Friday, May 12, 2017

Three Lenses at Chanticleer Gardens

What a great day for National Public Garden's Day - 
Cloud cover diffused the light beautifully eliminating harsh shadows. 

I used my Canon 7D - 
which is my typical walk around camera.  
I used three different lenses today. 

I started with the Canon EF 8-15 mm, F4L, Fisheye.  

CAMERACanon EOS 7D
ISO800
FOCAL LENGTH15.0 mm (23.6 mm in 35mm)
APERTUREf/8
EXPOSURE TIME0.00063s (1/1600)

Before you run out and buy a fisheye lens...don't. 
A fisheye lens is more of a toy. 

CAMERACanon EOS 7D
ISO800
FOCAL LENGTH15.0 mm (23.6 mm in 35mm)
APERTUREf/8
EXPOSURE TIME0.00156s (1/640)

If you already have a collection of lenses 
and money burning a hole in your pocket then 
by all means go ahead and get one. 

Probably my favorite shot of the day. Sigh.
CAMERACanon EOS 7D
LENSCanon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
ISO800
FOCAL LENGTH8.0 mm (12.6 mm in 35mm)
APERTUREf/14
EXPOSURE TIME0.0005s (1/2000)

Otherwise spend your time learning your camera inside out first. 
Then buy something more practical. 
Once you buy one, a fisheye will not be on your camera often. 

CAMERACanon EOS 7D
LENSCanon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
ISO800
FOCAL LENGTH15.0 mm (23.6 mm in 35mm)
APERTUREf/14
EXPOSURE TIME0.0025s (1/400)

Next I changed lenses to the Canon EF 100mm F 2.8L Macro 

CAMERACanon EOS 7D
LENSCanon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
ISO800
FOCAL LENGTH100.0 mm (157.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTUREf/8
EXPOSURE TIME0.0125s (1/80)

Again, I don't recommend running out and getting a Macro lens either. 
Although this lens is more practical than a fisheye. 

CAMERACanon EOS 7D
ISO800
FOCAL LENGTH100.0 mm (158.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTUREf/5.6
EXPOSURE TIME0.00313s (1/320)

You don't HAVE to use this lens as a macro. 

CAMERACanon EOS 7D
LENSCanon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
ISO800
FOCAL LENGTH100.0 mm (157.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTUREf/5
EXPOSURE TIME0.004s (1/250)

I would still focus my purchasing power more practically. 

CAMERACanon EOS 7D
ISO800
FOCAL LENGTH100.0 mm (157.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTUREf/5
EXPOSURE TIME0.00156s (1/640)


And finally I used my oldest lens still in use...
embarrassingly it also has a very nasty scratch on it.  
(- Because I removed the protective filter and forgot to put it back on. Ugh.)

Tamron 18-270mm - I typically use this lens as a walk around lens. 

CAMERACanon EOS 7D
Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
ISO800
FOCAL LENGTH100.0 mm (157.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTUREf/5
EXPOSURE TIME0.00063s (1/1600)

The great thing with this lens is 
you hardly ever miss a shot because you aren't busy changing lenses 
since it gives you a wide range of focal lengths. 
*This lens can only be used with a crop sensor camera - thus the 7d. 

CAMERACanon EOS 7D
Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
ISO800
FOCAL LENGTH35.0 mm (55.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTUREf/5.6
EXPOSURE TIME0.00156s (1/640)

However, as your eye becomes more discerning 
you WILL notice a difference in image quality compared to a Canon L lens. 

CAMERACanon EOS 7D
Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
ISO800
FOCAL LENGTH130.0 mm (261.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTUREf/9
EXPOSURE TIME0.00156s (1/640)

So what lens to add to your arsenal? 
That's the difficult question we all ask ourselves. 

CAMERACanon EOS 7D
Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
ISO800
FOCAL LENGTH18.0 mm (28.9 mm in 35mm)
APERTUREf/9
EXPOSURE TIME0.01s (1/100)

My most used lens is the Canon 24-105 F4L 
And I didn't want to buy it originally because it was F4! 
But I LOVE that lens. 
It is my go-to lens and almost always on my Canon 5d 

CAMERACanon EOS 7D
Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
ISO800
FOCAL LENGTH23.0 mm (36.1 mm in 35mm)
APERTUREf/11
EXPOSURE TIME0.004s (1/250)

I love the Canon 70-200mm F2.8 too, 
but the thing is so darn heavy I hate to use it 
because I get tired carrying it. 


View in the Ladies' Room - My second favorite image of the day. 
CAMERACanon EOS 7D
LENSTamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
ISO800
FOCAL LENGTH55.0 mm (86.4 mm in 35mm)
APERTUREf/11
EXPOSURE TIME0.06667s (1/15)

I DO have some lenses I am selling - 
mostly because I really don't use them anymore. 
Let me know if you are interested in one and I will get you more info. 
One of these days I will get them on Ebay. 

Canon 50mm F1.8 
Canon 50mm F1.4 
Canon 24-70mm F2.8L 

What is your favorite lens? 



More Photos from Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, Delaware County, Pennsylvania will be posted here. 




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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Finding Spring

Finally, spring has arrived. 
Somehow winter just kept finding its way back again. 


A trip to Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve 
proved without a doubt spring is here. 


And thanks to my allergy shots every other week, 
I could actually enjoy being outdoors! 


Lots of pollen...
but no sneezing and no sniffling. 


It's been a long time since I could experience spring - 
the last round of allergy shots wore off around 5 years ago. 


I plan to fully experience the outdoors this year! 


You might be seeing more flowers on the blog this year. 

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve 
1635 River Rd, New Hope, PA 18938

More of my images from the preserve can be found here. 

Located it Bucks County, Pennsylvania




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Monday, April 17, 2017

Penn's (Infrequent) Country Home

Pennsylvania - The state where I have lived my whole life. 
Named for William Penn, its founder, 
the name means, Penn's Woods. 

Pennsbury Manor, Morrisville, PA

William Penn grew up the son of a wealthy Admiral in the British navy. 
On a visit to Ireland, 
he heard a Quaker preacher 
and adopted the teachings as his belief system. 

Buttons On A Penn Reenactor, The More Buttons the Wealthier the Wearer

Penn was a staunch Quaker 
and faced persecution and jail time for his beliefs. 
He also gave a lot of his inherited wealth to support Quakerism. 

Kitchen Reenactors

King Charles II of England 
repaid a large debt to Penn in the form of Land. 
Land in the colonies. 
Penn's goal was to start a colony that represented his beliefs. 

Blacksmith Reenactor

The city of Philadelphia was planned by Penn
as was this home. 

They Say He Is A Gentle Beast
I'm Not Sure I Would Be Wearing Red Though. 

But Penn spent very little time here - 
only 4 years in the colonies and a fraction of that time in his Manor. 

Brewer Checks His Brew, No Samples. 

Penn died in 1718 in England owing much debt.  
But today, Penn's legacy lives on in Pennsylvania. 

Good Night! 

400 Pennsbury Memorial Rd, Morrisville, PA 19067 
More of my photos from the Manor are here




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