Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fawn Whitetail Deer and Doe

This photograph shows a playful fawn whitetail deer getting rambunctious with its mother.  I was positioned across a creek and the two deer stayed in front of me for about 5 minutes.  The doe was trying to eat and the fawn was continuously scampering about and sometimes leaping onto the doe's back.  It was a lot of fun to watch.  This happened about a half hour after sunrise but the deer were under a thick canopy of trees.  There wasn't much light there so it was a good test for the new Canon 1DX MkII camera and a very high ISO setting.  400mm lens, 1/400 second at f/2.8, ISO 16000.
There certainly was noise in the image but that was reduced quite a bit during the raw processing.  I wouldn't make a large print, though, unless the viewing distance was expected to be fairly long.  Anyway, it was great to capture such a fun image.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wood Chris-Craft Boat Speeding Away

This is another photograph from the series we shot of the 1929 Chris-Craft wood boat.  Boats like this design have pleasing curves that are shown very well from this angle.  Plus, the line of the gunwale/rubrail from the transom to the bow adds a nice diagonal that makes the overall image more visually attractive.  The only drawback to this angle is that the overall length of the boat is not well shown.  Plus, there is some compression of the subject due to the long focal length of the lens.  But the background is quite clean and uncluttered so the boat shows well against the sky and water.
100-400 lens at 400mm, 1/1250 second at f/5.6, ISO 400.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Chris-Craft Wood Boat Going Fast

This wood Chris-Craft boat was recently restored and we had an opportunity to photograph it on the St. Clair Flats.  The boat is a 1929 28 foot triple-cockpit runabout.  We like photographing on the Flats because there are some relatively protected bays and in many places the background is unobtrusive.  On this particular morning the air was quite humid so the haze helped obscure the background.  Plus, it made the light softer.  For this crossing shot the driver was actually turning slightly so that a little of the deck would be visible.
100-400 lens at 148mm, 1/1000 second at f/5, ISO 320.