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Macro Photo of Leaf and Ice
by Canon Geek
Leaf and Ice
There are always photo opportunities around you when it comes to macro photography. On the way home from walking the dog I just happened to glance down at the curb on our street and notice the patterns in the ice in the street gutter.
As soon as I got home, I grabbed my 70D. It was plenty bright enough with an early morning sun high enough in the sky to bathe the ice crystals in light.
I used a very high shutter speed (1/800 second) to make sure the image was razor sharp-I didn't want to take the time to use a tripod.
I had a 17-35mm lens set at 35mm, which is the equivalent of about 56mm with a lens mounted on an APS-C sensor like the EOS 70D has.
Fall Leaves on Picnic Table EOS 70D and EF-S 10-18 at 10mm Focal Length
I took my Canon 70D on a hike in two nearby parks. I packed two zoom lenses.
Coupled with the Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens you get a real light camera/lens combination. With the Canon 24-105 f/4.0 you get a nice 4x zoom range with a constant f/4.0 maximum aperture throughout the entire zoom range.
If you thinking about buying a 70D, they have come down in price a bit. If you like to shoot nature and landscapes the 10-18 is real affordable. It's not a real "fast" lens at f/4.5, but who the heck shoots wide angle landscapes with their lens wide open anyway.
I purchased my 10-18 back in August, but haven't tested it as much as I wanted to due to my work schedule.
In the photo above, I was intrigued by how the leaves were spread out on the table as well as on the ground under the tree in the distance.
When you use a super wide angle lens you get a real strong perspective and emphasis on objects in the foreground. I tried this photo with the 24-105 but the 10-18 emphasized the table more.
It was a spectacular day, unusually warm for a day this deep into the month of November in the Northeast section of the USA. I shot the still silhouette of the tree about two weeks before shooting the video.
What a difference camera settings can make!
The original video was shot with my 70D set to plus one and 1/3 overexposure so that you could see my bride and me in the shaded part of the trail. This caused the leaves being blasted by the sun to be over exposed.
Also, the color balance setting were completely different-as was the directly of the light and time of the day.
It all goes to show you that when you make an image, you are like a painter, deciding the colors and lightness of the paint you use on your brush.
Digital photography gives us so many options on the effects and message we give.
Shooting Fall Photos with 70D and EF 24-105 f/4.0 Lens
by Nature Nut
Exposure was f/14 for 1/20 second - ISO 400
Using the 24-104 lens on a 70D will give you an equivalent view as a 40-170 on a full frame DSLR. When I am on photos hikes I like having the 10-18 along for those situations when I need to get a super wide angle of my subject.
The photo above is of the "rough" just off the fairway on a golf course. It's a fun place to shoot, particularly in the Fall when you get that subtle painted look on a cloud day.
I purposely used a distant (long focal length of 82mm) on the 24-105 lens to flatten the look and emphasize the textures in this image.
I tried to balance the composition by placing the red bush on the left and the green bush on the right. Please give me feedback-Maybe how you would have composed this differently.
I added a little contrast in Photoshop as it was very cloudy on the day of my hike. What do you think?
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