A quick post to add a few more pictures from a walk today in Ottawa's west end. I was using my relatively new Sigma 70-300 mm lens, with a view to capturing some nice wildlife shots. I had forgotten that this trail is also used by snow mobiles, and that on a sunny Saturday afternoon, there'd be a lot of traffic.
So, as I choked on the fumes from two-stroke snow machine motors, I decided to test the ability of my new lens to capture fast moving objects.
I am posting a representative selection of images, to reflect how this lens does on a wide variety of subjects. The shot of the early evening moon shows reasonable detail, although I may have done better using a tripod in this case. However, the lunar detail is not bad. Its not Canon L-series 800mm lens quality by any means, but it also isn't a $12,000 lens.
The shots of the snow mobiles were taken at an aperture of f/8, as I have read that f/8 is the sweet spot for this lens. With shutter speeds near 1/1000, freezing the movement is no problem. You also get that nice snow cloud that the machines throw up when passing by at speed.
The snow mobiles are great photo subjects, since they tend to be done out in bright racing colors, and the riders are often brightly outfitted as well. That, and the machine zipping by in a cloud of light-reflecting snow, and you can have some great shots.
I'll look at getting a wider number of shots in the future, but in general, this 70-300 mm Sigma is providing pleasing results. Colors are vivid, images are sharp, the auto focus is fast and accurate, without much grinding of gears before settling on a subject. At a price of around $450, this lens is providing some very nice results so far.
More to come.
For Sunday, February 5th, I'm planning to go early morning ice fishing for trout. If you're lucky, I'll plunge through the ice and finally, and end to the Chinese water torture that is my blog. I'll keep my cell phone on me in a water tight plastic bag so that if I do go through, the police body-recovery divers can locate me by GPS without having to spend too much time away from their warm trucks.
However, if the ice holds, I'll hopefully take home a few trout, and then I'm planning to hike a Lanark mountain around noon, to get a view of the highest spot in the region. If I make it up the mountain without suffering a major cardiac event, I hope to get some decent shots with my Canon 17-40mm wide angle lens, my favorite landscape lens. And more photos and more blogging.....I apologize in advance.
Until next time cowboys and cowgirls, be safe, and remember, taking bad pictures is better than not getting out there and taking pictures at all.
Chris Kiez, a hardcore photographer since the 80's, learned to take a picture before the age of selfies and cell phone photography, training on mechanical cameras and film. After years of taking photos of all manner of subjects and people, he did over a 10 year stint as a crime scene photographer on two continents. Now, he does portrait and landscape photos, and is currently distressing the world with his relentlessly, excruciatingly boring blogging. To buy what you see on this site, click here!