Canon Thursday Photo 2011: #21

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    Are you new to this thread? The general guidelines for these Thurs day threads are right here. Remember: only one image each week!​
    Happy Thursday to everyone! Again , there are heavy storms in the Midwest as I am posting this. Hopefully the power doesn't go out and I have to post from my phone. I took this week's photo in Hilton Head, SC on Friday morning. I got up early and made my way back to the forest preserve where there are a couple lakes in which the osprey get their breakfast. The lakes, or ponds, are quite large and one didn't come down close enough to get a fish grabbing action shot, but I was pleased with this aerial shot. I like the yellow eyes, they're 'focused.' What did you see this week?
  2. Yes, I know itโ€™s far from original, but this is my take on the highly photographed El Capitan rockface in Yosemite Valley. Photo from 2009 vacation, but given the B&W treatment this weekend. 5dmkI, 85 1.2 @f10 160th at iso100
  3. I found a pond at a local Metro Park where there has been a Great Blue Heron mosti evenings on my way home from work. This is from yesterday evening. I spent about an hour at the pond and got a real nice variety of shots, and though the light wasn't perfect, I was pretty happy with the results. I sure do wish I had some "L" glass, though.
    Canon EOS 50D, EF 100-300mm f4.5-5.6 USM at f 5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO 800.
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    Frankki, in the Tenderloin. 5D2, 35mm
  6. kind of an eerie shot of this eagle...
  7. Thanks David, that's exactly what I wanted to see before laying my head down to rest for the night. Now I'll have nightmares.

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  10. Made it to the beach last weekend for a much needed vacation. Shot this with a 40D & 17-85mm. Cheers! [​IMG]
  11. 5D2, Contax Zeiss 50/1.4 Planar, about f2 at 1/60, ISO 3200
  12. I went camping/fishing at Parker Canyon Lake this weekend and came home with a few shots I wanted to share. It was tough picking "the one" for this weekly thread!
  13. A bee from me this week.
  14. My first-ever blended (HDR? Tonemapped?) image.
  15. Love all the B/W photos this week. I'll add one to the mix. This is a piennie (spelling ?) in a water table.
  16. Like other parts of the midwest we had unsettled weather with plenty of rain and fog after that. Hence I had to retire the telephoto lens for few days and got this shot from dew covered tulips.
    Cheers, Hadi
  17. Moorhen and Chick
  18. A little pressed for time this morning, but a few comments...
    @Nathan - love the curl of those wingtips! It's hard to get the timing right for that.
    @James Dean - Ansel would be proud.
    @Dan F - good GBH. I see you shot this at 300mm. I have a 70-300 and mine is a little soft at 300.
    @Jeff S - perfect! 7/7
    @Brad - the dog really makes this shot, IMHO.
    @David Storm - something tells me the eagle didn't want to be photographed...not sure.
    @Gil - cute pup. Can't see the eyes. Where is your flash?
    @Ian - great portrait. Perfect focus/DOF.
    @David R - now *I* want to go to the beach.
    @Mike Dixon - that is dim lighting! Making that 5DII work for you! Not sure I like the cymbal in the front; slightly distracting.
    @James F - took me a moment to get the orientation. Thought that water ought to be running off the left side of the photo.
    @Karen W - nice backlit shot of the bee. Love the colors.
    @Phil B - interesting effect in the sky colors.
    @Lupo - dang it, man, it's not even 7am and now I want lunch. Nice lighting (as usual).
    @Robert C - great mirror image, lighting/exposure is just right. I think its "peony" or "peonies" if more than one.
    @Hadi - who needs telephoto anyway? ;-) Nice flower shot with the dew.
    @Bill K - we don't have those around these parts. Interesting waterfowl.
    I shot this Pekin Robin in the aviary at our zoo last weekend. Lighting was horrendous. Very overcast. Dark, dark, dark in the aviary.
  19. Took this at least weekend's Western Pennsylvania HS Track and Field championships.
  20. Mark, Thanks. My 100-300 is soft at 300, too. For now, I make the most I know how out of what I have. I'm hoping to be able to upgrade glass sometime in the next several months, and debating between the 100-400L or the 300L f4 plus 1.4 extender. In the meantime, I have plenty of work I can do on polishing my skills and technique. I always look forward to seeing your weekly contribution, and this week's shot is superb, as usual.
  21. Shot @ 10mm focal length, so some extensive perspective control had to be done to get all "verticals" vertical.
  22. Some great photos this week.
    Here is another one from my race on the 14th. Haven't really picked up the camera since then.
    30D and 20-35L
  23. Canon EOS 30D; Canon 24-70mm f2.8; 24mm focal length; ISO 320; f22 @ 1.5 sec, Canon 550EX flash
    Actually I took this a while back, I didn't get out much this week.
    I was standing in the middle of an island between the intersections of two major streets on Lee Highway in Alexandria VA. Those cars were really traveling at very high speed to the point where it got a little scary !
  24. Thanks, Mark, for the comment and the spelling lesson.
  25. Peek-a-boo
    Mojave Desert Iguana - 5DII 70-200f/2.8L 1/250@f/13 ISO400
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    messin' with the sigma 10-20 and topaz adjust on my 1990 Z
  27. My red ribbon (2nd place) girl this last weekend. I have been advised she has now outgrown this pony. Great.
  28. An old one from a while back at the beach. Taken in Morro Bay. Smoke stacks from a no longer operational plant (not sure). Converted to black and white.
    Camera Canon EOS 7D
    Exposure 0.002 sec (1/500)
    Aperture f/11.0
    Focal Length 85 mm
    ISO Speed 100
    Exposure Bias -1/3 EV
    Lens Type Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
  29. [​IMG]Sepia shot of boats on the bay at the Chatham fish pier October 2010 shot with my canon 50d
  30. Took our granddaughter to the library for story time where a basket of toys was available. Naturally she went for the rocks.
    Canon T21, program mode, no retouch.
  31. An evening in Annapolis, over the past weekend, using part of a pier as a tripod. It was graduation weekend at the Naval academy so there was lots of activity around the streets - a very nice feeling of Americana.
  32. taken a week or two ago, the tourists are arriving in Cambridge, UK
  33. Unlike the folks in Midwest, we here in the sunshine state have had beautiful weather the past two weeks. Our time comes June 1st as hurricane season begins.
    At the beach, a flock of pelicans put on a show for about 20 minutes - skimming the surface, swirling overhead, before heading west into the sun. This is a crop.
    Thanks to all for sharing your talents!
    5Dm2, 100-400-L @ 400mm; F13 1/1328sec; ISO640; Cropped/sized for forum
  34. Took this as part of a challenge for another board I belong to. Figured I had enough of them growing in the yard, might as well use them for something!
  35. no, the eagle didnt really want to be photographed...I work at a wildlife rescue, and he can be pretty aggressive. had him for a couple months, recovering from a broken wing.
  36. I just returned from five days of shooting in the Eastern Washington desert and Central Washington transition lands.
    I haven't sorted anything yet, but conveniently this was among the last photos I took. This site was closer to the Cascade divide. It was raining and unseasonably cold.
    Northern Flicker
    7D, 100-400mm L, f6.7 @ 1/350, ISO 800
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    350D, 50mm f/1.8
  38. This was stage 8 of the Amgen tour of California in Thousand Oaks on Sunday. Met a bunch of nice people that came out to watch it. Canon Xsi Sigma 24-70 at 24mm ISO 400 f/10 1/400
  39. I rented an 85mm/1.2L II last weekend to shoot my daughter's boyfriend and his band at a beautiful old venue in Atlanta called the Buckhead Theater (formerly the Roxy). I was able to stand at the edge of the stage. It was my first time using this lens. Boy is the AF slow--I can't imagine what the Mk I was like. It was also my first time shooting a concert with no chance to practice beforehand.
    After failing miserably in every way possible on test shots of an earlier band, I settled on high speed continuous drive, AI servo spot AF, aperture priority evaluative metering, and strong auto lighting optimizer (do people use that much?). The lighting changed way too fast (2.67 stops in 1/4 second at one point) for manual exposure. I even tried manual exposure with Auto ISO and realized that won't work at all when you also need to set any sort of exposure compensation. Nor is AE lock possible with Auto ISO and no way to link metering to the focus point when using spot metering (that made sense after I thought about it). So, exposure was all over the place.
    I know this is old news to many, many people here, but I'm grateful there was an earlier band to practice on. And my daughter asked why I didn't just use Tri-X in my beloved Minolta SRT-102, her preferred medium. My hat's off to concert photographers from days of yore. Live & learn.
    This shot was: 85mm (no cropping), ISO 400, 1/640 sec, f/1.2, exp. comp -1.0.
  40. Not yesterday, thanks be.
    This was some of the cleanup after our Super-Derecho of May 8, 2008.
    Yesterday all we had was tornados (which missed us) and ordinary (70mph +) winds.
  41. Girls waiting (and waiting) for the birthday party to start :)
    5D2 | Sigma 50mm 1.4 | 1/200s f/2.8 ISO 50 | Flash: yes
  42. Larry, that's a great shot especially considering it was your first concert shoot. And thanks for the warning on the AF hunting for the 85/1.2. My 85/1.8 is currently my favorite lens, and I think I'll stick with it awhile longer...
    My concert shot is from my music school's annual youth music education benefit at a San Francisco club. This year's headline act was the funky METERS.
    Canon 5D Mk II, 24-70mm f/2.8L at f/2.8, 1/160s, ISO 1600.
  43. Nothin', just chillin' ...
  44. A gallery exhibit opening last weekend in Santa Monica, CA. Tons of people showed up, but this was shot right before they closed up for the night.
    5D2 | 20-35mm 2.8L | 1/125s f/3.5 ISO 800
  45. Just a simple forest scene that challenges the upload size limit of (too many edges hence a large file size even when highly JPG compressed)
    When & where: last Saturday morning, above Kent Lake, Marin County on the Oat Hill fire rd.
    EOS 7D, 24-70L at 38mm
  46. Park seat shot on a chilly morning just as the sun was starting to warm things up. Happy Thursday.
  47. Strolling near the fishing port.
  48. My grandmother turned 100, so we had a party!
  49. 2nd try
  50. My contribution for this week, another flower.
  51. One of my recent live music shots is my contribution...
  52. Another one from market at the may 5th liberation festival in Haarlem, NL.
  53. I enjoy stark landscapes (which is why I like the Southwest so much I suppose). Anyway, I was out a couple of weeks ago searching for a bird shot but really had no luck. This shot is from the same series as my goose portrait last week.
    The area I was in is a protected breeding area and closes at sunset, so I was driving out slowly watching my surroundings. The view over the pond, the dead trees, and the nearly full moon looked nice so I snapped off a few frames.
    24 - 105 IS at 80 mm, ISO 100, F11, 1/80 s.
  54. Actually captured last Thursday from the local high school baseball playoffs.
  55. Taken with my XS and 55-250.
  56. Shot in the little community of Nine Mile in the Sequatchie Valley, east Tennessee.
  57. Error 502 Bad Gateway
  58. One more time...
  59. Shepherd's delight
  60. I was playing with my new zoom lens and this bird was nice enough to pose for me.
    XSI with Tamron 70-300 VC, f/6.3, 0.025 sec (1/40), 300 mm, ISO 800
  61. Larry H. - Howdy neighbor! I live near Atlanta so I guess we are neighbors. I'm not sure which body you were using but I would have bumped the ISO up to 1600 or even 3200 and clean up in LR 3.4 or ACR 6.41 or DPP. Stop your lens down to about f/5.6. Also I use center weighted metering for changing contrasty lighting like you encountered. I also set back button focusing which helps me focus quickly when photographing local ballet.
    No I don't want to go back to Tri-X pushed in Diafine! Julie Bernsteins example and data show what new cameras can do at higher ISOs so don't be afraid of pushing the ISO rating. Not having to shoot film at concerts and dealing with those limitations is liberating. We could have never shot available darkness in the old days with color film except for GAF 500 - pushed and that would have looked very rough.
    Good luck!
  62. I know this is late, however I had a busy week shooting product for several catalogs, and a video shoot that just killed my three-day weekend as I'll be editing from here till Tuesday... or the beer does me in, whichever occurs first.
    Lots of great submissions here, I am impressed. Many of you cranked up the game and came out swinging.
    Here's my submission, something I threw together a few hours ago in the Garage. I'll call it Rose in Rain. Shot on a 7D, through an old 1963 Vivitar 200mm f3.5 preset. With 18 aperture blades, I call it my Gaussian Blur Machine. Enjoy.
    Keep shooting.
  63. Sacramento County Fair fired up today. Lots to do with our local FFA Chapter. But, I did get away for a while this AM to take some shots down "Carney Row" before they got going. This is one of course of the colored goldfish bowls; just a ping-pong ball toss away from a new pet!
  64. Got this shot of a small herd of elephants grazing in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
    23 May 2011 - Canon 7D - ISO160 - 1/320 sec - f7
  65. I haven't been able to get out this week because of writing commitments, so here's something from the Royal Windsor Horse Show. It's someone with quite a well known name:
    Jessica Springsteen
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    Isabelle playing in the dirty
    Camera: Canon EOS 7D
    Lens: EF85mm f/1.8 USM
    Exposure Mode: Manual
    Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
    Aperture: f/4.0
    Focal Length: 85 mm
    ISO Speed: 100
    Exposure Bias: 0 EV
    Flash: On, Fired

    Strobist Info: Canon 430EX II camera left shooting through a white shoot-through umbrella triggered by the Canon 580EX II flash mounted to the camera. The 580EX II was set to "Wireless: Enabled, Master: Disabled" which means it did not help light the scene but just acted as the master remote. The flash output was set to manual.
  67. Not a good photo but I had to include it. I returned home from New York to the Canadian rockies in a snowstorm last night. The accumulation is probably about 8 inches but it continues to fall hard. EOS 5DII 100 F2.8 L IS
  68. Oh man! I missed Thursday! Here is one of the most important photos that I've taken in a while (to me, anyway!). This is my son. He's about 2 hours old in this photo, taken Monday:
    EF 50mm f/1.8 II @ f/1.8
  69. Congratulations Dillan! :)
  70. Sunrise at anchor in Card Sound, off North Key Largo.
  71. Congratulations Dillan!

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