Monthly Archives: August 2015

Storm Front On The Refuge With A Canon 5DS and 11-24mm Lens

Storm Front On The Refuge

I understand why storm chasers like chasing storms.

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A Spiny-Backed Orb Weaver, A Canon 1DX, A Canon 5DS, And A Canon 100mm f2.8L Macro

I saw this lovely little orb weaver in the middle of it’s web one day and decided to try out my new Canon 100mm macro lens with a couple of different cameras.

Spiny Backed Orb Weaver

Taken with the Canon 1DX

Spiny Backed Orb Weaver 2

Taken with the Canon 5DS

 

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Morning At Brazos Bend State Park With A Canon 5DSR and 500mm Prime Lens

Portrait Of A Juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night Heron

Portrait of a juvenile yellow-crowned night heron

I recently ordered (and finally received) a Canon 5DSR camera body.  The thought of 50mp to play around with, to crop away, to do with as I wish, was too great not to pass up for a landscape, birdlife/wildlife and portrait photographer such as myself.

To further break the budget, I purchased several lenses including a Canon 500mm f4L prime super-telephoto.  Can you say “photographer heaven”?

Even though the temps here in southeast TX are in the triple digits and extremely humid, I took this camera/lens combo out to Brazos Bend State Park one morning.  Actually, I’d gone the day before, as well, with a 1.4x extender attached to the 500mm to make it a 700mm.  On that day, I was not impressed, which was too bad since there was quite a bit of birdlife out there during the hottest part of the day (around 1PM).  I apparently didn’t do my microfocus adjustments that well with the extender on, because all but 6 photos (ok, not stellar photos), displayed some back-focus issues.

So, I removed the extender that evening, re-adjusted the microfocus, and returned to the park the next morning with just the 500mm focal length.  I was pleased and proud with the images that resulted, and even happier with the resolution of the images after much cropping, such as the image above, which is about a 33% crop.

Who You Lookin At

Juvenile yellow-crowned night heron

Juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night Heron

Portrait of a juvenile yellow-crowned night heron; a 33% crop

Hazy Morning On The Lake

A hazy morning on 40-Acre Lake; yes, you can get nice landscapes with a 500mm prime

On Gossamer Wings

On gossamer wings; a 100% crop

Bejeweled2

Bejeweled; a 50% crop

Out On A Limb

Out on a limb

Blue and Green

Blue and green; a 33% crop

I’m blown away with that this camera and lens can do and can’t wait to get back out for more photographic fun.

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A Canon 5DS, A 100mm Macro Lens, and an Anole Lizard in Southeast Texas

Anole

I recently splurged and purchased a Canon 5DS (50 mp, baby!) and Canon 100mm f2.8L macro lens.  I’m trying to regain the photo mojo I feel I’ve lost since my mother’s death this past February.  Her passing, plus being stuck in southeast Texas for the hot, humid summer, has enervated my photographic instincts.  So, when I saw a couple of anole lizards having sex on the wall next to the back door of my mother’s house, I trotted back to my apartment (I live next door) to grab camera and lens to capture the moment (yeah, lizard porn).  By the time I returned to the house, the two had gone their separate ways.  I instead, turned my camera onto this little lizard trying to blend in with the black, rust and green colors on the wrought-iron fence.

Little Green Lizard

Anole lizards are beautiful little creatures anywhere from 2″ – 6″ in length, from snout to tail tip.  Normally, they are a brilliant, almost-neon, green hue.  But, when they feel threatened (and who wouldn’t if a large camera and lens combo was bearing down you), they change color like a chameleon to blend in with the surroundings.

Matching The Colors Of The Fence

I haven’t used my new camera or new lenses (yes, plural) much … yet … but this is a start.  I am blown away by the detail this latest Canon addition provides.  Not the fastest thing on the market concerning fps (frames per second), but the shutter click is much quieter than the 5D Mk II (and definitely quieter than the 1DX), and has a really nice feel to it.  It does take up more space on the memory card, so I’ll have to invest in a few with more GB (32, 128).  But, from what I have seen thus far out of my camera, it’s all worth it.

Anole Lizard In The Sun

Can’t wait to try it out when I travel to Santa Fe, NM for the long Labor Day holiday weekend in September.

 

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