Shooting Portraits by Holiday Lights
Nov27

Shooting Portraits by Holiday Lights

“Sharing the holiday with other people, and feeling that you’re giving of yourself, gets you past all the commercialism.”—Caroline Kennedy The Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T* for Canon EOS is designed for medium and longer distances and provides high-performance capture even when shot wide open and even improves as the lens is stopped down. Lens construction controls flare and ghosting artifacts, resulting in a brilliant...

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Wordy Wednesday #151 “Wildlife in Your Own Backyard”
Mar11

Wordy Wednesday #151 “Wildlife in Your Own Backyard”

I am hardly a wildlife photographer but sometimes they just walk into your own backyard , as was the case with this young mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) photographed, literally, in my backyard. Several times a day individual and groups of mule deer stroll leisurely across Daisy Hill on their way to find nourishment, usually my landscaping. I started photographing this critter from the sidewalk in front of my house at 150mm, slowly...

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What’s In My Camera Bag? Extension Tubes
Jul18

What’s In My Camera Bag? Extension Tubes

The classic definition of macro photography is that the image projected onto the film plane or digital sensor should be the same size as the subject. At a 1:1 ratio, an SLR with a full-sized chip should have the ability to produce life-size magnification and focus on an area as small as 24×36 mm. Manufacturers sometimes describe a lens’s close-focusing capabilities as “macro” even if it doesn’t meet that definition and over time the...

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What’s in my Camera Bag? Tamron’s 24-70mm f/2.8
Oct30

What’s in my Camera Bag? Tamron’s 24-70mm f/2.8

Tamron’s SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens is equipped with VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization, USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) and is designed for full-frame cameras but works well with cameras that have APS-C sensors—such as the Canon EOS Rebel T4i that I initially tested it with. On these cameras, it produces the equivalent focal length of 38-112mm. To maintain high image quality, the lens uses three Low Dispersion...

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One Lens Travel Photography
Sep20

One Lens Travel Photography

Travel photography is a mixed genre that covers all kinds other categories except the images are not made in your own back yard. Thing is, it’s somebody else’s back yard, even if it’s a yak herder’s in Tibet. Most of us don’t get to do that kind of adventure travel and mostly take trips for fun like I do to New Mexico occasionally, accompanying my wife ho travels there for business. I think travel photography has two main components:...

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Shooting the Zeiss 28mm Distagon T* f/2.0
Jul16

Shooting the Zeiss 28mm Distagon T* f/2.0

As a film photographer I shot with Contax SLRs because I liked the performance of their Zeiss lenses but as that company became a second footnote in history and digital photography came along, I took refuge in the Canon marque but missed shooting those splendid Carl Zeiss optics. Not anymore… The 28mm Distagon T* f/2.0 ZE has a maximum aperture opening of f/2.0 that combined with its moderately wide-angle focal length makes it a...

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First Look: Tamron’s SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

One of the questions that Shutterbug readers often ask me is if non-camera brand lenses are any good. The truth is pretty much what you would expect: They are often as good as camera-brand lenses, sometimes better and sometimes worse but the same could be said of the camera brand lenses themselves. Some are good, some are great while others are not so hot. Over the years I’ve used many non-camera brand lenses from Sigma to...

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