Your Daily Bridge. August 13, 2012Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
Tags: an extender for my tool, Bridge of Flowers, Canon 2X III Tele-Extender, Canon f5.6L 400mm lens, dahlias, Gizmo, gladioli, peek-a-boo, shameless tag trolling ;), Shelburne Falls MA, tele-extenders
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! 😉
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! 😉
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! 🙂
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.