I wasn't trying to take a bunch of cannon photos with my Canon EOS 70D. It just turned out that way. It was another one of my typical photo excursions.
My only goal was to take some interesting photographs. In this case I decided to do a little experimenting with my Canon EOS 70D.
The only backup camera I had was my Canon G1 X mark II. I had never gone on a photo excursion without one of my full-frame Canon bodies, so this trip was a little different.
This trip was to southeast Pennsylvania, near the historical Gettysburg battlefield national military Park. In my high school years I had no interest in history, but your perspective changes as you get older. I had visited this park once a long time ago when I was a young boy. Needless to say my memories had become quite faded.
Surprisingly I came away from this trip without any beautiful scenic photographs of the countryside. As it turned out I mostly photographed cannons, fences and monuments.
I've been shooting full frame Canon bodies for about 10 years and most of my lenses are designed for full frame cameras. Using the Canon EOS 70D gives you a 1.6 X crop factor which takes a little getting used to.
When you buy the 70D as a kit, it comes with an EF-S 18-55 or sometimes the 18-135mm. These lenses are affordable and generally give you a good zoom range.
My Canon EF 24 – 105 mm lens is my go-to lens but it's designed for full-frame Canon bodies, and that lens becomes a 38 – 168 mm equivalent lens on the 70D. That's not wide enough, particularly for one of my big interests, landscape photography.
I do have a wider 17 – 35mm wide-angle zoom that I use, but I am not thrilled with that lens because of its short zoom range of only 2X. That lens gives you a range of 28-55 mm equivalent.
I guess it's time to search for a lens specifically for my 70 D.
Whenever I go on my photo excursions I tried to schedule photographing my subjects at different times of the day. As you can see in the photo below, photography is all about lighting.
I sometimes get frustrated when I see so many tourists take bad angles and get bad backgrounds when they take their snapshots. I wish I had the time and the resources to give them a few tips so that their photos would be so much better.
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My cannon photos with my Canon EOS 70D weren't worthy of submitting to any photo contests, for sure. But I'd rather be out shooting than sitting in front of the TV.
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