Sunday, February 7, 2016

Another Nice Morning for Walking and Shooting

Instead of heading for Peebles Island this morning I headed the other way along the old canal North of Waterford. And instead of carrying my 5DIII and long zoom I carried my old 7D and EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS lens. The size of this setup along with the image stabilization of the lens and the 7D's eight frames per second make it easier to obtain nicely aligned, hand held, bracketed images for HDR processing.

Only the shot of the Oak leaf trapped in ice is cropped and this is almost a 100% crop of the frame. The leaf is also the only shot which is not a three file HDR image. As usual, the exposure information is for the normally exposed file. Bracketing was +/- 1 1/2 EV.

85mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec., ISO 200

85mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec., ISO 200

85mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec., ISO 200

85mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec., ISO 400

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Peebles Island Deer - It's Been a While

I haven't walked around Peebles Island with longer lenses in what seems like a long time. It was a nice clear morning and I was hoping to see the usual White-tailed Deer and maybe an eagle or two.

No luck with the eagles but I ran across over a dozen deer during my 3.5 miles walking around the island. I was carrying my EOS 5D Mark III with vertical grip and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens with the 2X III extender, giving me a 140-400mm f/5.6 lens on a full frame body.

Some of these are slightly to moderately cropped except for the shot with the two deer which is not cropped. All are at about 400mm and at f/5.6.

1/250 sec. - ISO 1600

1/750 sec. - ISO 3200

1/500 sec. - ISO 3200

1/500 sec. - ISO 3200

Monday, February 1, 2016

Single File HDR Images

I've been enjoying this mid-Winter weather with temperatures in the 40s and 50s to shoot some sunsets over the Hudson River. Yesterday, I shot from the bridge between Troy and Waterford and did some over the top HDR processing, which I'm getting a bit tired of. Today, from a slightly different location, I also bracketed for multi file HDR processing but ended up favoring single file HDR processing with Canon's DPP software.

Without going into technical details about the files or the end images, here are some nice views of a far less icy than normal Hudson River sunset this time of year. These shots were made with my EOS 5D Mark III and EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens.