Year in Photos – Week 5

This week allowed for a few more interesting shots. I played around with some new gear and went out looking for different subjects. I’m looking forward to warmer weather and when it’s safe to go further from home. There are many areas in southern Ontario that I want to explore.

January 25, 2021

I left the camera at home today to spend more time with my wonderful wife on her birthday. She even let me take a quick(ish) iPhone photo of her.

iPhone XR – 4.25mm – f1.8 – 1/140 sec – ISO 25

We enjoyed a walk around the Laurel Creek Conservation Area after work and some family time via Zoom.

January 26, 2021

I got out for another cross-country ski this afternoon, after about 10cm of snow earlier in the day. The temperatures were perfect and the ski conditions were the best so far this season.

Canon 80D – EFS 10-22mm – 20mm – f4.5 – 1/30 sec – ISO 800

The hardest part of this picture was wearing the camera around my neck for an hour of skiing. I tucked the camera beneath my coat to keep it from getting too cold and to stop it from swinging.

January 27, 2021

The dog and I ventured to the local ESPA and went a bit further to explore the less travelled paths. I’ve done this route in the past and it’s a bit more overgrown, with narrow foot paths and denser woods. The neat thing about this area is the evidence of long past human presence.

Canon 80D – EFS 10-22mm – 10mm – f3.5 – 1/80 sec – ISO 200

This 1940 P12 Special Deluxe Plymouth has been here a LONG time. The woods have grown up all around it (and even through the roof). There is also an old concrete-lined well nearby and can be found on Google Maps as “Well in the Woods”.

January 28, 2021

I’ve been looking for ways to use my stacking tubes to do some macro photography. I’m not quite ready to buy a dedicated macro lens.

Canon 80D – EF 50mm – 50mm – Stacking Tubes – f1.8 – 1/125 sec – ISO 1600

This pink carnation allowed me to focus on some of the petals while letting the others blur around the edges.

January 29, 2021

I also got some new camera gear for Christmas, which I’ve been eager to try out. The Wolf Moon from this week gave me an opportunity to pull out the new gimbal head. Unfortunately the cloud cover meant no moon photo, so I took a picture of my setup instead.

iPhone XR – 4.25mm – f1.8 – 1/40 sec – ISO 250

I already knew how the gimbal is supposed to work, but the balance and ease of maneuverability really surprised me, especially with the heavy telephoto lens mounted on it. I’m going to have fun with this in the future!

January 30, 2021

Earlier this week was the peak of the first full moon of 2021, also known as the Wolf Moon. It seemed that every evening this week was cloudy and this was the first chance I had to get a clear shot.

Canon 80D – Sigma 150-600mm – 1.4x TC – 840mm – f9.0 – 1/800 sec – ISO 800

While I did try the gimbal head and a remote trigger, it seemed every shot was just slightly blurry. In the end, I was able to prop my elbows on the windowsill and do a handheld shot. No small feat with a telephoto and a 1.4x teleconverter.

January 31, 2021

One thing I haven’t done much of is portraits, much less self-portraits. I thought today would be a good day for that, especially since it’s been exactly one year today since I last had a haircut!

Canon 80D – EF 50mm – 50mm – f1.8 – 1/80 sec – ISO 200

I’ve always been curious about what it would be like to grow it out, and the lockdowns have been a good opportunity. I usually like to be on the other side of the camera though!


  1. Colin

    I am extremely jealous of your gimbal head!! Just before I gave up on wildlife and switched to portraiture, I was very close to pulling the trigger on one of those! It’s still on my list, some day.

  2. Evange

    My favourite this week is the carnation photo. Loved the blurring effect.

  3. ML Kattides

    That is an amazing picture of the wolf moon! I really like the picture of the Plymouth in the snow too!

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