Monday, January 21, 2013

First steps

There's learning by reading and there's learning by trying. I've done a bit of both to start figuring out all the buttons and menu items on the new 5D. Today's lesson was on shooting stills - starting with first steps on the AF system. Centre AF point for now - will leave the other 60 for another day.

Since the EF-S series of lenses aren't compatible with Canon's full frame sensor cameras, I bought a 'nifty fifty' (EF 50mm f1.8) lens for 2 reasons - (1) reviewers gave it high marks, (2) it cost $94. I stepped 10' out the back door and found some willing subjects. I wasn't looking for challenging subjects - that's the camera's role for now. The 4 shots below are SOOC.

Since the 50mm has neither macro nor zoom capability, I cropped each of the 2 photos (#2,4) to simulate a close-up shot (#1,3). Lesson 1 completed - I was happy with the colour, focusing, and sharpness.

on tripod  f5.6  1/160 sec  ISO160 (cropped)
 hand held  f5.0  1/400 sec  ISO160 (cropped)





19 comments:

Cloudia said...

yes! wow, keep going, Rick
Happy Aloha to YOU
from Honolulu,
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Stephanie said...

Wow! Rick these are lovely! Thanks for a touch of color on our dull foggy weather we are having right now.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This is only the beginning of many beautiful images.Have fun.

ju-north said...

Great shots! I use my 'nifty fifty' a lot - one of, if not the, favourite lens! Now if only I had your camera .....!

Buttons said...

Oh beautiful I am going to love this new camera of yours too:) B

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow! What gorgeous colour. I think you're getting the hang of your new camera already. Great photos Rick.

Askartelin itte said...

Kauniita kukka kuvia:)

Lisa Gordon said...

Looks like you are becoming fast friends. These are just beautiful, Rick.

Rebecca said...

Beautiful photos! Brought me some much needed warm feelings on a cold winter day :)

Amelia said...

Hi Rick, thank you for sharing your introduction pictures with your new gadget. Love both the pictures, they are gorgeous and the colour is beautiful.

Love your new header... COOL!
Have a great day ahead. Regards.

Helma said...

Als ik dit zie dan verlang ik gelijk naar de zomer hihi...

Heerlijke kleuren en bloemen Rick.

groetjes, Helma

Rosemary said...

Wow, that first shot is crystal clear, and powerfully purple!

imac said...

Nice work Rick

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Hidy how Rick. You'll get the hang of it I see. Wonderful try outs my friend. The beauty is that when you cropp still the picture is wonderful without it getting to pixeled....oh you know what I mean just can't come up with the right word asap.
So keep on playing my friend.
Hugs Dagmar

papillon said...

Wonderful flowers, that let the anticipation of the spring getting bigger and bigger...
LG (greetings)
J&C

magda said...

Very nice photos my dear Rick!!!
You are a really artist-photographer!!!
Many greetings

Bob Bushell said...

They are beautiful, thanks Rick.

joyce said...

Had to laugh at your previous post. This one, well the technicalities are beyond me but the end result is the same in any language...geweldig!

teca said...

Marvelous!!!!!!

Warm hug and lots of sweet beijos and flowers.