Thursday, March 26, 2009


Several of the Tulips in the front yard have started to come up. I've been toying with an idea for photographing a Tulip the last couple of days I finally had the time tonight. Not much Photoshop work on this image. A gel-ed flash, another flash with a snoot and a tilt shift lens was all that was used.

Technical Specs: Canon 1Ds3, 90 TS-E, f/5.6, 1/200s, ISO 100.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Stroll with 70-300 DO

The Canon 70-300 DO is a lens that often gets picked on. They say its soft, the bokeh is funny, it has low contrast and its overpriced.

A lot of it is true. The bokeh is kinda funny looking. At 300mm it is somewhat soft and its definitely overpriced. The contrast isn't up to L snuff, but it didn't seem lacking to me. Besides, contrast is easy enough to fix in post.

However, for some people it may still have its place. It is reasonably light, but more importantly its extremely compact. Furthermore, it may pale in comparison to super telephoto primes (or the 70-200 for that matter) but with a little post processing, some judicious sharpening it can produce images good enough for web viewing or even small/medium prints.

On Sunday, we went for a walk around Kelley Park and the Palo Alto Duck pond. I brought only the 70-300 DO on a Rebel XSi.

I had to stop down to f/8 and it was mostly static shots that worked out but I still got some decent images.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Haven't done a Maya pic in this blog in a while (she has her own blog), but I thought this one was just too cute. I like the composition too.

Technical Specs: Canon 1Ds3, 200 f/2, f/2, 1/80s, ISO 800.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Orange Cattleya Orchid

Technical Specs: Nikon D700, 105 micro VR, f/16, 1/200s, ISO 200. Strobe fired.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mourning Dove

I wanted to give a quick run at photographing some birds in trees in the backyard yesterday with both the 1Ds3 and 800 as well as the D700 and 200-400. There were many Mourning Doves hanging around so I gave it a shot.

I am very impressed with the performance of the 800 on the 1Ds3 even wide open. The colors are great and the images are very sharp.

I was impressed with the D700 + 200-400 combo as well.

Obviously the reach won't be the same and the extra resolution of the 1Ds3 gives it a distinct advantage at low ISOs. However I'm hoping to do BIFs (birds in flight) with the D700, especially larger birds and I think for that purpose it'll do a fine job.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Daisy Still Life

Grabbed this quick snap of a daisy out in the front yard. The lighting made it easy to separate the flower from the background.

Technical Specs: Nikon D700, 24-70 @ 70mm, f/5, 1/1000s, ISO 200.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Night Blooming Jasmin

Kim got this flower as a little stem from her mom back in December. This morning she noticed that it had bloomed. Its a beautiful flower and the fragrance is quite strong and very pleasing.

I took several pictures of the flower and used both the Canon and Nikon bodies. Ah if only we could all get along so well :) The closeup was taken with the Canon, the rest were with the Nikon.

Technical Specs: Nikon D700, 105 VR Micro, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 800, T5D-R fired. Canon 1Ds3, 65 MP-E, f/11, 1/200s, ISO 400, MT-24ex fired.