Wild life photography with the canon 7d

 

Decided to go for a walk. Well hoped to run into some Red Tailed Hawks. Did not know what to expect, and did not know too much about getting up close to them. Pretty excited with these shots. One of them is extremely over exposed, I had a real heck of a time shooting in AV mode. I prefer Manuel, but it was a sunny then cloudy then sunny type of day. Shooting up at the bird is terrible, but after a while it flew past me and I managed to get 2 shots that I really like.

Shot with the canon 70-300 f4-5.6 L lens on a canon 7d. I am pretty sure that 300mm is on the short side for trying to shoot birds from afar but the lens is killer and I had to try it.

I find it funny that I try to get noticed by shooting a subject that for the most part, does not want to be noticed.

As a tip… Once you know what to look for, red tail hawks stick out like sore thumbs. To my initial thought that they would like to be in tall trees to then finding out that, small shrubs are something they enjoy to be perched in. I saw 3 of them in small shrubs. The sun was facing them and their white chests just scream, here I am.

 

 

 

 

Learning to skateboard with a camera rig

Learning to use my camera and push and follow skaters at the same time is made simpler with a fig rig. I made mine following the instructions I found off of www.cheeseycam.com. I am happy with the results, I have always wanted to do this. If I get the Pro optics 8mm fish eye for Christmas you will be seeing a lot more of this. This was shot with the canon 18-135 lens, on 18 at a shutter of about 1/40 . wide open f3.5 aperture and iso of around 1600-2000 as of right now I can not remember. The results look fine as far as I am concerned. a main thought was that while skating around on one foot that if I pushed hard enough or fast enough that while cornering on one foot I may of slid out and go down, but that didn’t happen. These 3 lines were not the fastest, but just complete. It is quite a work out to chase down skaters while holding something of about 10 lbs. No complaints, it is pretty rad. enjoy the footage, I cant wait to do this out in the “field”

My pops, and my Dog

German Shepherd Dog, Irsh man Father

Neighbor let me borrow a f2.8 sigma 70-200mm lens and IT really was a joy to use.  plus a picture of my dad and my dog for the record books. it catches great detail, like the slobber that goes flying out of my dogs mouth when he runs full speed.

 

Do not let a german sheperd or doberman mutt slam into you at full speed. It is not pretty. IT hurts, and it will put you on the floor at least.

 

Fetching tip in case you are a dog lover and did not know the secrete of fetch. IF you play fetch with your dog, take 2-7 balls with you. The dog never wants the ball he has, he wants the ball you have. Throw the second ball, and He will drop the first one and go taking off after the second one. Rinse and repeat. Except to lose balls when playing fetch. Its a part of the game.

For those of you who like “urban”

I spend roughly 1 Saturday in Los Angeles taking photos while my girlfriend is in a faculty meeting of some sort. I don’t know the details of it very well. I mainly walk around and look for things to take pictures of. It helps pass the time pretty well. There are sometimes soccer games that give you sideline access to and its always fun to get good shots from unexpected trips.