Wandering Downtown

Well, It’s been almost a week and finally I got some time to test out my new camera (Canon 5D MKII). I’ve decided to shoot in manual and wander around downtown with a 50mm 1.4. I’m still trying to get familiar with the settings and functions. So I’m slowly getting the hang of things, and so far I’m loving it! The colours on this is great and the low light settings are awesome. Can’t wait to go shooting some more!

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Fan Tan Alley is such an awesome place to photograph, so I had to shoot something there before they closed the gate at night.

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My New Baby and the Rest of My Gear

I’ve been shooting with my Canon Rebel XT for about 5 years now… It was definitely time for an upgrade since a lot has changed in the world of photography – sensors got better, cameras are cheaper, etc.

Canon Rebel XT with a Sigma 10-20mm 3.5 lens

My Canon Rebel XT with a Sigma 10-20mm 3.5 lens

Throughout the years of shooting, I’ve definitely learned a lot about photography. I picked up a few lenses and was constantly trying to learn more. For a while I had to figure out which camera body I should purchase next. After a lot of thinking, researching, and talking to people, I’ve decided to go for the Canon 5D MKII. She’s a beauty!

Canon 5D MKII with a 85mm 1.8 lens

My Canon 5D MKII with a 85mm 1.8 lens

Why not the 7D you might ask? Well… In my case, full frame would be a better choice because I do a lot of scenic shots, and low light photography is better on a full frame. The only problem with a MKII is, it’s discontinued so I had to do some serious searching. around for a used one in good shape.

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Here’s my arsenal of lenses I’ve been using for all my shooting:

From left to right:

  • Canon 18-55mm 3.5-5.6: My last resort lens if I couldn’t get away with using my other lenses. It’s an average lens with nothing special… It came with my Rebel XT when I first got it.
  • Sigma 10-20mm 3.5: My go-to lens. I use this for everything like from landscape shots to concerts. It’s a really great lens except it could be soft around the edges at some point, but I like the colours of it.
  • Canon 50mm 1.4: My first prime lens. Definitely took me out of my comfort zone using this, but it’s been great. I use this for portrait photos and concerts. Works really well in low light settings and sharp pics!
  • Canon 85mm 1.8: I bought this with my 5D MKII. This is another sharp lens that I’m really excited to play around with especially when I start doing more portraits.

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I’m really excited to take my new camera out into the world and take a lot of pictures! I’m hoping to get out there really soon. So keep checking back for more pictures! I’m always curious as to what people shoot with, so if you want, feel free to post in the comments what kind of gear you use!

A Cold Hour at Ogden Point

A couple weeks ago I went to check out the Gingerbread House display at the Laurel Point Hotel. Afterwards I went to Centennial Square to take some shots of the ferris wheel. I got there, and realized they’ve already taken it down!!! The sun was setting and so I decided to go to Ogden Point to catch the sunset.

It was super windy, the waves were pretty rough, and the sunset wasn’t that great so it was a little disappointing…. And cold. I’ve come this far and couldn’t leave without getting a few pictures. So I set up my camera and tripod to play around with long exposure shots. I didn’t get a lot because I didn’t want to be in the cold anymore. Sooo here’s the two pictures (out of a lot of other pictures that I took which looked about the same). Nice and short blog post.

The first picture is an HDR picture. Decided to try that out since I haven’t in a while. I’m surprised at how I’m always learning new things about editing photos. It’s been a great experience!! And the second picture is just a normal 20 second exposure shot. Hope you all enjoy these!

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