Sunday, March 30, 2008

SLRs on the Beach

Taking your camera any where near the beach is nerve the sand can cause major trouble. A few tips helped me recently during my stay in Florida: 1) keep the camera in a dedicated bag which only gets opened by yourself (ensure it has sealed zippers), 2) keep your actual camera bag in the hotel, so that sand never comes in contact with it, 3) wrap the camera in a towel from the hotel to protect it, 4) keep the bag out of the sun, and 5) never change lenses on the beach.

Aperture at Its Best

Shot my son's sand castle in Florida with my Canon 20D with a 70-200mm F2.8 lens.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Soccer with 2 Canons

Well, I tried using both cameras yesterday for the first time during a high school soccer game. I had my Canon 20D around my neck with a 70-200 mm f2.8 lens and my Canon Mark II on a monopod with a 300 mm f2.8 lens.....a little challenging to say the least.

First, I take care of my equipment really well, but with 2 cameras running at the same time, there's a tendency for them to knock into one another. Second, trying to change the zoom on the 70-200 lens while still holding the monopod became quite difficult, leading to several missed shots. Here are a couple shots from the 2 camera/lens combinations......both with wide open aperture of f2.8, shutter speed ranging around 1/4000 sec and ISO 400. If you would like to purchase any of these game photos, please visit my Smugmug site.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

The Old Versus the New

I took this shot from the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil last week highlighting the diversity in living accommodations. The foreground demonstrates the challenges which thousands of Brazilians face while a very modern hotel stands in the background. I used my 20D with a 24-70 L series lens (f2.8, ISO 400, shutter 1/1600). I had to shoot at high shutter speeds since I was riding in a vehicle traveling quickly over bumpy roads.