Canon 5D on board mic test

posted on 2011.05.20, under Canon 5D Mark II, Interviews, Lens

I was walking the dog through campus and I ran into Steve Litwack.  He is on staff at UC Berkeley and he was practicing the trumpet on this particular Sunday.   I shot some footage for 15 minutes, edited for 30 minutes, and rendered and exported for 15 minutes.

An hour later, I present to you, the Canon 5D “on board mic test”.  This was shot with a Canon 5D using the onboard mic.  No external mic was used.  Turned out better than I expected.

I used the Canon 16-35MM lens.  This lens is noticeably more enjoyable to use on the 5D then on the 7D.  The full size sensor of the 5D really allowed me to get the most out of this lens.  I had greater control and more options controlling the depth of field.


Ushi, Armenia – using the Canon 16-35mm

posted on 2011.05.19, under Canon 5D Mark II, Lens, Photos

I am in Armenia for 10 days.  I came here because my dad is building a home in Ushi.  Ushi has 2000 people and is 20 miles outside of Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.  I brought one case of camera gear, which included Canon 5D & 7D, 70-200mm, 16-35mm, 24-105mm, 580EX II flash, chargers, cleaners, etc..   I will take you on a tour of my entire travel kit for this trip in a future blog.   I really wanted to bring more gear but I did not want to bring more than one bag.

The 16-35mm on the Canon 5D is truly amazing.  Yes, I believe there is some slight vignettes and also some distortion on the edges.  Well, I personally love it.  I have been using this lens, mostly to shoot video on the Canon 7D for the past year, and now seeing it on the 5D is like getting a new lens!  This is truly a wide lens.

photo stats
Camera – Canon 5D
lens – 16-35mm
ISO – 160


Mother’s Day and the Canon 24mm

posted on 2011.05.17, under Flash, Lens, Photos

On Mother’s Day morning, before I saw my mom, I took out the 7D and the Canon Speedlite 580EX II. I snapped a couple of photos of a lady I met in front of Peet’s Coffee on Shattuck Ave, in Berkeley, California. She told me a story about her daughter and her daughter’s Chihuahua. She said, “when I sleep over my daughter’s house, we share a bed and the dog sleeps under the covers with us.” She also shared the details of her previous night in the shelter. She said that 5 girls jumped her and took her money. She claimed she did not provoke them, but that she was very drunk.

While I was talking with her, a passerby gave her a few dollars. She then went to the store and bought both herself and a random person she just met, a cup of coffee. She was generous with the little she had.






Photo Stats

Camera and Flash- 7D & Speedlite 580EXII
Lens- Canon 24mm
ISO 100
1/125 & 1/200

Guest on the CrossFit Games Show

posted on 2011.05.12, under Photos

Mark, Heber, Leif - CrossFit Media

I was stoked to get an invitation from Tony Budding (CrossFit media director) to be a guest on the CrossFit Games Show.  I was nervous and kept my 7D and my 580 EX II near my side just prior to going live (once they started filming I had to put the camera on the floor).  This was a great source of comfort.  Hear is a photo I snapped of Mark, Heber and Leif from the anchor table (where the guests and the host sit).

These 3 guys are bad ass!  It was great seeing how they run a show with multiple cameras, mics, lights, and all the studio goodies.   They answered all my questions about their gear with humility, which can be rare in the “Ocho”.


Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX Flash

posted on 2011.05.11, under Flash, Photos

Today it came from B&H.  I am in the middle of a big edit and export for the CrossFit Journal and don’t have time to play with this flash.  I am including 3 pictures I took with the flash (Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX Flash) during a coffee break.   I used the Canon 5D and the MP-E 65mm lens.  I am very excited about the possibilities with this flash!  I will post more pictures and review later.

I can say this – using this flash to take macro photographs is much, much easier than using the Speedlite 580EX II.  I wish I would have purchased this flash when I purchased the MP-E 65mm.   This flash deserves a video review so you can see how it fits onto the lens.  This is another high quality piece of equipment from Canon.


toe nail polish


toe nail




photo stats
ISO 320







Mother and Daughter, NYC

posted on 2011.05.09, under Photos

This photo was taken mid-day in New York City. The 70-200mm allows photographers to shoot people from afar. On one hand, this lens allows one to get photos inconspicuously, but on the other hand, the photographer sticks out like a sore thumb! People inevitably make comments when you walk down the street with this beast dangling from your neck.

Below are two photos: before using NIK Silver Efex 2 and after.









Canon 7D
70-200 mm lens
ISO 320


Panasonic Lumix GH1 Low Light video test

posted on 2011.05.06, under LUMIX, Video

Hello Friends,

Here are some photos of a b-roll camera I used last week at Patriot CrossFit. I love filming elite athletes.  The camera is a Panasonic Lumix GH1. It was a gift from a friend a few weeks back. It is a great camera!

Panasonic Lumix GH1



With the Kipon EOS-m/4/3 A adapter mount, it can handle a Canon lens.


I let this camera hang from my cotton carrier and pull it off for quick b-roll. The 100mm gets some great shots even in super low light. The video below was filmed in a dark room with a bit of window lighting. I like the look, although the 1600 ISO was less than ideal. The conditions here were rough, and with just a bit more light, this camera can certainly hold its own.

Enjoy the video. I shot at 59.97 and used Cinema Tools (Apple software) and “conformed” to 29.97 for slow mo.






Photo Stats:

Panasonic Lumix GH1
Handheld-low light shooting
ISO 1600
Lens- Canon 100mm macro
Attached with- Kipon EOS-m4/3 A adapter









Two Pictures that form a Narrative

posted on 2011.05.04, under Photos

New York City, 2011.




Photo Stats:

Canon 7D
Lens: 70-200mm
ISO 320
SS: 1/400