Here's a varied bunch of odds and ends from the past week.
First, you can make HDR composites that aren't over the top and look pretty natural. But which bring the dynamic range in a scene which your eyes see but which your camera doesn't capture in a single frame. This is a three file HDR with the 7D and 24-70mm f/2.8L lens.
I spent a few minutes photographing a backyard pond and garden with a 7D and 70-200mm f/2.8L lens with an extender 2xIII attached. Here a couple of shots. I haven't identified the wasp as of yet.
Both shots are at 400mm, f/8 and 400 ISO.
Finally, after some heavy rain the night before, muddy water from the Hudson River and the Barge Canal overflow was mixing with the clear water of the Mohawk River in the area of Waterford Harbor. This is a three image HDR composite made with the 7D and 24-70mm f/2.8L lens.
There is, unfortunately, no way to avoid the power lines in shots made from this particular bridge.