Canon 1D Mark IV


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My longtime flickr contact and friend Schoolbookdepository took this excellent image of a freight train with a Canon 1D Mark IV and a Canon 200mm f/2.8 L lens in Greta (NSW) Australia.

The length and speed of the lens compresses the train and shows off the heat waves mixed in with the bokeh blur that is the back of the train. Brilliant effect, almost like tilt-shift miniaturization. This image is shot wide open at f/2.8 with a 200mm lens. That’s a very shallow depth of field, even though the front of the train is pretty far away from the camera. If the camera were closer to the front of the train the back would disappear in blur so Duncan (his real name) has taken the shot at exactly the right time to get this great effect. He’s been doing these kinds of shots for a while so he’s well practiced.

Eastern tiger swallowtail


Sharon, Connecticut. The Sharon Audubon Center has over twenty injured raptors that we love to visit from time to time. The bald eagle is magnificent as are the great horned owls.

This summer, on our way to the raptor cages we passed a small butterfly garden and given that we had some rented camera gear with us we figured we’d spend some time there.

This was shot, handheld, with a rented Canon 1D IV and my macro lens. I thought this camera might be too big and heavy for me but in fact, it’s a joy to use and feels quite good in hand. The images it can produce in the right hands (not mine) are stellar and I can see why it’s been a popular camera.