Thursday, May 31, 2007

Deer near Lake Shasta

On Saturday evening, after checking into our hotel, we went for a drive around the Lake Shasta area. We were mainly looking for potential places to do fishing from a dock or lakeside. On the way I spotted on location that was the head of a trail which promised bird viewing opportunities (Osprey and Eagles I believe). As we drove there was a deer on the path, so I quickly pulled over and decided to try my new 300mm f/2.8 IS lens. I was very happy with the performance of the lens on the 5D and this was one of the photographs I took. I was pushed to use ISO 3200 and was shooting wide open, so the IS saved me. Between the use high ISO and the AF performance I am really looking forward to the 1D3.

Technical Specs: Canon 5D, 300mm f/2.8 IS, f/2.8, 1/100s, ISO 3200.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Lassen Volcanic National Park

This past Memorial Day weekend, we went on a little road trip to northern California. Our first destination was Lassen Volcanic National Park. We did a slow drive through the park (and this is a great time to visit as there is still a lot of snow around). We stopped for a quick hike at Summit Lake which is where this photograph was taken. I'll post more pictures in the next few days.

Technical Specs: Canon 5D, 24-105 @ 45mm, f/8, 1/200s, ISO 200.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Poor man's 600mm lens

Today I finally received the lens for which I sold the 300mm f/4 IS (and a couple of other lenses), the 300mm f/2.8 IS along with a 2x tele-converter. I intend to use this lens bare and with the TCs, but I will admit the prospect of having a 600mm f/5.6 IS (with the 2x TC) that is hand-holdable was a major factor. I will admit though it isn't entirely a 'poor man's 600mm' but it sure is a lot cheaper than the Canon 600mm f/4 IS (which costs a smidge over $6500). I'm looking forward to doing some bird and wildlife shooting with the new set up in the coming weeks.

I went into the backyard hoping for some robins but unfortunately none were to be found. The moon however was out, so I grabbed the IR camera, mounted the 2x TC and lens, turned on IS and snapped this pic. Not too shabby overall considering it was done hand-held and with a 2x TC (which is notorious for degrading image quality).

Technical Specs: Canon Rebel XT IR, 300mm f/2.8 IS + 2x TC (600mm equiv.), f/6.3, 1/400s, ISO 800.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Is that a Ferrari in your driveway... ?

... why yes, yes it is. No, we didn't win the lottery (sadly), the Modena 360 belongs to Kim's friend from work Mike. As it was a nice day we thought it might be fun to do a little car shooting. There was also a small show with several exotics in the afternoon so we went to check that out first. We drove up through Pacifica to San Francisco, but didn't find any inspiring spots for a shoot. We eventually drove back down and went to the Calero Reservoir. We did a shoot for a couple of hours and I think we got a couple of decent shots. I'm working on processing them now.

Technical Specs: Canon 5D, 17-40 @ 17mm, f/10, 1/80s, ISO 200.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Peace Lily

The Peace Lily is one of the few indoor plants that actually flower in low light. This is one of the many plants and flowers that Kim is currently growing inside and outside the house.

I have for some time been meaning to do some B&W flower photography so I took the opportunity tonight. The petal had some imperfections so a B&W conversion was a good way to hide it. Not a bad start I think.

Technical Details: Canon 5D, 70-200 f/4 IS @ 200mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 100.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

More staining

This evening was another spent pressure washing and staining the fence. This is a shot of fence in its 'original' color after washing and staining. Sadly not even a beefy pressure washer can remove all the stains and weathering accumulated over 30 years.

Technical Specs: Canon 5D, 85 f/1.2L, ISO 200, 1/100s, f/2.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Before & After

One of the projects Kim and I started this weekend (I've lost count how many projects we currently have) was to clean and re-stain the fence and deck.

Since cedar and redwoods are abundant in California, it is commonly used in the construction of decks and fences; and our fence is no exception. Over the years (I'm unsure the fence has ever been cleaned) all kinds of junk accumulates from weathering and mildew. We got a pretty powerful pressure washer and the first step is to remove the gunk.

On the left is what our fence looks like currently and on the right is board that has been washed; it really is a night and day difference. I had washed one segment of the fence, which we started staining today. We're planning on staining as more segments get washed.

I have a few more pictures from our yard work this evening in this gallery.

Technical Specs: Canon Rebel XTi, 17-85 IS @ 59mm, f/5.6, 1/15s, ISO 1600.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Once last spin with the 100mm Macro

For last several weeks Kim and I have been busy with our front yard. We ripped out all the juniper and boxwood bushes (so now you can actually see the front of the house). Kim then went through and planted many varieties of flowers and an Algerian Clementine tree. In between the larger plants she planted various little guys including these rather colorful flowers (I don't know their names).

For reasons which I'll get into in a future post, I am selling my 100mm macro lens and thought I would take it for one last spin this weekend before it is sold. Sadly my 5D is currently at the Canon service center in Irvine (the warranty runs out at the end of the month and I wanted to get it cleaned and serviced on their dime) so I had to use Kim's camera, speaking of which I was reminded of how fine a camera the Rebel XT is.

Technical Specs: Canon Rebel XT, 100mm Macro, f/13, 1/160s, ISO 400.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

A small car

Kim's friend from work Mike needed a couple of 'before' shots of his model Ferrari Modena before some decal work is done, so given to the opportunity to shoot things I obliged. I have yet to do a shoot with the real thing, still scoping locations and waiting for the ideal weather.

Technical Specs: Canon 5D, 70-200 f/4 IS @ 150mm, f/11, 1/200s, ISO 100.