Sunday, January 15, 2017

Peebles Island Scenics

I haven't walking all that much lately and my 4.5 mile walk over to, and around, Peebles Island this morning had some leg muscles complaining. I carried my 5D Mark III and 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. Tomorrow, I may head over with a crop sensor body and a longer lens to scope out the eagle nest with appropriate equipment. There was one adult hanging out nearby this morning.

Here are some shots from this morning, all HDR composites.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Circumstantial Evidence

If the question is "has a person walked in these woods," direct evidence of the fact would be a photo or video of a person walking in those woods. Human footprints would be circumstantial evidence that a person has walked in those woods.

I have no direct evidence that there is a beaver or beavers living along the canal trail North of Waterford. I've never seen the beaver or beavers. Although a Waterford Policeman on a bicycle tried to point the beaver out to me once, I couldn't see it.

I do, however, have circumstantial evidence of beaver presence in the neighborhood. A lot of circumstantial evidence. These are all from this morning as I was walking the canal trail, avoiding the organized hike on Peebles Island. All made with my EOS 5D Mark III and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Good Bye 2016

As much as I'd like to celebrate the passing of 2016, I can't help but expect that a year from now we'll look back at 2016 as the good old days when we at least thought the US was a democracy with civil liberties and a conscience.  In any case, this is my last blog post for the year. A year which saw me post 60 blog entries, 8 more than last year.

My camera body options are little changed from the beginning of the year with the exception of swapping in an 80D body for the aging 7D for some situations. I did, however, make a lot of lens changes.

At the beginning of the year I had no full frame lenses with image stabilization. After enjoying the IS in crop sensor lenses I was using with my little SL1 body, I swapped out my 24-70mm f/2.8L lens for a 24-105mm f/4L IS. I exchanged my 100mm f/2.8 macro lens for a 100mm f/2.8L IS macro lens. And I added 35mm f/2 IS and 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS lenses.

The other change was an even exchange with me trading my 70-200mm f/2.8L lens for a 200mm f/2.8L lens. I'd been having focus issues with the zoom in certain situations and the lens was made in 1999. The prime lens I received was made in 2007, is smaller, lighter and black instead of white. I'm hoping it'll suffice for nighttime and indoor situations where the slower 70-300mm zoom won't work.

Here are my last shots of the year, all made this morning with my EOS 80D and EF-S 24mm f.2.8 pancake lens. All are 5 file HDR composites. See you next year.