This image was created last night (4/17/11) at Rusty Bucket with the tripod-mounted Canon 800mm f/5.L IS lens, the 1.4X III TC, and the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering -1 2/3 stops: 1/1600 sec. at f/16 in Av Mode. I had been working against the somewhat muted but still very bright sun, had dialed in the minus EC, and in my excitement, had “forgotten” go back to zero. But with the intense colors my “mistake” saved me from burning the RED channel
I’ll Miss This Place….
The end of my third week on Midway comes to an end today. I did back-to-back trips last year, and another week this year. Over time this series of desolate islands really grows on folks that love nature. My good weather Karma has held for yet another trip as we have enjoyed a mix of clouds and sun. When it is blue sky sunny the persistent north winds have been a challenge but good photographers figure out a way to create good image with wind-against-sun conditions and clear skies. I will be packing up my one checked bag and my great Think Tank Airport Security rolling bag this afternoon. We fly to Honolulu leaving here on the same G-2 charter plane that President Obama used for the first four months of his presidential campaign, getting into Honolulu between one and two am. After a short night’s sleep, I grab a red-eye to Dallas late on Tuesday afternoon and arrive in Orlando at 10:20 am on Wednesday.
The food–including lots of Thai dishes–has been great, and it will be great to quit eating ice cream after lunch and dinner…
Not to worry; I will be posting lots more great Midway images over the next week or so.
And yes, I will miss this place.
Below is a list of the gear that I used to create the images above. Thanks a stack to all who have used the Shopper’s Guide links to purchase their gear as a thank you for all the free information that we bring you on the Blog and in the Bulletins. Before you purchase anything be sure to check out the advice in our Shopper’s Guide.
Canon 800mm f/5.L IS lens. Right now this is my all time favorite super-telephoto lens.
1.4X III TC. My 1.4X III TC is so valuable to me that I routinely have two of them with me in the field. I will purchase a third one as a back-up as soon as I get home.
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV professional digital camera body. The very best professional digital camera body that I have ever used.
And from the BAA On-line Store:
Gitzo GT3530LS Tripod. This one will last you a lifetime.
Mongoose M3.6 Tripod Head. Right now this is the best tripod head around for use with lenses that weigh less than 9 pounds. For heavier lenses, check out the Wimberley V2 head.
Double Bubble Level. You will find one in my camera’s hot shoe whenever I am on a tripod and not using flash.
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