Needles District, Canyonlands, 5DMKII, 70-200 2.8II, 70 mm, HDR
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Generally lens of the same focal length but bigger max aperture (50mm f/1.2 vs f/1. will be of better make and glass, thus producing superior image quality in contrast, sharpness, etc. No one would believe that a picture taken at f/2.0 with the 50mm f/1.2 would look the same as the f/1.8 lens. How many people actually shoot portraits at f/1.4? (I mean that as a serious question, not a rhetorical challenge.)
I think f/2.8 is the "magic number" in terms of what people will buy a lens to use at wide-open. Sports shooters need big aperture to keep up the shutter speed, while f/2.8 is a deep enough DOF to keep most of the athlete in focus. I don't think I've ever heard of a sports shooter buying the 135mm f/2 because he needs to shoot at f/2. The DOF would be too shallow and would make a lot of pictures useless.
Funny how this thread has become all about Arthur Morris, with a little DPP thrown in. What was the title?+1, I was actually hoping for a little discussion of his results with the 7D MKII from some well-informed members of the forum.
I can't comment too much on the gear but I do know it can be really cold there. I don't know what your cold weather experience is. But i would suggest you bring a lot of layers. It can get into the -20 during that time. It is usually better but February and march are the snowy months.
I was in Yellowstone a year ago and brought a lot more gear than you are proposing. The weight is a killer. My general advice is to try to consolidate where you can. In the cold, you won't want to be fiddling with a lot of lenses.
With that in mind, if you are not doing architecture, I'd leave the TS-E at home and just bring the 24-70, which is more versatile. I'm not a monopod shooter, so I wouldn't bring it. I was able to make due at 24mm on the wide end for most geyser and pool shots, so I would advise not bringing the 16-35. You will absolutely want to have the 600 because you will need the reach for wildlife shots.
Originally I thought the 300 was overkill with the 70-200 (I'd keep the latter). However, I used the 400/5.6 a lot, so an easily handholdable telephoto like the 300 could be useful, especially with the extenders.
I would bring at least 3-4 batteries, as the cold will eat them quicker.
I'm going up there, too. Feb 25 - Mar 1. I'm just going to bring all my stuff: 6D, 60D, 100-400, 24-105, 11-16, 50 1.4, 24TSE, 430ex, and tripod. I can fit all of it in my Lowpro backpack. I plan on doing lots of snowshoeing around Old Faithful and two different snowcoach tours. One is specifically for photography one other is more aligned towards snowshoeing. I plan on packing a different load-out for each day depending on the activity/shooting subject to keep the weight down.
I've been to Yellowstone in the winter when I was I kid, and many many times during the warmer months. You'll definitely want your 600. You may not get to use it as much as you like, and it may be a pain in the butt to haul around, but you'll want to die if you miss some wolves hunting bison in Lamar Valley, a coyote diving into the snow after rodent, or a buffalo half covered in icicles and half steaming with heat. If you share your viewfinder a little, maybe people in your tour group won't mind so such when they have to cram next to you and your bulky lens/tripod.
Bring 2 bodies... condensation kills. Keep your lenses and equipment warm.
When I last visited in the winter maybe '94- the park seemed empty. That was when anybody with a loud, reeking 2-stroke snowmobile could enter the park. Now that snowmobiles are practically banned, I imagine it will be even better. According to http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/13045.htm , 5000 to 5600 vehicles entered the park during the month of February in the last two years. Sounds like solitude to me
Why ruin a perfectly good hobby?
The advantage of being an amature photographer is that you work for a great client who pays you what you are worth. Also the taxes are a lot easier.
one in the shade - @1/400
Very nice. I love nuthatches, hilarious little birds.