The photographers’ zoo

A dozen of photographers and the cameras ranges from nothing to $$$

A dozen of photographers and the cameras ranges from nothing to $$$

A dozen people are taking photos and the cameras ranges from nothing to $$$.

  • 1 guy calling his wife or girl friend and describes what he sees
  • A kid watching with binoculars
  • A lady using her iPhone
  • A lady using a small Sony point and shoot
  • A guy with a small video camera and a ‘real’ camera
  • 3 people with Canons. A couple of ‘big …
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Tourists and the Obligatory Selfie

In January 2017, German researchers studied the selfies and found that:

  • 77% of the smartphone users took a selfie at least once a month
  • 49% of the smartphone users received at least one selfie every week
  • People thought that their own selfies were somewhat ironic and playful
  • 82% of the people would rather see ‘more usual pictures’ then selfies on social media
  • 90% of the people thought that others’ selfies were for self-promotion
  • 46% of the people thought that their own selfies were for self-promotion

Tourists in Vancouver, BC and the Obligatory Selfie

Tourists in Vancouver, BC and the Obligatory Selfie

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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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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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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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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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