Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Sample Pictures

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Sample Pictures
Florida Brown Pelican Florida Brown Pelican
A Florida Brown Pelican sitting on a pier preens in the late afternoon sun.
The relatively flat Captiva Island landscape means that the warm late-day sun reaches the island's eastern/bay-side dock piers - providing great lighting for photographing the pelicans that like to sit on these piers.
I carried the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens with the Canon EF 2x III Extender for my lightweight bird lens on this trip. The f/8 image quality this combo delivered is impressive.
600mm  f/8.0  1/640s  ISO 400
Galloping Horse Galloping Horse
When I need to stress-test the autofocus tracking capability of a camera and lens, I frequently call upon the Quarter horses for help. Only the best gear can keep up with this action - and I am definitely challenging by the bouncing action.
300mm  f/2.8  1/1250s  ISO 500
All Wound Up All Wound Up
This young soccer player is going to need to unwind before becoming effective on this play. An f/2.8 aperture allowed me to get an action-stopping shutter speed at only ISO 800 on this dark day.
300mm  f/2..8  1/1250s  ISO 800
Dog Head Shot Dog Head Shot
This is a relatively easy shot to reproduce - if you can get a dog to sit still.
The light is from a late-day sun (warm color balance). The background is simply a green field. The problem of course is getting the dog to look in one direction long enough to capture the shot as the depth of field at 300mm, f/2.8 and this short focus distance is not tolerant of any movement.
300mm  f/2.8  1/1000s  ISO 100
Girls Soccer Action Girls Soccer Action
A defender approaches the offender in girls soccer action. Here are some aspects of this shot that I like: The bright colors lit by a lightly-cloudy sky give the image some pop. I have the ball, the subject's face and the added drama of a competing player - ideal for sports action photography. I also like that the background is heavily blurred but has recognizable objects in it including the goal.
The Canon EF Extender 1.4x III was used for this shot. The Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II Lens pairs excellently with this extender.
420mm  f/4.0  1/2500s  ISO 200
Drying Brown Pelican Drying Brown Pelican
A Brown Pelican dries itself in the warm late-day sunlight.
For ideal bird photography lighting, I oriented myself so that I was between the sun and the pelican (or nearly so).
600mm  f/8.0  1/250s  ISO 160
Portrait on a Horse Portrait on a Horse
The 300mm f/2.8 lens blurs the distant forest into a pleasant green background for this portrait of a girl on her horse. In this shot, I have the horse slightly into the frame and have the rider's head and feet about equidistant from the edge of the frame.
300mm  f/2.8  1/1000s  ISO 400
Shooting Sports with Extenders Shooting Sports with Extenders
There are few lenses that work as well with extenders as the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens. This shot was taken with a Canon EF Extender 2x III mounted for a 600mm focal length.
The results are remarkable.
600mm  f/5.6  1/2000s  ISO 320
Horse Jumping Horse Jumping
For some, this is the ultimate thrill. I'm more thrilled taking pictures of this particular sport. And the 5D III and 400 IS II combo performs remarkably well at this task. This shot was my preference from a burst sequence capturing the jump.
400mm  f/2.8  1/2000s  ISO 100
Girls Soccer Drama Girls Soccer Drama
The opposing team is bringing the ball down the field. The goal and keeper (I can envision her pressing her hands against her cheek - or something similar to create that pose) can be seen in the background while a defensive player meets her opponent.
Position yourself on the field to align the components that make your shots as good as they can be.
300mm  f/2.8  1/1250s  ISO 800
Cooling the Horse Cooling the Horse
A Quarter Horse cools down after a session of galloping.
Obviously, most of this picture is out of focus. This is intentional of course, and this technique usually works great for a person or animal as long as the eyes are in focus as they are here.
300mm  f/2.8  1/1250s  ISO 500
Alert Golden Retriever Alert Golden Retriever
The dog is one of the most readily-available subjects in many households. Getting a good shot of the dog is not always easy, however. Here I had the dog hanging out in a green field near sunset. With the sun nearly behind me (just enough angle so that my own shadow was not in the frame), I caught the tongue barely exposed and alert ears in this picture.
300mm  f/2.8  1/1000s  ISO 100
Taking a Knee Taking a Knee
You know who will be taking this ball.
By positioning myself properly on the sideline, I had a clean background (with the flag as a bonus) for this shot that resulted in more background showing than expected.
420mm  f/4.0  1/2500s  ISO 320
Backlit Horseback Riding Backlit Horseback Riding
Backlighting highlights the dust particles in the air as a young girl rides her horse around the ring.
300mm  f/2.8  1/1000s  ISO 400
Joy is a Horse Joy is a Horse
The face often reveals the true feelings - and those feelings appear to be a happy peace as this rider rests her horse.
Going-away shots do not always work, but the position of this horse's head along with the rider's side glance work for me. Light is from a setting sun.
300mm  f/2.8  1/1250s  ISO 500
Crowd on the Field Crowd on the Field
A young soccer player navigates the traffic on the field.
I nearly always use the center AF point (only) when shooting sports. The center focus point is typically the most accurate for tracking fast action. However, the center of the frame is not always where you want the point of focus to be. This along with the use of a prime lens from a fixed position (sidelines) means that cropping is frequently needed during post processing. This picture is an example of everything coming together properly for a non-cropped final image.
300mm  f/2.8  1/2000s  ISO 200
One Happy Girl One Happy Girl
There is no question that this girl is having a good time.
Mix up your shooting position to add variety to your results. For this shot, I was shooting from ground level. This resulted in some blurred foreground grass and a high-key background to the rider.
300mm  f/2.8  1/1250s  ISO 320
Little Blue Heron in Corkscrew Swamp Wildlife Refuge Little Blue Heron in Corkscrew Swamp Wildlife Refuge
Corkscrew Swamp Wildlife Refuge is a great place to photograph wildlife - from Painted Buntings to butterflies to alligators to Cottonmouth Water Moccasins to various wading birds and much more. This Little Blue Heron was intently hunting below the boardwalk.
I carried the 300 f/2.8 L II and 1.4x III combination while exploring the boardwalk. And I carried them in a Think Tank Photo Glass Taxi when not actively shooting. Not long after this shot, I opened the pack - and a camera body cap with a rear lens cap attached rolled out, across the boardwalk and into the alligator-infested water below. While I was not happy about the loss of the caps, I was even more disturbed to have put litter in the water. at this great place. After finding a refuge worker, I was given permission to hang over the edge of the boardwalk (while being held onto) and retrieve the still-floating caps using two large, dead sticks (that I had to also-retrieve) as chopsticks. The retrieval was successful (and entertaining to those watching I'm sure). Phew.
600mm  f/8.0  1/100s  ISO 1250
Riding Horse in the Rain Riding Horse in the Rain
The Canon EOS 70D delivered very impressive AI Servo performance in my 800+ image session with the cantering and galloping quarter horse. Even in the light rain.
The four hooves in the air illustrate the speed this horse is moving at. And the human subjects rarely give any argument when asked to ride for me.
For this photo, I was using AI Servo mode (of course) with the center AF point selected. I did my best to keep that AF point pinned on the horse's right shoulder and the rider's right stirrup to cause the plane of sharp focus to land near the rider's face.
300mm  f/2.8  1/1600s  ISO 400
Florida Brown Pelican on a Pier Florida Brown Pelican on a Pier
The piers on the east/bay side of Captiva Island are great places to find Brown Pelicans - and late in the day is the ideal time to photograph these very interesting birds hanging out there.
With a mostly-still bird and adequate time to capture the shot, I was able to handhold this 600mm-effective lens and extender combination at a shutter speed of 1/30 second.
600mm  f/11.0  1/30s  ISO 200
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