Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday Feel-good Moment

Now try and tell me this doesn't just melt your heart!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Still alive and kicking

Still hanging in here, even though I haven't blogged in about six months. I'll break back into it slowly with a small post but with lots of pics. We finally got a break from the deep freeze we've been in and hit some plus temps today. Along with the bright sunshine it was too inviting to stay inside, and I figured it would be a good time to take a couple of new lenses for a test drive. It's currently the camera's turn in my rotation of obsessions. American friends are always amazed at how close we are to the States here. I went down to the waterfront and got some great pics of Detroit, along with lots of people out walking, jogging, or bike riding on this gorgeous day. First up is the Detroit skyline with the ice chunks still floating down the river. The big building on the right with five towers is the Renaissance centre, home of GM World Headquarters. This was actually three pics stitched together. As usual, clicking on the pics should bring up a bigger version to look at.

This next one should give you an idea of how close we really are. The green bars in the forground? Thats the railing on the Canadian shore. Across the river is the U.S. Coast Guard parked in front of the Renaissance Center.

This woman was definitely making the most of the great weather. I love how this pic shows the blurred background from the narrow depth of field capable with the 70-200mm lens . If I were any good at photoshop I'd get rid of that tree. The rest are other people who seem really happy to come out of hibernating.
The new lenses are the 70-200m f2.8 IS L, and the 18-55m f3.5 IS. The image stabilization really makes a difference on the sharpness of the pics, especially when shooting handheld at full zoom like the one of the coast guard. I know it will take lots of practice before I'm regularly taking good pics, but I have to say that overall I'm very happy with these lenses.