Learning my new EOS M6

Took my new EOS M6 to the Huntsville Havoc game last night.

Got some decent stuff even from the general admissions seats. Even managed to get a few focused well through the safety net once I switched to manual focus although the focus peaking on the net still caused some problems.

Tried a lot of manual with the speed and aperture set and just let the ISO float as needed. The white threw things off and a lot were under exposed by about 2/3 of a stop but not bad and all fixable.

Pretty much all cropped in since the 18-150mm isn’t quite enough to really reach out and get close.

Nutcracker 2017

Didn’t shoot a lot for Huntsville Ballet’s Nutcracker last month. I’ve run into the limit of what I can do with my equipment in the time I’m not working backstage and don’t have the time to try to get more. The focusing system isn’t that great in the low light and too hard to manually focus without the old focus screens like my old AE1 had.

EOS M6 on its way so I’ll probably play a lot more with future shows with its better focusing system than the T5i. Will probably play around more with manual focus with its focus peaking in the EVF.

More Ballet Rehearsal Shooting

It’s rehearsal week for Huntsville Ballet Company again so I’m shooting pictures when I’m not moving props or backdrops around. I love the dramatic lighting and color you get on stage. Not quite as good in the early rehearsals as it is in the later ones with full costumes and with the lighting set to what it will be in the show but it’s still pretty.

Before and After Post Processing of Last Night’s Blue Heron Pictures

It’s really amazing what a little bit of post processing can do with pictures, especially when you are shooting in raw. These are the before and after shots of the blue heron I shot last night.

All were shot hand held  on a Canon T5i with a Tokina AT-X 400AF 400mm using manual focus.

Nothing major in the post processing but huge differences.

I cropped just a bit to improve the framing since I was shooting a moving animal and didn’t always have the time to do it in the camera even if it was moving slow.

In Lightroom, on most I increased the clarity +26, vibrance and saturation +17, contrast +2 and exposure +0.24. The other one was fairly close to that. Continue reading “Before and After Post Processing of Last Night’s Blue Heron Pictures”