New website….

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It’s still a work in progress but now I have a place to park all my photos.


Totems-Saxman Village

Amazing how they carve them….

All shot with the Canon 40D, 16-35mm lens, and Canon 580EXII flash

Using FilterFX for the iphone and ipad…

They are nice very simple apps that are free so don’t expect too much.  The only problem I’ve had with them is uploading the images directly to Facebook from the iPhone or iPad.  I had to do the long version of saving the image, emailing it to myself, downloading it and then saving it.  They are not very big files which make it nice for web or phone to phone transfer.

Here’s a picture of a wood bridge walkway I took in Ketchican, Alaska.

Canon 40D, 16-35mm f2.8L, vintage filter from FilterFX

Park play and water fun – Canon 16-35 mk II f2.8L

Some park shots and playing with water.

Action Shots – Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS

More action shots – I have to learn to start taking pictures instead of watching the game.  All of these shots where taken with the Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS lens.

Canon 16-35 f2.8L II – mini review

I have had this lens now for a few weeks.  The first week I did not get a chance to really use it as I was still playing around with the Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS lens I picked up.  I have to say the wide angle on this even on a cropped body is amazing.  It’s like going back to the old film days when I had a 24mm lens on my Canon EOS-3 camera.  You really don’t notice it until you start using it how great it is to have the width sometimes.  Now it just makes me want to get a full frame camera even more.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens

I do see the vignetting problems many people have complained about.  I see how it could be worse in a full frame camera body.  I do wish this had IS.  I know that seems ridiculous for such a short focal length but it would come in handy when taking pictures of kids especially.

What I have noticed that I don’t really like is the hood doesn’t really work very well.  It’s just too shallow.  I read complaints about it and now I see why they complained about it.  Two sides are just barely a hood on this lens.  It would be nice if it were just a little bit deeper to block out the extra sun flares that can occur.  I don’t always use a hood but I do see their value in certain situations and on a lens that is this wide it’s a shame they didn’t go just a little bit deeper on the petals.  That being said, I think this lens will be on my camera body a lot if not all the time now.  At least until I tire of the wide angle and get a hold of a Canon 24-105 f4L or a Canon 24-70 f2.8L lens to make my set complete.

Head Shots

I normally do not do portraits.  I don’t like posed shots.  I like natural spontaneous shots of people when they aren’t looking.  So when my husband came to me and said he needed a head shot for work I didn’t really think he wanted me to do it.  Especially since I haven’t done a lot of it.  But it was a last minute deal and he needed it right away.  So we went out side hoping to get a few shots in our yard that he could use.  Most of them came out fine.  There are a few that were pretty good given the speed and lack of preparation.  Maybe next time I won’t turn down a job for head shots.

I used the Canon 70-200mm f2.8L lens for this one.  I tried using the 50 f1.8 lens and didn’t like the results as much as I did with this lens.  The bokeh on the Canon 70-200mm is much better then the 50mm lens.  This is at 135mm zoom with an aperture of 4.5.  The sun was going down so the light wasn’t too harsh and the green background provided a nice contrast.

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