Saturday, September 24, 2016

Maine Trip Day 1

I'm spending a lot of time processing photos. Some HDR, Some not. Here are some shots from Friday and this morning's sunrise. Tomorrow I'll post more from today.

Hogback Mountain, Vermont

Hogback Mountain, Vermont

Sunrise, Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine

Sunrise, Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine

Sunrise, Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

First College Soccer of the Fall

On Saturday I shot a Division III college women's soccer match for the first time this Fall. It was a bright sunny afternoon for the most part and I was able to shoot my EOS 7D and 70-200mm f/2.8 lens at lower ISO settings than when it's cloudy or the match is under the lights.

On checking my images later Saturday evening I noticed that the distant shots at 200mm were extremely out of focus. Shots at 200mm not so far away were not as bad. I noticed that distant subjects with this camera lens combination were also not focused correctly from Friday's tugboat roundup shoot.

Here is a screen capture of one of the out of focus shots. The image is zoomed in at 50% and the red box is the active center focus point that focused the lens. Obviously a problem existed as the plane of focus is far behind the focus point.

Sunday I did some testing and, of the possible plus or minus 20, I needed to set the micro focus adjust on the camera to minus 18 to get accurate focusing on the long end with distant subjects with this lens. I'll seed to do some followup to see how the focus is affected at shorter focal lengths and whether the problem exists with other camera bodies.

Here are some shots that are mainly in focus since the distance to the subject was less.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tugboat Roundup 2016

Last evening began this year's tugboat roundup with the parade of boats into Waterford Harbor from down the Hudson River. There were a lot of boats this year, some of then even tugboats. What was unfortunate this year is that the boats arrived over a half hour later than some years in the past and that, coupled with the date being a few days later, resulted in the sun setting behind the trees leaving the boats in shade with a bright sun background as the entered the harbor.

While the past two years I had located myself on the bridge over the harbor, this year I went back to the "beach" on Peebles island where I had decent views of the boats before they hit the shade.

I used both my 5D Mark III and my last remaining 7D with 24-105mm and 70-200mm lenses attached, respectively. I did note that the clock on my 7D has not been set for daylight savings time so the time indicated in the photos is an hour earlier than they actually were made.

A group on my Zenfolio site which containing galleries of each of the past four years of Tugboat Roundup shots can be viewed at

EOS 7D, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L at 180mm, f/4, 1/750 sec., ISO 100

EOS 7D, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L at 160mm, f/4, 1/500 sec., ISO 100

EOS 5DIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L at 99mm, f/4, 1/180 sec., ISO 200

EOS 5DIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L at 55mm, f/4, 1/125 sec., ISO 200