Super Woman

This woman photographer is amazing! She must be from the planet Krypton.

She’s an older person (I would guess in her late 50s, early 60s) and she carries a 1DMk4 with a 600mm f/4. She makes her photos HAND-HELD. That’s 24Lbs/11Kg at the end of her extended arm.

That day, the light was not the greatest, it was grey, low contrast and very cloudy. Either she’s super-woman or she uses ISO 100,000. Look at the arch of her back…

Just holding such a big and heavy rig at the end of the arm is hard enough for me. That’s why I mostly use either a tripod or at least my monopod. And it’s usually set to be 2½ feet tall. I wear a single carpenter knee pad on my right knee and I kneel down, just like Tim Tebow but I was doing it long before he started to play football. It’s to be closer to the ground and have a different perspective than 98% of the other photographers.

BTW, she’s just holding, at arm length, the lens up without even taking photos.

Super woman

Super Woman

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Intrepid Photographer

The guy is a professional. He rented a Canon 500 f/4L lens for the weekend. The lens was introduced in 1999 (not only it was the previous century, it was the previous millennium).

There’s an IS (Image Stabilization) built in the lens. It’s OK for ‘kind of stabilizing’ the lens but… It’s not that good. The lens is just above 4kg/just above 9lbs, plus the camera, only supported by the left arm. Impressive!

I know that I can’t. I have tried. I get decent results with a monopod, which is what I used on this day.

handholding a Canon 1DMk4 with a Canon 500mm f/4L

Handholding a Canon 1DMk4 with a Canon 500mm f/4L

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Puzzled by Old Camera: Vancouver, BC

This guy is using a very old Fuji FinePix S3 camera and he seems puzzled. He looked through the viewfinder, he looked around, look at the camera, at the viewfinder.

He seemed puzzled… He went back and forth at least a dozen times.

BTW, the Fuji FinePix S3 Pro was a Nikon re-badge by Fuji. It was announced in February 2004 and it was shipped in 2005. In the tech world, we are talking long before the dinosaurs roamed the earth…

Photographer puzzled by old camera

Photographer puzzled by old camera

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iPad Photographer: Vancouver, BC

It’s called the Sun Run. The Vancouver Sun newspaper organises a 10k run every end of spring. People come by the 10 of thousands and some people like this guy and me also come not for the run or the walk portion but for the photo opportunities.

He’s using his IPad and he seems to be happy with what he sees on his screen.

photographer having fun taking photos with his iPad

Photographer having fun taking photos with his iPad

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On His Way To Work

He said that he was going to do some ‘headshots’.

BTW, his tripod is orange. That’s what attracted my attention.

photographer on his way to work

Photographer on his way to work

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Mine’s bigger than yours

The winner of the tele photo wars is the guy in the middle. The guy between the Canon 500 at the front and the Minolta 600 at the back, with the small narrow white tube. It’s a 1200mm digiscope. He has it mounted on an Olympus m4/3!

The 1200mm digiscope on a micro-4/3rd camera gives him a whopping 2400mm lens. So he works at f/11 with an ISO that oscillates between ISO 1600 and ISO 3200.

Photographer with a 1200mm mounted on his Olympus camera

Photographer with a 1200mm mounted on his Olympus camera

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Hunting Snowy Owls

The previous summer was extremely rich in mice, rodents…. in the arctic. The Snowy Owls had many off-springs. They (mostly the young) couldn’t deal with the 40 and 50 below 0 (both in Fahrenheit and in Celsius), so they moved south to the Lower Mainland, BC. 24 of them!

They had the Snowy Owls on the news on TV and the photographers started to hunt them. Hundreds of photographers (BTW, this includes me who was also there). The word hunt is not an understatement. Snowy Owls, hunt at night and sleep during the day.

I staid on the pathway trying not to disturb them too much. Many photographers decided to surround them and close in before the attack. This is one of the group.

BTW, the vast majority of the people were using Canon and most of them were either using the 500mm f/4 or the 100-400 f/4.5-5.6.

Photographers hunting for Snowy Owls

Photographers hunting for Snowy Owls

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Point and Shoot

The guy (the photographer) staid in this position for a good 10 minutes. He was yelling (actually a very loud voice) to the lady to hold it up, put it down, turn…

It looks like the lady is holding some kind of rubber chicken in her hand.

Photographer doing the spread

Photographer doing the spread

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A Real Pro

This guy is taking a photo of Vancouver False Creek. So what makes him a ‘real pro’?

  1. Tripod
  2. Good camera, a Canon 6D
  3. The best lens for architecture: The Canon 24mm TSE. It’s a tilt/shift lens that allows for the building to be ‘straight’ and not fall over when the camera is pointed up.

I wonder what he’s trying to adjust. The lens is set to 0. This means: no tilt and no shift. I have a whole sequence and in all of the images the lens is still in neutral position (no adjustment).

Canon 6D with 24mm TSE

Canon 6D with 24mm TSE

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Beautiful Images Coming

This is mother is taking great photos of her 2 year old son.

This is Reifel Bird Sanctuary, which is about 30km/20 miles south of Vancouver, BC.

I haven’t seen her images but I know that they are going to be good:

  1. She’s at eye level with her son.
  2. Her son is busy feeding the ducks and the geese.
  3. Her lens is the standard 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 on a Canon T5i. She has a good view of the overall scene.

She can’t miss.

Mother taking beautiful photos of her son

Beautiful Images Coming

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New Ways of Using a Tripod

I’m not sure what he’s trying to achieve.

Either he’s trying to balance the camera (a Canon 7DmkII with a 16-35mm L lens) like a Steadicam using the tripod being the counter weight or just plain and simple he can’t be bothered closing the tripod.

I wonder if it works.

Could I use my tripod at arms length and use a small open tripod to counter-weight the movements?

New way of using a tripod

New way of using a tripod

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