Mantis Macro

One of my favorite things to do is go outside and take pictures of nature and wildlife.  Sometimes, though, I don’t feel like staking out a spot to try and get pictures of birds.  There’s a whole little world around us that we rarely even notice.  Usually when I attach my macro...

Terrible 24′s

  24mm?  To ordinary people that measurement means nothing.  To Canon gear nerds photographers, that measurement brings one thing to mind – twice.  24mm lenses are not extremely popular.  If polled, most photographers would likely say that they use their 50mm, 85mm, ulta-wide...

Pad & Quill

I am not usually one for super trendy things as most of my friends would likely admit.  That said, I do own an iPad.  I’ve always used it around the house and I have brought it to work a half dozen times or so.  I have never really felt like I had a reason to use it.  It’s very...

Bokeh showdown!

The Canon 50mm ƒ/1.8 II – considered  the “best value” lens  by many reviewers all over the internet.  It is probably the most-owned lens amongst Canon’s offerings because it’s well… cheap.  Real cheap.  I picked this little guy up to replace the one...

Strollin’

This afternoon I went out for a stroll because the temperature really cooled off outside.  I had put some bird seed out in a couple bird feeders so there have been a ton of birds around the last few days.  I managed to snag the shot above.  It took me a few laps around the area because as...

Flash! Pow!

A lot of people hear the term “flash photography” and instantly think of pictures of people with their eyes glowing red and harsh shadows being cast.  It’s true – the typical interpretation of flash photography has a bunch of negative associated ideas about it, but that’s because most people are familiar with on-camera flash units and point and shoot flash photography that emits the flash straight out from the camera causing terrible shadows and glowing eyes and reflections and…  it’s just bad.  It’s unfortunate too that most cameras in their basic settings tend to automatically pop the...

Good enough to eat

Just a bit of an update on my BMW (specifically, the DTA ECU it runs on).  After rushing to get a replacement unit in the car back in July and prove it worthy enough for a 300 mile trip without issue (former configuration was using hall sensors which really, really gave me a headache in June...

A welcomed return

A while back I decided to sell my Canon 50mm ƒ/1.4 USM.  I don’t know why I did that – I think it was to fund a car part or something and I realized I hadn’t been using the 50mm for many photos at the time.  Recently, I went to a few different car meets and found myself...