In the garden after the rain

Took a few quick snap shot after the morning rain. The wind’s howling strong and cannot get a good macro shot of anything without some motion blur. These two are the best of the bunch. All taken with Canon EOS 7D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro lens.

The last rose. This is the last rose of the season. Seeing it standing there by itself in the wind and the rain. Just simply cannot resist to snap a picture.
The last rose

Droplets. Water droplets left by the rain created an interesting effect when look up close.
Droplets

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Bird photography with Canon 7D

I took my new Canon EOS 7D out for a field test on Sunday. Practiced a lot of shooting on these mallards and gulls trying to get a feel for how the auto focus system works and what settings are the best for tracking birds.

The detail captured by the 7D is amazing. Shooting these ducks on the water it captured incredible amount of detail compared to my old 10D or even to the 1D Mk2 that I have used for bird photography before.

Duck

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Landscape photo with Canon 7D

It’s a bit late for fall colours in where I live. But came across this tree in East Point Park that still got the full set of leafs in brilliant fall colour. With the sun shining on the top, you feel like watching a magic light show when lying under the tree and looking up into the canopy.

Eastpoint Park

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Out with the old and in with the new…

Well for my camera gear anyway. My old trusted DSLR, the Canon EOS 10D is feeling a bit outdated. I’ve had this camera for over 6 years. While it still takes excellent pictures, I am however itching to explore the improvements and features of the new cameras out there. There have been many new generations of cameras in the same line since the release of 10D. Canon has released 20D, 30D, 40D and 50D over the past 6 years. Now they are all great cameras, however the improvement didn’t seem drastic and I always felt that a good photographer is more in the skills than in the gears. However after seeing what the new Canon EOS 7D brings, I was overwhelmed by the features that 7D is bringing and so I finally decided that it is time to revamp my camera gear.

When I say a revamp of the camera gear I really meant a big revamp not just the camera but other things that go with the camera. 😀 I decided that since I am revamping my gears, might as well revamp it to my satisfaction on everything. This way these gears will last me many good long years before I would want to take another upgrade. So what did I want to be upgraded?

  • A new carbon fiber monopod.
  • A new carbon fiber tripod.
  • A new ball head for my new tripod.
  • Upgrade the current Sigma 24-70 F2.8 EX to the new version with the new hyper-sonic motor (HSM).
  • Upgrade the Canon EOS 10D to Canon EOS 7D.
  • Upgrade the compact flash card to two Transcend 600x 8G UDMA-6 cards.
  • A smaller backpack for my gears for those day long photo trips.

So here’s the result of the upgrade. On the left my old Canon EOS 10D with battery grip. Mounted is my old Sigma 24-70 F2.8 EX. The camera is mounted on a Manfrotto 055Pro tripod with a Gitzo G1276M ball head 2. On the right it’s my new Canon EOS 7D. Mounted is my new Sigma 24-70 F2.8 EX HSM. The camera is mounted on a Gitzo GT1541 carbon fiber tripod with a Markins Q-Ball Q3 ball head. In the middle are my usual lenses that I didn’t need to upgrade. They are my ultra-wide zoom Sigma 12-24 F4.5-F5.6 (left), my telephoto zoom Sigma 100-300 F4 EX (middle), my macro prime Canon 100 F2.8 USM (right), and my extender Sigma 1.4x (front).

Canon EOS 7D gear

A few things that I also bought as part of the revamp but are not in the photo. The battery grip for 7D is still in transit to me, hopefully it will arrive next week. I bought a Lowepro Flipside 300 backpack which is small and compact but can carry all my gears that I need for the day with me. I’ve also bought some studio lighting equipment for my miniature studio.

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Pasta arts?

So who says your every day food are just for your mouth, it sure can be a feast for your eyes too. Here’s three pasta dishes that we made recently. A bit of artistic inspiration came over me and here’s the result.

Pasta #1

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