We may not get the colors that eastern Canada gets, but our fall can be every bit as gorgeous.
My son is impervious to cold. He was running through the lake until he was soaked. Then he tripped. While down on all fours he crawled a couple steps before standing up. He never complained about how cold the water was. Then he walked all the way back to the car (10 minute walk) and never mentioned feeling cold. Amazing.
Zoomed in and out on a leaf pile while I rapid shot some pictures. This was one of my favorites.
Below is a shot from my 20D at ISO 1600. It looks OK, until you crop.
You can really see the noise there.
This next shot was taken at ISO 3200 on my 50D. The crop on each pictures is the same (640 X 472).
This crop takes a much smaller portion of the overall picture, yet there is less noise than in the photo above. Awesome. I need to remember to use the higher ISO levels when I need to freeze motion.
For this shot of Yoshi I wanted to test the noise of my new camera at higher ISO settings. This was shot at ISO 2000. Much better ISO performance over my 20D. The 20D at ISO 800 had way worse noise than this.
I’ve wondered what the inside of a lens looks like. I guess not I have a better idea. This was a 17-85mm Canon lens that was broken. The owner took it apart to see what the insides were like.
First impressions are that I like it, a lot. Definitely a great camera, and quite a few steps up from the 20D I was using. I’m in love, but I need to do lots of reading. There are loads new features that I need to learn. Soon I will break out the manual and start reading, but first, take more pictures.
Anyone want to buy a 20D body?
Some tips for shooting images of fireworks.
- use a tripod
- use a cable release
- go full manual (set the aperture, use the bulb setting, manual focus)
- take a flashlight
- get to the sight early (at least 20 minutes I would say)
- take a few sample shots to test exposure using the cable release and guessing the exposure time, but also look very closely at your focus and make sure everything is sharp
When all of this is done, you are ready to watch the show. When using the cable release you can still watch the show and snap shots while doing that. If your camera is setup as I mentioned, there isn’t anything it needs to do other than open the aperture. It doesn’t need to focus, or adjust any settings.
Play around while taking pictures. Vary the exposure length. Re-compose the scene every once in a while, zoom in, zoom out, rotate the camera 90 degrees. If you watch carefully you can see the rockets firing up into the air. When you see this you can start your exposure before the burst and get some lovely light trails. Try to predict what is going to happen.
Take your luck to the shoot, but most importantly enjoy yourself since this is supposed to be fun. When it is all over, expect to throw away a lot of shots. Try cropping them to make them more dramatic.
Here are my shots from last night.
Below are some of my pictures, the rest are here.