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Your Daily Bridge. August 13, 2012

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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I just can’t stay off of that damned thing!

But this particular visit to the Bridge of Flowers in nearby Shelburne Falls was a furthering of my investigations of the combination of my 400mm Gizmo and a Canon 2X tele-extender.

The combo is cumbersome, shaky and slow – the auto-focus on my 5D Mark II doesn’t work in this configuration, and the 2X closes the maximum aperture by two stops, leaving me with a max ap of f/11, which makes hand holding difficult for this shaky old relic. I addressed that problem with a monopod collapsed short and canted against my thigh in a kneeling position. It made for wet knees on a dewey morning…

Hey, one does what one must to get that shot!Ā  šŸ˜‰

So, the results:

People can be photographed from enough of a distance to not be self-conscious – here gardener Carol works to keep things beautiful:

Thanks, Carol!Ā  šŸ˜‰

The tele-extender doubles the magnification of my 400mm Gizmo without increasing the minimum focusing distance. Glads from just over twelve feet:

Crisp focus is difficult with 800mm hand-held, and nearly impossible for these hands with a twirling subject:

…but she was too darling to not include in this post. God bless the children!Ā  šŸ™‚

I did better with stationary subjects like dahlias:

The effect is nearly macro-like, with a peek-a-boo look which brings a viewer into the scene, or so it seems to me…

…and the depth of focus includes the entirety of a blossom while utterly excluding the background:

This is exactly what I was hoping for from this visit: find the strengths, isolate the weaknesses and develop strategies to contend with them.

I’m pleased.


1. notakidding/kkryno - August 13, 2012

Wow, Ralph! These are great. I can almost reach out and touch those blooms.

2. TheCunningRunt - August 13, 2012

Thanks Vikki. I had the same reaction, with the stated caveats. I have a lot more work to do to nail this technique, but I feel like I’m on the right track.

3. susancrow - August 20, 2012

Wow. The shots you got with the tele-extender are even more amazing than your usual amazing.

littlebangtheory - August 20, 2012

Well, I’m glad you liked them! I did as well. Every outing affords me the opportunity to try something new, and I can’t help learning from my daily shoots, which is perhaps the most engrossing part of doing this work.

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