This journal documents my experiences with a Canon 50D, my first DSLR camera, purchased on Oct. 16, 2008. The camera was end-of-lined by Canon in July 2010 and the 60D was announced.

Friday Foto: Berberis thunbergii


Fri Oct 01 16:31:30 2010

From Friday Foto

Canon S95 Photo Samples


Mon Oct 04 12:27:27 2010

DPReview has posted sample photographs of the Canon S95. The low-light photos are nice and clean. I would also have liked to have seen some low-light portraits.

Friday Foto: Seed Collection


Fri Oct 08 12:16:47 2010

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Today's photo is of various seeds I have collected either in the wild or in the home (e.g. apple seeds). When I go for walks, I typically carry a small, plastic fishing tackle box to store the seeds.

It was photographed with the 24-105mm/4L. A 10 second exposure at ISO200, with the lens zoomed to 105mm at f/16.

Friday Foto: Hudson's Bay Canoes Window Display


Fri Oct 15 11:59:55 2010

From Friday Foto: Downtown

Photographed after a two-month summer hiatus. First night-time shots with the 24mm. I was standing in the middle of the curb lane when I photographed this Queen Street window display of canoes, dressed in Hudson's Bay Co. livery. Fortunately, there was a truck parked a bit further down, blocking traffic in the lane. In hindsight, I should have used a deeper DOF and slightly higher ISO.

Lens Filters

Fri Oct 15 12:39:50 2010

A very nice introduction to lens filters for photographers who prefer the purist approach by doing everything in-camera; unlike those who like spending hours in the digital darkroom fixing things with Photoshop filters (that would be me).

Portrait of New York City


Sat Oct 16 12:01:37 2010

Ten photographs from a new book and exhibition curated by Reuel Golden, showing iconic photographs collected since 1900.

Friday Foto: Fall Colours


Fri Oct 22 12:55:04 2010

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Taken this morning, with the 24mm/1.4L.

Steadying the Camera in low-light


Fri Oct 22 17:21:29 2010

When you don't have a tripod or a stable post to lean the camera against, here are a few techniques to steady the camera in low-light.

Definitely watch the Joe McNally video at the end for his technique, which I will be trying out. It never occured to me to put the camera on my shoulder! It's very ironic to see McNally discussing camera-steadying technique for low-light because he's the KING OF FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!.

Friday Foto: Halloween Moon


Fri Oct 29 2010

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From Friday Foto

The moonlit sky always looks more dramatic when filled with clouds. These were photographed with the 24mm lens while the camera was braced against a stop-sign and a lamppost. I forget to force to ISO (it was set on Auto) so there is more noise than usual. I had just restarted photographing after the summer hiatus so my technique was rusty.

luis fernandes / / Oct 2010 Canon 50D Journal