Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Sample Pictures

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
10-Rated Glacier National Park Sunrise 10-Rated Glacier National Park Sunrise

When all comes together, the rewards are worth every ounce of effort required to get the shot.
Getting to Glacier National Park is a modest challenge for much of the world - it is at best two flights away from most of the us - and three for many of us. For me, it started with an early bedtime and a 2:30 AM alarm setting. Actually, I set two of alarms for insurance. One was on my phone which was on the nightstand beside the other.
The phone went off first. I shut it off and tried to wake my wife (the family was joining me on this trip). After several attempts over a few minutes, she rolled over and in a somewhat unfriendly tone, said "WHAT?". That should have been my first clue.
I said "How much time do you want to get ready?" (I thought I was giving her the amount of time she requested the evening before). My next clue - She said "It's 12:30 AM!?" That's when I realized that I had an actual call - the alarm had not gone off. And that's when I learned that my trip to Glacier National Park had just become much more complicated.
A voice mail informed me that our first flight of three had been cancelled. I then spent an hour on the phone with someone from half way around the world trying to figure out how I was going to make one of the few daily flights into Kalispell. And one that returned to the same originating airport (don't ask).
A 3.5 hour drive put us on an afternoon flight that put me at the St. Mary Lodge at 1:00 AM PDT (3:00 AM in my EDT time). This of course resulted in a missed evening shoot - and required a sleep-in the next morning, so I missed an AM opportunity also.
It didn't take me long to get over the travel exhaustion. This national park is worth every ounce of effort and cost it takes to get there.

24mm  f/11.0  30s  ISO 100
Bass Harbor Lighthouse, Acadia National Park, Maine Bass Harbor Lighthouse, Acadia National Park, Maine

There are a lifetime of photo opportunities in Acadia National Park, but the Bass Harbor Lighthouse is one of the best and most-visited locations.
This image is a composite of three shots. A 20 second primary shot includes the water and sky while a second 30 second shot was used to pull detail out of the rocks on shore. A third shot was used to capture the light shining on the trees beside and behind the lighthouse.
These three shots were selected from a huge number I shot at various times during the sunset - with lots of bracketing taking place. The three layers were merged in photoshop.
To keep the long exposure sharp, mirror lockup and the two-second self-timer were used as was a Gitzo GT3530LS tripod with an Arca Swiss Z1 Ballhead mounted to it. A custom white balance and a small amount of saturation were the primary post-processing tweaks aside from compositing the 3 images.
When you are shooting the next sunset, don't leave when the sun sets below the horizon (most photographers I observed in Acadia do). There may be many opportunities yet to come with easier to handle dynamic ranges.

24mm  f/11.0  20s  ISO 100
Christmas Cactus Close-up Picture Christmas Cactus Close-up Picture

The typically-annual winter bloom of the Christmas Cactus is beautiful. This flower was lit by a large softbox and a studio monolight. I used a small black towel for the background.

150mm  f/11.0  1/200s  ISO 100
Almost in the Goal Picture Almost in the Goal Picture

This one is going in. You are looking at a soccer ball about to enter the goal. And she is loving every minute of it.

200mm  f/2.0  1/1600s  ISO 200
Low-Cost Model Picture Low-Cost Model Picture

But definitely high end in my eyes! As I mentioned in the Canon EF 200mm F/2.0 L IS USM Lens review, my model budget was modest on this day ($1.00). The model acted as her own stylist to save funds. I think she did a very unique job. Lighting is ambient just under a patio roof with a reflector for fill.

200mm  f/2.0  1/60s  ISO 125
Sweet Light Horse Picture Sweet Light Horse Picture

A Quarter Horse is rim-lit by the setting sun - which gives a very warm color to the picture. Called "sweet light". This lens is handholdable at much lower shutter speeds, but horses are never still when grazing. The higher shutter speed was necessary to stop the action.

200mm  f/2.0  1/250s  ISO 200
Sunrise Snow Sunrise Snow

The sun rises following an overnight snow storm, casting a warm glow on the bright landscape.

14mm  f/10.0  1/60s  ISO 100
Outdoor Winter Portrait Outdoor Winter Portrait

An outdoor Winter portrait of a pretty girl. Lighting is from a cloud-diffused setting sun. This shutter speed was overkill, but I grabbed this shot while shooting fast action.

300mm  f/2.8  1/1600s  ISO 800
Barefoot Soccer Barefoot Soccer

It's not advisable, but this little girl is playing barefoot soccer. Fortunately, she was just playing around after her game. This lens does an excellent job of creating a smoothly-blurred background.

200mm  f/2.8  1/1600s  ISO 200
Christmas Breakfast is Served Christmas Breakfast is Served

A little girl in pajamas and a Santa hat displays a tray of ... well, I'm not sure what they are. Must be for breakfast though. Notice the perspective a 16mm lens provides on a full frame body. Lighting is ambient from large windows and skylights.

16mm  f/2.8  1/80s  ISO 400
Sunset at Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park Sunset at Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park

The view from high up on Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park is awesome even without a sun setting below. To get the star effect from a bright light, use a narrow aperture (such as f/11) and a wide angle lens. This is an HDR image. Photoshop was used to manually create this final image from two differently exposed images.

16mm  f/11.0  .5s  ISO 100
Horse Jumping in the Mud Picture Horse Jumping in the Mud Picture

A little girl races her Quarter Horse over a jump in extremely muddy conditions. Contast brightness backlighting and a black horse make manual metering mode an easy choice for this shot. The horse was tracked in AI Servo AF mode.

300mm  f/2.8  1/1600s  ISO 400
Pretty Girl Picture Pretty Girl Picture

This pretty girl was captured in a naturally-lit room (lots of windows and skylights).

200mm  f/2.0  1/200s  ISO 100
Rufous-sided Towhee Picture Rufous-sided Towhee Picture

A Rufous-sided Towhee about to take flight. I like how the tail angle matches the angle of the log it is perched on. A 25mm Extension Tube was mounted for this shot (though maybe not needed) - corner darkening is from the ET.

800mm  f/6.3  1/80s  ISO 400
Cantering Black Horse Picture Cantering Black Horse Picture

Do you know how hard it is to properly expose a black horse with a rider wearing a white helmet under full sun? I think I need to replace either the helmet or the horse.

200mm  f/2.0  1/2500s  ISO 100
The Big Kick Picture The Big Kick Picture

The ball leaves the foot of a young lady putting everything she has into the big kick. A 1.4x extender was used for this shot.

280mm  f/2.8  1/3200s  ISO 125
Fog on Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine Fog on Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine

I spent the first hour of daylight (if you call it that) on Cadillac Mountain this day in fog so thick that I feared getting lost. Giving up, I began my descent on the mountain to be greeted by this sight. This is an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image.

14mm  f/11.0  1/50s  ISO 100
Dog in Headlock Picture Dog in Headlock Picture

Want to make a kid smile? Give them an animal. I mostly shot Brittany, but grabbed a shot of the dog as well.

200mm  f/2.0  1/250s  ISO 100
Fight for the Ball 3 Fight for the Ball 3

Two girls fight for the ball in this soccer action shot. Even with a 2x extender attached, the lens still delivers a wide f/4 aperture.

400mm  f/4.0  1/1600s  ISO 400
Snowy Egret Picture Snowy Egret Picture

A Snowy Egret stands on a stump in the water at Assateague Island National Park.

800mm  f/8.0  1/400s  ISO 160
Portrait of a Young Lady 3 Portrait of a Young Lady 3

A pleasant smile, soft lighting and a smooth background.

200mm  f/2.0  1/160s  ISO 100
Sunrise at Otter Cliff, Acadia National Park, Maine Sunrise at Otter Cliff, Acadia National Park, Maine

A beautiful sunrise at Otter Cliff, Acadia National Park, Maine. Unfortunately, this scene did not last long. The sun quickly rose through the narrow opening under those clouds to produce flat cloud-diffused light.

14mm  f/11.0  1/20s  ISO 100
Pretty Woman 4 Pretty Woman 4

A pretty woman walks in the bright afternoon sunshine.

1200mm  f/5.6  1/1000s  ISO 250
Indian Hyacinths at Sunset Indian Hyacinths at Sunset

When creating this much background blur, it doesn't matter what the background really is - just the shape and colors of it.

200mm  f/2.8  1/80s  ISO 100
The Sun Sets on a Palomino Quarter Horse The Sun Sets on a Palomino Quarter Horse

A palomino Quarter Horse finds his dinner as the sun sets. The setting sun provides a beautiful warm light.

200mm  f/2.0  1/400s  ISO 200
Leaning against Bubble Rock on South Bubble Mountain Leaning against Bubble Rock on South Bubble Mountain

It looks like you could give this monstrous Acadia National Park boulder a little push and send it over the edge. Fortunately, that is not the case. Bubble Rock remains there for you to see. Fall colors, as seen in the background, are spectacular in Maine.

40mm  f/11.0  1/80s  ISO 200
Snowy Egret Flying with Fish Snowy Egret Flying with Fish

The Snowy Egrets would stand around the edge of the water, then take off, catch a fish and return to the banks eat it. Assateague Island National Park is loaded with the bait fish these beautiful birds are looking for.

800mm  f/8.0  1/1600s  ISO 500
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
The Joy of Soccer Picture The Joy of Soccer Picture

The fun is written on the face of this little girl as she heads for the goal.

200mm  f/2.0  1/2000s  ISO 400
Assateague Island Sitka Deer Picture Assateague Island Sitka Deer Picture

This small herd of Sitka Deer are being bothered by an incredible number of mosquitoes in this Assateague Island wetland. I was bothered as well. My Deep Woods Off repellent ran out in the afternoon on my last day of this trip. A lessor spray did not work so well - I had 55 mosquito bites on one arm after my evening shoot. It was worth it.

800mm  f/8.0  1/250s  ISO 100
Soccer Wardrobe Malfunction Picture Soccer Wardrobe Malfunction Picture

She lost style points for the socks, but the goal counted.

400mm  f/2.8  1/1000s  ISO 100
Family on Bay Dock - Chincoteague Island Sunset Family on Bay Dock - Chincoteague Island Sunset

A small family watches the abundant birdlife from this Chincoteague Island bay dock at sunset.

800mm  f/10.0  1/125s  ISO 100
In a Jam Picture In a Jam Picture

Framed by two opponents, this soccer player is in need of help. The long, wide lens blurs out the otherwise very distracting (and ugly) background.

400mm  f/2.8  1/1600s  ISO 800
White Crocus Close-up Picture White Crocus Close-up Picture

This white Crocus is lit by a late-day sun. A wide open aperture was used to create a strongly-blurred foreground annd background.

150mm  f/2.8  1/320s  ISO 100
Moving the Ball Picture Moving the Ball Picture

A young soccer player is on a fast pace toward the opponent's net.

400mm  f/2.8  1/2000s  ISO 800
Harrison Wright Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park Harrison Wright Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park

There is a lot of advice to be found regarding photography during the autumn season, but the primary visual difference of fall is the color of the foliage and to capture that color, one must go outside.
While that tip might sound simple, it is easy to sit in front of a computer or TV instead of making the effort to go out. You can DVR the football game to be watched later. Darkness comes earlier in the fall, so you have some time to catch up on the game or what is going on in the photography world after the light is gone. You can catch up on your post-processing backlog in the winter (what I'm telling myself).
A great fall location is Ricketts Glen State Park, near Benton, PA. With 22 named waterfalls in this park, along with many other photogenic woods and stream scenes, it is not hard to find wall-grade compositions. Located just below Waters Meet on the Falls Trails, Harrison Wright Falls, shown here, is one of my favorites.
Don't let the weather keep you inside. My favorite weather condition for shooting in RGSP is a light rain or immediately after any rain. The rain provides more flow in the stream, but it serves a couple of other important purposes. It keeps the other hikers and less-serious photographers out of the image (they stay home). It also makes everything in the scene wet, giving the surroundings a deep, rich color when photographed through a circular polarizer filters.
You will not capture images like this one indoors. Get out and find the colorful fall foliage. Get some exercise and breathe in the crisp air while doing so. Your body and mind will be rewarded along with your portfolio.

24mm  f/8.0  1s  ISO 100
Oneida Falls Above Smaller Falls Oneida Falls Above Smaller Falls

While you will want to capture the standard, beautiful waterfalls shots, look for ways to vary your compositions. One way to do this is to place the main falls in the background of your image. This of course requires that an interesting foreground subject be found. The main falls in this example are the 13' Oneida Falls in Ricketts Glen State Park.
As with a significant percentage of my landscape images, a high quality B+W MRC CP filter was used for this picture. You also need to know that this is an HDR image. The background falls were in stronger light, so images with three different exposures were captured and overlayed in Photoshop. Parts of the brighter upper layers were erased (very soft brush setting) to allow the darker images to show through. This easy process yields a natural-appearing image.

24mm  f/16.0  .8s  ISO 100
Soccer Action 5 Soccer Action 5

Opponents vie for the ball during this soccer game action.

400mm  f/2.8  1/3200s  ISO 800
Great Egret with Dragonfly Picture Great Egret with Dragonfly Picture

This Great Egret struggled to get this large dragonfly down its throat for several minutes. It just couldn't get those big wings past its beak.

800mm  f/8.0  1/320s  ISO 100
Playing Soccer Picture Playing Soccer Picture

An young lady with an interesting (but out of her face) hair style moves the ball down the soccer field.

400mm  f/2.8  1/1600s  ISO 250
800mm Portrait 800mm Portrait

An 800mm lens is not what you normally grab for your portraits, but anything works. Feature compression is the result. Lighting is from a late-day sun.

800mm  f/5.6  1/500s  ISO 200
Polyphemus Moth Polyphemus Moth

The Polyphemus Moth is very beautiful - especially when they are just out of their cocoon. This Polyphemus Moth has not taken its first flight yet, and with perfect wings, required almost no post processing. Light is from a setting sun.
This shot made great use of the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens' image stabilization. IS helped me frame the shot precisely, tightly and kept the shot sharp at 1/50 sec. The camera position is such that the entire length of wings falls into the plane of sharp focus.

100mm  f/11.0  1/50s  ISO 100
Musical Picture Musical Picture

Strongly-colored lights made white balance tough during this event. But, this lens did an awesome job of capturing sharp photos during this indoor action.

300mm  f/2.8  1/800s  ISO 1600
Trunk Bay, St. John Trunk Bay, St. John

This is the classic view of Trunk Bay, St. John. Classic for two reasons - the beauty and ... the access. This is one of the few locations Trunk Bay is visible from other than on the beach itself.
One of the great things about shooting in the caribean is that the water is so beautiful when the sun is high. An early alarm is not necessary to capture a beautiful scene such as this one. Of course, the beach is filled with people at this time. I wanted an empty beach, so lots of clone stamping was required.
A circular polarizer filter is extremely helpful for mid-day landscape photography.

40mm  f/11.0  1/40s  ISO 100
Flying Girls Picture Flying Girls Picture

Flying - or catching flies - I'm not sure which. With an f/1.4 aperture, action is easy to stop even after the sun has set as in this picture. Want to catch a different perspective and a happy expression? Put the kids on a trampoline.

50mm  f/1.4  1/1250s  ISO 400
Little Blue Heron Picture Little Blue Heron Picture

A Little Blue Heron searches for breakfast in Assateague Island National Park.

800mm  f/5.6  1/250s  ISO 100
Rainbow Over St Mary, Montana Rainbow Over St Mary, Montana

This was the longest-lasting rain-caused rainbow I've ever seen. It was visible from mid-morning until the sun rose high enough to put it into the ground in the afternoon.
The weather in Glacier National Park, especially at higher altitudes, can be unpredictable. It is wise to have packable rain gear with you when hiking in this park. This storm was hanging over Glacier National Park but dissipating as it moved out the eastern side of the park - allowing full sun to shine through.
The foreground in this picture is a forest fire regrowth area showing fall color.

70mm  f/11.0  1/80s  ISO 100
Running on the Beach Picture Running on the Beach Picture

There is something freeing about wide expanses of sand and water. This little girl is showing her joy.

85mm  f/2.8  1/1000s  ISO 200
Sunset over the Bay Picture Sunset over the Bay Picture

The sun sets over and reflects from the bay by Chincoteague Island in Virgina, USA. About 600 (just over 10%) pixels were cropped off the long end of this full-frame 800mm shot.

800mm  f/11.0  1/30s  ISO 100
City Scape Picture City Scape Picture

Distant city buildings appear compressed by the 1200 focal length used for this shot.

1200mm  f/8.0  1/800s  ISO 400
Snowy Egret Showing Plumage Snowy Egret Showing Plumage

A Snowy Egret shows its beautiful plumage at the water's edge in Assateague Island National Park. The 1/1000 shutter speed was overkill, but I was shooting other action that required it - and didn't have time to change between opportunities.

800mm  f/8.0  1/1000s  ISO 400
Monarch Butterfly 2 Monarch Butterfly 2

A Monarch Butterfly feeds on a red Zinnia flower. This photo was shot in the studio using large softboxes and monolights. How do you get a Monarch butterfly into the studio? You raise them from an egg (or caterpillar). Fortunately, my daughter loves doing this and provides me with the subjects for shots such as this one. One of the big advantages to having a brand new butterfly is that the wings are void of any tattering. The Monarchs are released as soon as they can fly.

180mm  f/11.0  1/200s  ISO 100
Great Egret in Pine tree Picture Great Egret in Pine tree Picture

A Great Egret sits in a large pine tree in Assateague National Park. This is a common site in this great birding location.

800mm  f/8.0  1/320s  ISO 100
Immature Black Crowned Night Heron Immature Black Crowned Night Heron

An immature Black Crowned Night Heron perches on a large, dead pine tree over the water.

800mm  f/5.6  1/50s  ISO 200
Floating in a Tube Picture Floating in a Tube Picture

Mikayla takes in the good life while floating down a river. A tall bank and trees behind me in combination with a bright after-the-sun-set sky created the lighting for this shot. A very low percentage of my f/1.4 and f/1.6 shots from this night were salvageable due to the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX HSM Lens' AF inconsistencies.

50mm  f/1.4  1/100s  ISO 200
Great Egret with Speared Fish Great Egret with Speared Fish

A Great Egret has just speared its breakfast. Looks like a challenge to swallow.

800mm  f/8.0  1/320s  ISO 100
Gull Diving for Fish Gull Diving for Fish

A gull dives for fish in Assateague Island National Park.

800mm  f/5.6  1/2000s  ISO 400
Flying Quarter Horse Flying Quarter Horse

A young girl races her quarter horse through a field near the top of a ridge. This is my go-to location to photograph late in the day at this time of the year. The setting sun delivers a beautiful light to this area. I had especially good conditions on this day. Two thunderstorms were converging overhead, resulting in a dark sky behind a well-lit subject.

400mm  f/2.8  1/1600s  ISO 400
Upper Hadlock Pond, Acadia National Park Upper Hadlock Pond, Acadia National Park

Fog over Upper Hadlock Pond in Acadia National Park near Northeast Harbor (Mt Dessert Island, Maine) catches light from the bright sky not included in the frame. The large, calm pond provides reflections of the fall foliage colors.

200mm  f/8.0  1/2s  ISO 100
Architectural Picture Architectural Picture

The strong, clean lines of this house are framed on the top against a blown (over-exposed) sky.

83mm  f/5.0  1/80s  ISO 100
Heart in the Sky Heart in the Sky

I saw a beautiful sunset, the kids saw a heart in the sky.

50mm  f/5.6  1/60s  ISO 400
Female Cardinal Picture Female Cardinal Picture

A female Cardinal rests on the top of a log before going on her way.

800mm  f/5.6  1/200s  ISO 640
Caught a Crab Picture Caught a Crab Picture

A little girl shows excitement over her capture - a small crab.

85mm  f/4.5  1/640s  ISO 200
Portrait of a Little Girl Portrait of a Little Girl

A portrait of a cute little girl complete with a missing tooth. Lighting is natural - she is under a patio roof.

200mm  f/2.8  1/250s  ISO 160
Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine

The sun shines through the fog early in the morning on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine, casting tree shadows. This is an HDR image.

14mm  f/11.0  1/40s  ISO 100
Male Cardinal Picture Male Cardinal Picture

A beautiful male Cardinal perches on a dead tree. A late-day sun provides warm light to this handheld shot.

800mm  f/5.6  1/125s  ISO 200
Girl Taking Swing Ride Girl Taking Swing Ride

A little girl gets a push - sometimes we all need one of those. :)

163mm  f/2.8  1/2000s  ISO 100
Couple on Dock Watching Sunset Couple on Dock Watching Sunset

A couple sits on a Chincoteague, VA dock watching the sun set over the bay.

800mm  f/11.0  1/60s  ISO 100
Round Rock Beach, Otter Cliff, Acadia National Park Round Rock Beach, Otter Cliff, Acadia National Park

The round rock beach just north of Otter Cliff in Acadia National Park is a great place to visit. Especially with a camera and tripod.

16mm  f/11.0  1/60s  ISO 100
Cinnamon Bay, St. John Cinnamon Bay, St. John

Cinnamon Bay has one of the many spectacular St. John beaches. When shooting on a beach, I spend a lot of time waiting for the right wave action to complete my composition. Great clouds also help.

32mm  f/11.0  1/80s  ISO 160
Perched Great Egret Perched Great Egret

A Great Egret stands in stark contrast to the dark green pine needles surrounding his selected perch.

800mm  f/8.0  1/250s  ISO 100
A Girl and Her Baby Rabbits A Girl and Her Baby Rabbits

A little girl peers into a basket holding two baby rabbits. A Golden Retriever does the same thing.

25mm  f/5.6  1/80s  ISO 400
Great Egret and a Fish Great Egret and a Fish

Well, it used to be a fish. It turned into Great Egret breakfast a few moments after this shot.

800mm  f/8.0  1/250s  ISO 100
Mourning Dove 2 Mourning Dove 2

A Mourning Dove peers back over its shoulder. The 800mm focal length at f/5.6 creates a very strongly-blurred background.

800mm  f/5.6  1/250s  ISO 160
Two Medicine Telephoto Sunset Two Medicine Telephoto Sunset

Long focal length lenses can make great sunset photos from even mediocre sunsets. This sunset at Two Medicine in Glacier National Park was above average and offered these interesting wavy cloud patterns.

300mm  f/8.0  1/10s  ISO 100
Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon

Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon was one of the top photography locations on my Grand Tour list. This shot was taken in late morning - when the sun lights the Colorado River in the canyon below.
Horseshoe Bend begs for a 17mm or wider focal length (full frame equivalent) lens - unless shooting a panorama. In this example, the Canon TS-E 17mm lens allowed me to capture a much-wider-than-17mm view - in high resolution. Two vertically-oriented, oppositely-shifted shots were combined in Photoshop to create this ultra-wide view of Horseshoe Bend. One foot of my tripod was precariously positioned on the very edge of the cliff - and has been cloned out of the final picture.

17mm  f/11.0  1/125s  ISO 100
Florida Keys Serenity Florida Keys Serenity

This incredibly serene location is found many miles west of Key West, Florida. When using a lens with no image stabilization and shooting from a rocking boat - with moving water, the minimum shutter speed selection becomes a bit more complicated. A circular polarizer filter was used to capture this shot.

25mm  f/10.0  1/60s  ISO 200
Dawn at Otter Cliff, Acadia National Park, Maine Dawn at Otter Cliff, Acadia National Park, Maine

The first light of the day hits the dramatic cliffs at Otter Cliff, Acadia National Park, Maine. This is a digital split neutral density/HDR image comprised of three bracketed exposures manually combined in Photoshop.

14mm  f/11.0  5s  ISO 100
B. Reynolds Falls in the Fall B. Reynolds Falls in the Fall

Sometimes the leaves on the ground are more important than the leaves still on the trees. Such is the case in this mostly rock landscape. The 40' B. Reynolds Falls is located deep in the Glen Leigh side of the falls trails in Ricketts Glen State Park near Benton, PA. A B+W MRC Circular Polarizer Filter was used to cut the glare in this image - increasing color saturation.

24mm  f/8.0  1s  ISO 100
Preparation for the Shot Preparation for the Shot

I shoot a lot of pictures at soccer games and end up deleting a high percentage of them. The player's position is one of the factors I look at when selecting down these photos. What I really like is when the player is in a position that nicely fills out the frame as in this example.

400mm  f/2.8  1/1000s  ISO 200
Trunk Bay Coconut Trunk Bay Coconut

A coconut washed up on the beach at Trunk Bay adds foreground interest to this compsition. The super-clean beaches in St. John are a photographer's dream, but still require some clone stamping to remove small pieces of trees and other imperfections.

24mm  f/11.0  1/60s  ISO 100
Bryce Canyon National Park Panaroma Bryce Canyon National Park Panaroma

This Bryce Canyon National Park Panaroma was shot handheld from a location near Sunrise Point - at sunset. I was having trouble deciding which specific framing I liked best at this site, so, after shooting a lot of frames, blanketed the area with shots (using identical camera and lens settings). I later pieced the images together in Photoshop and cropped this shot from them.

89mm  f/8.0  1/100s  ISO 100
Monarch Butterfly on Red Zinnia Monarch Butterfly on Red Zinnia

A Monarch Butterfly is captured on a red Zinnia flower in the studio. You will notice that the dimensions of this photo are larger than the camera sensor delivers. When one or more borders of any image are a solid color (especially pure white or black), the image canvas size can easily be adjusted in post processing. Concentrate one filling the frame with the subject matter (to gain the most resolution possible) and adjust the dimensions later.

180mm  f/11.0  1/200s  ISO 100
1200mm Portrait 1200mm Portrait

A portrait shot at 1200mm. This was a clear day so I was using a manual expsoure. She was walking toward me, so I was using AI Servo AF and burst drive mode.

1200mm  f/5.6  1/1000s  ISO 250
Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins

Early morning sunlight shines through the windows of a building at the Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John.

24mm  f/11.0  1/40s  ISO 100
Sunset from Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine Sunset from Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine

The top of Cadillac Mountain seems like the top of the world. The sunrises and sunsets are frequently dramatic from this vantage point. But, don't go home when the sun goes down. The best is often yet to come.

100mm  f/8.0  1s  ISO 100
Little Girl Looking Sharp Little Girl Looking Sharp

This is a single-light portrait. A monolight was fired through a large softbox on camera-right. A reflector was used to fill the shadows. The background is white rolled paper hanging from a background stand.

85mm  f/11.0  1/200s  ISO 100
Fire Over Shawnee Falls, Ricketts Glenn State Park Fire Over Shawnee Falls, Ricketts Glenn State Park

Beach trees in their fall colors appear to blaze over the dark, rain-soaked rocks around Shawnee Falls in Ricketts Glen State Park, near Benton, PA. This was a perfect situation for the B+W 82mm XS-Pro MRC Nano Kaeseman CP Filter I was reviewing.

24mm  f/11.0  5s  ISO 100
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