Canon 16-35mm at Santa Monica Pier

posted on 2011.11.29, under Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D, HDR Photos, landscape, Photos

My favorite lens is the Canon 24mm and yet I did not bring it on this shoot.  Sometimes the “favorite” lens just doesn’t fit in the kit
and tough decisions have to be made.

I only had room for 3 lens and two bodies on this trip.  I brought the Canon 16-35, Canon 100mm Macro and the Canon MP-E 65mm macro.

These lens matched on the Canon 5D (full frame) and the Canon 7D (1.6 crop sensor) give me great range of  16-56MM and 100-160mm

This kit will be good for landscapes, portraits and of course remarkable macro shots.

I have also brought two flashes including Canon’s macro MR-14EX ring flash.

The above shot was taken from Lowes hotel, 7th floor, Santa Monica using the 16-35 on the Canon 5D.

Canon 24mm, the “GO TO” lens

posted on 2011.11.25, under Canon 5D Mark II, Gear, HDR Photos, landscape, Lens, Photos

The Canon 24mm lens is the most reliable and versatile lens I own.  I like the 16-35, as a “go to” lens, and it is a great lens, but the 24mm has a unique look.

I get great video and photos on both the Canon 5D and the 7D with the 24.   For shooting in low light, it can’t be beat.

Here is a Thanksgiving landscape shot in Benicia, California.

Canon 5D
ISO 100
HDR – 8 photos




Lady Bug, Rose Bud and Aphids

posted on 2011.11.18, under bugs, Canon 5D Mark II, insects, Macro

The Canon 65mm MP-E is a remarkable lens.

This is as wide as this lens shoots.  Without a flash or some additional light it would be nearly impossible to get
this photo without the ISO being 2500 to 6400.

This was captured using the Canon 5D at ISO 100, f13, 1/200 using a the canon Twin Lite MT-24EX.

Guitar man at a Starbucks in Encinitas

posted on 2011.11.15, under Canon 5D Mark II

I popped into a Starbucks in Encinitas to get a cup of coffee and this guy was playing the guitar.  I was strapped with the Canon 5D and grabbed a dozen photos.

He said with a smile, “you are taking too many pictures, what are you taking pictures for ?”  I responded with a smile and said, “I suppose, the same reason you are playing the guitar”.

Canon 5D
Canon 16-35mm
ISO 1250, 26mm, f2.8, 1/400

Erin LaVoie on

posted on 2011.11.10, under Canon 5D Mark II, HDR Photos, Photos, portraits

I was happy to see the Erin LaVoie video go up on a couple of days ago.

Seeing the video motivated me to dig up another picture of Erin.  This photo was shot 3 days before this World Champion Lumberjacker competed in Lewiston, Idaho.

canon 5D
canon 50mm lens
f1.8, 1/8000, ISO 400

Rowan at Refugio

posted on 2011.11.08, under Canon 7D, Photos, portraits

Last week I camped for a couple days at Refugio State Beach, just north of Santa Barbara.  8 year-old Rowan was part of our camping party.  We played frisbee, chased birds and of course ate some smores.

I grabbed a couple photos with Canon 7D and the Canon 100mm macro lens.

Dan Bailey

posted on 2011.11.02, under Canon 5D Mark II, Flash, Lens, Photos, portraits

Dan Bailey won the 2011 CrossFit Open.  Out of 30,000+ competitors around the globe, this 26-year-old from Ohio, USA took first place.  Not only did Dan win the Open, but he took 6th place at the 2011 CrossFit Games in Carson, California.

This picture was taken at Rogue headquarters, Columbus Ohio.  It was a 2 hour shoot with Dan Bailey and Mikko Salo.  I wish it could have been a 4 hour shoot, these guys are great!

Canon 5D
Canon 580 EXII
Canon 50mm 1.2