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Early March 2010

Posted in Photography, Reviews by xding78 on March 8, 2010
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Some shots with the Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS lens

Posted in Photography by xding78 on November 20, 2009

Yesterday the weather was so lovely. I couldn’t stay at home anymore. I am taking photos of animals. They are so different from static objects. To make it more difficult it was very very windy. And what was worse is that my arms couldn’t stop shaking due to some excercise one hour earlier. Anyway, let’s check the photos.

My favorite "Panda sheep" Billy (click to enlarge) – Focal length:250mm, Av:5.6, ISO:125, Tv:1/250, Exposure:-2/3

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This is Molly (click to enlarge) – Focal length:250mm, Av:5.6, ISO:125, Tv:1/250, Exposure:0

Meet Willy (click to enlarge) – Focal length:250mm, Av:5.6, ISO:200, Tv:1/250, Exposure:0

Willy again (click to enlarge) – Focal length:250mm, Av:5.6, ISO:200, Tv:1/250, Exposure:0

The roosters at the back (click to enlarge) – Focal length:250mm, Av:5.6, ISO:250, Tv:1/320, Exposure:0

A lovely dalmatian and a very natural model (click to enlarge) – Focal length:250mm, Av:5.6, ISO:250, Tv:1/320, Exposure:0

Now comes the more difficult ones, the birds and ducks. They are always in motion.

(click to enlarge) – Focal length:250mm, Av:5.6, ISO:320, Tv:1/250, Exposure:0

(click to enlarge) – Focal length:250mm, Av:5.6, ISO:320, Tv:1/250, Exposure:0

(click to enlarge) – Focal length:250mm, Av:7.1, ISO:100, Tv:1/400, Exposure:0

(click to enlarge) – Focal length:250mm, Av:7.1, ISO:100, Tv:1/400, Exposure:0

(click to enlarge) – Focal length:250mm, Av:7.1, ISO:100, Tv:1/400, Exposure:0

In the raging wind it was quite impossible to take macro photos of any hanging fruit of flowers. So, I turned to fallen leaves that are sleeping quietly on the ground.

Fallen leaves (click to enlarge) – Focal length:60mm, Av:2.8, ISO:100, Tv:1/60, Exposure:0 (60mm f2.8 macro lens)

The most romantic singing elephant

Posted in 4 fun, Photography by xding78 on November 15, 2009

Yesterday we bought a stuffed elephant. It’s specialty is singing, swinging and flipping his ears.

Although I have absolutely no idea what he is singing I fell in love with him instantly. Look at the ears and the eyes…

New Canon EF-S 60mm f2.8 macro lens

Posted in Photography by xding78 on November 15, 2009

Finally I’ve got the Canon EF-S 60mm f2.8 macro lens. I just couldn’t wait to try it out. So far the only macro experience I had was with my Olympus compact camera. It is a great camera. However, this 1:1 macro lens gives me a big surprise. I feel like I am looking through a microscope. Some photos here…

The same fat plant in macro

The same fat plant in macro, Av:3,5, ISO:100, natural light, (Click to see in larger size) (I’m bit surprised by the Av, I thought the lens would fixes the aperture value to 2.8, perhaps there wasn’t enough light)

Colored pencil

Colored pencil – Av:2.8, ISO:100, natural light (Click to see in larger size)

Colored pencil

Colored pencil – Av:2.8, ISO:100, natural light (Click to see in larger size)

The same Chanel lipstick in macro

The same Chanel lipstick in macro, Av:2.8, ISO:100, natural light (Click to see in larger size)

Thumb-sized Nijntje

Thumb-sized Nijntje from Bruna, Av:2.8, ISO:800, Tungsten light (Click to see in larger size)

Thumb-sized Nijntje

A portrait of Buddha, Av:2.8, ISO:100, Tungsten light (Click to see in larger size)

New Canon EF-S 60mm f2.8 macro lens

Posted in Photography by xding78 on November 15, 2009

Finally I’ve got the Canon EF-S 60mm f2.8 macro lens. I just couldn’t wait to try it out. So far the only macro experience I had was with my Olympus compact camera. It is a great camera. However, this 1:1 macro lens gives me a big surprise. I feel like I am looking through a microscope. Some photos here…

The same fat plant in macro

The same fat plant in macro, Av:3,5, ISO:100, natural light, (Click to see in larger size) (I’m bit surprised by the Av, I thought the lens would fixes the aperture value to 2.8, perhaps there wasn’t enough light)

Colored pencil

Colored pencil – Av:2.8, ISO:100, natural light (Click to see in larger size)

Colored pencil

Colored pencil – Av:2.8, ISO:100, natural light (Click to see in larger size)

The same Chanel lipstick in macro

The same Chanel lipstick in macro, Av:2.8, ISO:100, natural light (Click to see in larger size)

Thumb-sized Nijntje

Thumb-sized Nijntje from Bruna, Av:2.8, ISO:800, Tungsten light (Click to see in larger size)

Thumb-sized Nijntje

A portrait of Buddha, Av:2.8, ISO:100, Tungsten light (Click to see in larger size)

Trade EOS 450D to EOS500D

Posted in Photography by xding78 on November 13, 2009

Two hour ago, I went to the store where I bought the EOS 450D, returned the camera and bought its younger sister Canon EOS 500D + EF-S 18-55mm IS kit. When I saw it’s on discount, I cannot wait anymore. I’ve seen the review of EOS 500D on www.dpreview.com. According to those guys, the EOS 500D is a major upgrade. And very importantly, EOS 500D features video natively. Although with EOS 450D it is possible to take videos, but you need to install a 3rd party tool, (EOS Camera Movie Record)  and you need to connect EOS 450D to a PC (actually the PC takes over the camera just used it as a webcam). I’ve tried with EOS 450D and that 3rd party tool, it is a whole new sensation. I’ve played with HD camcorder in the past, but usually the lens with those devices is just standard. And with a mirror reflex camera you can attach to different lenses, and capture the depth of field. I cannot wait to share some videos here. Since I just traded it, I’m still charging the battery. I’ve only taken an HD video for 2 seconds, the battery went empty.

Anyway, I’m very glad I did get the EOS 500D, I’m sure I will need to take some videos in the future. Cannot wait to try it…

Believe me, the actual video is so much sharper. But for almost 12 seconds, it’s 53MB in .mov H2.64 format. I don’t bother to change the video format, just leave YouTube to handle it. Hear that squeaky sound? That’s probably why they invented USM.

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