Snooty Artsy Junk

Narrow Gauge Rails Through Concrete

Narrow Gauge Rails Through Concrete

My favorite subject:  Railroad.  (Canon EOS Rebel T3, 1/800s, 29mm, f/5.6, ISO 100)



I like the color contrast.  (Canon EOS Rebel T3, 1/320s, 25mm, f/5.6, ISO 100)



The purple would  have been prettier.  (Canon EOS Rebel T3, 1/60s, 135mm, f/5.6, ISO 500)

Well, hi, Mr. Rhino.

Well, hi, Mr. Rhino.

He wasn’t angry.  Just patrolling.  (Canon EOS Rebel T3, 1/60s, 135mm, f/9.0, ISO 320)

Pretty bird

Pretty bird

I forgot what kind of bird this was.  Any clues?  (Canon EOS Rebel T3, 1/80s, 135mm, f/6.3, ISO 800)

  1. #1 by Joshua on May 2, 2012 - 7:40 AM

    The Canon FD 135mm f/3.5 S.C. lens I was using for most of the trip is a relatively slow telephoto with spectral coating. It’s becoming one of my favorites because of its ability to produce extremely crisp, clear photos at medium aperture ranges (f/5.6 – f/11). It’s an FD-mount lens I’m using through a Photodiox Pro FD-EF adaptor. It adds a glass element but allows focusing at infinity. I do lose a bit of telephoto effect because of the size difference between the original 35mm film format the lens was designed for and the 50mm format of the APS-C sensor in the camera.

  2. #2 by VisualHierarchy on May 2, 2012 - 7:43 AM

    I love these! The rhino is my favorite. I’ve been doing some paintings of Birds of Paradise lately and that one looks similar. Its roughly the proper size, but the green on the head is exact.

    • #3 by Joshua on May 2, 2012 - 7:52 AM

      Cool! I think you’ve nailed it, actually. Thanks!

  3. #4 by Joshua on May 2, 2012 - 7:47 AM

    The first two shots were done on a Canon EF-S 18–55 f/3.5-5.6 IS II on manual-focus mode. I’m thinking of relegating this lens to indoor or close up work only (it’s currently the only functional macro lens I have) because of the chromatic aberration and barrel distortion problems on the telephoto side (macro side looks damn good, though!). It’s a low-end lens ($199 retail) but it gives nice image quality and is extremely easy to work with so it makes a good general use lens.

    • #5 by Joshua on May 2, 2012 - 7:52 AM

      If you look in the first shot, the AF-confirm sensor gave me the center focus point as the spot where the closest set of tracks enter the concrete. The RAW data analysis in the Canon photo processing software explained the problem: The camera’s internal AF sensor used that as the center point for exposure metering but the lens’s AF sensor confirmed for a spot way up in the top of the frame, just to the right of the further set of tracks. This is why I think I’m going to disable AF-confirm on my EF lenses because it misleads the camera into metering a different shot than the lens is actually prepared to take. If you notice the last 3 images (on the 135mm lens) are focused dead-center and the shots are properly metered (thanks to manual stop-down metering).

  4. #6 by Joshua on May 2, 2012 - 8:01 AM

    lol sorry for geeking out about lenses n crap. XP

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