Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Daleks in the Backyard! Where? (Canon T6i + Canon 18-55mm STM Lens + Off Camera Flash)


The Canon T6i and 18-55mm STM kit lens were staring at me, just begging to take some photos, so I grabbed my trusty old Nikon SB-26 and remote triggers and headed out into the backyard.

...and you'll NEVER guess what I found!

Daleks! The first one I saw was on the air conditioning unit beside the back of the house. Luckily he didn't exterminate me before I was able to get a few shots with the T6i.

This first image is my favourite of all of them. The SB-26 speedlite is hand-held slightly above and to camera left. I just played with my aperture and shutter speed until I had what looked like a nice effect.


And then I found another Dalek in the strawberry gardens!

Similar set-up here. Speedlite is camera left, but lower this time.


 Moving over to the kids playset, there was another Dalek in the woodchips underneath (or maybe it was the same Dalek and he was just teleporting?).


There was even a Dalek in my garage perched on top of my snowblower! Maybe he was appropriating parts for repairs or something.

Again, speedlite is camera left and slightly above. Just played with the light balance until I liked what I saw on the T6i LCD. 

So far, I'm really enjoying the Canon T6i. It's a really nice update to the Canon EOS Rebel line-up, probably Canon's nicest one yet (not including the T6s). 

The camera is well built and feels good in the hand. It's responsive and quick to lock on for auto focus. The touch screen LCD is really nice and a welcome feature, especially the tap and shoot, although it is nowhere near as fast or refined as the Panasonics or Olympus bodies. The GX7 I have here just BLOWS the T6i away in this area.

If you'd like your own Dalek, the one featured here is the Doctor Who - Electronic Sound FX 1963 The Dead Planet Dalek by Doctor Who from Underground Toys. You can get it on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/ppeuunb

Check out the Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens BEST PRICE, User Reviews, and Q&A on B&H Photo at http://tinyurl.com/ps3hbwa

For remote flash speedlite triggers, I use the Neewer 16 Channel Wireless Remote 1 Trigger & 2 Receivers Set. Check out the BEST Price and User Reviews on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/q9msvqg

And don't forget to check out the B&H Deal Zone! 1 crazy deal every 24hrs –Save up to 80%!

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Friday, June 12, 2015

A PhotoWalk in Roth Park with the Canon 50mm f1.8 STM on the Canon T6i


Despite it looking like rain, Renee and I decided to take a chance on the weather and headed out to Roth Park this morning for a walk along Pittock Lake. I took the opportunity to bring along the Canon 50mm f1.8 STM lens on the Canon T6i that I have in for review.

We hadn't gone far along the trail when we saw this Momma Duck and her little brood of baby ducklings. I was able to get fairly close before they started to paddle further out from shore.

Further along, the blue colors of the dam caught my eye.

A weed by any other name...

You can see how nicely the Canon 50mm f1.8 STM blows out the background. I'm finding myself really liking the lens.
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Friday, May 29, 2015

Win a NEW Fuji X-T10 Kit in the June 2015 Art of the Image Photo Contest on Instagram!!!



***UPDATED June 1st, 2015***

That's right! We're giving away a brand new Fuji X-T10 with 16-50mm lens to the lucky winner of the June 2015 Art of the Image Photo Contest compliments of Fuji Canada!!!

...and that's not all!

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will each receive a camera bag from Think Tank Photo, their choice of a Vest, Hoodie, or Pack Jacket from Scottevest, and A Better Bounce Card and A Better White Balance from PeterGregg.com. The 2nd Place Winner will also receive a pair of Meze Earbuds from Meze Headphones.

The subject is Summer, and you can take that with as wide a latitude as you wish. Photos can be anything to do with summer... the beach, your cottage, day at the pool, a flower... you name it!

Duration: Contest runs from June 1 - 30, 2015

To enter, post your entries on Instagram with the hashtag #AOTISummer

Alternately, if you're unable to use Instagram, you can post your photo entries to the Art of the Image  Facebook Page at http://tinyurl.com/qzrc8bo using the hashtag #AOTISummer

You can post a maximum of 5 entries, so pick carefully!

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prize Winners will be chosen by our judges. Make sure to include the hashtag #AOTISummer with your photo(s) on Instagram (or Facebook) so your submission is considered. Winners will be announced by July 15, 2015.

Obviously all Instagram (or Facebook) content rules must be followed. No submissions of pornographic, indecent, or otherwise inappropriate content will be considered. If you wouldn’t show it to your Mom or your kids, don’t post it!

Prizes:

1st - Fuji X-T10 Camera & Lens Kit from Fujifilm Canada, Think Tank Streetwalker Camera Backpack from Think Tank Photo, choice of Vest, Hoodie or Pack Jacket from ScotteVest, and A Better Bounce Card and A Better White Balance from PeterGregg.com

2nd - Think Tank Perception 15 Backpack from Think Tank Photo, choice of Vest, Hoodie or Pack Jacket from ScotteVest, Meze Earbuds from Meze Headphones, and A Better Bounce Card and A Better White Balance from PeterGregg.com.

3rd - Think Tank Turnstyle 10 from Think Tank Photo, choice of Vest, Hoodie or Pack Jacket from ScotteVest, and A Better Bounce Card and A Better White Balance from PeterGregg.com

Many thanks to all our great sponsors who have provided such great prizes! Check out their websites at...


Fuji
http://www.fujifilm.ca
http://fujifilm-x.com/x-t10/en

Think Tank Photo
www.thinktankphoto.com

ScotteVest
www.scottevest.com

Meze Headphones
www.mezeheadphones.com

Peter Gregg - A Better Bounce Card & A Better White Balance
http://petergregg.com

#Fuji #X-T10 #MyFujiFilm  #ThinkTankPhoto #Meze #ScotteVest #PeterGregg #AOTISummer #photo #contest #photocontest #AOTI

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fuji X A2: A Guided Tour of the Fuji X-A2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Kit Lens



Fujifilm X-A2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens. Check out the BEST PRICE, User Reviews, and Q&A on B&H Photo at http://tinyurl.com/mw4n27k and on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/k2wnxgh

For Fuji X-A2 Replacement or Spare Batteries, I use the Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Charger for Fujifilm NP-W126. Check out the USER REVIEWS and BEST PRICE on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/k7mxm6y

Get a FREE copy of my latest thriller novel, RETRIBUTION GAMES, at my author website www.mwballard.com

#Fuji #X-A2 #Mirrorless #tour

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Nikon D3300 Unboxing, Initial Impressions, & Size Comparison with the Nikon D5500


Nikon D3300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Zoom Lens. Check out the USER REVIEWS and BEST PRICE on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/k3rl4ap and on B&HPhoto at http://tinyurl.com/m26d5zz

For Nikon D3300 Replacement or Spare Batteries, I use the Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Charger for Nikon EN-EL14. Check out the USER REVIEWS and BEST PRICE on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/knrfba4

Get a FREE copy of my latest thriller novel, RETRIBUTION GAMES, at my author website www.mwballard.com

#Nikon #D3300 #DSLR #Unboxing #NikonD3300

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

63rd Annual Victoria Day Parade Woodstock Ontario - May 18, 2015 - Sony a6000 + 16-50mm Kit Lens



View all the full size images on Google+ at http://tinyurl.com/kndtrn7

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera Kit with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lenses. Check out the BEST PRICE, User Reviews, and Q&A on BHPhoto at http://tinyurl.com/kfpzxp7

Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Charger for Sony NP-FW50. Check out the USER REVIEWS and BEST PRICE on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/ovt3myw

Get a FREE copy of my latest thriller novel, RETRIBUTION GAMES, at my author website www.mwballard.com

#VictoriaDay #May24 #Parade #Woodstock #oxco360 #Sony #a6000

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Sony FDR-AX100 4K Video Tour Woodstock Museum - Oxford Rifles - 1879 Council Chambers


For more information on the Woodstock Museum National Historic Site, go to http://www.woodstockmuseum.ca

Check out the Sony FDR-AX100 4K Ultra HD Camcorder BEST PRICE, User Reviews, and Q&A on BHPhoto at http://tinyurl.com/l4ywq3l

For Replacement and Spare Batteries, I use Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Charger for Sony NP-FV70. Check out the USER REVIEWS and BEST PRICE on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/lknofhm

Get a FREE copy of my latest thriller novel, RETRIBUTION GAMES, at my author website www.mwballard.com

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