Truland Photography

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Settling In With One Lens

Since my most recent use of the 16mm STM lens I've been carrying only the 24-105mm lens. The edges of the 16mm lens really don't hold up to close scrutiny due to the digital corrections stretching needed to fix the distortion inherent in a lens that wide, small and inexpensive. In the right circumstances, though, it can create very nice images and I'll hang on to it.

I've been going through my bag collection to find a bag that ticks all the boxes with just the R6 and 24-105mm lens and nothing seemed to fit. Everything was either too small to also carry batteries, filters, rocket blower, etc. or too large for long carries.

Over the weekend, I decided to pick up a used Canon Gadget Bag 300DG from MPB for $25. It fits what I need nicely and is well padded but lightweight. 

I tested out the setup yesterday at Oakwood Cemetery and I think it's a system that I can work with going forward. 

EOS R6, RF 24-105mm f/4L at 24mm, f/8

EOS R6, RF 24-105mm f/4L at 67mm, f/5.6

EOS R6, RF 24-105mm f/4L at 47mm, f/5.6

EOS R6, RF 24-105mm f/4L at 105mm, f/4

EOS R6, RF 24-105mm f/4L at 96mm, f/5.6


Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Finding Winter

Down in the valley near the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, there is no snow. By driving a half hour in a couple of directions I can find a few inches so I have at least a few wintry photos from this season.

In the past couple of days I headed north to Saratoga Spa State Park and east to Grafton Lakes State Park.

EOS R6, RF 24-105mm f/4L at 24mm, f/11

EOS R6, RF 24-105mm f/4L at 24mm, f/19

EOS R6, RF 24-105mm f/4L at 45mm, f/8

EOS R6, RF 24-105mm f/4L at 24mm, f/8

EOS R6, RF 24-105mm f/4L at 24mm, f/5.6

EOS R6, RF 24-105mm f/4L at 24mm, f/22

EOS R6, RF 24-105mm f/4L at 72mm, f/8


Thursday, February 15, 2024

Vischer Ferry Ultra Wide

While I have settled on the RF 24-105mm f/4L lens as my primary tool, I do have the small, light and mediocre RF 16mm f/2.8 STM lens as an ultra wide option. Yesterday I decided to walk around Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve in Clifton Park with only the 16mm lens. 

A lens this wide needs particular elements in the scene for it to be the right tool. Something in the near foreground is one such element. Overhead objects like clouds or trees are another.

Here are some of the more successful compositions from a cloudless morning.