Thursday, July 30, 2015

Day 4 Put Down Your Phone Project: FOCUS Part II

More pics today with the Canon 50mm f/1.4. In search of the magic focus bullet, I found a little nugget in an article from Ken Rockwell: "The center sensor is more sensitive than the others in dim light. If the other sensors aren't doing well in dim light, choose the center sensor and you'll be much happier." I'd been using an upper right hand focus spot. You know what, Ken?? I am much happier, thank you! Seriously, this did seem to have an impact.

Canon 6DCanon 50mm f/1.4 lens (cropped in Lightroom) and Canon Speedlite 430II flash. Click to zoom.

And one from yesterday that was pretty cute

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Day 3 Put Down Your Phone Project: FOCUS

Focus. My white whale. Am I asking too much? Really though, I've got an active subject, love wide aperture shots and am using a flash after hours, how tack sharp can I expect? I have switched to AI Servo which is supposed to be the correct AF mode, but it's not life changing. I will continue to research and get back to you.

Again with my Canon 6DCanon 50mm f/1.4 lens (cropped in Lightroom) and Canon Speedlite 430II flash. Click to zoom.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Day 2 Put Down Your Phone Project: 50mm f/1.4

On the second day of my "Put Down Your Phone" Challenge, f.k.a the 14 day Media-fast Challenge, I took pictures with the best lens ever, my Canon 50mm f/1.4. Again using the Canon Speedlite 430II Flash. I really loved using the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 yesterday so this was a difficult to be so close at 50mm. Also, I happen to be a bit of a focus freak, so as usual struggled to get the eyes really crisp. SUPER hard to do with a crazy active 9 month old. Much more introspective baby today too, intent on playing and specific toys.

Monday, July 27, 2015

14 (?) day Media-fast Challenge

A few things have happened recently…

1) My little guy turned into a chunky little man right in front of my eyes
2) I acquired a Sigma 24mm f/1.4 lens
3) Not exactly new, but I have been thinking a lot about what inspires me and what's an important way to spend my time…

So instead of the "decompression" time after work where I half-heartedly scroll through Facebook and the usual sites, with one eye on my playing son, I'm now going to turn on my camera and capture this incredible time. The internet claims you can be an expert in any subject in a year (not surprising given everyone else is just reading nonsense on their phones). Heck, I'll be happy if in two weeks I just get more comfortable with my flash and capture something special - mission accomplished on the latter. Not sure if I'll post every day but the boy was super happy to see the camera and there were some cute shots today. All shot with a Canon 6DCanon Speedlite 430II Flash and a Sigma 24mm f/1.4 lens.