December in Cleveland

posted on 2014.03.16, under Canon 5D Mark III, Photos

cleveland birds 12-2012 (1)

It was cold, freezing cold.   The kind of cold that forces most people to walk directly to their desired location with zero dilly dallying and a resentment for red lights.  What were these birds doing ?  Shouldn’t they be hiding out in a Home Depot or something ?

Canon 5D Mark III – ISO 400, Canon 14mm, f/7.1, 1/400

Yes, the 14mm is an amazing lens.  This lens has two drawbacks.  It is very wide, giving you few options once it’s on your camera.  Secondly, the lens, the actual glass is impossible to protect.  You can’t use a filter and the hood barely offers protection.   While shooting with this lens, you have to constantly be aware of anything that could strike your lens.

Federal Courthouse, Cleveland, Ohio

posted on 2012.12.13, under Uncategorized


ISO 400, f/22, 1/100

ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/1000

Both of these photos were shot with the Canon 5D Mark III + Canon 14mm.

I shot this photo of the Federal Courthouse in Cleveland, Ohio at 12pm, Wednesday, December 12, 2012.  The building is the work place for approximately 4,000 federal employees.  During the 20 minutes I moved around the building snapping photos, I did not see a single person exit, enter or walk near the building.

After snapping approximately 50 photos, homeland security approached me and asked me, “what are you shooting”.  I told the officer, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, and proceeded to show him all 50 photos.   After showing him all the photos, he asked if I would go back to the photos of the buildings with the leaves in the foreground (the pictures above).  He said, “I like those 2 pictures.

The officer was kind.  He shared a story about a Korean photographer that was detained the previous month for taking pictures of the courthouse.  When they asked to see the Korean photographers ID, he presented a passport belonging to another individual.  I did not get the conclusion of this tory, but I don’t think it’s good to present fake ID to homeland security.