Friday, August 12, 2011

Experimenting with my AF button

I finally discovered how to focus using those little squares in my viewfinder. I feel pretty lame that it took me this long - and even lamer that all my pictures up to now have been focusing on pretty much random things. No wonder I had such hits and misses. Of course, practicing focus points on a moving boat while taking pictures of other moving boats is perhaps not the easiest way, but it sure makes you fast. The Digital Photography School site had a very timely post about this yesterday and they use Canon for display purposes so I was able to follow along and set my camera up so that the AF button would track in AI Servo and I could just fire - the shutter is now a shutter and not a focus button. At least I think that's what I'm doing.

One of those close calls on the race course when a boat from another division crosses your nose. My focus is on the sail numbers.

Here we have put up the protest (red) flag, indicating another competitor has broken a rule. The focus is on the flag.

I saw a plane going overhead and quickly lined up this moving plane with my focus point, held and snapped.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Pedestrian Sundays at the Kensington Market, Toronto

I didn't know about this before! I knew they closed the street to cars on Sundays but I didn't know the whole place turned into a festival. I was out buying a hose at Canadian Tire originally so I was caught without my 50D. All these photos are from my iPhone. Hopefully I can get back next week for some better shots.

At first I thought this was a dance troupe, but when I went by them again about an hour later, they were still in this pose (oh my aching back!). I guess it was a living art installation.

The allure of a puddle sometimes cannot be resisted.

Real feather headress.

Another kind of headress. This guy was actually in the crowd watching the dancer above.

A giant street Scrabble game.

More hats for sale.