Saturday, December 31, 2016

Good Bye 2016

As much as I'd like to celebrate the passing of 2016, I can't help but expect that a year from now we'll look back at 2016 as the good old days when we at least thought the US was a democracy with civil liberties and a conscience.  In any case, this is my last blog post for the year. A year which saw me post 60 blog entries, 8 more than last year.

My camera body options are little changed from the beginning of the year with the exception of swapping in an 80D body for the aging 7D for some situations. I did, however, make a lot of lens changes.

At the beginning of the year I had no full frame lenses with image stabilization. After enjoying the IS in crop sensor lenses I was using with my little SL1 body, I swapped out my 24-70mm f/2.8L lens for a 24-105mm f/4L IS. I exchanged my 100mm f/2.8 macro lens for a 100mm f/2.8L IS macro lens. And I added 35mm f/2 IS and 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS lenses.

The other change was an even exchange with me trading my 70-200mm f/2.8L lens for a 200mm f/2.8L lens. I'd been having focus issues with the zoom in certain situations and the lens was made in 1999. The prime lens I received was made in 2007, is smaller, lighter and black instead of white. I'm hoping it'll suffice for nighttime and indoor situations where the slower 70-300mm zoom won't work.

Here are my last shots of the year, all made this morning with my EOS 80D and EF-S 24mm f.2.8 pancake lens. All are 5 file HDR composites. See you next year.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

2017 Wall Calendar

My 2017 wall calendar consists of images made during a September on the coast of Maine. You can view the images along with detailed shooting information at

And here is a slide show of the images.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Ogunquit in December - Day 3

I'll wrap up the Ogunquit trip with this post. I ended up with a 53 image gallery which you can view at

These shots are all from Sunday morning and are made with my 5D Mark III and my 24-105mm f/4L IS lens.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Ogunquit in December - Day 2

The blog seems to be lagging behind the twitter feed lately and that makes sense. It's easier to post photos with a short caption than trying to come up with something that sets the photos in context or gives some technical detail.

These shots are from yesterday morning at sunrise on the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine. It was bitter cold and I went out with only my 5D Mark III and EF 35mm f/2 IS lens. It was a nice combination but limited options for capturing a variety of scenes on what turned out to be some nice lighting with frozen seawater as a foreground element.

These are all hand held HDR composites which are easily accomplished with this image stabilized lens.

This morning I was out with my EF 24-105mm f/4L lens on the same territory and came away with very different images. Those will be posted here tomorrow.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Ogunquit in December - Day 1

Last evening was cold and windy on the Southern Coast of Maine. A stop at Cape Neddick on the way to Ogunquit was timed perfectly at about sunset. Here are some shots of the lit up Nubble Light.