Thank you Mr C!
In my quest to improve the quality of the images that I get, I have been trying different camera settings out to see what works best for each of my lenses when shooting various subjects. One color that I’ve been having trouble with has been vivid red subjects, either flowers or birds.
A few posts back, I was pondering whether the saved “picture styles” that I use for my zoom lenses were too much for my prime lenses, and with the help of a male cardinal that was nice enough to pose for me long enough to try out various settings, I have learned what I needed to know.
The cardinal hung around long enough for me to shoot several photos using different photo styles, ones that I have saved, and ones that come preset from Canon, and the two images above were shot using the standard setting from Canon.
I have found the same to be true with the Tokina macro lens, it does best using the standard setting as if comes from the factory also.
I don’t want to get into detail about what Canon calls “picture styles” other than to say that it is a way to tweak an image as it is recorded by the camera. My 60 D comes with a few factory styles preloaded for landscapes, portraits, macro, and so forth. I can also save three styles that I set-up myself. It turns out that the two prime lenses I own do best at the standard setting, while my zoom lenses need a little “help” to get the best from them. And when I say a little help, I mean very little, as some of the factory pre-sets alter the image quality far more than the ones that I set-up myself.
Before I forget, clean-up from the tornado on Sunday continues. I thought about walking to the damaged area to shoot a few photos, but the authorities are begging people to stay out of the area so they can get the clean-up done. There are people with no power yet on Wednesday, even worse is the fact that some people have lost their homes at least temporarily until the homes are repaired. So, as much as I would like to post a few photos for the record, I’ll stay out of the way, and let people get their lives’ back.
Okay, back to the photos, and I’ll apologize in advance for the quantity of them. These were all shot during my hike around the Pickerel Lake Nature Preserve last weekend. I saved enough photos to do two posts, but it was a three-day weekend, and I have way too many photos from the other days saved also. With my new photo gear, it’s as if everything in nature is new to me, and I’d like to photograph it all every time that I set foot outside.
Before I prattle on about that, I’ll get to the photos, starting with a female red-winged blackbird hopping from lily pad to lily pad, gathering insect to feed to her young.
This isn’t a very good photo, the heron managed to keep the sun behind itself as it flew past me, but it’s one of the few green herons that I’ve seen this year.
I noted earlier this year that I was seeing very few great blue herons, that continues to be the case, and it holds true for green herons as well. I spent the day there at Pickerel Lake, and that’s the only heron of any species that I saw.
But, the good thing about nature is that there are always things to see, even when there aren’t many birds around.
And, the problem with photographing nature is that you may shoot many photos of the same subject, and not be able to decide which images to put in your blog post. 🙂 I found a spiderwort flower and began shooting a series of photos using my Tokina macro lens.
While I was taking a short break to let my muscles relax from trying to hold perfectly still, a dragonfly perched within range of the Tokina lens.
I went back to shooting more photos of the spiderwort.
I know that there isn’t much difference between any of the photos of the spiderwort flowers, but I was trying slightly different angles, focus points, and aperture settings to change the depth of field so that more or less of the flower was in focus. I love them all, and couldn’t pick just one. You should have seen how many I deleted to get down to four! The dragonfly was still hanging around, so he got shot again.
I couldn’t believe that a dragonfly would allow me to get as close to it as I did.
These next images were all shot with the 300 mm prime lens with extender.
Then, I had the great idea of shooting one photo of a subject with the 300 mm prime lens, and then the same subject with the Tokina macro lens.
I used the Tokina macro lens for the rest of these photos.
I was feeling quite proud of myself for how well I had done in getting good photos of the smaller flowers like the black medic and hop trefoil, until Allen’s latest post on slime molds. Don’t let the name slime mold fool you, Allen captured some truly incredible photos of some beautiful subjects that aren’t easily seen with the naked eye, his post is definitely worth a look!
If I add anything more to this post I’ll end up repeating myself later, so I’m calling this one finished.
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!