Planet Canderson

Photos and Video from Chris (canderson) Anderson

Outside My Window

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I was watching D-Town TV last week (if you own a DSLR you should be watching D-Town TV) and the great wildlife photographer Moose Peterson did a “tips” segment where he mentioned that he shoots a lot of his wildlife right from his window and front door. Different bird feeders and whatnot bring the wildlife to him, thereby giving him a chance to experiment with various lenses and light sources, etc. Interesting stuff. It made me think of a few time-lapses I’ve shot from my bedroom and kitchen window.  So I was inspired to put together this quick time-lapse video, the first part of which features a bit of Berkeley “wildlife”: some lurker who planted himself across from our kitchen window and hung out all day long. Napping, scratching, taking his meds at one point. A curious beast this one was. Perhaps he’d angered one of the larger males at People’s Park, which is where they usually nest, and needed a time-out. Who knows but at least he wasn’t defecating in my stairwell as some others have.

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January 12th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

HDR EFEX Pro vs Photomatix Pro

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I just recently downloaded a free trial of HDR EFEX Pro and have become quite addicted to its ease of use. I’d previously been using Photomatix Pro. I’m not a technical writer so I’m not going to go into how each one works. There’s no shortage of people on the internet for that. Matter of fact, here’s a good one by Jason Odell.

I just took a photo that I’d worked in Photomatix a few weeks ago and worked the same files again as I would using HDR EFEX. Using some of its great presets and a few minor tweaks, EFEX seems to get more of the “dynamic range” I was looking for in the first place. Or that could be just the way I worked the file. Either way, I like the result of EFEX better and its ease of use. I’ve been using it for about 10 days or so now and have been really enjoying the results. Anyway, here’s the two files of a waterfall at Berkeley’s Cordornices Park. Here’s some more from that day.

Oh yeah, and while I was watching a tutorial on The Digital Photography Connection Michael Rather offered a 15% discount if you used his code. Watch the video for yourself to get the code and get a good idea of what the program can do for you.

using HDR EFEX Pro

Here’s the previous version using Photomatix

Here’s a few shots using HDR EFEX from my recent trip to San Diego at the La Jolla Pier. OK, some of these are a bit over the top but hey, sometimes I get carried away. The better ones I try to keep looking as “natural” as possible.

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January 9th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Dude gets an update

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Sorry for the absence. I was on a roll then got hit by the Holidaze I guess. I tried to do a post of a wedding I shot in October but was having troubles with uploads and with updating the WordPress version. I tried to do it automatically but no dice. Just tried to do it manually this morning and it was telling me it was updated. Now it’s back to telling me there’s a new update. Who knew blogging could be such a pain?  I have a lot of ideas for posts it’s just that when I go to do them I get treated to this kinda wonderful stuff. Anyway, I’m going to do my best to figure this all out and in the meantime show you a video you might not have seen that I made featuring three of my favorite things: Squirrels, Time-Lapse photography and making home recordings with my friends.

Update 2. While trying to make this blog post my browser went weird and when trying to go to flickr it sent me to some childs day care site! Just cleared my history and cookies etc and it’s back to normal but man, I swear this shouldn’t be such a pain!

Anyway, on with the squirrels!!!!

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January 8th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

3 Fairs In a Few Time Lapse Video


A new time-lapse video I made at 3 different fairs this summer. I remember when I took my only photo class in High School our teacher showed us a night photo of the McLean county fair that was one of the coolest shots I’d ever seen. One of the first things I ever photographed in Chicago when I got my first Nikon was a fair that popped up somewhere on Western Ave. I had just gotten a F3 and an old 20mm wide angle lens. One of the old all metal ones that weighed about five pounds and looked great.  So anyway here’s my new time-lapse video and some of my favorite fair/carnival shots.


Oh and this is a “still from the video” maybe one of my best shots ever?

First one in Chicago with F3 and 20mm

Toy cameras and Carnivals are made for each other

Here’s a Holga shot

and little plastic Wide and Slim camera with Cross Processed slide film

Flying Pigs

and a few Hasselblad shots for good measure

For more check out my flickr page and search “fair” or “carnival” or just have a look around in general. Thanks!

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November 5th, 2010 at 4:03 am

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First post and new portfolio page!

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So I finally decided to enter into the modern age and do what I’ve been meaning to do for years now: a website/blog, a proper place to put all my photo projects. A landing spot for current photos and videos. Planet “Canderson” if you will, starting off with my live rock and roll portfolio. Here are some shots that are in it to give you an idea of what to expect. More portfolios are to come so please check back soon or, better yet, subscribe! Thanks and enjoy. Chris