Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Sample Pictures

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Sample Pictures
Close Perspective Horse Jumping Close Perspective Horse Jumping
When looking through the viewfinder and in-the-zone after the ultimate picture, it is easy to lose our normal cautions and place ourselves in harm's way. While I would have liked to get even closer for this shot, I kept my sanity and shot from a low position behind the jump standard not seen in this frame. This virtually assured that I would not have a 1,000 animal land in my lap.
 
The 1D X's 12 fps burst rate made getting the perfect subject position easy - and it's even more amazing AF system made most frames from this very-fast-focusing lens sharp options to select from.
 
24mm  f/2.8  1/2500s  ISO 100
Snowy Scene Snowy Scene
Sometimes the best time to photograph a snowstorm is while it is happening. Protection for your camera during the snow can be as simple as an umbrella. Holding a large umbrella definitely complicated this shoot, but ... the effort was worth making.
 
24mm  f/11.0  1/20s  ISO 100
Fern-Covered Rock and Waterfalls Fern-Covered Rock and Waterfalls
Going off of the falls trails in The Glens Natural Area in Ricketts Glen State Park should only be done cautiously due to the steep and slippery terrain, but sometimes different-than-usual images can be made by doing just that - getting off of the trail.
 
24mm  f/16.0  2s  ISO 100
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II Lens Captures Senior Track Picture Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II Lens Captures Senior Track Picture
Brianna, my high school senior, has had a very successful high school track career from multiple perspectives including having her name on three school records. This success did not come without a huge effort on her part, and we had discussed shooting a more-formal senior picture highlighting her passion for mid-distance running. Track season became busy and I shot many images of her competing, but time got away from us and suddenly we had only one evening remaining before she had to turn in her uniform.
 
The weather forecast for that evening called for scattered showers and we were watching the radar very closely. I was packed and ready, and we decided to go for it. After determining the ideal location on the track to shoot at, I began unpacking.
 
I had three Canon 600EX-RT Speedlites and a Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter to control them with. Two Speedlites were mounted on background light stands (small, light and simple) with Justin Clamps used to hold the Speedlites to the poles at any height I wanted. The third Speedlite was mounted to a weighted light stand with a 60" reversed/shoot-through umbrella mounted to a Manfrotto umbrella adapter.
 
I first mounted the umbrella to the stand and almost immediately a light rain began to fall. I quickly put Brianna, who feared that her hair and makeup would be ruined, under the Photogenic "umbrella". The rain mostly passed within 10 minutes or so and we went to work.
 
The two flashes on background light stands were set to group B and used as rim lights, placed to the side or slightly behind the subject as composition allowed. The shoot-through umbrella's flash was set to group A and used as the main light. Ambient light (for the entire background) was controlled through a manually-set camera exposure. The flashes were in E-TTL mode and +/- exposure for the two groups was controlled by the ST-E3-RT's Group mode.
 
While this may all sound complicated, it was not. Setup was very simple and I was able to quickly and easily adjust/balance the ambient, main and background light levels from the camera. While the rain stayed away for much of the two hours we were shooting, it did not fully stay away. Fortunately, this entire kit, including the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens, was weather-sealed and we were able to make many great images in this time.
 
I had planned this shoot for an evening so that the flashes would be able to overpower the ambient light levels, though I had hoped for a bit more light than we had. The aperture was wide and the ISO was moving up by the end of the evening. Still, the shoot was a big success for us.
 
Even selecting this particular image from the many shots of just this pose was difficult. With lighting dialed in, I had Brianna repetitively start from specific position on the track and take one big stride with her left knee and right arm (with the baton) forward. I timed the shutter release (a short shutter lag is extremely useful in this situation) for a near-top-of-stride subject position that coincided with the lighting setup. The composition was arranged to take advantage of the lines on the track.
 
With a wireless flash system and a little effort, we created the images we had envisioned.
 
30mm  f/4.0  1/100s  ISO 400
Concert Photograph Concert Photograph
Choosing between an image stabilized f/4 lens and a non-IS f/2.8 lens can be challenging. If you are shooting action in low light, the best choice is usually going to be the f/2.8 lens. An f/2.8 aperture lets twice as much light reach the sensor, allowing for a faster aperture and/or lower ISO setting to be used.
 
24mm  f/2.8  1/400s  ISO 800
Christmas Lights Reflecting on Piano Christmas Lights Reflecting on Piano
While Christmas is a great time to photograph lights, those lights do not always need to be in focus.
 
70mm  f/2.8  1/100s  ISO 1250
Upper Dutchman Falls, Worlds End State Park Upper Dutchman Falls, Worlds End State Park
Dutchman Falls are actually located outside of, but not far from, Worlds End State Park. From a parking lot just off of route 220 north of Laporte, the falls are a short hike down a moderately steep trail near the Loyalsock Creek.
 
The falls shown in this picture are not as large as the main Dutchman Falls found just below. But, I liked the layer of rock going through the frame at about 1/3 from the top. And the leaves on the ground added life to the composition. And the falls are beautiful.
 
A circular polarizer filter was used for this capture.
 
24mm  f/11.0  4s  ISO 100
Worlds End State Park Reflections of Fall Worlds End State Park Reflections of Fall
Fall foliage reflects in the still water of "The Haystacks" on the Loyalsock Creek near Worlds End State Park.
 
I have frequently carried split neutral density filters with me, but I rarely find myself using them. Primarily because I seldom shoot scenes with a straight line between the portion of the frame I want to darken and the portion I want to lighten. Also, the amount of difference in exposure needed varies greatly. And, the white balance is often different in the two (or more) sections of the frame.
 
This image is of a typical-for-me scene that needs a portion of the frame darkened.
 
For this image, I shot two frames - one exposed for the background trees and one for the in-the-shade rocks. The exposed-for-shade image was given a warmer white balance and a small saturation boost. In Photoshop, I overlayed the exposed-for-the-sun frame with the exposed-for-the-shade frame, creating two layers. I then used a very soft eraser brush to removed the overexposed portion of the top layer to expose the bottom layer. This technique is very easy - and the results can look great - and natural.
 
Do note that, if you have a subject in the frame that is moving, this technique only works well if that motion is fully contained in one of the two layers. A CP filter was used for this image. I'm still debating between cloning out the floating leaves or leaving them in.
 
24mm  f/16.0  1/6s  ISO 100
Tuscarora Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park Tuscarora Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park
The 47' Tuscarora Falls in Ricketts Glen State Park is notable for the large split in the path the water takes in the lower section of the falls. For this perspective, I postitioned the camera just above the splashing water of a small falls just below the main falls - with a rock with lines pointing toward the main falls creating some additional interest. A CP filter was used for this shot.
 
24mm  f/11.0  .8s  ISO 100
Horse Head Close-Up Picture Horse Head Close-Up Picture
Even with a 70mm lens, you can get close enough for perspective distortion to make your subject's noses look big. Especially when they are big to begin with.
 
70mm  f/2.8  1/500s  ISO 100
Fern-Covered Rock, Ricketts Glen State Park Fern-Covered Rock, Ricketts Glen State Park
I've spent hours at this particular fern-covered rock in Ricketts Glen State Park. It is located below "Falls Meet" and features interesting rock shapes and lines. A CP filter was used for this capture. So was an umbrella as it was raining.
 
24mm  f/8.0  5s  ISO 100
Canyon Vista, Worlds End State Park Canyon Vista, Worlds End State Park
A very early AM alarm followed by a long drive landed me at Canyon Vista, Worlds End State Park before daylight. I was rewarded with dense fog in the valley with only mountain tops showing. I have lots of pictures from this morning (especially as the fog started to burn off), but one of my favorites is shown here. Only the tops of the mountains colored by fall show through the clouds. The bottom of the clouds are still in the shade of the mountain I was shooting from.
 
The memory of being tired went away much faster than the memory of the experience. And the photos will keep that memory going long into the future.
 
70mm  f/8.0  1/60s  ISO 100
Northern Red Salamander Northern Red Salamander
This Northern Red Salamander was rescued from the swiming pool (the reason it is so clean). In return for the rescue, it agreed to sit still (momentarily) for me (it was actually warming up).
 
This picture was extremely easy to take. I opened a new Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter and a new Canon 600EX-RT Transmitter, put batteries in both, powered both on, set the flash to slave mode (press a button), put the flash in an XXS Chimera softbox and mounted it to a lightstand and mounted the ST-E3-RT to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
 
I placed the subject on a mangrove branch on a black back-painted-glass desk and draped a piece of velour fabric over a box behind it.
 
This is my favorite of the shots captured in the short time it took the salamander to warm up and be ready for release.
 
70mm  f/11.0  1/200s  ISO 100
Kitchen Creek, The Glens Natural Area Kitchen Creek, The Glens Natural Area
Kitchen Creek in The Glens Natural Area of Ricketts Glen State Park holds a seemingly endless number of compositions. In the fall, beach leaves cover the rocks and ground around the creek. As is the case with many of my landscape photos, a circular polarizer filter was used to assist the capture this image.
 
24mm  f/16.0  1.6s  ISO 100
Dutchman Falls, Worlds End State Park Dutchman Falls, Worlds End State Park
I timed my Dutchman Falls (near Worlds End State Park) photography so that the sun would be completely set at this vantage point - to avoid any hotspots in the frame. Plenty of small streams of water make a wide variety of compositions available at this location.
 
I generally use manual exposures when photographing waterfalls. Set the aperture for the depth of field/sharpness needed, set the ISO to 100 (usually) and set the shutter so that a very small area of the brightest water is overexposed (blinking highlights).
 
35mm  f/11.0  3.2s  ISO 100
Royal Tailor in Concert Royal Tailor in Concert
Having a special access pass will give you the opportunity for perspectives not otherwise possible to capture. With the subject high on a stage, a floor level perspectve is not uncomfortable to get. And, since this was the only perspective available at this time, it was fortunately a good one. As always, aligning the subject with a good background is very important.
 
24mm  f/2.8  1/250s  ISO 800
Silhouetted Horse, Rider & Dog Silhouetted Horse, Rider & Dog
To get a silhouette requires a bright background. The sky is typically what I use to create silhouettes, and when using a wide angle lens, a low shooting position is often needed to get enough of the subject surrounded by sky.
 
24mm  f/2.8  1/1600s  ISO 100
Shawnee Falls in the Fall Shawnee Falls in the Fall
Shawnee Falls in Ricketts Glen State Park is beautiful at any time of the year, but fall is my favorite time to visit these falls. A sure-thing compsition for these falls is to shoot wide and move in close to the layered rocks while using a circular polarizing filter.
 
Since I was shooting very late on a very cloudy day, the auto white balance out of the camera was a bit cool. By setting a custom white balance based on a near-white area of the water, a much warmer color tone is easily achieved.
 
24mm  f/11.0  10s  ISO 160
Jamie Grace Jamie Grace
A lot of effort goes into lighting a concert. Be sure to include this lighting in your images - especially if you are shooting for the concert producer.
 
Unfortunately, large microphones on stands are still used at some these venues. Omitting these from images is much more challenging. Performers are lit from the front and stand behind the microphones. This means that not only do you have the microphone itself getting in the way of your subject, but you also have a dark shadow on their face.
 
38mm  f/2.8  1/320s  ISO 800
Beach Tree in the Forest Beach Tree in the Forest
Shooting deep forest scenes can be very challenging - especially on clear days such as this one. I found this still-green beach tree over a bed of ferns that had succombed to fall pleasing to my eye. I framed the beach tree about 1/3 of the way into the frame and moved forward/backward to get the perspective I wanted. I then adjusted focal length for the framing desired. A B+W XS-PRO CP Filter was used for this shot.
 
42mm  f/11.0  1/5s  ISO 100
Horse Eye Horse Eye
I don't often place the subject near dead center of the frame, but in this case, I liked how the curve of the horse's neck ran up around the left side of the frame with the right side. The combination of an f/2.8 aperture, 70mm focal length and distant background subject renders the right edge of the frame an undistracting blur of the background.
 
70mm  f/2.8  1/640s  ISO 100
Newsong Newsong
When shooting a concert or similar event, a 70mm focal length on a full frame body is going to frame nearly the entire stage unless you are very close. But, shooting the entire stage is not all bad.
 
70mm  f/2.8  1/200s  ISO 1250
In the Spotlight In the Spotlight
A performer works the stage extending into the crowd. Just because you have an access pass doesn't mean the action will remain in front of you. Be ready to work with what you can get.
 
In this image, two large spotlights half-rim-light the performer. Including those spotlights in the frame tells much more of the story. And including the fans' arms tells even more of the story and adds balance to the image.
 
24mm  f/2.8  1/400s  ISO 1250
Hookena Beach Sunset Hookena Beach Sunset
The sun sets over the Pacific ocean near Hookena Beach, Big Island, Hawaii.
 
The dynamic range of this scene, increased by the extremely dark volcanic rock, required an HDR technique. Separate exposures were used for the sky and the foreground.
 
Hawaii, aided by the many clouds of the rainy season (winter), regularly delivers very impressive sunsets.
 
24mm  f/16.0  .8s  ISO 100
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