Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My weekend with a legend

Ok well maybe not quite a legend but highly sought after. This past weekend I rented a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM from . Things have been a bit hard for me lately and I needed to take my mind off stuff so I had planned with some co workers to go with them to the famous glamis sand dunes. I chose this lens because of its versatility shooting action. Action shots are one of my favorite type on photography so naturally I was excited about the challenge to get great photos. The main challenge would be to working against a highly unstable terrain and extremely dusty conditions. I was lucky enough to be able to ride along with a friend in his Yamaha rhino to make getting close easier. I feel happy with the way I approached and accomplished my goal of getting the photos that draw you in and make you feel as if you were there. A lot of the vehicles on display were some truly stunning pieces of machinery. Overall I feel extremely satisfied with the way the 70-200mm f/2.8L lens performed and handled everything glamis had to throw at it. Not only was this lens excellent at keeping up with the fast paced action. It did very well when I took it out for a night of street photography. Canon truly has a stunner in their fast telephoto line up. As always hope you enjoy the photos and let me know what you think.

The quads we brought with us

Legendary Honda 250R engine

Being towed

Trevor ripping it up on his Honda 450R

My personal favorite. Processed in Photoshop CS5

You like them spinnin tires?

Oldsmobile Hill

Yamaha Banshee

Eat my dust

Probably the nicest rail I encounted

Beastly bi-turbo V8

Doing wheelies up the hill no problem

Random kid playing in the sand


Ridiculous Yamaha Banshee

Having a bad day

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Natural colors. No Photoshop

Drunkie being thrown out of The Rialto

Protecting the gear from the harsh enviroment

In the end I was so impressed with the performance of this lens. I'd say probably the only thing more enjoyable than a weekend with this beauty, is a weekend with a beautiful woman.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Hello iPhone 5

I recently acquired the new iPhone 5 and one of the main features I was excited about as a photographer was the camera. My usual shooting setup involves a canon dslr and a few lenses depending on what I'm shooting. Never before have I had such a powerfully portable camera with such high image quality. So far it's been quite a fun camera to shoot with. First impressions are very good and the more I get used to composing without a viewfinder it's becoming easier. Tomorrow I will be going out of town to the glamis sand dunes. More exciting than the riding that's sure to accompany the trip is the fact that ill be bringing along the legendary canon 70-200mm f/2.8L lens. My next post will be all about my weekend with that huge chunk of glass and other lovely bits. Until next time

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Taking it to the streets

I've been watching alot of digital rev videos on youtube lately. I quite enjoy their style when it comes to reviewing lenses and cameras. Its all rather fun really. One thing I've paid particular attention to is their street photography. I was immediately drawn to the candid portraits of people interacting with their surroundings. With some motivation in hand I headed to downtown Tucson at night. I thought with it being night would add a different element. All the keepers I posted on my facebook page in black and white. I thought I would share the color and b&w ones on the blog along with some camera settings. Have a look and let me know what you think.

Too much to drink

50mm, 1/50th sec, f/2.8 ISO 3200

50mm, 1/100th sec, f/4.0, ISO 3200
Late night chat

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50mm, 1/100th sec, f/4, ISO 3200

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50mm, 1/100th, f4.0, ISO 3200

Late night dancing

50mm 1/100th sec, f/1.8 , ISO 3200

Hard at work

50mm , 1/100th sec, f/4 , ISO 800

You looking at me?

50mm , 1/100th sec, f/4 , ISO 800