Canon 11-24mm One Frame Wonder: 24mm for flowers? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Canon 11-24mm One Frame Wonder: 24mm for flowers?

What’s Up?

One Palouse IPT down. One to go. Denise and I are planning to get up at 3:30am to photograph her very own special tree; story to follow at some point.

This blog post, the 146th in a row, took about 45 minutes to prepare. It was published just after midnight on Tuesday.


This HDR Art Vivid (Auto Dynamic Range) image was created at Palouse Falls State Park on the 4th afternoon of the first Palouse IPT with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens (at 24mm) and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III . ISO 100. Evaluative metering +2 stops around a base exposure of: 2 seconds at f/22 in Manual mode. AWB

Center AF point (Manual selection) 1/3 of the way into the frame and re-compose. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

HDR Wind Blur

One Frame Wonder

We had been dealing with a fierce wind, sand and grit in our eyes, and leaning too far over the cliff edges during our cloudy afternoon session at Palouse Falls State Park. We did lots of ultra wide angle stuff and made some great images thanks to some gorgeous clouds and the 11-24mm lens.

Walking from my cliff side perch around a chain link fence to join the group, I noticed a mixed field of purple flowers and prairie grasses gone to seed blowing in the wind. I staked out a nice patch of flowers, zoomed to 24mm–my longest available focal length at the time, pointed the lens down at a 45 degree angle, and created a single in-camera Art Vivid HDR JPEG. It looked so beautiful on the back of the camera that I did not even try to create another one. To my eye, it was a painting.

I added a touch of contrast and executed a small crop from the bottom.

What’s in Name?

If you can think of a good name for this image, please do share.


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17 comments to Canon 11-24mm One Frame Wonder: 24mm for flowers?

  • avatar Denny

    Here’s a bit of useful info for your fans, BHPhoto offers free shipping to Canadian customers on orders over $99.00. I’ve been checking prices on stuff I need, and some of their’s are better than used on ebay, without the shipping charge. Shipping to Canada was always prohibitive from them because they would only ship by FedEx.

  • avatar Denny

    Thanks Artie, I’m trying to get accustomed to Nikon, new to me since January, that’s the reason for so many shots of the bluebirds, been photographing them for 6 years or so now, right from arrival in spring to when the fledglings leave in September. There’s a great story about these bright little birds in these parts, as told in a documentary video I watched a couple of times; they were on the endangered list, as I’m sure you know, they were being crowded out by swallows mostly, we get several varieties around here, even while the adult bluebirds are feeding the nestlings, as soon as they both leave to forage, the swallows try to take over the nest box. The male BB drives them off. Anyway, the video tells the story of this man who, back in the 50s I think, decided to build nest boxes for the fence posts around the ranches on the prairie, he built 2000 boxes at his own expense each winter, and the ranchers gave permission to put the boxes up. He kept this up till he was 92, I think, when he couldn’t climb the banks anymore, then his son took over and continued the practice. They’re no longer endangered, of course. Now, if I had your kit, I might be able to get a shot of them hovering about 5 feet above the ground before dropping on an unsuspecting insect.


  • avatar Jeff Sielski

    Hi Art, “Pastel Painting” this image reminds me of a water color painting with an emphasis on the impressionist era, soft, delicate yet
    speaks a lot of volume.

  • Loving that lens and this beautiful pic!!!

  • avatar Jeffrey Friedhoffer

    Beautiful picture.

    Why did you choose to do this as an HDR, vs a single 2 second exposure?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Jeffrey. Since my last trip to Holland for the tulips I often go to HDR Art Vivid for blurs to boost the color. In addition, it creates, some really neat and often unique effects. artie

  • Hi Artie, I think the image should be called ‘Whispers’.
    Andy Gregory

  • avatar Gary McDavid

    I would call the pic Dancin’ in the Wind

  • Denny, for instance, go down on the ground in a prairie, near a single plant, and capture it standing out, with – say – 2/3 of the frame filled with the sky, possibly with puff clouds.

  • avatar Denny

    Art, I have a question; referring to the image on the heading of this blog, the clouds and sunset/sunrise, was it taken near mountains, the clouds resemble the lenticular ones we see when the Chinook winds blow in off the Pacific?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Denny, Me thinks that you posted this at the wrong blog post…. Did you mean to post it at Killer Sunrise Options? If so, please cut and paste it there. artie

  • avatar Denny

    Easy; Purple Haze, I can hear the music in the background. I have been doing photography as a hobby ever since I retired 11 years ago, at 58; in fact, I took early retirement as a result of becoming hooked on this activity, and I haven’t looked back, over 1500 photos of Mountain Bluebirds since Sunday. However, I can’t seem to get into wide angle photography; I know that getting really close up in the foreground can create some pretty dramatic effects, but every time I decide it’s time to by an ultra wide lens, I think; where will I use this lens? It means entering genres of photography that I don’t even know I’ll enjoy. I had promised myself that I’d do it this year, and I still might, but I’m nagged by doubts as to whether I’d get much use out of the lens. The widest I’ve used is a 24mm 35mm equivalent, and I had to really search for something to photograph. I know some people, it’s their go to lens, but I’m stumped, and I want to try it out. I should mention that I’m looking at it from a practical perspective, I don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on a whim, and I don’t enjoy long distance travel, I did it for a living for 40 years, that was enough. So, I have the Canadian Prairies, and 35 minutes to the Rockies, I live on the western edge of Calgary, Ab; what would I use an ultra wide for in this environment?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hey Denny, Wonderful title :). We are pretty much the same age. Good on the bluebirds. The trick is to get one great one and I mean that respectfully; similar comments have gotten me in hot water by folks who take things personally :).

      I was you are far as wide angle photography; I did not think that I would use it much but I was wrong. There are dozens of uses that become obvious only when you take the lens off a tripod and walk around with it…. And it is sick sharp. Stay tuned for lots more images in the next few weeks. All of the above might have something to do with the Palouse where it is an ideal lens…. That and my 200-400 with internal extender. Go figure, opposite extremes.

      Having never been to your region I have no clue….

      If you borrow one, please use our Borrow Lenses link, and if you or anyone else eventually decides to go for a new one, please use our B&H link or our Amazon Canada link for those north of the border.

      later and love, artie