Hey Reptile Lovers!
Ok...my first posting from my new Canon XT. I shot this yesterday at a local nature center that's doing a special exibit on the Great Smoky Mountains. With a small degree of shame, I have to admit that as I was so busy playing with the new camera and trying to get used to how everything on it works...I forgot to see what kind of turtle this little guy actually is! LOL!
For those who haven't been following my exploits this last week, this was shot with my new Canon Rebel XT with a Tamron 28-80mm lens shot in manual at f/5.6 1/40 sec ISO 400 (I think). Anyways, he's a colorful little guy (gal? I guess ya kind a have to be another turtle to tell huh? LOL!). There's a few odd distortions caused from the glass of the tank he was in and I used flash so the highlights are just a little touchy here and there, but over-all, I'm pretty pleased with sharpness and colors and such (and no, I didn't do any sharpening in PS). I did some minor levels and saturation tweaks on this as well as an 8x10 crop, but otherwise (except for the frame of course) it's pretty much straight off the camera. The bokeh is a little distracting....if this were a picture I was going to print, I might clean it up a little. I will say that I've added a Canon Speed Light to my ever-growing wish list. It seems that in Aperture Priority mode, the Rebel doesn't seem to know when it has one of my generic flashes on top and compensates for the percieved lack of light by going with longer shutter speeds. The flash does of course actually fire, but I end up with over-exposed or blurry pics. Anytime I've used one of my flashes, I've had to shoot pretty much on manual. Also, just in case I haven't mentioned it before, I WANT A LONGER FREAKIN LENS!!! LOL!!!!!!!!! Trying to take pics of two 1 year old bear cubs playing inside their indoor cage with only an 80mm lens is difficult at best and trying to get a nice animal portrait of one of them is virtually impossible! LOL! (I had fun yesterday, but can ya tell I was getting frustrated?
Anyways, I know it's not a great
pic by any means...certainly not up to par with my usual work yet, but I wanted to get something posted from the new camera. The wife and I are taking the dogs out to Findley State Park later today, so hopefully I'll get some nice scenics or something. We're planning on staying a while after dark and I'm gonna try my first attempt at doing some star trails pics as well.
As always, C&C are quite welcome!
Bright Blessings & Gentle Breezes,