TrulandPhoto: Blog https://trulandphotography.com/blog en-us (C) David W. Truland (TrulandPhoto) Sat, 05 Jun 2021 16:02:00 GMT Sat, 05 Jun 2021 16:02:00 GMT https://trulandphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u246561618-o927594160-50.jpg TrulandPhoto: Blog https://trulandphotography.com/blog 90 120 Adirondack Sunrise https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/6/adirondack-sunrise I got up at 4:00 AM this morning to walk 1 1/2 miles down to where there are good vantage points for sunrises over Great Sacandaga Lake. My first shot was made at 4:51 AM with sunrise occurring at 5:17 AM.

I carried only one body with the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS lens. Handheld bracketed sequences had shutter speeds as low as 1/5 second which is about the limit, especially when bracketing 5 files. Interestingly, only a few of the 31 images I uploaded to the website were wider than 24mm. I've been considering replacing my 24-240mm lens (which is not good at it's widest end) with the RF 24-105mm f.4L. That lens probably would have been perfect this morning. 

Here are some samples:

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/6/adirondack-sunrise Sat, 05 Jun 2021 16:01:34 GMT
Meteorological Summer Begins https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/6/meteorological-summer-begins Today begins the season of Meteorological Summer. After a cold and wet holiday weekend it was nice to get out in some warmer, drier weather.

There was still a chance of rain this morning so I only carried one camera and the 600mm lens in a holster bag. I added 16 images to the Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve gallery. Here are some samples.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/6/meteorological-summer-begins Tue, 01 Jun 2021 17:52:51 GMT
World Turtle Day https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/5/world-turtle-day It's World Turtle Day so I thought I'd head up to the Champlain Canalway Trail in Halfmoon where there are tons of turtles. I parked at Schoolhouse Lane and walked the two or so miles up to the waste weir and back.

It was overcast when I headed north so no turtles were sunning themselves. I did see some turtles on the way back south and one hanging out on the trail but nothing photogenic.

Instead, it was birds and a beaver that provided subjects. I carried the 85mm and 600mm lenses.

I added 17 images to the gallery at https://trulandphotography.com/oldchamp. Here are six samples.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/5/world-turtle-day Sun, 23 May 2021 17:47:15 GMT
Long Pond Trail https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/5/long-pond-trail After reading an article in a 2020 magazine about how one photographer made his HDR images, I decided to do a test outing. The photographer said that he only bracketed three files, plus and minus two or three EVs.

My practice is to bracket five files with +/- one EV. I did a test with some of my files from last weekend only processing the three files with normal and plus and minus two EVs and it seemed to work fine. An advantage of the fewer files is that it takes less time to capture the files with less subject movement. My camera bodies capture at five frames per second.

Long story short, it didn't work out in practice. The lack of the intermediately exposed files seems to be a bit much for the HDR software I use. I think that my tests from last weekend's files involved scenes with far less exposure variations in the scene. 

Only about half of what I shot ended up useable and some of that far less than ideal. The location was the Long Pond trail at Grafton Lakes State Park. While the state's trail map says the trail is 2.5 miles, my phone navigation app tells me I walked 3.5 miles from my car and back to my car. 

Here are a bunch of not great images from the experiment. Next time I visit the park I'll try a different trail and go back to five file bracketing.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/5/long-pond-trail Tue, 18 May 2021 21:19:58 GMT
Sacandaga Region Scenes https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/5/sacandaga-region-scenes I spent another weekend visiting old and new locations in the Sacandaga region. Locations were the Sacandaga River at the state boat launch, Beecher Creek Falls and the Copeland Covered Bridge, the Conklingville Dam and the Northampton Beach State Campground. 

I added 81 images to my Adirondack Scenics gallery.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/5/sacandaga-region-scenes Sun, 16 May 2021 20:51:37 GMT
Blue and Green Oakwood Cemetery https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/5/blue-and-green-oakwood-cemetery I went up to Oakwood Cemetery yesterday morning intending to carry my 35mm and 85mm lenses on the two EOS RP bodies. When I arrived, however, I realized that I had left the bag I had moved lens hoods to behind. Not wanting to walk around with unprotected front lens elements, I carried the only two lenses left in the bag with hoods due to the fact that those hoods don't add much to the size of the lens, the 50mm and 600mm lenses.

These images are all made with the 50mm lens. I added 58 images from both lenses to the gallery at https://trulandphotography.com/oakwood.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/5/blue-and-green-oakwood-cemetery Wed, 12 May 2021 11:13:21 GMT
Scenes from the Morning Walk https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/5/scenes-from-the-morning-walk This morning I walked the five mile route over through Cohoes to the canal trail at the Mohawk River and back through Waterford. I decided to carry the RF 50mm f/1.8 lens, my lightest and cheapest option. This lens doesn't have image stabilization so I have to be more careful about both shutter speed and being steady for the five file bracketing.

Here are some samples.

 

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/5/scenes-from-the-morning-walk Sun, 09 May 2021 15:57:15 GMT
Vischer Ferry Before the Mosquitoes https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/5/vischer-ferry-before-the-mosquitoes It won't be long now before photographing in some parts of Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve won't be feasible due to swarms of mosquitoes. The trails along the old canal aren't too bad, it's when you get back toward the Mohawk River in the woods that they're horrible. 

But, until then, the preserve is insect free and, after recent rain, there's more water which makes it better for photographing both birds and scenery.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/5/vischer-ferry-before-the-mosquitoes Fri, 07 May 2021 20:39:16 GMT
More Halfmoon Canalway Trail https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/5/more-halfmoon-canalway-trail The last time, I carried my 16-35mm and 24-240mm lenses with my two EOS RP bodies. Today, I carried my 85mm and 600mm lenses. 

Wildlife I saw this morning consisted of deer, beaver, geese, red tailed hawk and painted and snapping turtles in addition to the usual song birds.

Here are some samples and a reminder that all my images from the Champlain Canalway Trail, from the Mohawk River to where the trail moves to Route 4 in Halfmoon can be seen at https://trulandphotography.com/oldchamp. I added 30 images from this morning's session.

 

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/5/more-halfmoon-canalway-trail Thu, 06 May 2021 18:46:27 GMT
Filling In the Champlain Canalway Trail https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/5/filling-in-the-champlain-canalway-trail I have now walked all of the Champlain Canalway Trail between the Mohawk River and Upper Newtown Road in Halfmoon. I'm guessing this portion of the trail is about eight miles. At some point this summer I'll walk it in one direction and get a definitive distance. 

Today's portion started at Brookwood Road where there's a nice parking area right next to the trail. The parking area is also a short walk down to the river to Lighthouse Park. Heading north, the trail transitions at Upper Newtown Road to Route 4, along the road.

Here are some shots along the trail today, with a couple images from Lighthouse Park.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/5/filling-in-the-champlain-canalway-trail Sat, 01 May 2021 22:13:14 GMT
The "All in One" Zoom at Oakwood Cemetery https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/4/the-all-in-one-zoom-at-oakwood-cemetery I continue to evaluate my RF 24-240mm zoom lens as I consider replacing it with the RF 70-200mm L series lens. I still can't run Canon's software on my MacBook Air after Apple's latest software update. This means none of the lens corrections for the super zoom are available unless I want to use JPG files for HDR processing, which is not ideal.

Today, I restricted the lens to 35mm to about 190mm where the lens performs best. While chromatic aberration is not corrected for, and is visible on occasion here, the results aren't that bad. And, I have the original RAW files to process with Canon software once it starts working again - this has happened before.

If I do sell this lens for the 70-200mm I'll be losing focal length but gaining build, image quality and weather sealing. I'd just have to always also carry the 16-35mm lens. 

Here are some shots from today. There are now 702 images in the gallery located at https://trulandphotography.com/oakwood.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/4/the-all-in-one-zoom-at-oakwood-cemetery Mon, 26 Apr 2021 19:49:44 GMT
Spring in the Adirondacks https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/4/spring-in-the-adirondacks I've spent the past three days in the Adirondacks, again, without internet except data on my phone. My current plan with Verizon Wireless does not allow me to tether to my computer for internet so uploading full size photos has to wait until I'm back home.

Here are some samples from the weekend starting with a very windy Caroga Lake on Friday. The rest of the images are from a Saturday trip up Route 30 with stops at the DEC Sacandaga Campground, where the west and main branches of the Sacandaga River meet, and a DEC trail above Auger Falls along the main branch of the Sacandaga.

Everything seemed really dry and I'm pretty sure river levels should be higher this time of year.

I added two dozen images to the Adirondack Scenics gallery at https://trulandphotography.com/adirondacks

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/4/spring-in-the-adirondacks Sun, 25 Apr 2021 21:01:29 GMT
Starting to Get Green https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/4/starting-to-get-green I walked around Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve this morning before the clouds filled in. Trees and water foliage are starting to get green and lily pads can be seen reaching the surface.

I enjoy Vischer Ferry this time of year because, on some trails, once the mosquitos come out you almost can't shoot photos because you're swarmed the minute you stop walking. And it stays that way right through September.

Like last time I was there I carried the 16-35mm and 600mm lenses.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/4/starting-to-get-green Mon, 19 Apr 2021 18:28:45 GMT
Continuing with the 2 Lens, 2 Body Setup https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/4/continuing-with-the-2-lens-2-body-setup I've been continuing to use the setup I described in the last blog entry, two EOS RP bodies, one with a 35mm lens and one with the new 85mm lens. I'be been back to Oakwood Cemetery and up the Champlain Canalway Trail since the other day.

First, here is what the setup looks like:

And here are some shots from the cemetery followed by today's images from the canal trail.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/4/continuing-with-the-2-lens-2-body-setup Wed, 14 Apr 2021 17:22:25 GMT
Daffodils and a New Lens https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/4/daffodils-and-a-new-lens Finally getting the latest stimulus money allowed me to pick up a lens I've been wanting for a while. The RF 85mm f/2 IS Macro STM is not an expensive lens by Canon RF standards. It's also only a half macro lens. And f/2 is not the kind of fast that makes people go "wow". But, after one outing with it, I'm impressed and very glad that I spent almost half the stimulus money to obtain it.

I already have the 35mm equivalent and I can have each of them on one of my EOS RP bodies. I used that setup at Oakwood Cemetery this morning and ended up getting more than 50 images added to the Oakwood gallery. 

First, are shots from each lens showing the two focal lengths. The next four images are with the 35mm lens followed by four with the 85mm lens.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/4/daffodils-and-a-new-lens Fri, 09 Apr 2021 21:21:04 GMT
Getting Settled With Gear and Software https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/4/getting-settled-with-gear-and-software So, not being able to use Canon's software on my MacBook Air following the most recent MacOS update caused me to investigate both an alternate workflow and getting rid of the one lens that seemed useless without Canon's software. That lens is the RF 24-240mm lens who's image circle doesn't even actually cover the sensor at 24mm. I had the lens up on Craigslist for a week or so, with a response only from one person who wanted it for an insulting amount. 

As I've been looking at the RF 70-200mm f/4L lens, I thought that I'd eventually move to that lens. But, that lens would be mainly for landscapes and costs $1,600. Yesterday, I took the 24-240mm lens out, intentionally restricting use to the 40-200mm range. In fact, it performed fine without software corrections in that range. So, I'll not be selling it.

Here are some images from the last couple of days with the EF 16-35mm f/4L, RF 24-240mm and RF 600mm f/11 lenses. The waterfowl are a pair of American Black Ducks at Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/4/getting-settled-with-gear-and-software Wed, 07 Apr 2021 18:57:13 GMT
Easter Morning From Peebles Island https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/4/easter-morning-from-peebles-island For the second Easter in a row, I walked over to Peebles Island to shoot the sunrise over Bald Mountain and the Hudson River. Like yesterday, I used the RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM lens.

These, and a few more, have been added to the Peebles Island gallery at https://trulandphotography.com/peeblesisland.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/4/easter-morning-from-peebles-island Sun, 04 Apr 2021 13:34:30 GMT
Van Schaick Island, Cohoes, NY https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/4/van-schaick-island-cohoes-ny It was a nice sunny morning for a walk, if a bit chilly at 26 degrees. I carried an EOS RP body with the RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM lens. 

It was my frequent 3 mile, 3 county walk. Here are some images I made of Van Schaick Island which is in the City of Cohoes, the Albany County portion of the walk. The island separates the Mohawk and Hudson rivers and does not lie in either one of them.

The old buildings are part of Matton Shipyard, now part of Peebles Island State Park, even though it's actually on Van Schaick Island. You can read more about the shipyard and plans for future use of the property at https://eriecanalway.org/get-involved/matton.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/4/van-schaick-island-cohoes-ny Sat, 03 Apr 2021 18:23:58 GMT
Wrapping up March https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/3/wrapping-up-march This post is just a collection of images made since the last blog post on March 21. I've been experimenting with different processing methods since the latest MacOS update rendered my Canon software inoperable. That software is necessary to process files from the 24-240mm lens so that lens is sitting on the shelf.

These are with the 16-35mm, 35mm and 600mm lenses, all of which don't require the Canon software although they would benefit from it.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/3/wrapping-up-march Wed, 31 Mar 2021 11:41:04 GMT
Old Champlain Canal and Toxic Cleanup https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/3/old-champlain-canal-and-toxic-cleanup I finally worked up to my 5 mile walk from home through Cohoes over to Route 32 and back up the Champlain Canalway Trail through Waterford. The portion along the old canal will be interrupted for the next seven months by the cleanup of a toxic waste site adjacent to the canal.

The former Friedrichsohn Cooperage site has been fenced off for years and soil sampling was conducted years ago. The cleanup project is just now getting underway and will last until late October. The portion of the canal from the Mohawk River to the current canal will remain drained while the work is conducted.

Information and documents about the cleanup can be found here.

Here are some shots of the drained canal followed by some shots of the cleanup area and the structures to keep water out of the area once the current canal is flooded.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/3/old-champlain-canal-and-toxic-cleanup Sun, 21 Mar 2021 16:54:59 GMT
Champlain Canalway Trail https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/3/champlain-canalway-trail I walked up the Champlain Canalway Trail north from Waterford twice this week. Yesterday, I drove over to the Waterford Post Office rather than walk from home so that I could get further up the trail before heading back. Even without the walk from home, it was a 4.25 mile round trip up to Schoolhouse Lane and back. I think I'll do this more often and as my walks get longer I can get to the section above Schoolhouse Lane which is more isolated and actually adjacent to canal remnants.

First, without leaves on the trees you can get a good view of the landslide which happened in May 2020. Here is a post from the time on CNN.com. https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/04/us/new-york-waterford-landslide-trnd/index.html

You can see in this image from today that there was some additional sliding after the article.

I was hundreds of yards away but the 600mm lens I was carrying has quite the reach. Following are some shots from my two trips, some with a 35mm lens and some with the 600mm lens. It will be easy to tell which is which.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/3/champlain-canalway-trail Thu, 11 Mar 2021 09:45:00 GMT
Oakwood Cemetery https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/3/oakwood-cemetery i enjoyed a two and a half mile walk around Oakwood Cemetery yesterday with the RF 24-240mm lens. It was about this time last year that I started visiting the cemetery more frequently as a photography location. 

With the 38 files I uploaded yesterday, the gallery at https://trulandphotography.com/oakwood now contains 531 images. Here are some samples from yesterday.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/3/oakwood-cemetery Wed, 10 Mar 2021 11:49:50 GMT
Adirondacks in March https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/3/adirondacks-in-march I spent the past weekend in the Adirondacks with a day of overcast and flurries and a day of total sunshine. Both days with high temperatures in the 20s.

Here are a couple of images from the cloudy day at Riparius and the Hudson River.

These are some shots of Great Sacandaga Lake from Sacandaga Park with Northville in the background.

Here are a couple of images of Lake Algonquin in Wells.

And finally, some shots from the Route 8 bridge over the Sacandaga River above Wells.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/3/adirondacks-in-march Mon, 08 Mar 2021 11:24:05 GMT
Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/3/vischer-ferry-nature-preserve I took a walk around Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve in Clifton Park this morning. On this date last year, there were only a few spots still frozen over.

It's been cold lately and this year there's almost no open water. Hopefully it'll warm up soon.

You can see a blog entry from last year at https://trulandphoto.blogspot.com/2020/03/vischer-ferry-nature-preserve-scenics.html.

Here are some samples from this morning.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/3/vischer-ferry-nature-preserve Wed, 03 Mar 2021 19:39:39 GMT
Frozen Falls, Drained Canal https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/2/frozen-falls-drained-canal We're now two thirds of the way through winter. Daylight Savings Time returns in three weeks. To me, it seems like it's been a long winter already. 

It hasn't been super snowy or super cold it's just been consistently cold with moderate snowfalls a couple of times a week. I'm ready for a good thaw.

But until then there's snowy scenes to photograph. This morning I visited Cohoes Falls and the Waterford Flight of Locks, both of which have dedicated galleries here. 

I used the RF 24-240mm lens which has good image quality from 35mm to 200mm with the extremes of the zoom range being a bit on the soft side. The widest and longest focal lengths of these photos are 50mm and 173mm.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/2/frozen-falls-drained-canal Sat, 20 Feb 2021 16:11:17 GMT
Early Morning Freezing Rain https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/2/early-morning-freezing-rain Some freezing rain overnight and early this morning left exposed branches ice covered. Luckily, not to the extent of causing issues. It's now above freezing. 

These are all made with the RF 600mm f/11 IS STM lens.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/2/early-morning-freezing-rain Tue, 16 Feb 2021 13:52:19 GMT
Adirondack Scenes https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/2/adirondack-scenes I recently spent a few days in the southern Adirondacks, albeit without internet access other than my phone. So images had to wait to be uploaded. Here are some samples. 

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/2/adirondack-scenes Fri, 12 Feb 2021 12:25:22 GMT
Schodack Island State Park https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/2/a-brief-trip-down-the-hudson-river I decided to make the half hour drive down to Schodack Island State Park this morning to see what the Hudson River looked like. Where I live, there is no tide and the river is frozen over with a snow covering.

Below the federal dam about a mile south of me there is a tide which breaks up the ice. Also, there is no navigation above the dam this time of year and ship traffic to and from the Port of Albany keeps the river from freezing solidly over farther south.

Here are some scenes from the boat launch area of the park together with a couple of shots of the Albany skyline from the east side of the river in Rensselaer.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/2/a-brief-trip-down-the-hudson-river Thu, 04 Feb 2021 19:32:17 GMT
Snowy Oakwood Cemetery https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/1/snowy-oakwood-cemetery Yesterday saw some clearing with temperatures only moderately below freezing. Today sees the beginning of a stretch where temperatures dip down to near zero at night and rise only to the low teens during the day with wind chills in the minus teens.

So, yesterday I wanted to capture some snow covered scenes without freezing my fingers or my gear. I used my 24-240mm zoom lens. I wanted to be able to mostly stay in the roadways at Oakwood Cemetery while framing scenes as I wanted. 

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/1/snowy-oakwood-cemetery Fri, 29 Jan 2021 12:06:05 GMT
Frigid Blue Skies https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/1/frigid-blue-skies Yesterday was one of those January days that we've not seem many of this year. Sunny skies but with temperatures not approaching the above freezing mark. It was also windy which meant bracketing for HDR processing would be better with distant subjects that move, like tree branches and flags. I used the 16-35mm lens. So, of course, there was a nice Red-tailed Hawk sitting in the wind on top of a monument that I could walk up close to. But without a longer lens handy...

Here are some of the results. The large monument is to John E. Wool (1784-1869) who served as an officer in  the US Army for both the War of 1812 and the Civil War. You can read about him at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_E._Wool.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/1/frigid-blue-skies Sun, 24 Jan 2021 13:01:47 GMT
Frosty Fog on Peebles Island https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/1/frosty-fog-on-peebles-island I walked around Peebles Island with the 600mm f/11 lens this morning. There was a frosty fog which diffused the sunlight and made any shots made toward the sun more than a bit hazy.

First, I want to show what I think is the best vantage point for the new eagle nest. The old nest was in a perfect location for morning sun, no obstructions and the view from the cliffs was somewhat close to the elevation of the nest. This new nest, while actually on the island and closer to vantage points, is in the middle of a wooded area with lots of branches in the way and is at much higher elevation than the vantage points.

Unfortunately, this shooting location will be crowded once activity at the nest settles in. My EOS RP body has a 26MP full frame sensor. It also has a 1.6x crop mode which results in 10MP images with an effective focal length of 960mm with the 600mm lens. In this case, instead of using the crop mode, I simply cropped the full image to 3888x3592 pixels, the crop mode dimensions. An advantage of using the crop mode instead of cropping later is the electronic viewfinder shows the cropped in scene.

Here are the rest of the photos from this morning's walk. Only the Red-tailed Hawk is cropped. Due to the frozen fog I was able to shoot directly into the sun.

 

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/1/frosty-fog-on-peebles-island Fri, 15 Jan 2021 16:35:22 GMT
New Year's Day at Oakwood Cemetery https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/1/new-years-day-at-oakwood-cemetery The day started out clear and crisp and I thought I'd get a chance at some long distance landscapes of the Albany skyline from the cemetery but there was way too much haze in the frosty air. So, I just walked around with the 24-240mm lens looking for some different scenes for the Oakwood gallery.

The ponds are mostly frozen but there's no snow and some green still exists in the grass and moss. I added 31 images to the gallery at https://trulandphotography.com/oakwood. Here are some samples.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2021/1/new-years-day-at-oakwood-cemetery Fri, 01 Jan 2021 22:39:43 GMT
Peebles Island With the RF 600mm f/11 IS STM Lens https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/12/peebles-island-with-the-rf-600mm-f/11-is-stm-lens Here are some images from this morning's walk around Peebles Island with a Canon EOS RP and the RF 600mm f/11 IS STM lens. I'm satisfied with the image quality of this bargain lens compared to some other options I've had for that kind of focal length. And the fact that it's relatively small and light doesn't hurt.

The higher ISO quality of full frame sensors, the ability of the mirrorless cameras to focus well with darker lenses and a very effective five stop image stabilization is what makes this lens feasible. These and a few more from today can be seen at https://trulandphotography.com/peeblesisland.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/12/peebles-island-with-the-rf-600mm-f/11-is-stm-lens Sun, 27 Dec 2020 19:10:50 GMT
Christmas Thaw High Water https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/12/christmas-thaw-high-water After two feet of snow, temperatures in the 60s and rain predictably led to high water on the rivers. Both the Hudson and Mohawk rivers were a bit above flood stage today as a result. Here are some photos from Waterford, Peebles Island and Cohoes Falls.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/12/christmas-thaw-high-water Sat, 26 Dec 2020 20:38:31 GMT
Since the Last Post https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/12/since-the-last-post Here is a collection of images I've made since my last blog post on December 6th. 

Christmas OrnamentCanon EOS RP; RF 50mm f/1.8 STM Starfish Christmas OrnamentCanon EOS RP; RF 50mm f/1.8 STM

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/12/since-the-last-post Tue, 15 Dec 2020 19:42:32 GMT
Canalhenge https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/12/canalhenge With below freezing temperatures overnight, the bottom of the drained basin between locks E4 and E5 was walkable without sinking into the mud - except in a few spots. I used the RF 35mm f/1.8 STM lens along with the new RF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens which arrived yesterday. 

Of the following shots, only the first was made with the 50mm lens as once I got down into the basin I needed the width of the other lens. 

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/12/canalhenge Sun, 06 Dec 2020 19:32:28 GMT
A Warm Start to December https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/12/a-warm-start-to-december Temperatures were in the high 50s this morning before a front came through that brought some hail, wind, rain and a rainbow. I walked down to the river and over to Waterford before the weather came but the walk back was wet. 

Here are some shots with the EF 26-35mm f/4L lens.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/12/a-warm-start-to-december Tue, 01 Dec 2020 18:22:29 GMT
Waterford Fight of Locks Sans Water https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/11/waterford-fight-of-locks-sans-water Well, it's that time of year. The canal is drained so there goes my good sunrise reflections. 

It's always interesting to see the canal structures without water. There's a lot more to them than it appears.

These are all made between locks E4 and E6 with a Canon EOS RP and RF 35mm f/1.8 IS USM lens. I've organized my photos of Waterford Harbor and the flight of locks in a gallery located at https://trulandphotography.com/waterfordcanal.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/11/waterford-fight-of-locks-sans-water Fri, 27 Nov 2020 19:01:26 GMT
Late Fall at Oakwood Cemetery https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/11/late-fall-at-oakwood-cemetery I made a midday trip yesterday to Oakwood Cemetery as I continue to document the seasons at the location. All these were made with the RF 24-240mm lens.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/11/late-fall-at-oakwood-cemetery Fri, 20 Nov 2020 13:12:15 GMT
Sunrise(ish), Sunset(ish) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/11/sunrise-ish-sunset-ish It's been cold lately. In the 20's this morning for the sunrise and around 30 for today's sunset. And windy.

And, the results really weren't worth the exposure to the elements.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/11/sunrise-ish-sunset-ish Wed, 18 Nov 2020 22:46:26 GMT
November Sunrise at Lock E5 https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/11/november-sunrise-at-lock-e5 The sun now comes up right over Bald Mountain as viewed from lock E5 on the Waterford Flight of Locks. As usual, on days with nice conditions, I used both EOS RP bodies with the 16-35mm and 24-240mm lenses.

Finances permitting, I'd like to get one of the just announced RF 70-200mm f/4L lenses to use in place of the super zoom for critical purposes. That lens will have better image quality. I'd still plan on keeping the super zoom for when I only want to use one body and may need both wide and telephoto focal lengths.

Here are some samples from this morning.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/11/november-sunrise-at-lock-e5 Sat, 07 Nov 2020 18:14:25 GMT
November Scenes At Oakwood Cemetery https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/11/november-scenes-at-oakwood-cemetery I'm enjoying the start of a week long stretch of warm and sunny weather. I hope to put it to good use.

Today, I headed up to Oakwood Cemetery. Since March, I've been documenting scenes at the cemetery as the seasons change. Winter should be interesting.

Here are some from today.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/11/november-scenes-at-oakwood-cemetery Thu, 05 Nov 2020 22:01:25 GMT
An Icy, Foggy Halloween Morning https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/10/an-icy-foggy-halloween-morning We had about an inch of snow yesterday morning and temperatures overnight were in the lower 20s. The combination saw lots of the remaining foliage falling from the trees. With the relatively warm river waters, some dense fog formed which, of course was frozen. 

All these shots were made at Waterford Harbor and Peebles Island with the 16-35mm f/4L lens.


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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/10/an-icy-foggy-halloween-morning Sat, 31 Oct 2020 18:18:54 GMT
Maine 2020 - Day 3 https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/10/maine-2020---day-3 I'll finish up the Maine trip, as far as the blog goes, with some images from this morning at the beach. It was not a dynamic sunrise due to clouds but there is always something to capture. My mistake this morning was forgetting that I had taken off the quick release plate from one of my cameras so I couldn't attach the camera with the longer lens to the monopod without a lot of messing around. I was able to just kind of sit the body on top of the monopod and it was better than nothing.

Here are some samples.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/10/maine-2020---day-3 Tue, 20 Oct 2020 21:32:24 GMT
Maine 2020 - Day 2 https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/10/maine-2020---day-2 Today saw a great sunrise with both EOS RP bodies available with memory cards. I spent almost all day processing the sunrise images then took a walk around and filled in with some shots of local color. Here is a bunch of samples.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/10/maine-2020---day-2 Tue, 20 Oct 2020 01:00:53 GMT
Maine 2020 - Day 1 https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/10/maine-2020---day-1 The three day trip to Maine got underway Saturday afternoon with a great drive through Vermont and New Hampshire. The fall colors were amazing pretty much the whole way. Here are some shots from Hogback Mountain in Vermont.

This morning saw a decent sunrise but I was hampered a bit by forgetting to put the memory card back into the RP body that had the 24-240mm lens attached. I could have switched lenses or the remaining SD card back and forth between bodies but I decided I didn't want to risk dropping and ruining wither a lens or a card in the dark on the beach. 

Here are some sunrise and post sunrise shots with the EF 16-35mm f/4L lens.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/10/maine-2020---day-1 Sun, 18 Oct 2020 16:45:03 GMT
Storm Damage, Foliage and Clouds https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/10/storm-damage-foliage-and-clouds Since my last blog post I've mostly been using the ultra wide lens, first at Oakwood Cemetery for some shots of damage from the Derecho line of storms that came through and knocked my power out for 26 hours, and then at lock E5 as I spied some mice clouds.

Canon did a horrible thing recently with big price drops on their EOS 5DS camera bodies. While these are older designs, they have 50 megapixel full frame sensors and would be delightful for landscapes paired with my EF 16-35mm lens. But I am resisting.

Here are some shots as I described, all with the EOS RP and EF 16-35mm lens.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/10/storm-damage-foliage-and-clouds Thu, 15 Oct 2020 18:50:00 GMT
Settling In With the Two Lenses https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/10/settling-in-with-the-two-lenses Now that I have the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens, I can plan on only using the RF 24-240mm lens from 50mm and longer. This avoids the extreme wide end of the lens which is not nearly as sharp as one would prefer. 

Since the last blog post I've been out and about on three occasions (with a 26 hour power outage included), Prospect Mountain in Lake George, Cohoes Falls and this morning's sunrise over the canal. I'll post some images from each outing, all with the 24-240mm lens and all at focal lengths greater than 50mm.

Canon will soon be announcing an RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens which I will take a close look at.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/10/settling-in-with-the-two-lenses Sat, 10 Oct 2020 13:42:51 GMT
Grafton Lakes State Park https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/10/grafton-lakes-state-park I haven't been to this location in more than a few years but it's fall and it's one of the better local foliage locations. I'm just going to load up lots of photos. I used both RP bodies, one with the EF 16-35mm f/4L and one with the RF 24-240mm lens. 

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/10/grafton-lakes-state-park Mon, 05 Oct 2020 21:11:37 GMT
The Top of the Waterford Flight of Locks https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/10/the-top-of-the-waterford-flight-of-locks There were some dynamic skies around noon today and was out and looking for a location that might include some fall color with a relatively unobstructed view of the sky. My first stop at Cohoes Falls didn't look promising and I didn't even get out of the car.

I had already planned my next stop which was the boat launch and park at the end of Flight Lock Road, where the canal enters the Mohawk River - if you're heading west. These photos are all with the new EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens, which I am very happy with. In fact, I'm noticing issues on the edges with the RF 24-240mm lens. So, an upgrade to that lens might be in the works in coming months.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/10/the-top-of-the-waterford-flight-of-locks Sat, 03 Oct 2020 20:26:57 GMT
Finishing Up September at Oakwood Cemetery https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/9/finishing-up-september-at-oakwood-cemetery After rain and clouds this morning, some clearing allowed a mid afternoon session at Oakwood Cemetery to allow further evaluation of the 35-16mm lens. Here are some of the results. A reminder that all of the Oakwood Cemetery photos are contained in a gallery at https://trulandphotography.com/oakwood.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/9/finishing-up-september-at-oakwood-cemetery Wed, 30 Sep 2020 23:00:00 GMT
New Lens: EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/9/new-lens-ef-16-35mm-f/4l-is-usm The stars were apparently aligned yesterday as, for once, a lens migration worked out as i was envisioning. I had been looking at lenses to rent for an upcoming long weekend on the coast of Maine and, as usual, I have in the back of my mind that I would consider purchasing the rental lens. One of the weak points of my current lens inventory is the ultra wide category. My 17-40mm lens is an older design with some shortcomings and lacks image stabilization.

I have tried to sell this lens on a couple of occasions over the past couple of years without any success. A $200 Canon instant rebate for this lens expired on Sunday and so, as of yesterday, it cost $200 more to buy new. I decided to put up a new Craigslist ad and within a few hours had someone interested. So, with the proceeds of that sale I headed down to Best Buy who had a single copy of the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS lens in stock, with a $100 instant rebate still in effect. The lens is back ordered on Canon's own US online store.

The only nagging situation is that this lens is an EF lens and needs the EF to RF converter to work with my EOS RP bodies. But, the equivalent RF lens, the 15-35mm f/2.8L IS lens costs $2,300. That's not going to happen.

I luckily had a window of clouds and sun rather than complete overcast to test out the lens and headed over to lock E5 in the late morning. Luckily, there was a pleasure craft locking through the Waterford Flight of Locks up to the Mohawk River to provide some added interest.

Here are some samples, all five file HDR composites.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/9/new-lens-ef-16-35mm-f/4l-is-usm Tue, 29 Sep 2020 19:05:41 GMT
Foggy River Scenes https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/9/foggy-river-scenes The smoke from the west coast wildfires cleared out but is supposedly returning in the next couple of days. It's been very cold at night which has resulted in some nice fog rising over the warmer water of the rivers. 

I walked over to Waterford this morning with the 24-240mm lens and got some decent scenics as well as some bird photos. The shots of the bald eagle parents and this year's juvenile are heavily cropped.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/9/foggy-river-scenes Tue, 22 Sep 2020 18:15:59 GMT
Wildfire Smoke Sun Scenes https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/9/wildfire-smoke-sun-scenes The greater Northeast has been affected by the smoke from the wildfires occurring in California, Oregon and Washington. The smoke reportedly is staying in the upper levels of the atmosphere but it certainly filters sunlight and gives the sky a golden tint.

Lots of people have been out taking photos of the sun and I thought I'd document how the smoke affects my usual sunset and sunrise locations. It has been clear except for the smoke so the scenes are a little boring from a cloud standpoint.

Here are some examples from last evening's sunset and this morning's sunrise.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/9/wildfire-smoke-sun-scenes Wed, 16 Sep 2020 20:23:53 GMT
Paradox Lake Sunrise https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/9/paradox-lake-sunrise I was up in the Adirondacks for a quick overnight and got lucky with the one sunrise I was able to shoot. The west end of Paradox Lake is a private beach association of which my parents, who have a camp in the area, are members. So when I'm up that way, and the weather cooperates, I try for some sunrise shots as the sun comes up over the length of the lake's western bay.

I was up for a couple of mornings last September and those images, together with 23 from this morning are in the Adirondack Scenics gallery at https://trulandphotography.com/adirondacks.Here 8 of those images from this morning.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/9/paradox-lake-sunrise Tue, 08 Sep 2020 21:00:11 GMT
Peebles Island with the RF 24-240mm Lens https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/9/peebles-island-with-the-rf-24-240mm-lens The one usual location at which I hadn't tried out the RF 24-240mm lens was Peebles Island State Park in Waterford. So I ignored this morning's sunrise and headed over to the island around 7:30 AM. Late enough for the sun to be lighting things up and hopefully early enough to avoid crowds.

There were already a handful of cars in the parking lot and when I left around 8:50 AM the lot was half full. I eschewed bracketing today and all of these images are single exposure, adjusted RAW files, some cropped for composition. I remain very happy with the lens.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/9/peebles-island-with-the-rf-24-240mm-lens Sat, 05 Sep 2020 14:07:47 GMT
Delaware River Scenics https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/9/delaware-river-scenics I had a chance, during a less than 24 hour trip, to visit the shore of the Delaware River in Riverton, New Jersey this past Sunday. I used the RF 24-240mm lens and these are all five file HDR composites.

Unfortunately, I had changed the unit of aperture adjustments from 1/2 to 1/3 and, as usual, moved the control wheel two clicks to set up the bracketing sequence. Accordingly, I ended up with 2/3 and 1 1/3 over and under exposed files rather than my usual 1 and 2 stop brackets. Because I know I won't adjust to that change any time soon, I went back to 1/2 stop units of aperture adjustment.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/9/delaware-river-scenics Thu, 03 Sep 2020 10:50:00 GMT
Continuing to Test the 24-240mm Lens https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/8/continuing-to-test-the-24-240mm-lens I've been out several times a day since I got the RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM lens on Friday. I'm just going to post a couple of what I feel are the best shots from each outing that hopefully show some of the lens' capabilities.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/8/continuing-to-test-the-24-240mm-lens Sun, 23 Aug 2020 18:33:50 GMT
A New Lens At An Old Location https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/8/a-new-lens-at-an-old-location When I decided to trade some of my EF lenses for an RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM lens I really didn't think it would be quite as trying as it has been. Ten days ago I decided to rent the lens from LensRentals and if I liked it I would go ahead with trading in the lenses at Unique Photo for the new lens.

First, FedEx wouldn't let me pick up the lens at a FedEx facility because it was shipped FedEx ground and the facility in Menands isn't associated with them. This is a new thing as I've rented stuff numerous times from LensRentals and had it delivered there for pickup with no problems. So, the lens was sent back and I didn't get to try it out. But I did save $85.

So, I went through with the planned transaction with Unique Photo and everything was great until I opened to box and the lens was lacking both an end cap and a lens cap. Obviously, a new lens in a sealed box this was not. I cleaned the front and rear lens elements and it wasn't looking too bad so I decided to see how the lens performed.

The bottom line is I like the lens and think it's a better tool than the combination of the EF 24-70mm and 70-300mm lenses I traded in, which required adapters to use with my RP bodies. Odds are, if Unique Photo will send me an RF end cap and a 72mm lens cap I'll be happy.

Here are two shots of Cohoes Falls showing the extreme ends of the lens followed by some other shots made at the falls.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/8/a-new-lens-at-an-old-location Fri, 21 Aug 2020 22:34:41 GMT
Deconstructing an HDR Composite https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/8/deconstructing-an-hdr-composite I haven't been using my only RF mount lens, the RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM, a lot lately as I've been wanting something wider for sunrises and sunsets. EF mount lenses, designed for Canon's DSLRs, work fine on R series bodies with the adapter, the only real issue being that the images in the electronic viewfinder jump around a lot when you are using continuous drive. 

The continuous drive is five frames per second on the Canon RP bodies and I use it constantly, especially when exposure bracketing files, as the camera shoots the number of bracketed files and then stops. So, you press the shutter button, or remote release, and hold it until the sequence is done.

RF mount lenses have more and better electronic connections with the camera and the viewfinder remains smooth and constant when using continuous drive. I wanted to test this out again today and stopped at Cohoes Falls for some extreme bracketing. And yes, the viewfinder experience is much improved when using RF lenses with R series bodies. I have been holding off buying the RF 24-105mm f/4L lens as I'm content using my EF 24-70mm f/4L lens, but the viewfinder issue makes me think it's time to make the switch. [UPDATE 8/11/2020: Another option is the RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM lens which currently has a $200 instant rebate from Canon. This is a consumer grade lens and opinions differ. So, I decided to rent one for a week starting this next Monday. Stay tuned.]

I normally bracket five files with a one EV exposure difference between each image. The camera shoots the normally exposed image followed by -2, -1, +1 and +2 EV images. The conditions at Cohoes Falls in late morning were harsh and kind of boring. I decided to bracket by 1 1/2 EV for each file instead of 1 EV. +/-3 EV is about the limit of the EOS RP as it has a top shutter speed of 1/4000th of a second although the camera will automatically reduce the ISO if the settings indicate a faster shutter speed. 

Here is the final product, un-cropped, followed by a more pleasing version cropped to 16:9 which is the ratio of wide screen televisions. I couldn't change the framing as I shot because I wasn't using a zoom and there is a chainlink fence with barbed wire about an inch below the bottom of the scene.

And here are the five bracketed images which were used to make the finished image. These are in the order that the camera saves them.

 

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/8/deconstructing-an-hdr-composite Mon, 10 Aug 2020 19:32:54 GMT
All Monopod, All the Time https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/8/all-monopod-all-the-time Since I got the P50 monopod mount and quick release plate I ordered on eBay, I've been using the monopod pretty much whenever I'm out shooting. Even with an image stabilized lens. The monopod is fairly sturdy with metal leg clamps and when it's retracted it would make a decent bludgeon. 

I even ordered a second mount and plate (they're only $12) so I can have a plate on both camera bodies and I'll have a spare mount. 

Here are some shots from the past couple of days. A sunset down at the river right after tropical storm Isiais came through on Tuesday and this morning's sunrise at the canal.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/8/all-monopod-all-the-time Thu, 06 Aug 2020 19:39:40 GMT
Really Glad I Kept the 17-40mm Lens https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/8/really-glad-i-kept-the-17-40mm-lens After agreeing to sell my EF 17-40mm f/4L lens for $300 to two different people who didn't follow through, I've been using it and I'm glad I still have it. The lens retails new these days for $649 although my refurb copy was bought from Canon on sale for $500.

One of the big advantages of the lens is its resistance to flare when the sun or a bright light is in, or near to, the frame. The big disadvantage is the lack of image stabilization which is almost necessary for hand held exposure bracketing. An alternative lens, which I've rented, is the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS lens but it is very prone to unwanted flaring. Another alternative is the RF mount 15-35mm f/2.8L IS lens but it's $2,200. 

I did pick up a monopod mount adapter and plate so that I can use a monopod and easily get the camera on and off. I used the monopod yesterday for a sunrise at the canal and this morning for a walk over to Waterford. 

All of these are bracketed sequences using the 17-40mm lens on the monopod except for the kayaker which is a single hand held image.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/8/really-glad-i-kept-the-17-40mm-lens Sat, 01 Aug 2020 13:19:18 GMT
New Canal Sunrise Gallery https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/7/new-canal-sunrise-gallery I've opened a gallery dedicated to sunrise images made at lock E5 of the New York State Canal. The gallery is located at https://trulandphotography.com/canallocksunrises.

Here are some images from lock E5 from sunrises yesterday and today and after the sunrise yesterday. Details are in the photo captions.

July 26, 2020Canon EOS RP, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM at 39mm July 26, 2020Canon EOS RP, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM at 20mm July 26, 2020Canon EOS RP, EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM at 33mm July 26, 2020Canon EOS RP, EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM at 32mm July 27, 2020Canon EOS RP, EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM at 24mm July 27, 2020Canon EOS RP, EF 17-40mm f/4L IS USM at 29mm July 27, 2020Canon EOS RP, EF 17-40mm f/4L IS USM at 17mm

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/7/new-canal-sunrise-gallery Mon, 27 Jul 2020 15:06:46 GMT
A Better Canal Sunrise and Some Deer https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/7/a-better-canal-sunrise-and-some-deer It didn't look promising for a good sunrise this morning but it's only a five minute drive so I headed over to Flight Lock Road anyway. Again, I used both 24-70mm and 17-40mm lenses. Lens and focal length are in the photo captions.

Canal SunriseCanon EOS RP, EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens at 24mm. Canal SunriseCanon EOS RP, EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM at 44mm Canal SunriseCanon EOS RP, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM at 17mm Canal SunriseCanon EOS RP, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM at 17mm Following the sunrise I walked around Peebles Island for a bit. There were some really young fawns making a racket I hadn't heard before. After the photos, which are heavily cropped since All I had available was the long end of the 24-70mm lens, you can hear the noise in the video.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/7/a-better-canal-sunrise-and-some-deer Fri, 24 Jul 2020 16:34:51 GMT
Another Canal Sunrise https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/7/another-canal-sunrise It was overcast and rainy prior to sunrise today but the hourly forecast was for some clearing after sunrise. So, I headed over to lock E5 ahead of sunrise and waited to see what would happen. 

There was a bit of clearing as these photos indicate but by the time I was done, it was completely overcast again. Still, it was a nice, calm dawn and it's always nice to get out under a big sky.

I started out with the 24-70mm image stabilized lens but changed to the 17-40mm non stabilized lens once it became apparent that 24mm wasn't going to be wide enough to capture everything. All of the photos here are with the wider lens.

To keep shutter speeds up enough to hand hold the non stabilized lens for the five bracketed shots I used f/6.7 instead of f/8 and raised the ISO to 800. The slowest speed in this set was about 1/60th of a second.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/7/another-canal-sunrise Wed, 22 Jul 2020 15:03:14 GMT
Another Summer Sunrise https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/7/another-summer-sunrise I caught another decent sunrise this morning over the Hudson River. I used my EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens adapted to one of my EOS RP bodies. All these are five file HDR composites using Photomatix Pro 6. Because Canon's .CR3 RAW file format is kind of new, neither MacOS nor Windows will transfer enough EXIF information from the RAW files to my HDR software to facilitate lens corrections so I have to first convert the RAW files to TIF files in Canon's software. This takes between five and ten minutes for each set of five files. 

There is some haze as temperatures are supposed to be in the upper 90's later this afternoon.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/7/another-summer-sunrise Sun, 19 Jul 2020 14:17:43 GMT
The Past Ten Days https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/7/the-past-ten-days Here are some shots I've made since the last blog entry on July 4th. Details in the photo captions which you see by hovering the cursor over the photo.

Peebles IslandJuly 6, 2020; Canon EOS RP; RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM at f/8 Rachel and ReggieJuly 7, 2020; Canon EOS RP; Lensbaby Trio 28mm f/3.5; Twist effect Oakwood CemeteryJuly 12, 2020; Canon EOS RP; EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM at 27mm; f/8 Oakwood CemeteryJuly 12, 2020; Canon EOS RP; EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM at 30mm; f/8 Waterford HarborJuly 14, 2020; Canon EOS RP; EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM at 37mm; f/5.6 Waterford HarborJuly 14, 2020; Canon EOS RP; EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM at 33mm; f/8 Waterford Harbor Visitors CenterJuly 14, 2020; Canon EOS RP; EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM at 28mm; f/5.6

Hudson RiverJuly 14, 2020; Canon EOS RP; EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM at 35mm; f/8

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/7/the-past-ten-days Tue, 14 Jul 2020 16:50:42 GMT
A Peaceful, Verdant Summer Morning https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/7/a-peaceful-verdant-summer-morning I took a quick trip to lock E5 on the Waterford Flight of Locks this morning before the grocery store opened at 7:00 AM. These images are all made with the EF 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens on one of my EOS RP bodies. 

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/7/a-peaceful-verdant-summer-morning Sat, 04 Jul 2020 15:08:52 GMT
Peebles Island with a Telephoto Zoom https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/6/peebles-island-with-a-telephoto-zoom This morning was alternately overcast and partly sunny and I wasn't out as early as I usually am. So I decided to drive over to Peebles Island and walk around with my 70-300mm lens. 

300mm is not even close to long enough for most wildlife purposes with a full frame camera. Canon is set to announce some RF mount telephoto prime lenses next week but they are f/11 lenses. I'm not sure that works in anything but full sunlight. However, they will be 600mm and 800mm and not very expensive. 

Of these images, the three fawns and resting buck are cropped. The dandelion is cropped only for composition. 

The white balance looks off on the resting buck but the deer is under a tree canopy with overcast skies. There was no way to warm up the foliage without making the deer look orange. Kind of like Trump's face.

 

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/6/peebles-island-with-a-telephoto-zoom Tue, 30 Jun 2020 17:35:25 GMT
Canal Work Boat and a Possessed Camera https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/6/canal-work-boat-and-a-possessed-camera Today is the first official day of operation on the Waterford Flight of Locks but theres almost no traffic yet because Lock E7 is not yet open so all traversing the five lock flight gets you is a stretch of the Mohawk River between Waterford and Niskayuna. I knew there weren't boats sitting in Waterford Harbor waiting for the canal to open at 7:00 AM so I waited and headed farther up the flight of locks a bit later.

A very strange thing happened as I was waiting for a Canal Corporation work boat to be lowered in lock E6 and exit toward lock E5. I took one normal shot with the oldest of my two EOS RP bodies and then the camera settings got all changed somehow. I did nothing to change anything.

It changed from saving RAW files only to RAW plus JPG files. It changed to spot meter rather than evaluative metering. It changed to slow continuous shooting from fast. It changed into 1.6 crop mode. It changed the size of the AF spot and turned flicker correction off. Not all at the same time either as the 1.6 crop mode came after a series of RAW plus JPG captures at full resolution. 

I've had this body since November with no problems. I'm hoping this is just a weird anomaly. I did have some useless images due to the problems. 

[UPDATE: I figured out what happened when it happened again. Unless the power switch is turned off, the camera can wake up when my body gets near the sensor next to the viewfinder. Then, if the camera bounces against my hip it can enable the quick settings menu and further bumps can change the settings. Lesson? Turn the camera off. I tend to do this anyway as image stabilization is always running with these cameras and I don't want to waste battery.]

Here are some single file results (no exposure bracketing) with two EOS RP bodies, one with an EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens and the other with an EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens. 

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/6/canal-work-boat-and-a-possessed-camera Fri, 26 Jun 2020 17:18:15 GMT
Some Photos and a Short Video https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/6/some-photos-and-a-short-video This morning's walk was my shorter walk up Van Schaick Island across Peebles Island and up to lock E2 park and back through Waterford. I'm mainly doing a blog post today as a test to see how videos embed in a blog post. This is the first time I've tried the video feature of my EOS RP bodies. 

Sunrise from the 112th Street Bridge Fourth Branch of the Mohawk River as it empties into Waterford Harbor from the North Bridge to Peebles Island Primary Day at the Waterford Harbor Visitors Center Canal Foam from the overflow coming down the old Champlain Canal bypass. The old Champlain Canal bypass.with current lock E2 in the left background The old Champlain Canal bypass Water from the Old Champlain Canal overflowing into the old Champlain Canal bypass.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/6/some-photos-and-a-short-video Tue, 23 Jun 2020 12:36:08 GMT
The Low Water Continues https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/6/the-low-water-continues The area continues to miss out on the 20% to 40% predictions of storms occurring during this hot stretch. I walked over to Peebles Island this morning just after sunrise. These photos will be similar to those from June 10th except I was there earlier, so the colors are a bit warmer, and with the continued low water the vegetation on the exposed shorelines has grown in some.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/6/the-low-water-continues Mon, 22 Jun 2020 17:16:30 GMT
5.4 Mile Walk Through 3 Counties https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/6/5-4-mile-walk-through-3-counties Now that the Waterford Flight of Locks is filled I wanted to take my long walk through Cohoes and Waterford along the old Champlain Canal Trail. I took this same walk two weeks ago with a 50mm lens while the canal was still drained. You can see that blog post for comparisons here.

The rivers are still very low and although we have had, and still have, isolated thunderstorms in the forecast, none so far. Today I carried my 24-70mm f/4L lens. Here are some results. 

Mohawk River, Cohoes, New York Blossoming Sumac Mohawk River, Cohoes, New York Old Champlain Canal, Waterford, New York Old Champlain Canal, Waterford, New York Fourth Street Bridge over the current canal, Waterford, New York

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/6/5-4-mile-walk-through-3-counties Sat, 20 Jun 2020 13:53:11 GMT
Cumulus Clouds Over the Rivers https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/6/cumulus-clouds-over-the-rivers This morning's outing resulted in some nice photos of cumulus clouds not too long after sunrise. The shots are made from the Waterford Bridge, and at Soldiers and Sailors Park, Battery Park and Waterford Harbor in Waterford.

Here are some examples. Eighteen images in total were added to the Anthropogenic Scenics gallery.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/6/cumulus-clouds-over-the-rivers Mon, 15 Jun 2020 15:50:46 GMT
Just Scenics - Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/6/just-scenics---vischer-ferry-nature-preserve Whipple Bridge - Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve, Clifton Park, New York Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve, Clifton Park, New York Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve, Clifton Park, New York Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve, Clifton Park, New York Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve, Clifton Park, New York Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve, Clifton Park, New York Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve, Clifton Park, New York Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve, Clifton Park, New York Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve, Clifton Park, New York

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/6/just-scenics---vischer-ferry-nature-preserve Sat, 13 Jun 2020 15:26:24 GMT
Low Water Scenics https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/6/low-water-scenics Without much in the way of rain over recent weeks, the Hudson and Mohawk rivers are really low. This low water level allows access to vantage points which would normally be under water along the shores. 

This morning I was over on Peebles Island taking advantage of the conditions. As I don't have a dedicated gallery to Peebles Island scenics like these are located in the Anthropogenic Scenics gallery.

Third Branch of the Mohawk River entering the Hudson River at Peebles Island, Waterford, New York

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/6/low-water-scenics Wed, 10 Jun 2020 15:17:26 GMT
50mm f/1.8 STM Lens https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/6/50mm-f/1-8-stm-lens I had $25 in loyalty credits at Unique Photo from when I traded in a bunch of gear for my second EOS RP body and some accessories. Of course, that can't just sit there. I decided to pick up a copy of Canon's cheapest, but far from its worst, lens, the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM. 

This is the third copy of this lens I have owned. What happened with the other two is that I was selling a camera body and threw in the lens to make the deal more attractive. At $125 new, you can do that with this lens.

This morning was my first time using the lens. Without image stabilization, hand held bracketing is more of a challenge but the software seems to deal with it nicely. Here are some results.

Cohoes Waterfront, Hudson River

Mohawk River Snapping Turtle Old Champlain Canal, Waterford, NY Old Champlain Canal, Waterford, NY

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/6/50mm-f/1-8-stm-lens Sat, 06 Jun 2020 14:37:40 GMT
Warm, Hazy Hudson River Morning https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/6/warm-hazy-hudson-river-morning Here are some photos from this morning's early walk along the Hudson and Mohawk rivers. It's hard to beat the sun as sunrise this morning was at 5:17 AM. I was about about a half hour later. 

I've gone back to the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens as my default lens after using the RF 35mm lens exclusively for about ten days. I really got comfortable with that focal length and didn't see the need to prolong the exercise. 

Here are some shots from this morning with information in the photo captions which you see by moving the cursor over the photo.

Hudson RiverPeebles Island and mouth of the third branch of the Mohawk River from Lansingburgh - 64mm

Hudson RiverPeebles Island, Waterford mainland and the mouth of the fourth branch of the Mohawk River - 57mm Hudson RiverVan Schaick Island, Peebles Island, Waterford mainland and the mouths of the third and fourth branches of the Mohawk River - 29mm cropped

Hudson RiverPeebles Island, Waterford mainland,, Lock E2 and the mouth of the fourth branch of the Mohawk River - 70mm cropped Hudson RiverVan Schaick Island, Peebles Island and the mouth of the third branch of the Mohawk River - 59mm

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/6/warm-hazy-hudson-river-morning Thu, 04 Jun 2020 13:38:48 GMT
Hundreds of Dead Carp https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/5/hundreds-of-dead-carp I was heading east on one of the trails at Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve in Clifton Park, New York this morning when a smell reminded me of the bait shack for the lobster boats at Perkins Cove in Maine. Except the smell wasn't as pleasant. 

After walking another 100 feet or so I could see what was causing the smell. Hundreds of dead and rotting carp carcasses, which you can see in the next two photos. I only had my 35mm lens so, sorry, but no closeups. Close to shore, some of the carp had been chewed to bits but most which were out in the water and mud seemed intact.

What looks like a pond is actually an inlet from the Mohawk River. This west end of the inlet is, unfortunately for the carp, deeper that the portion to the east which leads to the river. Just another 100 feet or so and the inlet looked like this.

So, by the time the carp were sensing that they needed deeper water, there was no way to get there. The level of the Mohawk River varies greatly with rainfall. It has been dry lately with only 1.12 inches of rain during the month of May compared to the average amount at this point in the month of 2.99 inches. 

The following photo shows the "mouth" of the inlet with the river in the background. 

This final photo looks back at the "mouth" of the inlet. The trail is at least six feet above the current water level and it's not infrequent for the river to wash over the trail into the old Erie Canal which is just the other side of the trail. There are scoured out portions of the trail, as in the photo, where it is low enough for this to occur. 

I'm sure this carp catastrophe occurs from time to time depending on the season and the rainfall but it's the first time I've noticed it. 

 

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/5/hundreds-of-dead-carp Wed, 27 May 2020 15:41:37 GMT
Peebles Island Trails https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/5/peebles-island-trails I left the house at 5:30 AM to walk over to Peebles Island before it started to get crowded. It's obvious that the trails are getting a lot more use these days. The trails have widened noticeably and some of the unmarked side trails that started out as deer paths are now worn in and more visible, as are some paths down to the water at the south end of the island.

Here are some shots from the trails and of the island from the Waterford mainland. All with the 35mm lens I've been using lately.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/5/peebles-island-trails Sun, 24 May 2020 14:10:59 GMT
Peebles Island State Park https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/5/peebles-island-state-park For the next month or so I'm planning on only using the RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM macro lens. I have assembled a nice small kit in a ThinkTank Photo Mirrorless Mover 20 shoulder bag. In addition to the EOS RP and lens there's a 270EX II flash, blower, remote release, polarizing filter and batteries. 

This morning I carried the bag over to Peebles Island before people were out and around. The early low sun also created some nice lighting. Here are some of the results.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/5/peebles-island-state-park Wed, 20 May 2020 14:34:31 GMT
Historic Oakwood Cemetery https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/5/historic-oakwood-cemetery I had a productive time up at Troy's Oakwood Cemetery yesterday morning. I added 32 images to my gallery at https://trulandphotography.com/oakwood.

Unfortunately, these days I can only process about five final product images per hour. Each set of five bracketed RAW files needs to first be converted to large size TIF files in Canon's software. This process is necessary for lens corrections including peripheral illumination, distortion and chromatic aberrations to be applied. I shouldn't have to do this but Canon's newer .CR3 RAW file format isn't fully read by either Windows or MacOS and the HDR software can not apply its own lens profiles like it could with .CR2 files. It can't tell what lens was used and there's no way for me to add that information manually.

I'm sure it doesn't help that I'm using a 2015 base model MacBook Air. Here are 8 samples from yesterday.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/5/historic-oakwood-cemetery Thu, 14 May 2020 10:33:59 GMT
Colorful Morning in Waterford https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/5/colorful-morning-in-waterford I knew I wanted to get out early today for my exercise walk before normal people started getting out and before it clouded up and began raining. I walked from home over to, and around, Waterford with an EOS RP body and the RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM lens.

I'm going to start using this simple combination more often as the lens is really versatile. It's small, light, fast, has 5 stop image stabilization and focuses to half life size. It's also inexpensive.

There are rumors, which I hope are true, that Canon plans on introducing similar RF lenses in 50mm and 85mm focal lengths. I'll be preordering both if they do. 

I'm not sure where the boats moored in Waterford Harbor are planning on going. The canal in still drained and the opening is yet to be determined.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/5/colorful-morning-in-waterford Mon, 11 May 2020 16:29:59 GMT
Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve - Again https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/5/vischer-ferry-nature-preserve---again Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve in Clifton Park has become one of my favorite places to exercise, enjoy nature and make some photographs, all while easily maintaining physical distancing due to the large acreage and wide trails. From past experience, however, I do know that once mosquitos become numerous it's not a place you can spend time at without moving quickly. 

I carried the same equipment as my April 25th blog post. A difference is I headed in a different direction where I knew there were some Goose nests close to the trail. When I arrived at 6:40AM there were no cars and when I left at 8:30AM there were twelve cars in the parking lot. But I only passed three people with lots of room to physically distance. 

Also, today I moved all my photos made at the preserve to a dedicated gallery. They came from natural scenics, anthropogenic scenics, birds & insects and mammals, reptiles & amphibians. You can visit the gallery here.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/5/vischer-ferry-nature-preserve---again Thu, 07 May 2020 16:22:47 GMT
Hudson River Sunset https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/5/hudson-river-sunset I can keep an eye on the approaching sunset from my kitchen windows and if it looks promising, I can walk a couple of blocks down to the boat launch and grab some shots. Last evening it was looking kind of marginal but it had been a while so I decided to head down. 

I carried the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens on one of my EOS RP bodies. I wished I had also brought down the 17-40mm lens as I could have used a focal length wider than 24mm at times. But, the 17-40mm lens is not stabilized and thus not my first choice for handheld bracketing of five shots per image.

The other pain these days is that my HDR software can not apply lens corrections yet with Canon's new(ish) .CR3 file format so I have to convert the files to .TIFF format first and then process them. This is necessary with wider focal lengths to correct for peripheral shading which the HDR process exaggerates. 

It was about two hours after returning back at the house before I was done fully processing eleven finished images. I discarded two and uploaded nine to the dedicated gallery at https://trulandphotography.com/hudsonriversunsets. Here are some of the results.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/5/hudson-river-sunset Sat, 02 May 2020 10:03:53 GMT
Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve with two Canon EOS RP https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/4/vischer-ferry-nature-preserve-with-two-canon-eos-rp The weather forecast for today predicted mostly sunny with temperatures in the mid 60's. I was planning to walk around Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve and I knew that if I wanted to maintain physical distancing I had to get there early. When I arrived just before 7AM there was a single car in the Whipple bridge parking lot. When I left at 9AM there were 23. 

I ended up walking 4.4 miles over that time and carried two EOS RP bodies - one with the 24-70mm lens and the other with a 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens. While the 70-300mm lens will be a bit more suited for wildlife than the 70-200mm lens I had been carrying, it falls short of the 480mm equivalent if used with a crop sensor DSLR. The cropped shot of the Great Blue Heron is about as good as it will get.

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(TrulandPhoto) https://trulandphotography.com/blog/2020/4/vischer-ferry-nature-preserve-with-two-canon-eos-rp Sat, 25 Apr 2020 18:27:46 GMT