Flight of the Osprey

Diving Osprey
Canon 1D Mk3, 70-200 f/2.8 IS L

This image isn’t the best in the world, but it’s not every day you are out for a walk with your family and an Osprey dives out of the sky right in front of you.  This is actually the bird on the way *out* of the water.  My son and I were so busy trying to figure out what the bird was, that I was surprised when it dove.  I caught it right as it jumped up…empty handed unfortunately.

Clark Kent?

EOS 1D Mk3, 70-200 f/2.8 L IS, 1/200 @ f/3.5, ISO 400

This weeks image comes courtesy of a headshot session for a local actor…one of 3 actually.  They all produced some great images, but this one ended up having a “Clark Kent” vibe that I really like.

Macro Fun

Canon EOS 1D Mk3, 70-200 L IS w/ Extension Tubes @ 70mm, 1/200th @ f/2.8

I was sick last week to this week is a “2fer”.  I decided to play around more with my 70-200 and Kenko extension tubes.  At 70mm and with all tubes stacked, the lens becomes an amazing 1:1  (or very close) macro lens.  The focusing distance on this first image was about 1 inch.  Image two is with the same extension tube setup, but with the lens at 200mm.

Canon EOS 1D Mk3, 70-200 L IS w/ Extension Tubes @ 200mm, 1/250th @ f/2.8


BlackBerry Bold 9700 + Photoshop

I’ll soon be in the market for a new cellphone.  This got me thinking about what’s important in a phone, and that, in all likelihood, the next leap in camera technology will be in the cellphone industry, not the traditional camera industry.  I wrote a blog post about it here.  So, for this weeks entry, I decided to use my BlackBerry to see what I could do.  Oh, and in case you are wondering…no, I’ll most likely NOT be sticking with BlackBerry when I get a new phone.  A little green robot with an ice cream sandwich is most likely in my future.

30 Seconds to Shoot

Canon 1D Mk3, 70-200 f/2.8 IS L w/extension tube, 1/250 @ f/3.5, ISO 800

Today I gave myself an assignment.  Get my camera, and go shoot an image in 30 seconds.  I was raining today, so I figured I’d find some water drops.  So, I threw the extension tubes on my 70-200 which turns it into a killer macro lens (trick I learned from Derek).  This was in the front yard with available light.

While I Was Waiting

Balboa Park
Mamiya AFD2/PhaseOne P20+, 1/500 @ f/3.5

I’m going to cheat a bit this week.  This image was taken a few months ago, but I’ve only just now gotten around to processing this batch.  This was taken while waiting for my client to show up for a headshot session.  I noticed how the light was hitting the leaves in just the right way to get the edges to glow.  It made it look to me like there were a bunch of swords sticking up out of the ground.