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Monday, March 19, 2012

Weekend Chicago HDR Photography

Over the weekend I was in Chicago. I woke up early the morning following St. Patrick's Day to take some photos near the Adler Planetarium and Millennium Park. I got there with my sister just before sunrise around 6:30am.

The tools I used: Canon 60D camera body with Canon 16-35mm L wide lens and Canon 24-105mm L lens along with my tripod. For post processing: Apple's Aperture and Photomatix Pro.


Friday, March 09, 2012

Light Chasers Artwalk Downtown

Last night I attended the Light Chasers Artwalk Downtown meetup. I arrived early and walked to the Walt Disney Concert Hall to do some HDR shots. Upon arriving there, I immediately regretted not bringing my 16-35mm f/2.8 L lens. So made due with my recently purchased 24-105 f/4 L lens, which I really haven't used that much yet.

I spent most of the evening on my own going at my own pace to take pictures. It didn't seem like the best place to chit chat with other photographer enthusiasts, as it was crowded and loud. My favorite part of the night was really shooting at the Disney concert hall by myself, before everyone arrived. The art walk itself was just okay for me.

The HDR photos:

My favorites from the Artwalk:

Monday, March 05, 2012

Weekend Photography at Baldwin Hills and LACMA

Over the weekend I took my camera out to take some photos here in LA.

Some HDR photos taken of the sunset near the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook:


Some photos taken at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA):

Do you know what this is? Hint, it's a dog's butt.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Canon 5D Mark 3 Announced

The Canon 5D Mark 3 was announced yesterday.

I've been looking to get a full-frame DSLR for a while now. Last year I was thinking of getting the Canon 5D Mark 2 (M2), but settled for the Canon 60D because of price and I'd rather wait for the M3. Hopefully the M2 will drop in price slightly once the M3 officially comes out.

The price of the M3 is $3500. That's body only, no kit lens. Ouch. It's $1000 more than what the M2 body is priced at currently. As I've read, Canon will continue to manufacture the M2, which I think is good news, as it's still a great camera.

You can pre-order the Canon 5D Mark 3 (body only) or the Canon 5D Mark 3 with 24-105mm f/4 L lens now.

What I look forward to the most about the M3 are the following:
  1. built-in HDR feature
  2. 6fps
  3. Improved AF system from M2
  4. Support for SD and CF cards
  5. Better weather sealing than my current 60D
  6. Full-frame, of course
The Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II L lens is available for pre-order at B&H, currently priced at $2300. Another ouch. Besides what I read are improvements to it's predecessor, I like how it has an 82mm filter size. The exact size of my Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L lens! Still though, I wish the new 24-70 would have IS built in. I think that would have made the price much more compelling.

So am I going to get the Canon 5D Mark 3?

I'm still undecided for now. It would be great to get the M2, since it's cheaper, but I don't like how it has only CF support-- no SD card. Having an SDHC slot is important to my workflow, as my Macbook Pro has a slot for that. I'd rather not buy a card reader to lug around.

I'm also much more interested in investing in a more flexible lens such as the 24-70 II than buying a new camera body. We'll see.