This evening at dusk I thought I would stroll through downtown with my Xti Rebel and check out the scenery. With no tripod and relying on Image Stabilization I took this hand held shot of this downtown lamp post with the Spring blossoms star magnolia tree behind. Hence the title Design on Beauty where man's design in architecture is combined with the natural wonders of this spring season. Yes there are lights in the blossom tree which seems to add to the ambient beauty of down town Chilliwack. I think without Image Stabilization I would not have been able to catch this photo.
I have found that the Canon 17-85 IS lens to be very handy for capturing shots like this. But I would caution that at 17mm there is a substantial amount of barrel distortion. To compensate I try to shoot a little wider and then correct the distortion in photoshop later. I do hope you enjoy the photo.
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noogy (1074) 2007-04-12 0:28
impressive noiseless shot considering no tripod! clear details of the blossoms... warm light yet not stinging. lovely framing of the lamp-post. tfs!
danielswalsh (13599) 2007-04-12 0:36
I'm quiet impressed Paul... Pretty darn sharp at 1/15 nice colors. I think the lights are a bit over-exposed though... (hahahahahaha)
Overall- a very nice shot Paul. Seems you were out on a mission to test your theories.
P.S.- Noogy needs a Noogy :-)
kri54 (1515) 2007-04-12 1:01
très bellelumuère, bon cadrage
singuanti (15250) 2007-04-12 21:38
Hi Paul. Yes having an IS lens during blue hour can be a lot of fun. It can take so long to get a tripod setup for each shot. We don't see many blue hour pictures from you but I'd like to see more! Nice job Paul.
toto (0) 2007-04-14 23:11
Belle photo de ces lampadères,belle symétrie,bons détails bien nets. Amitiés Thomas
batalay (39533) 2007-04-15 8:22
This is a first rate photograph, capturng the colors of spring by subdued light, and as a focal point the he lampost. The deep blue of the sky at dusk, makes a dramatic backdrop to the blossoms. It's very good for a photo in such limited light and no tripod,
Enjoy the weekend,
john_c (24666) 2007-04-15 12:04
Yes, its not official - between your new XTi and the 17-85 lens, you are obtaining distinctly sharper focus. One can discern every blossom here. And you have also discovered the magic of IS. I agree with your barrel distortion comment that requires PP work, but that is a small price to pay. The magnificent blue hour helps make this shot a winner. Congrats, Paul...Off to France and the UK next week; will catch up with you on my return in May. Cheers.
Ann75 (0) 2007-04-15 23:32
I really like this shot! I took something similar in our neighbourhood a few days ago. I like the little lights in the tree and the street light that bring ou the colours and details of the blossoms! Great shot, Paul and quite unique as well!
Polonaise (5802) 2007-04-28 9:35
It could fit my theme of THINGS just about perfectly...
Wonderfull palette of shades and colors..
Have a great WE, Paul.
rl245267 (845) 2007-05-13 20:30
I was looking through your gallery and this one caught my eye. Then to read that you did not use a tripod I was amazed. I have not used a lens that has image stabilization. I have recently bought a Nikon D70 and have been considering whether or not to purchase a lens of this type. With a shutter speed of 1/15th of a second the lens seems to have made a big difference. Well, enough about the lens. What caught my eye with this photo was the composition, colors, and lighting. The composition is simple yet elegant. The colors enhance the lighting and the lighting enhances the colors. I would say it was a good idea to go for that stroll.
- Copyright: Paul Enns (PJE) (20758)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-04-11
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon Rebel XTi, Canon 17-85mm EF-S IS USM, Digital ISO 100
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/15 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2007-04-12 0:05