Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Sample Pictures

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Sample Pictures
Bryce Canyon National Park at Sunrise Bryce Canyon National Park at Sunrise
Bryce Canyon National Park is a photographer's dream location. Once finished shooting the hoodoos (rock spires), streams, and other details, move on to the wildlife including Pronghorn, Mule Deer and Prairie Dogs.
This image was shot at sunrise from Sunset Point. The reflected light creates a great color on the backlit spires.
105mm  f/11.0  1/10s  ISO 100
Beach Sunset Portrait Beach Sunset Portrait
This is a casual portrait shot as the sun set over the US east coast. The setting sun delivers a warm-colored light onto the subject while a little natural vignetting and a blurred-by-f/2.8 background combine to draw the viewer's eye to the girl. ISO 100 would have been an even better choice for this shot, but the 1/1000 shutter speed was being used to capture fast action at the time.
200mm  f/2.8  1/1000s  ISO 200
St. John Iguana St. John Iguana
The Westin Resort is the place to shoot iguanas in St. John. A daily feeding brings them in by the dozens. Finding an attractive composition is a much more difficult task than finding the subjects.
200mm  f/2.8  1/100s  ISO 160
US Navy's Blue Angels US Navy's Blue Angels
The United States Navy's aerobatic flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels, performs the Diamond 360 at the Andrews Airforce Base Joint Services Open House. In this formation, the wing tips are 18" from the canopies.
Air show photography tip: Because of the distance air show craft are typically performing at, even the widest apertures on most handholdable telephoto lenses will provide enough DOF to deliver an all-in-focus subject. More important may be to stop down the aperture enough to eliminate any vignetting that will be noticeable on an evenly-colored sky.
280mm  f/6.3  1/1250s  ISO 320
Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon National Park
Shooting distant landscapes, especially in the Grand Canyon, often involves air clarity issues. Plan on adding a lot of contrast to your images to counter these conditions. Shooting early in the day often helps.
Another challenge visible in this photo is the flat plateau. Like water, this flat surface is unforgiving to a non-level camera - and illuminates lens distortion. Lens distortion also makes it hard to level the camera in the first place.
This picture was taken near Yavapai Point. Note the late May snow in the background.
85mm  f/11.0  1/25s  ISO 100
Braces and Braids Braces and Braids
A little girl in braces and braids poses for a 200mm f/2.8 closeup portrait. When photographing a person with such a narrow DOF (Depth of Field), align the plane of focus with the subject's eyes and mouth. If the eyes are out of focus, the shot goes in the garbage can.
200mm  f/2.8  1/400s  ISO 100
B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 Flying Fortress
This B-17 Flying Fortress was part of the ground display at this particular air show.
Air show photography tip: Don't forget the ground displays. But with 100,000 people attending this air show, avoiding spectators in the pictures is challenging. As I was framing shots of this plane, a small kid reached up and put his finger into one of the gun barrels. Unfortunately, I was not quick enough with the shutter.
Shooting over the bystander's heads with telephoto focal lengths is one technique for shooting the ground displays. Add a little motion blur to the prop and it would look like the plane was in the air.
75mm  f/11.0  1/40s  ISO 100
Violin Recital Violin Recital
A young violinist plays to a harpsichord accompaniment. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens is an ideal indoor event lens.
95mm  f/2.8  1/125s  ISO 1000
Cute Couple on the Beach Cute Couple on the Beach
A mature couple takes in the sights, sounds and smells of the beach. Even at this distance, 200mm f/2.8 on a full frame lens will create a nice background blur. And the quality of the blur from this lens is very nice.
200mm  f/2.8  1/800s  ISO 100
Sand Fence, Island Beach State Park, NJ Sand Fence, Island Beach State Park, NJ
A sand fence at Island Beach State Park in NJ and the shadow it creates provide a photo-inviting pattern in the sand. Image stabilization is especially helpful at the beach - where the wind is typically strong-to-fierce. This shot was taken handheld.
102mm  f/10.0  1/30s  ISO 100
Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park
These reflected-light illuminated hoodoos are as-seen from near Sunset Point at sunrise. I used the gently rolling, hoodoo-less ridge as the foreground base in this shot.
200mm  f/11.0  1/40s  ISO 100
Flower Closeup Picture Flower Closeup Picture
Listen up guys! Want to make the spouse happy AND get a great subject? Bring flowers home with you.
This sample photo was taken at near the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens' minimum focus distance. A Canon EF 1.4x Extender was used for this full frame shot - an APS-C/1.6x DSLR would be able frame this shot even slightly tighter than this.
Lighting is from studio lights and reflectors.
280mm  f/4.0  1/160s  ISO 100
Pennsylvania Maple Tree in the Fall Pennsylvania Maple Tree in the Fall
I have to confess. I'm a fall leaf color addict. If the leaves have changed to their fall colors, I'm struggling to resist being outdoors 100% of the daylight hours with a camera in my hands. Fortunately, I don't have to go far from home to find some of the best color available anywhere.
Even with colorful trees being easy to find, photographing the fall color can be very challenging and one of those challenges is to create a compelling composition. Many of the most-brilliantly colored local trees, primarily old maples, are found in town, where houses and other buildings, power lines, signs, etc. interfere with the natural look I'm typically seeking. A picture of a complete tree may capture the color, but the likelihood of something undesirable being in the frame is quite high. Even in the countryside, the ideal trees can be difficult to work into great compositions for a variety of reasons including a lack of supporting elements.
One fall foliage technique I like to use is isolation of the colorful leaves of one tree with other parts of the same tree or another tree filling the rest of the frame. Find an attractive leaf or set of leaves that are in good condition and then determine what could be a good background for the composition.
Determine the focal length of your lens based on how large the foreground leaves should be in relation to the selected background. The focal length decision will also be affected by how large the selected background is and the space you have to work in with a longer focal length requiring less background area needed. The longer the focal length selected, the easier it will be to make the background blurred and of course, the vice versa is also true.
Determine the aperture used based on how much depth of field is desired with a very wide aperture capable of putting the background into a primary-subject-isolating blur. Also note that a wider aperture makes a faster shutter speed easier to obtain (at a lower ISO setting) and a faster shutter speed may be necessary to stop any wind-imparted motion of the primary subject leaf or leaves.
Don't stop with your first setup. Continue to refine the shot until you have it perfected. Then find another composition to work on.
The brilliantly colored maple tree in this picture was on the corner of an in-town street intersection with power lines and houses directly behind it. I moved in close to the foreground leaves and aligned the angle of view with the lines created by the trunks and limbs. The backlit leaves on the other side of the tree and some green grass across the street complete the composition. The result is a brilliantly colored fall photo that is, at least somewhat, unique.
While photo trips to grand landscapes with brilliantly colored trees are awesome, knowing the isolation technique can land great fall foliage images much closer to home (for many of us) and in many more locations (for all of us).
200mm  f/2.8  1/15s  ISO 200
Salty Girl Portrait Salty Girl Portrait
A headshot of a salty girl on the beach. I don't know what the hair braid style is called, but I thought she looked a little like Celia in Monsters Inc.
The close minimum focusing distance of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens makes it a great closeup portrait lens - even on a full frame body.
200mm  f/2.8  1/1000s  ISO 200
Barnegat Jetty, Island Beach State Park Barnegat Jetty, Island Beach State Park
The Barnegat Jetty in Island Beach State Park heads out to sea, separating natural ocean waves from boat waves. This photo was taken handheld in the wind.
70mm  f/16.0  1/30s  ISO 100
3/4 Portrait 3/4 Portrait
At 120mm, an f/2.8 aperture leaves the background blurred but recognizable in this sample picture.
120mm  f/2.8  1/400s  ISO 100
Layers and Rays During Grand Canyon Sunrise Layers and Rays During Grand Canyon Sunrise
A telephoto focal length isolates a set of Grand Canyon National Park layers. Due to haze, the layers increasingly lose contrast as they become more distant. Light rays streaming through small openings in the clouds add another element of layers to this shot.
145mm  f/11.0  1/30s  ISO 100
Dune Grasses at Island Beach State Park Dune Grasses at Island Beach State Park
Light from a setting sun illuminates the top of the dune grasses at Island Beach State Park near Seaside Park, NJ.
Good landscape photos do not need to have the entire frame in sharp focus. But, what is out of focus probably needs to look like it is supposed to be out of focus.
155mm  f/2.8  1/200s  ISO 100
Studio Head Shot Portrait Studio Head Shot Portrait
If you have a big softbox (or umbrella), lighting a headshot portrait in the studio is very easy. Simply move the light in close. Use the reflection in the subject's eyes to see the lighting angle used for this image.
200mm  f/11.0  1/160s  ISO 100
2010 Infiniti QX56 SUV Portrait 2010 Infiniti QX56 SUV Portrait
A spring 2010 Infiniti QX56 SUV portrait taken at 85mm. Telephoto lenses are for cars too.
85mm  f/8.0  1/25s  ISO 500
Reflected Light Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon Reflected Light Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon
Reflected morning light casts a warm glow on these Bryce Canyon Hoodoos.
142mm  f/16.0  1/13s  ISO 100
Big Hair Girl Big Hair Girl
She just combed the fishbone braids out of her hair and wanted a picture of the results. Throw a 70-200mm L II Lens and bounce-capable flash on the camera and move to one of those go-to locations in the house. And a nicely-lit, cute picture that took nearly no time to setup is the result.
In this example, the go-to spot was a hallway with white walls and a white ceiling. I bounced the flash into the wall behind and above me - making the wall act as the light source - like an umbrella or softbox. Manual exposure mode was used.
200mm  f/8.0  1/125s  ISO 100
Piano Recital in Concert Hall Piano Recital in Concert Hall
While this university venue has very good lighting available, I cannot count on the lighting manager to always use all of that capability. An image stabilized f/2.8 lens is insurance for less-than-full lighting being provided. In this case, I could have used an f/4 aperture at ISO 1600 for a same-brightness but noisier image.
88mm  f/2.8  1/125s  ISO 800
Blue Angels Knife-Edge Pass Blue Angels Knife-Edge Pass
A pair of Blue Angels perform the spectacular Knife-Edge Pass in their F/A-18 Hornets.
Air show photography tip: The Blue Angel's and Thunderbird's opposing passes are really impressive to watch and very difficult to photograph. With a closing speed in the many hundreds of MPH, the exact moment of crossing is nearly impossible to predict if you are using a reasonably long telephoto lens.
A camera with a fast frame rate is a good solution to this problem. The Canon EOS 1D Mark IV shooting at 10 frames per second makes the hit rate about 75% for these shots.
Here I am tracking one jet and catching the other jet blurring past.
180mm  f/6.3  1/1250s  ISO 320
Violin Recital Action Violin Recital Action
When shooting quiet events - and/or those events where the sound of the event is the main attraction, I try to keep my shooting to a minimum - focusing on the insurance shots. The 5D Mark III's Silent mode is quiet enough that I can keep shooting - and go after more unique (and lower success rate) shots such as this violinist in motion-blurred action.
Of course, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II Lens' IS was integral to being able to shoot at 1/15 second and 200mm.
200mm  f/2.8  1/15s  ISO 160
Crocus Clump Crocus Clump
A short focus distance, long focal length and wide aperture results in a completely-blurred background - and makes your subject pop.
200mm  f/2.8  1/800s  ISO 100
Eye On It DJ Eye On It DJ
Rock concert lighting combined with smoke provides constantly changing colors. These colors are of course welcomed by photographers.
I was obviously capturing the high-above-the-crowd DJ in this image. I liked the particular colors and their balance in this frame.
200mm  f/2.8  1/400s  ISO 800
Bryce Canyon NP at Sunrise Bryce Canyon NP at Sunrise
Bryce Canyon hoodoos glow in the early morning sunlight - with much of the warm color coming from light being reflected from the canyon. With wide angle through telephoto focal lengths available, the available Bryce Canyon compositions are nearly endless. A 200mm telephoto focal length was used to isolate this set of hoodoos from the thousands of others.
200mm  f/11.0  1/15s  ISO 100
Portrait in the Grass Portrait in the Grass
This is a very easy pose to make your high school senior look great. Simply find some grass being lit by a late-day sun and have your senior take on this pose. The slightly tipped head causes her hair to flow nicely. The crossed bare feet are framed just to the side of her head – but not intersecting her hair line. The jeans form a border around most of her visible shirt.
This amazing lens with an f/2.8-selected aperture takes care of the rest.
180mm  f/2.8  1/250s  ISO 200
Violin Performance Violin Performance
In this situation, I chose to let the bright windows in the background become overexposed so that the subject was strongly contrasted against them.
165mm  f/2.8  1/125s  ISO 320
Horse-Loving Kid Horse-Loving Kid
Wearing a horse shirt and sitting on her horse (this horse is obviously not in the frame) shows this girl's true colors. This shot was taken in good light - a wide aperture lens was not required for the capture. But, the wide aperture creates a strong background blur that clearly separates the girl from the background.
95mm  f/2.8  1/4000s  ISO 100
Blue Angels in Precision Double Farvel Formation Blue Angels in Precision Double Farvel Formation
Two upside down, two right side up. Impressive precision flying by the US Navy's Blue Angels.
Air show photography tip: Because many of these passes are made at low elevation, it is extremely helpful to have a front row (against the fence) shooting position. In this location, you will not have heads in your way as you swing with the action.
260mm  f/6.3  1/1600s  ISO 400
Beach Sunset Portrait 2 Beach Sunset Portrait 2
Warm light provided by a setting sun illuminates this young girl wearing a full mouth of braces. F/2.8 and 200mm create a smoothly blurred background for this heavily braided young lady.
200mm  f/2.8  1/1600s  ISO 100
Blue Angels in Diamond Formation Blue Angels in Diamond Formation
The US Navy Blue Angels fly in a tight diamond formation over Andrews AFB.
Air show photography tip: Jets fly fast and have no fast-moving visible parts (such as a propeller), so use a fast shutter speed to get sharp shots. Try to shoot at 1/1000 sec or faster and always pan with the aircraft.
Or get creative - try a panning motion-blur shot to show speed.
Notice the clouds framing the diamond formation.
175mm  f/6.3  1/1250s  ISO 320
Braces and Braids Picture Braces and Braids Picture
A tightly-framed portrait of a girl with braces and braids. Once again, the background is rendered a blur from a close-focused, wide aperture, telephoto lens. Lighting for this shot is from a cloudy sky (acts like a giant softbox) with subtracted light courtesy of a patio roof.
100mm  f/2.8  1/250s  ISO 100
Blue Angels in Delta Formation Blue Angels in Delta Formation
The Blue Angels fly in delta formation over Andrews AFB.
Air show photography tip: I usually want my subjects to be moving/looking into the frame - often from 1/3 of the way into the frame. When shooting aircraft with smoke on, I like the subject leaving the frame to capture the trails.
265mm  f/6.3  1/1600s  ISO 500
The Old MapleTree The Old MapleTree
This old Maple tree turned red long before its counterparts. I liked the immense trunk with its various lines and, of course, the brilliant red leaves. I used a perspective that would frame the red leaves in green.
A wind-less day was necessary to capture sharp leaves with a .8 second exposure.
102mm  f/11.0  .8s  ISO 100
Rim-lit Violinist Rim-lit Violinist
In this classroom setting, I aligned the strongly-backlit subject with a large chalk board. The back-lighting created a rim light around the subject. Expose for the subject and let the windows partially blow out.
160mm  f/2.8  1/125s  ISO 400
Chorus Picture Chorus Picture
From the back of this medium-sized auditorium, a 75mm focal length on a full frame body will frame the entire group.
75mm  f/2.8  1/200s  ISO 800
Jamie Grace in Concert Jamie Grace in Concert
What do you do about a highly reflective silver guitar strap? I did nothing in this case. Hopefully you didn't notice it until I revealed the blown highlight-causing guitar accessory to you.
Don't expect to be permitted to use flash when covering an event like this one. Fortunately, this concert had, for most of the sets, very bright lighting.
200mm  f/2.8  1/400s  ISO 1000
Concerts are All About Lighting Concerts are All About Lighting
At least as far as us photographers are concerned, concerts are all about lighting. And some concerts deliver photo intrigue lighting in a big way. Find a way to work the smoke-machine-enhanced light colors into your compositions.
I had a special access pass for this event, but that does not mean you can be in front of the bike rack for the entire night. Access was limited to the first 2 songs in each set.
The 70-200mm focal length range is a good choice for getting the full stage from a long distance as shown here in this 70mm sample photo.
70mm  f/2.8  1/500s  ISO 2000
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