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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$22,000

This photographer carries $22,000 on his shoulder:

  • Canon 1Dmk4
  • Canon 500mm f/4 Mk2
  • Gitzo tripod
  • Wemberly gimball head
  • Nikon binoculars

BTW, this was not a good day for photographing birds.

This photographer carries $22,000 on his shoulder

Carrying $22,000 on his shoulder

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A Very Patient Wife

What every photographer needs is a very patient wife that:

  1. Puts up with the: ‘Just one more’, ‘Just a second, it’s a great light…’
  2. Understands why her husband needs to spend thousandS of dollars on toys…

BTW, this guy uses a Canon T4 Rebel with a ‘Big Ma’, the Sigma 50-500mm.

Photographer with a very patient wife

Photographer with a very patient wife

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Taking Photos with 2 Cameras at the Same Time

This lady is taking photos with both her smartphone (some kind of Android) and her point and shoot camera at the same time.

It’s not one camera, then the other. She carried both and pressed on the shutter at the same time. Impressive!

Taking photos with 2 cameras at the same time

Taking Photos with 2 Cameras at the Same Time

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Blurry Photos

I spoke to this lady after she took her ‘blurry’ photos. She was very unhappy with her Canon camera and she was talking about switching to Nikon. She was blaming the camera.

The main problem with her Canon camera was how she was holding her camera and her lens.

She was trying to zoom with her left hand by holding the lens from the side. Basically, she was holding the full weight of the camera/lens with her right hand. Of course, her photos would be blurry, the camera was moving too much.

As photographers, we are supposed to be tucking the elbow into the stomach to give it additional support.

Canon camera taking blurry photos

Canon camera taking blurry photos

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Chinese Photographers

This group of Chinese photographers came from China to Canada for some photo tour. This is the end of March and it’s still cold, but they are all trying to get photos of the local Hummingbirds.

From what I gathered, they flew from China to Vancouver, they are spending a few days around Vancouver, then their next step is Whistler. From Whistler they will go to Banff and the Rockies and finally end their photo tour in Calgary.

A couple of the people in the group spoke some English but they had a local tour guide that was waiting by the mini-bus.

Chinese photographers trying to photograph hummingbirds

Chinese photographers trying to photograph hummingbirds

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Photographer With Muscles of Steel

This photographer is at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary and he uses a Canon 7D with Canon 500mmL /f4. Great camera, great combo but handheld?

I tried to ask him some how he was doing it but he didn’t seem to understand when I tried to speak with him.

I know that the Image Stabilization built in the Canon 500mmL is good, but it’s not that good. I know I’ve tried. Also, he must have muscles of steel to be able to keep the 8.5lbs, almost 4kg, plus the camera at arms length steady enough to make decent photos…

photographer with muscles of steel

Photographer with muscles of steel

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The Photographic Dance

This guy is using a Canon 7D with the Canon 100-400L zoom lens.

He’s fully zoomed but he still could not get the ‘right’ look. So he started to bend his knees and up/down a few times until he seems to have found the ‘correct’ height.

My problem with this dance is that sometimes I get ‘stuck’ and then it’s very difficult to stand up. My preference is much lower to the ground, so I have some carpenter knee-pad for my right knee.

A photographer doing the photographic dance

A photographer doing the ‘photographic dance’

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Nikon D3s v. Sony P&S

This guy tried to take photos with his Nikon D3s and the ‘big tele’. It doesn’t look that it was successful, so he took out his Sony Point and Shoot to the rescue.

This time: Sony: 1, Nikon: 0: convenience and versatility won the day.

Nikon D3s v. Sony P&S

Nikon D3s v. Sony P&S

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