Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Boxelder Fail Part 2

Fifty two days after the giant Boxelder started to come apart the entire tree is now done for. You can read about part 1 of the saga in a June 4th blog entry here. Today, I noticed that the rest of the tree had come down sometime over night or early this morning. We've had a lot of rain and I suppose the weight of the water and the loosening of the soil were factors although as you can see the roots pretty much just broke. Without the South trunk to balance the weight it was only a matter of time.

It was still drizzling as I took my 5D Mark III and weather sealed 24-105mm lens out to document. While the 5D series is not as weather proof as the 1D series, or even the 7D Mark II, I'm not concerned that some light rain or dripping will cause a problem. Here shots of the file of firewood waiting to be cut up. As the Boxelder is a member of the maple family it will be good burning assuming the right equipment is available.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Peebles Island Scenics

Yesterday morning I walked around Peebles Island with my 5D Mark III with 24-105mm lens and 7D with 100mm macro lens. I wasn't happy with any of the shots from the 7D and macro lens. I'm a bit out of practice with real macro shots and image stabilization really isn't a substitute for a tripod.

The landscape setup on the 5D Mark III resulted in some decent shots. While I bracketed five files, I ended up processing less than five as the under exposed files were really dark.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Stages of a Bee Balm Blossom

I've been using my 100mm macro lens with my crop sensor 7D lately to see if that would pair nicely with my 5D Mark III and 24-105mm lens for event coverage and general walking around. On a crop sensor body the 100mm lens has the field of view of a 160mm lens on a full frame body. This can be an advantage as you don't need to be as close to the subject to have the subject framed the same way.

Canon makes a 180mm macro lens but it is f/3.5 and it doesn't have image stabilization. I'm hoping this will work out nicely.

This small patch of Bee Balm had blossoms in various stages of development. These shots were all made at the same time. All are at f/8 and ISO 100.  These are all full images with no cropping.