New Canon

So, I’ve been test-driving my new Canon Rebel T3, which is always risky, because what if I can’t get a once-in-a-lifetime shot for some reason? And I have bumped into some issues, mainly with the focus. The 75-300mm lens I got with the camera doesn’t have image stabilization, which the 18-55mm lens does, which makes ZERO sense. When I zoom in on something far away, I’m finding I can’t get the focus super sharp, like I want. Also, my “old” 75-300mm lens has a macro setting, which I knew I was gonna miss, and I do. Badly. But the color is very rich with the Canon, which I like, and I can spot meter and get the exposure correct, so those are two good things.

Anyhow, here are some images taken with my new camera that I am more or less happy with:

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Allen’s Pond redux

Back to Allen’s Pond Wildlife Refuge yesterday. More sun, faster lens… no baby tree swallows. I tell ya, you blink and nature has just moved right along. I did, however, get to see a couple of baby piping plovers, and my God, they are the cutest things ever!!! I have this expression, when I see something adorable, like a fuzzy cygnet, that I’d like to “put it on a stick” – I don’t know why – and the little piping plovers already look like cotton balls onĀ  lollipop sticks.

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I used my 50/1.4 lens, with a 2x converter, which is not great for distance shots, but my god, it’s fantastic for macros!!!

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