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May 15, 2008

Monsters of May

Monsters of May

Here's a series of photos I shot in May of '08 with a Canon EOS 40D and an image stabilized, ultra-sonic telescopic zoom lens (EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM). For the indoor shots, I used a Canon Speedlite 580EX mounted on a Stroboframe Pro-T bracket mounted to a Canon BG-E2 battery grip with a custom-fabricated anti-twist bracket. For the wildlife shots, I used a a Canon L-Series image stabilized, ultra-sonic telescopic zoom lens (EF 100-400mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM) with a 77mm circular polarizing filter and an ET-83C hood.

I've posted 56 shots as a 16 Meg (4:13) Adobe Flash slideshow(natural.swf) that you should be able to open and view with any browser. Image post-processing was done in Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended. The slideshow was created using Imagematics Stillmotion Pro, which I highly recommend.

Click here to view the other slideshows.

The soundtrack is Natural Blues by Moby. Lyrics in extended entry.

Artist: Moby
Track: Natural Blues

oh lordy, trouble´╗┐ so hard
oh lordy, trouble so hard,
don't nobody know my troubles but God
don't nobody know my troubles but God

went down the hill, the other day
my soul got happy and stayed all day

oh lordy...

went in the room, didn't stay long,
looked on the bed and brother was dead

oh lordy...

Posted by Rob Kiser on May 15, 2008 at 1:19 AM

Comments

hi rob how are you

hola amigo como estas donde estas escribeme gringo loco cuando vendras de nuevo al cusco

sabita

Posted by: liet casa montoya on May 15, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Loose translation of comments above:

"Hello friend. How are you? Where are the writings of the crazy gringo? When do you return to Cuzco?"

Posted by: Rob Kiser on May 15, 2008 at 1:45 PM

Great as always. One of these days when I get good, I'll get a real camera. Or does it work the other way around?

Posted by: The Chick Voice on May 16, 2008 at 9:51 PM

In my case, I shot like mad with a reasonably priced digital camera until I got to the point that my camera was holding me back. I remember trying to focus in on an image on a dumpster in Austin one evening and, in the low-light conditions, my auto-focus kept hunting, but never locking in on the image. As I recall, I pretty much had to walk away without getting the shot and I knew that if I had a true SLR, I'd be able to switch to manual focus and get the correct focal length in two shakes of a sheep's tail. So, I knew then that I had outgrown my camera. The next week, I was walking down the beach at Waimanalo on Oahu and saw a guy on the beach shooting some surfers with a cool looking camera and I was like "what are you shooting?" He said "It's a Canon EOS 20D. It's brand new. Just came out this week." So that's what I went and got. The only reason I purchased an EOS 40D last year is that I couldn't keep the dust off of my sensor, so I wanted to take advantage of the improved methods of keeping dust off of the sensor in digital cameras. But be forewarned, as someone once told me, there's no switch on the camera that says "make me a professional photographer". I've learned a lot by reading books, talking to other photographers, and spending a lot of time behind the lens. :)

Posted by: Rob Kiser on May 17, 2008 at 3:41 PM

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