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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Morning Hike

Here are some scenes from my 4.8 mile walk through Waterford and up the Champlain Canal Trail and back. I carried my 5D Mark III, EF 70-300mm DO zoom and 40mm pancake. Since all these are HDR composites I'll simply indicate which lens and, if the zoom, at what focal length the scene was captured.

Waterford from the Bridge - EF 70-300mm DO at 70mm.

Waterford Street Scene - EF 70-300mm DO at 70mm.

Looking North up the Canal Trail - EF 70-300mm DO at 70mm.

The Back End of Momentive Chemical Plant - EF 70-300mm DO at 70mm.

Backlit Grasses - EF 70-300mm DO at 300mm.

Looking SouthWest back down the Canal Trail - EF 40mm Pancake.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Fun Day with HDR Scenics

Today was a fun day. Some nice clouds, a couple breaks of sun, the 24-105mm zoom and a four mile walk made for a nice morning. Then, I realized that HDRSoft had a new version of PhotoMatix Pro I could download and my license for the previous version made it free.

PhotoMatix Pro 5 had been crashing about every third photo which led me to see if there was an update. So far version 6 has not crashed.

All these are HDR composites, some with all five bracketed files, and some with four, leaving out the most over exposed image. All were made with the 5D Mark III and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. The exposure information is for the normally exposed file.

The thirteen image gallery can be viewed at http://trulandphoto.zenfolio.com/waterfordflight.


40mm, f/5.6, 1/350 sec., ISO 200

45mm, f/8, 1/350 sec., ISO 200

24mm, f/8, 1/180 sec., ISO 200

28mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec., ISO 200

45mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec., ISO 200

28mm, f/5.6, 1/1500 sec., ISO 200

Friday, November 17, 2017

Back to the Pancake Project

After several sports and event outings I went for my walk over to Waterford Harbor this morning with the 5D Mark III and 40mm pancake lens. It was a cloudy and breezy morning but there were some breaks of light and HDR processing manages to get color out of almost any conditions.

Here are some of the results. Exposure information is for the normally exposed file. All are five file composites.


Canon 5DIII, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, f/5.6, /250 sec., ISO 200

Canon 5DIII, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, f/5.6, /125 sec., ISO 200

Canon 5DIII, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, f/5.6, /125 sec., ISO 200

Canon 5DIII, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, f/5.6, /125 sec., ISO 200

Canon 5DIII, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, f/5.6, /250 sec., ISO 200

Thursday, November 16, 2017

High School Musical 2017

I have documented dress rehearsals for seven Lansingburgh school plays now, going back to April, 2013. This years musical is Thoroughly Modern Millie. For the first time I didn't have an f/2.8 zoom to use and the first time I didn't have a 70-200mm or equivalent zoom to use. ISO 3200 and f/4 resulted in some pretty slow shutter speeds but the image stabilization helped a bit.

My tools this year were my 5D Mark III and EF 24-105mm f/4L zoom. I missed the option of standing back farther in the auditorium and zooming in. It was more difficult getting from one side of the stage to the other as the rows near the front were cluttered with kids, backpacks, etc.

The usual problems of white balance and uneven lighting made for a slow processing of the images. I ended up with 260 images including headshots.

The full gallery can be viewed at http://trulandphoto.zenfolio.com/millie. Here are some samples.

 












Sunday, November 5, 2017

A Small Crop Sensor Kit

It's obvious that i enjoy coming up with different combinations of equipment which I fully intend on utilizing and then usually don't. The most recent is a small shoulder bag with my crop sensor EOS 7D and two pancake lenses, the 24mm and 40mm f/2.8 STM lenses.

The 7D has a built in flash so there's little need to have another one in the bag. The two lenses have full frame equivalent fields of view of 38mm and 64mm respectively. There isn't a gigantic difference - one is a bit shorter than normal and the other a bit longer than normal. But there's enough difference to carry both.

Here are the two fields of view on the 7D. The normally smooth Hudson River has a different look doe to the passing of a New York State Marine Highway tugboat and barge just before I made the exposures.


EF 24mm f/2.8 STM (38mm eq.)

EF 40mm f/2.8 STM (64mm eq.)
Here's another shot with the 40mm pancake from a different position.




The rest of these are made with the 24mm lens at and above Lock E2 on the canal in Waterford.










I'm going to include this kit in the pancake project as the concept is the same. The 24mm is almost the same field of view and the 40mm is the same lens.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Sports with the 5D Mark III and DO Zoom lens

I knew that yesterday's college match would have less favorable light than the others I have shot this Fall. It was scheduled to start less than two hours before sunset and it was overcast. Accordingly, I decided to use my full frame body rather than the crop sensor 7D. I'd lose focal length but gain higher ISO abilities.

It turned out to be the right choice. The 5DIII worked out well and the images with the DO zoom required less tweaking than they do with the 7D.

These are probably the last of my soccer shots for the season. The entire gallery can be viewed at http://trulandphoto.zenfolio.com/hwsoc2017. Here are some samples.


5DIII, 70-300mm DO at f/5.6 and 300mm, 1/1000 sec., ISO 3200

5DIII, 70-300mm DO at f/5.6 and 300mm, 1/1500 sec., ISO 3200

5DIII, 70-300mm DO at f/5.6 and 300mm, 1/1000 sec., ISO 6400

5DIII, 70-300mm DO at f/5.6 and 300mm, 1/2000 sec., ISO 3200

I did get some good images at focal lengths less than 300mm although it's tempting to think that I'd be better off with the inexpensive 300mm f/4L IS lens and gain both image quality and a stop of light. We'll have to see.


Monday, October 30, 2017

Not the Pancake Project

Since the most recent blog post on 10/24 I've not used the 40mm pancake lens as my opportunities have been sunsets and sports. I used my 5D Mark III and 24-105mm lens for the sunsets and my 7D and 70-300mm DO lens for the sports.

I expect to be shooting some more sports later this week and will use the full frame 5DIII with the DO zoom as the match is a later start and I expect I will need a higher ISO than the 7D could handle without excessive noise levels.

Here are samples of the two sunsets at the Hudson River and a Women's college soccer match between Hartwick and Sage.














Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Pancake Project Progresses

The weekend proved productive as the 40mm pancake project progresses. Walks on both Saturday and Sunday mornings and a family wedding provided plenty of photographic opportunities.

These scenics from the morning walks are all HDR composites.


EOS 5D Mark III, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, f/5.6, 1/500 sec., ISO 200

EOS 5D Mark III, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, f/6.7, 1/1000 sec., ISO 200

EOS 5D Mark III, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, f/6.7, 1/45 sec., ISO 200

EOS 5D Mark III, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, f/6.7, 1/60 sec., ISO 200

With it's relatively fast f/2.8 maximum aperture, the 40mm pancake lens can also function in low natural light indoors or at night without flash. It doesn't hurt that the 5D Mark III is a fairly good high ISO camera. This shot of a wedding cake was made without flash with the indicated settings.


EOS 5D Mark III, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, f/2.8, 1/45 sec., ISO 1600

Friday, October 20, 2017

40mm Pancake Lens Project

I've decided for the next year or so to limit my casual shooting to Canon's 40mm f/2.8 STM paired with a full frame body, currently an EOS 5D Mark III. Of course, I'm not going to use this setup for sports or documenting the Bald Eagle nest. And I probably won't use it for all scenic opportunities or events like stage productions. But for most everything else, I want to take a year and see what develops.

I've put together a small sling bag, Lowepro's Slingshot 102 AW, and some accessories including a Canon 270EX II Speedlite with omnibounce diffuser, a polarizer filter, a remote release, a screw on lens hood designed for the old Canon Powershot S1IS, a small rocket blower, a spare battery, etc. I've actually got two copies of this lens so there's a spare one of those as well.

Blog posts used with this kit will be tagged with the "Pancake Project" label. Here are photos of the setup.









Monday, October 16, 2017

Sports and Scenics

Saturday I shot a women's division 3 soccer match with my 7D and 70-300mm DO zoom and this morning shot some scenics with my 5D Mark III and 50mm f/1.8 STM lens. I'm getting used to the DO zoom but wish that the zoom ring worked more smoothly. It's a bit stiff and jerky and that's a pain following action coming toward you. Maybe as I use it more.

Saturday, it was overcast skies for the most part and post processing each file involved increasing contrast and sharpness and reducing shadows. Here are some of those results.






This morning I was walking around Peebles Island. It was also overcast but bracketing images and processing in HDR software always results in a more interesting end result.