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Shooting With The Canon G1 X Mark II

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I’ve been using the Canon G1 X Mark II as my primary grab and go digital camera for the last few months. My initial impressions were already pretty favorable, and I’m happy to say that it’s grown on me even more now that I’ve been shooting with it for a while.

It probably won’t dethrone my all time favorite digital camera, but it’s got a well deserved place in the camera bag:









All Images: Canon G1 X Mark II | VSCO

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July 10, 2014 at 9:03 pm

First Shots: Canon G1 X Mark II

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I’ve been shooting with Canon’s brand new flagship Powershot camera this week, the G1 X Mark II. The original G1 X didn’t really interest me at all. This camera, however, is a different story.

I’m still assessing its abilities, but right off the bat I’m impressed with the image quality. The RAW files respond well to one of my favorite VSCO presets, Velvia 50, which I used to process most of these shots.

The video mode isn’t very robust, but the quality is pretty good. Footage below was shot hand-held with the camera set to 1080/30p. You can check out more footage on my Youtube channel as well.

I’m really liking this camera so far. It’s pretty quick and responsive, I love the dual control rings, and the 24-120mm f/2-3.9 lens is fast and flexible. Can’t wait to spend more time with this thing!


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April 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Shooting The 5D Mark III

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 50mm f/1.2L | 1/160 sec, f/1.2, ISO 200 

I was honored to have been invited by my cousin and best buddy, Josh Liba, who flew all the way to San Francisco from Medellin Colombia, to help shoot a fantastically beautiful wedding yesterday as his second shooter. I helped cover the event using Canon’s new 5D Mark III, a very impressive camera. The new auto focus system in particular is a significant feature for the series. If you’re a Mark II owner, you’ll really notice the vast improvement in auto-focus performance with Mark III. Vast. Improvement.

Here are just a few frames I grabbed as I went throughout the day, trying to point my camera at whatever Josh wasn’t shooting:

Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 135mm f/2L | 1/2,000 sec, f/2, ISO 200

Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 135mm f/2L | 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 135mm f/2L | 1/2,000 sec, f/2, ISO 200

Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 135mm f/2L | 1/600 sec, f/2, ISO 200

Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 35mm f/1.4L | 1/30 sec, f/4, ISO 100

The shot above was taken using  a couple of Canon’s new Speedlite 600 EX-RTs, one on camera, and one behind the couple on the other side of the dance floor providing some rim light on my subjects. The cool thing about this new flash unit is that it has the ability to radio trigger other off-camera units. Very, very cool.

You can see Josh in the background at the edge of the frame to the right taking a shot from the other side. His on-camera flash is actually pointed at that wood-panelled wall right next to him. He fired his camera at the same exact time I did, washing light off that wall and providing my shot with some very welcome background detail. Yeah, uh, we totally meant to do that ;)

Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 50mm f/1.2L | 1/8,000 sec, f/1.2, ISO 100 

Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 50mm f/1.2L | 1/6,400 sec, f/1.2, ISO 100 

Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 50mm f/1.2L | 1/3,200 sec, f/2, ISO 100 

Such unique experience, shooting a wedding alongside your best bud. It was probably the most fun either of us have had on a gig.

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May 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Bikes in Flight

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Canon 5D MkII + 35mm f1.4L | 1/60 sec, f/11, ISO 100

I’ve switched to Canon! Just kidding. The Nikon D7000 I carried with me up the mountain here lacks a sync port, so I couldn’t connect it to the lighting equipment we were using. So for the first time I got to play with a 5D mkII and every sort of red-ringed beauty you could possibly dream of using from photographer Jasmine Lee’s gear bag. She was nice enough to invite Team Suki along to collaborate on a pretty special photo shoot.

The athlete you see in these photos is Joe Lee, Jasmine’s brother. Watching him take these jumps was just incredible, and our job was to attempt to keep up with him with the camera as he flew through the air.

Canon 5D MkII + 35mm f1.4L | 1/60 sec, f/11, ISO 100

The goal for these images was implied movement. Watching a mountain biker shred through a trail and fly through the air feels like observing controlled chaos at its finest. There’s so much speed and energy behind this sport, so the last thing we wanted to do is freeze the entire frame and make Joe look like he was hanging from strings in the air. Instead we wanted to express movement by using motion blur, so we dragged the shutter and panned the camera as Joe flew by, smearing the background. The lower shutter speed also blurred the bike’s wheels enough to show wheel spin (he was really haulin’).

Canon 5D MkII + 35mm f1.4L | 1/80 sec, f/11, ISO 100

We brought in an Elinchrom Quadra lighting unit to get some light on Joe. The Quadra has a good amount of power considering how small and light it is, and we used it to give us some subject to background separation as well as to make sure important elements of our subject weren’t too blurry from all the movement. These shots were taken with a single unit, bare bulb at full power, and we took turns being the shooter and the voice activated light stand.

Canon 5D MkII + 15mm f/2.8 Fish | 1/100 sec, f/8, ISO 100

Yes, Suki was there. We had to keep her on leash because if we didn’t, she’d chase Joe down the trail. Quite a hilarious sight to see actually =)

Canon 5D MkII + 15mm f/2.8 Fish | 1/60 sec, f/9, ISO 100

Of course, another way to imply movement is for the background to be sharp and the subject to be slightly blurred by motion:

Canon 5D MkII + 15mm f/2.8 Fish | 1/160 sec, f/8, ISO 100

Special thanks to Jasmine for inviting us out to help with the shoot and get our hands on some really cool gear, and to Joe for being such an awesome sport. It was a ton of fun, even for Suki, who would never pass on a hike or a chance to chase a cyclist down a dirt hill. Please make sure you have a look at Jasmine Lee’s photography website!

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February 27, 2012 at 10:03 am