Shooting the News

Sometimes it’s a matter of seeing smoke and following it to the fire.

I was on my way home from the local World Wide Instameet that was at the ASU Art Museum. I saw the smoke in the distance and followed it the best I could. Once I got close, traffic was so bad I had to park and walk the last three-quarters of a mile to the fire.

It was a construction site completely engulfed in flames. My best guess is that it was going to be apartments. But they had only finished the framing, so it was nothing but bare wood. By morning it’ll be nothing but charcoal.

More pictures inside.

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Flash Cat

Just testing the 7D Mark II’s wireless flash control. I really like that it can control my 430 EX II from just the popup flash. The system is pretty slick, with several choices:

  • Built-in and external controled via the ratio of each to the other.
  • External only.
  • Both but with independent exposure compensation for each.

This is my cat with the 430 EX II at lower right with a 3:1 ratio to the popup flash.

7D Mark II w/ 70-200mm ƒ/4 USM – 149mm – 1/125, ƒ6.3, ISO 640

It’s amazing how just a bit of cross light brings out the detail in her fur. The carpet not so much.

This is also a Straigh-Out-Of-Camera (SOOC) JPG with nothing done other than exporting. I’m usually shooting raw, but wanted to experiment with how well the camera would do on it’s own. Overall I’m pretty happy with it.

Weighty Matters

A little upgrade turned into a bit more than I was expecting.

Over the weekend I took delivery of a new camera. A Canon 7D Mark II. The first thing I noticed when I took it out of the box was it’s weight. It’s a full two pounds (910g) for just the body. My SL1 is downright tiny next to it.

But that wasn’t all that was in the box. I had also found a great deal on a used fast lens (EF-S 17-55 ƒ/2.8) to go with it. When put together, the combo is about 3.5 pounds. Objectively that not a lot of weight. But in the way it balances, I was feeling it in my wrists once I spent about an hour figuring out the new settings.

The 7D2 is my new main body and there’s only one thing to do now.

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