Sunday, May 25, 2014


My Canon XTi finally gets to retire as it has been replaced by a Canon 6D. I had always hoped that when I upgraded I'd keep my XTi to use as a backup/secondary camera. Unfortunately, the quality of photos that I get from my 6D precludes me from desiring to ever use my XTi again.

That's not to say the XTi is a bad camera. It just happens to be very old technology. It's use will be limited to teaching my daughters photography.

Since I last posted, my family has relocated to Arizona. One of the benefits I enjoy living here is having citrus trees in my back yard. I love being able to pluck a juicy grapefruit from the tree on a whim and know it'll be better than any I've ever had from the produce section at the grocery store.

One of my intentions with this new camera is to be more deliberate in the photos I take. Rather than stop for a moment, crouch a little and snap away and hope something came out well composed and exposed as I was accustomed to do with my old camera, I'm taking my time to compose the scene. I'm paying much closer attention to what's going on around my subject, asking myself if my subject is even worth shooting and getting the exposure correct.

I shot this photo on manual using an ISO of 400 to ensure I was able to get a fast shutter speed of 1/200th of a second at f/4.0 and 105mm. I metered off the leaves and mistakenly over exposed by a stop which required me to compensate by -1 2/3 stops in Lightroom to get the image you see here.