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.







Saturday, February 10, 2024

Robinson State Park in the Fog

I enjoyed a 24 hour visit to the Springfield, Massachusetts area this weekend. The temperature neared 60 degrees today but the morning started off with cold and fog. Very good conditions for hiking and photographing this time of year. 

The location was Robinson State Park in Agawam along the Westfield River before it flows into the Connecticut River at Springfield.

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

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

EOS R6, RF 24-105mm f/4L at 56mm, f/6.7

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

EOS R6, RF 24-105mm f/4L at 28mm, f/5.6

EOS R6, RF 16mm f/2.8 STM, f/5.6

EOS R6, RF 16mm f/2.8 STM, f/5.6


Thursday, February 8, 2024

Neither 24mm Nor 105mm

It often seems that when I'm walking around with a zoom lens the vast majority of images are made at the extreme ends of the zoom range. Here are some photos I made this morning on Peebles Island with the 24-105mm zoom lens not zoomed to either extreme.

53mm

43mm

43mm

50mm

43mm


Monday, February 5, 2024

Orenda Spring Tufa Formation

On day two of this week's sunshine wave I visited Saratoga Spa State Park. My favorite trail was closed as they're cutting down trees at one end of the trail. Instead, I took a short walk along Geyser Creek.

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

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

EOS R6, RF 24-105mm f/4L at 27mm, f/8

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

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


Sunday, February 4, 2024

Finally Some Sun

 After a long period of clouds, here is the forecast for the upcoming week.


I walked around Oakwood Cemetery this morning, a location which lets me use all the focal lengths of the 24-105mm lens, I started a new gallery for this year at the cemetery at https://trulandphotography.com/oakwood2024. Here are some from this morning.

EOS R6, RF 24-105mm f/4L at 42mm, f/4

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

EOS R6, RF 24-105mm f/4L at 85mm, f/5.6

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

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

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


Friday, February 2, 2024

Sick and Tired of Gray Skies

We've been in a loop of complete overcast for... it seems like forever. Today should be the last day of it for a bit but I figured I should actually use the RF 24-105mm f/4L lens before the return period ends in case there's a problem. 

Here are some focal length samples from Cohoes Falls, standing at the same spot.

24mm

35mm

50mm

70mm

85mm

105mm


Wednesday, January 17, 2024

2024 Plan Modified

I might have taken longer to consider whether to stick with the plan I described in my last post or shift to the plan I described in the post on New Years Day. But, I was up against a deadline to return the 85mm lens and thereby avoid having to trade it in at a significant loss. So I did return the lens.

The option to have only the RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens was altered in that I'm keeping the RF 16mm f/2.8 STM lens. Interestingly, the trade in value of the two lenses I am trading in went up a bit since my earlier quote. And I'm getting exactly what I paid for the RF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens.

Here are some shots from the past few days with the 28mm pancake lens and the 85mm lens.

Canon EOS R6, RF 28mm f/2.8 STM, f/4, 1/2000 sec., ISO 100

Canon EOS R6, RF 28mm f/2.8 STM, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec., ISO 100

Canon EOS R6, RF 85mm f/2 IS STM, f/2, 1/3000 sec., ISO 100

Canon EOS R6, RF 85mm f/2 IS STM, f/5.6, 1/250 sec., ISO 100

Another reason to go with the RF 24-105mm f/4L, one of the original RF lenses from when the EOS R was introduced, is that the HDR software I used to use all the time has a lens correction profile for that lens. Without a profile, files need to be corrected in other software first, then saved as DNG files, then processed in Photomatix Pro. Color HDR composites don't work to my liking with files from the EOS R6 for some reason but I do like the monochrome results. 

Here is an example which is from the single normally exposed file of the second scene above. EXIF would be the same except shutter speed was 1/1000 second.


UPDATE 1/24/2023: A week later, I'm still waiting for the 24-105mm L lens to ship from MPB. Everything went smoothly and I got the funds from the STM prime trade-ins but no new lens yet. A downside of this particular process, a return and separate trade-ins, is that I ended up paying sales tax on the whole price of the new lens, a difference of about $70.

And then, despite no email re: shipping or tracking information, the lens shows up on my front porch later in the day.