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The 7D II and 100-400 L II Rocked in SW Florida

I took my own advice (http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Pictures/Picture.aspx?Picture=2012-03-06_08-14-45) and left the crazy cold N 40° latitude (-4° F/-20° C) for the warmer weather of Florida and just over a week of (primarily) bird photography. Although I had a 5D Mark III and 1D X along, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II was glued to my hand for most of this trip and the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens was glued to the camera most of that time. As noted in the title, this combination rocked and with relatively-cooperative birds, my take-home is a bit voluminous.
 
The subject shown here is a Great Blue Heron in breeding plumage. To capture this image, my first priority was to get in line between the sun and the bird with the low, late-day sun creating good subject lighting. By maneuvering to a slightly lower vantage point than the bird, I was able to create a background composed completely of blue sky. No distractions there.
 
A big challenge remaining was to get the bird properly aligned for a pleasing composition. A side-on angle to the bird with the head straight or turned slightly towards the camera usually works great. The challenge in getting that angle was that the bird, especially its head and neck, was constantly moving. I selected the top-right AF point in the center block of AF points (closely aligned with the bird's eye) and when the bird was in a position that worked for me, I quickly captured the image.
 
I was shooting handheld for maneuverability and setup speed reasons. The 7D II and 100-400 L II combo's size and weight are especially nice for this type of shooting.
 
Some are asking if the 7D II images are sharp enough for serious work and I can assure you that the answer is "Yes." EOS 7D II images are very sharp. Because ultimate image sharpness capabilities are not completely discernible from reduced-size images, I have made the full-size version of this image available for download. Get more information here: http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Pictures/Picture.aspx?Picture=2015-02-23_17-10-47
 
Gear Used:
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens
 
Camera and Lens Settings:
182mm  f/8.0  1/500s  ISO 100  5472 x 3648px

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#bird #birds #birdphotography #birdphoto #birdsunlimited #beautifulbeautifulbirds #birdsinfocus #birds4all #birdsgallery #hqspbirds #heron #greatblueheron
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Patterns Under the Ice

I shared this picture as part of the Winter Photography Tips (http://www.the-digital-picture.com/News/Default.aspx?Cat=Winter-Photography-Tips) series. This tip is titled Get Out of Your Comfort "Mode" and can be found here: http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Pictures/Picture.aspx?Picture=2014-01-08_16-44-40

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#canon #canonphotographers #canon5dmarkiii #gitzo #sigma #macro #patterns #ice #snow #winter #white #cold #frozen #stream #usa #unitedstates #pennsylvania #Selinsgrove #photo #photography
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I Don't Shoot Black and White, Except

While I love black and white in interior and graphic design, I am about as interested in creating black and white images as I am in watching black and white movies. I view black and white photography as a last resort for not being able to find good color. If a scene does not lend itself to a color photo, I usually move on looking for one that does.
 
I need to emphasize the "I view" part of that sentence. I am only referencing my personal interest level in black and white photography. Everyone has their own photographic interests and if B&W photography is your thing, I say "Go for it!" If everyone was exactly like me, this would be a boring world.
 
Photography has very few "laws" and my black and white aversion is not one of them. One exception I make to my no-monochromatic rule is when a found scene is monochromatic and winter landscapes often qualify as that. For example and as illustrated in this image, a blanket of snow over a hardwood forest under a cloudy sky is a common monochromatic winter scene. You are looking at a full color image and in this case, I'm into black and white.
 
When shooting a monochromatic scene, there are two colors to work with. Thus, contrast, lines and focus take on an elevated importance in composition. With the entire scene in sharp focus, my eye is drawn directly to the area of strongest contrast which in this case is the cluster of front-most tree trunks. The balance of these trees aid in leading the viewer's eyes to this location or to the similar trunks diminishing in size in the background.
 
Trees laden with snow pull the image toward the white side of black and white and capturing such requires a sense of urgency as often the snow does not remain on tree branches for long. A light wind clears the branches as does some direct sunlight warming the branches enough to cause the snow to become slippery, inducing its fall. Sometimes the best time to photograph a snowstorm is while it is happening and the falling snow also pulls the image even further toward white. Protection for your camera during the snow storm can be as simple as the umbrella used for this image capture.
 
Summary: Use this winter to increase your black and white portfolio.
 
Gear Used:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
Gitzo GT3541LS 6x Carbon Fiber Tripod
Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 Ball Head
 
Camera and Lens Settings:
24mm  f/11.0  1/20s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px

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#canon #canonphotographers #canon5dmarkiii #gitzo #wideangle #landscapephotography #snow #snowing #snowstorm #snowladen #tree #trees #hickorytree #hickory #bw #blackandwhite #usa #unitedstates #pennsylvania #selinsgrove #monochrome #black #white #winter #photo #photography
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+Sven Tunell +Jeff Templeton Actually, making snow colorful is an interesting idea. :)
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Finding Southwest USA Landscape in Pennsylvania

My life does not currently afford me to constantly be flying to exotic locations, so I'm continuously looking for opportunities closer to home to give photo gear a workout. One landscape type not readily found in my home base of Pennsylvania is the water-eroded bare-earth look so common in the American Southwest. After gaining permission to photograph at a local limestone quarry after hours, I came upon a huge screenings pile (a small mountain really). The fine stone was fast-eroding and the erosion created a very Southwest-appearing landscape.
 
After scouting the pile and trying many good perspectives, I came to prefer this one. I moved in close to one of the wider areas of non-erosion and framed to let the strongly-contrasting lines (courtesy of shadows from a late-day sun) move through the frame in a pleasing manner. I didn't use the widest focal length available to me to prevent the background details from becoming too small.
 
If I hadn't told you, where would you have said this image was captured?
 
Gear Used:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Gitzo GT3542LS Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod
Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 Ball Head
 
Camera and Lens Settings:
27mm  f/11.0  1/30s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px

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#canon #canon5dmarkiii #gitzo #landscapephotography #ground
#usa #unitedstates #pennsylvania #southwest #southwestusa #summer #quarry #erosion #photo #photography #warmlight #sweetlight #orange #bluesky
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Partially Cloudy Partial Lunar Eclipse at 1200mm

It seems that, every time there is an astronomical event scheduled, the sky turns cloudy where I am. I'm sure that this is one of Murphy's laws, but ... sometimes everything works out anyway.
 
This particular lunar eclipse was happening early in the morning and I setup my gear the evening before. After checking the weather report immediately prior to going to bed, I turned off the alarm. The odds of the cloud cover clearing were very low and I decided that a clear mind from a solid night of sleep was the wiser decision.
 
Fortunately, my Mother-In-Law was wiser than I was (or more excited about the event) and, upon seeing some clearing in the sky, she called me at 4:30 AM. I crawled out of bed, dressed warmly, hauled the ready-to-go gear out to the front yard and found a chair to sit on. I established the focus distance and changed the lens to MF. I then established the exposure needed to keep the moon very slightly darker than blown (mostly avoiding pure white/blinkies on the LCD). The clouds indeed cleared (mostly) by the time of the event and I was able to capture many good shots.
 
As is generally the case with landscape photography, I had to embrace what the weather provided me and in this case, some remaining clouds moved across the moon at times during the eclipse. The brightness of the moon was much for the clouds to remain visible in the frame most of the time (except when the moon was very obscured), but I wanted to show the clouds in some images with the moon only slightly obscured. Thus, I used an HDR technique involving multiple exposures stacked and merged in Photoshop.
 
The result of this particular image is that the eclipsed portion of the moon is not as dark (due to the presence of the clouds) as those captured without clouds, but the clouds appearing to radiate from the moon yields a different look to this infrequent occurrence.
 
Obviously, for this lunar eclipse, I opted to fill the frame with just the moon vs. including a landscape in the frame. The 600mm f/4L IS II is a much-appreciated part of my kit, and this was an instance where the 2x extender proved useful.
 
Gear Used:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
Gitzo GT3542LS Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod
Wimberley Tripod Head II
Canon EF 2x III Extender
 
Camera and Lens Settings:
1200mm  f/8.0  1/200s  ISO 500  5760 x 3840px

Get more gear and photo information at http://www.the-digital-picture.com/

#photography #landscapephotography #moon #moonphoto #eclipse #lunareclipse #canon #canon5dmarkiii
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+Juan Pablo Bialade  Thanks! Experience is definitely helpful, but ... the settings are not too hard. The light is not changing fast (though it changes a lot over the >1 progression of the eclipse), so I used a manual exposure setting. I started with a close estimate and adjusted based on the histogram. You could also have used spot metering with significant +EV dialed in. Normal tripod settings were also preset: 2-sec self-timer with mirror lockup. Live view and MF is great for focusing on the moon, but the moon is bright enough to AF on also. Since the distance to the moon does not change, I locked in the focus distance once certain that I had it right.
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Dealing with Wind During an Independence Pass Sunset

Independence Pass is at 12,095' elevation on the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range in Colorado. The top of a really tall mountain is often a great location choice for photographing (or just watching) a sunset, but the best photo (or view) is not always directly into the sun to the west. Really great sunsets also light up the eastern sky and on this particular evening, a storm to the east provided great color over the stark landscape at this pass.
 
A wide angle landscape photo composed of rock and clouds and captured on a tripod generally would not need ISO increased to 200 to maintain a 1/25 second exposure just to retain sharpness. But, the wind was ripping across the top of this mountain and I was not comfortable even with this 1/25 shutter speed.
 
There are various ways to deal with wind when photographing, but a solid tripod setup is the first key. Without any other protection from the wind available at the location I was shooting from (such as a vehicle or building), I opted for my frequently-used technique of holding my coat open around the camera and much of the tripod. The coat greatly reduces the amount of wind hitting the camera, yielding a potentially much sharper image – though it leaves me quite cold sometimes. The picture lasts far longer than my coldness.
 
Gear Used:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Gitzo GT3542LS Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod
Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 Ball Head
 
Camera and Lens Settings:
16mm  f/8.0  1/25s  ISO 200  5760 x 3840px

Get more gear and photo information at http://www.the-digital-picture.com/

#photography #landscapephotography #sunset #sunsetphoto #independencepass #colorado #storm #mountaintop
#canon #canon5dmarkiii
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Shadow Hunting

Normally, the ground is covered in detail including grass, leaves, sticks, stones, etc. and that detail is generally on the dark side of brightness. When it snows, those details are covered over and the ground becomes a smooth bright white palette mostly void of detail except possibly an even snow texture. As all kids know so well, what a blank white palette needs is something on it.
 
Shadows are a great option for that something. Especially helpful in this pursuit is that winter brings a low angle sun that casts long shadows even at mid-day. Additionally helpful is that the deciduous trees are bare in the winter and cast clean shadow lines (instead of complete shadows from a leaf canopy).
 
While trees cast great shadows, there are plenty of other options. Look for shadows beside fences (as shown in this example). Make your own shadows using your body (for a shadow selfie) or anything else your creativity can come up with.
 
This winter, if you are fortunate enough to live or travel to a location where there is snow on the ground, take advantage of that blank white palette. And remember, the clock is ticking after a snow storm. Fresher is better in the case of snow.
 
Gear Used:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Lens
 
Camera and Lens Settings
55mm  f/11.0  1/80s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px

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#canon #canonphotographers #canon5dmarkiii #zeiss #winter #snow #telephoto #snowstorm #shadows #linesinthesnow #usa #unitedstates #pennsylvania #selinsgrove #photo #photography
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Shenandoah National Park White-tailed Buck

This Shenandoah NP buck was feeding in a small clearing in the oak forest. One of my favorite wildlife photo subject orientations is directly side-on with the head facing forward, or even better, slightly toward the camera. This particular deer has a slight u-shaped stance that I like.

I also like that the deer's legs are somewhat evenly spaced, adding a natural repeating pattern to the shot. That three of the frame borders are clear of heavy contrasting lines is yet another bonus.
 
I often prefer to shoot level with the animal, but in this case, I had a better background when shooting at a slight downward angle. Click on the image to view large.
 
Gear Used:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Gitzo GM5540 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod
 
Camera and Lens Settings:
311mm  f/4.5  1/400s  ISO 125  5760 x 3840px

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#canon #canonphotographers #canon5dmarkiii #gitzo #telephoto #supertelephoto #nature #wildlife #animals #trees #oaktrees #oak #deer #buck #bigbuck #whitetail #whitetaileddeer #whitetailbuck #antlers #usa #unitedstates #virginia #shenandoah #shenandoahnationalpark #nationalpark #fall #leaves #brown #photo #photography
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lovely photo!
it's like i am there looking at this buck...
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The Power of Otus f/1.4: Bee on Orange Sunflower

Sunflowers, with their large size and bright colors, make great photo subjects. Add a bee to take the overall composition one step further.
 
For this image, I moved in close to the foreground flower, keeping it completely in the frame which places the center about 1/3 into the frame. I then moved to position a similar flower in the background. Again, that flower is fully contained in the frame and the green leaves anchor the bottom of the composition.
 
The shallow depth of field created by the combination of an 85mm focal length and f/1.4 aperture draws a viewer's eye directly to the bee and to the sharp flower petals (with strong contrast also pulling the viewer's eye to this location).

This image is razor sharp across the back of the bee (thanks to the Zeiss Otus 85), but details quickly soften in front of and behind that plane of sharp focus.
 
Gear Used:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Lens
 
Camera and Lens Settings:
85mm  f/1.4  1/640s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px

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#canon #canon5dmarkiii #canonphotographers #zeiss #zeissotus #otus #telephoto #landscapephotography #flower #flowerphotography #sunflower #sunflowerphoto #bee #bumblebee #usa #unitedstates #pennsylvania #fall #photo #photography #orange #brown #green #bokeh
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Hey Brian, I like the feeling of weightlessness that this photo suggests! The details, as well as the out-of-focus areas are all superb! The colors are paired beautifully, too!
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Canon 7D II Captures Bald Eagle in Flight at Conowingo Dam

I generally prefer to avoid the hand-of-man in my wildlife images and when setting up at the Conowingo Dam I positioned myself to best avoid the dam, wires and other non-natural objects in my backgrounds. But ... those man-made objects were not always avoidable and ... the Conowingo Dam is a big reason why the eagles are there in the first place. And, it is a landmark among bird photographers. It is not unusual to find half a million dollars worth of gear on the shoreline below this dam. So, I find it fitting to include the dam in the background of a bald eagle image. In this example, I like the even pattern of the heavily blurred dam in the background.
 
The 7D II performed very well this day. I used the 600 L II IS lens for maximum reach and used the 1.4x III extender some of the time. The 1344mm effective angle of view proved challenging for tracking the erratically-flying eagles and I eventually removed the extender. However, some of my favorite shots of the day would not have been nearly as good without the extender in place. So, the with or without extender decision must be weighed in light of circumstances.
 
Gear Used:
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
Gitzo GT3542LS Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod
Wimberley Tripod Head II
Canon EF 1.4x III Extender
 
Camera and Lens Settings:
840mm  f/5.6  1/1600s  ISO 1600  5174 x 3449px

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#photography #birdphotography #birdsgallery #nature #wildlife #canon #canon7dmarkii
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Well I'll catch u one day

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The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS Lens Takes on Ricketts Glen Falls

Ricketts Glen State Park, near Benton, PA, has 28 named falls including the namesake Ricketts Glen Falls. If you don't mind climbing down from the trail and don't mind placing your tripod in the water, Ricketts Glen Falls is an easy location to get a keeper. Pick a cloudy day and use a circular polarizer filter.
 
What is the ideal exposure duration for motion-blurred water? That answer is both situational and personal preference. In this location, my personal preference is around half a second. Experiment to learn what works well and what doesn't. Watch the details in the water (typically air bubbles) go from sharp to smeared to an indistinguishably smooth color as exposure times increase. When the right amount of blur is obtained, that is the right shutter speed.
 
Gear Used:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Gitzo GT3542LS Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod
Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 Ball Head
Circular Polarizer Filter
 
Camera and Lens Settings:
35mm  f/11.0  .5s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px

Get more gear and photo information at http://www.the-digital-picture.com/

#photography #landscapephotography #waterfall #rickettsglen #rickettsglenstatepark #fallfoliage #canon #canon5dmarkiii
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Pretty shot, Bryan.  Nicely composed.
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Christmas Cactus Flower: Background Color by Gel

Once a year (though always well after its namesake Christmas holiday), our Christmas cactus blooms. The plant itself is nothing special to look at, but the flowers are quite beautiful.
 
The biggest challenge for this annual photo opportunity is finding a pleasing background to go with the flower. I've done the easy on-white and on-black options many times and I've used various color cards behind the flower. I needed a new option and the Rogue Flash Gels provided just that.
 
I placed the cactus pot on my shooting table (I'm using an Elinchrom model). This table has a white Plexiglas surface with a large sweep up the back. An off camera Canon 600EX-RT with a Rogue FlashBender Softbox installed was placed on the table in front of the selected flower and a second 600EX-RT was positioned to light the back of the table independently. Both flashes were sitting on their shoe stands and the flashes were triggered by an ST-E3-RT Remote Transmitter.
 
By placing a Rogue Flash Gel on the background flash, the white shooting table background became the gel color. The background color could be changed by simply replacing one gel with another and the currently selected color could be made brighter or darker by simply adjusting the flash output (done directly on the ST-E3-RT). I worked through various color options provided in the gel kit and decided that the pink color complemented the Christmas Cactus flowers best. As you see here.
 
Gear Used:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
Rogue FlashBender
Rogue Flash Gels
 
Camera and Lens Settings:
105mm  f/10.0  1/200s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px

Get more gear and photo information at http://www.the-digital-picture.com/

#macro #macrophotography   #flash #flower #Christmascactus #pink #canon #canon5dmarkiii
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The colors are amazing! What makes it pop for me is the beige color stamens. Nice work!!!
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