castle, Washington, DC (March 2016)
Sony RX1R II + Zeiss 2.0/35mm

Been awhile, so I figure people might be primed for one.  This time, the image is all you get as a clue.  As usual… rules?  There are no rules!

17 thoughts on “What & Where?

  1. Oh Docker

    This was pretty easy to work out.

    I figured you shot this on March 26th of this year. It’s one of those photos that just has a March 26th kind of look to it. That was a period when you must not have been traveling, because the photos you were posting around then were all older work. So, you must have been inside, hunkered over a warm computer, waiting for the ice to thaw.

    So where would a photo dude go poking around in the D.C. area on a dark and stormy day in the dead of winter looking for someplace to use his Sony RX1RM2 with the fast f2 lens?

    The Smithsonian, of course! But why you stopped down your f2 lens to f4 and then bumped the ISO up to 3200, I have no idea.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Haha — you nailed it, Oh Docker!

      Hmmmm. I guess I’m going to have to begin posting screen grabs instead of the actual images for the quizzes from now on; the EXIF data gives too much away for the likes of you and Tillerman.

      I stopped down to f/4.0 to minimize the chromatic aberrations around the skylights of the lower-right. The ISO was boosted to 3200 due to the dim interior of the room and the fact that I didn’t want to go below 1/60th with the shutter. As it is, you can still see a little camera shake if you look at the image full size, so I may have to begin shooting at 1/125th to minimize that in the future.


    2. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      By the way, thanks for making the comment about my posting older work, because I wasn’t — I had mislabeled the dates on a whole bunch of posts. I use a template for all my captions and had forgotten to change the date, so a lot of the stuff you had been seeing and thinking was old, was actually fresh work.


  2. Oh Docker

    Very nice shot, by the way.

    I’m using Panasonic m4/3 cameras these days, and usually don’t go beyond ISO 800 with them. But the image stabilization is pretty effective, so I can go down to 1/15th or so handheld with some confidence – with a wide lens.

    Do you use the camera’s stabilization?


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Thank you, sir.

      I usually don’t go beyond ISO 800 either, but did so in this case because the interior was so dim. The image stabilization on mine only kicks in when shooting video, not stills — so no, I don’t use it.

      My back has been giving me fits ever since the blizzard back in January, so I’ve only been shooting compact digital or point-n-shoot film since then.


    2. Oh Docker

      Just discovered that in Photoshop, if you copy. create new blank file, paste and save as new file, the metadata is gone – at least on a Mac.


  3. Tillerman (@ProperCourse)

    Well done Oh Docker! Lovely picture Mitch. You perfectly captured the real atmosphere of 8:41am.

    So glad I was too late to get this one. Now I won’t have to worry about that lady who was promising to stab me in the eye with a fork for guessing the answer to one of Mitch’s quizzes.

    Hope your back is feeling better soon Mitch. I have discovered that Laser sailing through the winter is a good way of preventing back pain.


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Laser sailing through the winter? Is that because it’s so cold that you don’t notice your back is actually broken? Hmmmmm. Sometimes I wonder about you, Tillerman, and other times I don’t.


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