Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Trees and Fog

I went on a walk this morning at Bechtel Park (in Waterloo). The weather was generally miserable, foggy and somewhat damp.

However the photographic opportunities were pretty good.

A happy tree?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Great Blue Heron takeoff

Technical Specs: Canon 1Ds3, 800 f/5.6 IS, f/5.6, ISO 400, 1/1000s - 1/1600s.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Coastal Sunset

Technical Specs: Canon 7D, 100-400 @ 400mm, f/5.6, 1/2500s, ISO 800.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


These are my four favourite Pelican images from Sunday.

Each has been processed differently from the others and each has characteristics I like.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Great Egret

Another image from Sunday. One thing I like about this image is that the branches in the water give the composition much needed balance.

Technical Specs: Canon 1Ds3, 800 f/5.6 IS, f/5.6, 1/4000s, ISO 400.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Otter pup napping

On Sunday, I organized a trip to visit Elkhorn Slough for the photo club at work. The weather was pretty nice, the light was great and a good time was had by all. I took a lot of images and I'm slowly going through them. I think I'll do something a little different with these images and take my time in processing them (I usually like to get through the processing as quickly as possible).

This image of the sleeping Otter pup on its mom is probably one of my favourites, hence its the first.

Technical Specs: Canon 1Ds3, 800 f/5.6 IS, f/5.6, 1/800s, ISO 400.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Handheld macro fun

I received my Canon 100 f/2.8L IS Macro lens today. It was already getting dark by the time I got home but those were conditions I wanted to try the lens out with anyway.

I took a several images with both the 1Ds Mark III and the 7D. Color rendition is good, its too early to say but I suspect the 180L macro is still a touch better. Sharpness is excellent even wide open on bodies, though the vignetting is more pronounced on the 1Ds3.

Bokeh is quite pleasing and the autofocus is quite fast for a macro lens so this should be quite suitable for portraiture.

Canon claims the new image stabilization is good for 4 stops at normal shooting distances and 2 stops at 1:1 macro distances.

So far I have little reason to doubt these claims, the image stabilizer is very effective (the image above was taken hand held at 1/13s and is tack sharp even when viewed at 100%).

There are a lot of questions people have, will this be a better (or at least as good a) lens than the 135L for portraiture, where does this leave the 180 macro and whether image stabilizer in a macro lens even makes sense?

The answer, I don't know, yet. So far this does seem to be a fun little lens to use and I think the image stabilizer will give people who like handholding more options.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Gorilla portrait

One last image from Sunday, there's something about this image that I really like.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Another one from Sunday.

I can't wait to get the chance to photograph these guys in the wild.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Lion Portrait

Took Maya to the SF Zoo yesterday and this was one of the images I made. I love the texture of the mane.

Technical Specs: Canon 7D, 100-400 @ 400mm, f/5.6, 1/3200s, ISO 800.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Black-crowned Night Heron portrait

I went to the Palo Alto Baylands this morning to finally get a chance to use my newly acquired 7D in photographing birds. There wasn't a lot of activity there, but this BCNH swooped onto one of the palm fronds and posed for several minutes. I also saw a hawk (I think Cooper's Hawk) but it took off before I could get my tripod set up.

My initial impressions with the 7D are very positive, the detail resolved is fantastic and as I initially suspected, I think I will opt to use the 7D rather than put on a 1.4x tele-converter using the 1Ds3 when I need more reach.

Technical Specs: Canon 7D, 800 f/5.6 IS, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 800, flash fired.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Hanging by a thread

This spider as been building a web every night this past week. Usually one end of the web is attached to my car, so when I leave for work in the morning, it gets destroyed. Then that evening he starts again. I guess it has learned its lesson since this time the web was built between two trees.

Technical Specs: Canon 7D, 180 macro, f/9, 1/800s, ISO 1600. Composite of 3 images.