Sunday, June 29, 2008

200L + 2x Teleconverter

I have an opportunity to buy a 400 5.6 L lens. I went outside today to take some shots with my "fake" 400mm lens - my 200 + 2x TC. When I can get the shutter over 1/1000, it does a very nice job. Where it fails is trying to focus on fast moving subjects - the dogs don't count, but they're cute. Stay tuned to see what happens. I'm really on the fence right now.

Friday, June 20, 2008

More 70-200 manual focus practice

I went out and practiced a bit more today. Using the 70-200 with a 20mm tube works really quite well. I put the drive into "fast" and snap 2 pictures. Usually if the first one has a little hand shake, the second one is just fine. This set-up will work just great in Yellowstone. The trick is to keep the shutter speed way up - like 500 or more.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Storms....blah, blah, blah

The spring storms just won't quit....maybe this is a good sign.

Back to the backyard

I'm starting to think about going to Yellowstone. Last year at this time we were in Alaska! What a fun memory. I own a macro lens, but I don't think it is going to go into the back country with me. I'm trying to keep my camera kit down to 8 lbs! That will include my 40D body, 10-22mm lens and 70-200mm lens - that's it! One of the things that you can do in good light is add an extension tube to the 70-200 and that makes it a pretty decent close-up lens. I haven't used it a lot, so I thought I'd better start practicing. I went outside and look what I found in my planter! Insects....and soon to be more insects... I used ISO 800 and manually focused. I'm finding that I'm getting a lot quicker with the manual focus.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Dinner & Night

We went back to Bread & Cup tonight. Had a lovely dinner & took a few outside pictures.

Friday, June 13, 2008



Chocolate chip cookie...delicious to photograph...delicious to eat.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Eggs & Things

I went down to Bread & Cup today and took some more pictures. One of the things that I'm enjoying the most is that this is not a rushed process....and if we don't like what we see, we try something else. I think I would be a horrible wedding photographer!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

This or That

Here is a true & funny story that happened tonight. I played in a wonderful golf tournament today and came home about 3 pm all windblown and hot. Darwin was backpacking last night and this morning and got home about noon. We ran a couple of errands and at about 6:00 were getting around to dinner. Darwin had turned on the grill and I stuck some smart chicken hot dogs in the microwave to defrost. Now that is a super Saturday night meal!

Kevin calls from Bread & Cup wondering if I can be spontaneous and come down and take some evening pictures tonight. I say that I can come down as soon as we finish dinner - Darwin had just started cooking the hot dogs. Kevin called right back and said that if Darwin wasn't too attached to the hot dogs that he'd feed us tenderloin. Hmmm....this or that.....well, we chose that! That was seriously delicious!!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Another night - Another storm

Wow, another night of really bad weather. I need to start thinking....."oh, it's a storm - I might die - better get outside and take some pictures". By the time I thought of that tonight, a lot of the weather was past. But, more is coming and so we will be sleeping in our basement tonight.