Montana Wood Duck, Canon 1DX
The other day I finally had to peel my eyeballs off the computer monitor and take a break from seemingly endless days of photo editing. Whenever I need a quick break to recharge and clear me eyes, the local duck pond is usually where I head just down the road from my house.
On this evening we had the last of our winter storm lingering with some pretty cold temps, but nice evening light. I shot this image at about -15f while laying out on the ice to get eye level with some of the ducks.
One thing that I have been increasingly impressed with is the Canon 1DX’s quick reaction time when using multi-point autofocus. In this case I had my multi-points right on the wood duck anticipating his lift off and in a split second having to move the camera to keep up, hoping my autofocus points would follow along on the duck and keep focus. This would be a case with some systems where it would be hit or miss, but the 1DX continues to impress me with its accurate and blazingly quick reaction times. Looking forward to more birds this spring with the 1DX!
Canon 1DX 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS f8 1/2000 ISO16000
Mallards weathering a late winter storm in Montana this morning.
Canon 1DX 70-200 2.8L IS II f5.6 1/500 ISO800
Young Male Polar Bear. Churchill, Manitoba
Happy International Polar Bear Day! Help bring more awareness to one of the most amazing animals we have on our planet.
Canon 5D markIII 500mm f4L IS, 1.4X f8 1/1000 ISO800
Out for a morning hike with the dog today. Helena, Montana.
Canon 5D markIII 16-35mm 2.8L II f16 1/125 ISO100
I shot this image over the weekend, just as the last light of the day was fading on this old red barn near Bozeman, Montana. I’ve been using the newer 24-70 2.8L II for the better part of a year now and I’ll have to say that I’m very impressed with this lens. I’ve used the older version for years, matter of fact I’ve had a couple of them, and it was a great lens in itself. The newer one however, improves a lot in the edges and corners. When shooting at 24mm, in my opinion, it’s one of the sharpest wide angles I’ve used, right up there with Canon’s 24mm 3.5 tilt shift.
I love using the 24-70 2.8L II for walk around, general stuff. This was perfect for this barn, allowing me to go wide enough, but also getting in tight if I needed to when experimenting with different compositions. Unless I’m doing ultra wide landscapes, I really prefer to have this on my camera for those unexpected moments, where having some flexibility in your focal length range as well as some of the sharpest optics in a Canon zoom makes a big difference.
Canon 5D markIII 24-70mm 2.8L II f16 1/180 ISO400 (handheld)
Icicles on an old cabin near Bozeman, Montana.
Canon 5d markIII 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS f8 1/500 ISO400 -0.5
Here’s a recent shot from this winter of a Bald Eagle keeping watch over the Gardner River near Mammoth in Yellowstone National Park. This shot was a somewhat challenging one for lighting as the bright highlights on the eagle from the late morning sun were prone to being blown out and overexposed. This was an image where closely watching your histogram and constantly adjusting the exposure to preserve the highlight details were critical.
With the improved dynamic range in modern sensors, these sort of shots become possible to better balance and bring out more details in the shadows areas than in less capable sensors in past years. This was a shot that I would usually pass up because of the lighting, but I was pleasantly surprised and glad I decided to reconsider.
Canon 1DX 500mm f4L IS, 1.4X f11 1/4000 ISO1600
Glacier National Park, 2013 Photography Workshop
There’s still a couple weeks left to get in on my early registration discount for this year’s workshops. Feel free to visit my Workshops page for details on 2014′s Montana and Washington workshops. Register before March 1, 2014 and receive 10% off your registration fee.
So first before doing this review, I must confess that I’m a bit of a camera bag nerd. There’s something about the quest of finding the perfect bag and organizing all that gear that does it for me.
As a professional photographer, I’m also looking for a bag that’s going to make my job easier traveling, hiking, and can stand up to the day to day abuse that we outdoor photographers put our equipment through. Continue reading
Out in the wheat fields of Montana last night. When you run out of things to shoot, it’s time for a self portrait! This shot was taken with a 15″ exposure, using a radio remote.
Canon 5D markIII 16-35mm 2.8L mkII f4 15″ ISO1600