The National Parks Traveler has published my Part 2 Armchair Guide to Arches National Park, Utah. If you are planning a trip there or just thinking about planning a trip, then click on the photo to be taken to the article.
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.
Juvenile yellow-crowned night heron
Portrait of a juvenile yellow-crowned night heron; a 33% crop
A hazy morning on 40-Acre Lake; yes, you can get nice landscapes with a 500mm prime
On gossamer wings; a 100% crop
Bejeweled; a 50% crop
Out on a limb
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can’t wait to try it out when I travel to Santa Fe, NM for the long Labor Day holiday weekend in September.