Monday, October 16, 2017

Sports and Scenics

Saturday I shot a women's division 3 soccer match with my 7D and 70-300mm DO zoom and this morning shot some scenics with my 5D Mark III and 50mm f/1.8 STM lens. I'm getting used to the DO zoom but wish that the zoom ring worked more smoothly. It's a bit stiff and jerky and that's a pain following action coming toward you. Maybe as I use it more.

Saturday, it was overcast skies for the most part and post processing each file involved increasing contrast and sharpness and reducing shadows. Here are some of those results.

This morning I was walking around Peebles Island. It was also overcast but bracketing images and processing in HDR software always results in a more interesting end result.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Foggy Morning Scenics

Like many mornings lately, this morning started out with dense fog which lifted gradually throughout the morning. Here are some scenics made with my EOS 5D Mark III and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. These are all HDR composites, some with all five bracketed images and I think at least one with four, leaving out the brightest image which ended up washed out.

As usual, exposure info is for the normally exposed file.

24mm (cropped to lose dark corners), f/8, 1/250 sec., ISO 100

40mm, f/8, 1/250 sec., ISO 400

24mm, f/8, 1/350 sec., ISO 100

105mm, f/8, 1/125 sec., ISO 200

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Still Evaluating the DO Zoom

This morning, I had it over on Peebles Island with my crop sensor EOS 7D body. I already know the lens does not perform as well image quality wise on this body compared to the full frame 5D Mark III. But the crop factor makes the lens act as if it were a 480mm lens rather than 300mm and for wildlife, birds in particular, that reach is necessary.

I pretty much covered the island this morning as I drove over and parked rather than walking over. The bridge construction is annoying and driving leaves two miles worth of time and energy for the island that would otherwise be used getting there and back.

I've been using a running and biking app to document my last couple of walks. Here is a map of my walk which added up to 3.5 miles.

And here are some shots. The deer shots are single image and the trail scenic is a three file HDR composite. Nothing is cropped.

EOS 7D, EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec., ISO 400

EOS 7D, EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM at 70mm, f/6.7, 1/1800 sec., ISO 400

EOS 7D, EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec., ISO 200

EOS 7D, EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/45 sec., ISO 200