50mm Lens, Animals, Birds, Canon 50D, Nature, Photography

Tawny Owl (so beautiful)

ISO 100 50mm f/3.5 1/50

This owl was injured as a chick and has never lived in the wild.  Blends nicely with the background here doesn’t it? This shot was taken with the 50mm lens I have borrowed.  It chose to use it  because there was not a lot of light and I wanted to freeze the motion of the bird as much as possible.

ISO 100 50mm f/2 1/100

This second photo was also taken using the 50mm lens.

ISO 100 125mm f/5.6 1/8

For this photo I switched to my 28-135mm lens.  What I ended up liking about this shot was the sudden light that was on the owl’s face.  I used my tripod for all these shots.



50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Flowers, Nature, Photography

Just the Basics

And sometimes even that is too much to think about!  I’m thinking of the Far Side cartoon when the kid is asking to be excused from class because his brain is full.  That is what my life is like at the moment.  I am working on launching a website, so learning a lot of new stuff about that.  I’m also working with both my camera and editing software, so another huge pile of new things there.

About the camera.  I took it out this morning at about 6.  I’m trying to take advantage of two things, first the morning light, at this flower bed the sun hits by 6:30. Second, apparently I live on the sun because it was 82F/27C at 6am, it’s hot.  These are the best two images of the day. The first is using a 50mm lens the second a 28-135mm lens.  I will list the challenges of each under each photo.  Neither photo has had any post-editing.  I am hoping to get to that today and have a separate post about that.

ISO 100 50mm f/3.2 1/25

-Used a white balance card for this shot and liked the color much better than the AWB.

-Had trouble with focus on the center of the flower, next time try switching to manual focus.

-Liked the effect of slight underexposure, -0.3

ISO 100 135mm f/5.6 1/15

-Forgot that at 6am at f/5.6 there is not enough light.  Did not think to adjust the ISO higher than 100, will try to remember that for next time.

-This shot taken using manual focus, still not crazy about the results.  Since it is handheld, will try using the tripod next time.  Should probably also use live view and remote shutter, if I am taking out all my gadgets.

Had enough? me too!  Although, if you have any thoughts about the photos, feel free to leave a comment.



50mm Lens, Animals, Birds, Canon 50D, Nature, Photography

Lens Comparison with a Red-Tailed Hawk

In part I am writing this post because unlike my other lens comparison posts lately I end up liking the 50mm lens result instead of the 28-135mm lens.  In my other two posts I used a Great Horned Owl and a Bald Eagle as a model, today I use a Red-Tailed Hawk.  I ended up not liking the closer up view, in part because it is just not sharp enough.  The 50mm lens was a sharper result, but I would crop the image if I was going to edit it.  The 28-135mm picture is first. In both pictures I used a tripod and custom white balance. Here they are, what do you think?

ISO 100 1355 f/7.1 1/6

ISO 100 50mm f/14 1/6


50mm Lens, Animals, Canon 50D, Nature, Photography

Right Squirrel, Wrong Lens

I think this would have been a much better picture if I had my 28-135 lens on instead of a 50mm.  In this case, it would have been better to be able to get closer.  When I went to change my lens, the squirrel moved on.

ISO 800 50mm f/3.5 1/200

Cute pose though…


50mm Lens, Animals, Birds, Canon 50D, Nature, Photography

Lens Comparison with a Great Horned Owl

I’m at it again with the lenses. Last week my model was a Bald Eagle this week I am photographing a Great Horned Owl.  Here with a 50mm lens:

ISO 100 50mm f/1.8 1/125

And here with a 28-135mm lens:

ISO 100 135mm f/5.6 1/6

My personal preference in this case is for the 28-135mm lens.  Does anyone prefer the 50mm lens shot?  Both pictures were taken using a tripod and custom white balance.  No post-editing work on either, aside from scaling the image.


50mm Lens, Animals, Birds, Canon 50D, Nature, Photography

Bald Eagle Lens Comparison

I took some shots of a Bald Eagle using two different lenses.  One is a 50mm f/1.8 and the other is a 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS.  The things that are the same about these photos are that I used a tripod, a white balance card, and am in the same location for both shots. As far as editing, I scaled down both images and that is it.

The best from the 50mm lens:

ISO 100 50mm f/1.8 1/320

From the 28-135mm lens:

ISO 100 135mm f/5.6 1/13

In this case I liked the result from the longer lens.  If I was to keep the photo from the 50mm lens, I would crop the image, but I didn’t in this case because I wanted to show how well that lens blurs the background.



Animals, Nature, Photography

The Lion Will Eat You Now

ISO 320 132mm f5.6 1/100

I mean, he looked like he meant business.  He was tracking this kid who at the particular moment I got this shot was walking behind me.  This is the kind of shot that makes me wish I had a longer lens.  But since I don’t, I should have also noticed the tree in the picture which is kind of distracting and maybe picked a slightly different place to stand.  Weird, I didn’t see the tree at all until I got the photos on the computer.