Thursday, November 20, 2014

Shrek, The Musical

I came close to filling a 32 gigabyte CF card last evening shooting the dress rehearsal of a school production of Shrek. On Monday, I got most of the head shots but the lighting for the production itself was not yet ready.

So last evening I returned to shoot the dress rehearsal and ended up with 1,056 files taking up over 26 gigabytes of space. It took an hour to load the files from the CF card to my MacBook Pro via a USB card reader. I have yet to upload the 150 JPGs I'll be putting in a Zenfolio Gallery. Once they're uploaded you can view them here.

For the head shots I used an EOS 7D with a Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens. I mounted a Canon 430EXII Speedlite to a light tripod off to the right of the camera and bounced the light off of a Rogue Flashbender. I used the built in flash of the 7D to control the Speedlite and provide fill flash from the slight left of the lens.

For the production shots I used the same camera body with the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 lens. At ISO 1600, shutter speeds ranged from 1/15 to 1/1000 of a second depending the lighting of the scene. Some scenes were simply too dark to get a useable image with moving subjects.

Here are a few examples:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Post Halloween Pumpkin

An Eastern Gray Squirrel has figured out what to do with a pumpkin left over from Halloween decorations. On a very overcast day I watched it carve out the insides to get at the seeds.

Since I haven't posted anything in over two weeks I figured I'd take some shots with a 7D and the Sigma 50-150mm lens. All shots were made at 150mm, f/2.8 1/500th of a second and ISO 800. The first shot is the un-cropped version.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

On the Sidelines with the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8

Last evening I travelled to Oneonta, New York to shoot some of the action at a NCAA Division III women's soccer match between Hartwick College and Union College. I was positioned to one side of the goal right off of the goal line behind the dasher boards.

This positioning with the Sigma 50-150mm lens allowed for nice framing of action in and around the eighteen yard box and from the box to the sideline on my side of the field. I stayed put for both halves to get both defensive and offensive players.

Lighting was somewhat typical for artificially lit outdoor fields. At ISO 3200 and wide open at f/2.8 I was able to shoot at 1/500th and 1/750th of a second. Here are four examples. I added 33 images from this match to my gallery at

All images are made with a Canon EOS 7D and the Sigma lens.