I was very eager to test Canon’s 11-24mm at the Sky View Observatory. I wanted to see what 11mm meant as far as pov goes and aside from taking a number of random photos, I also made a timelapse video. I had adapted the lens onto my Sony a7r using a Metabones III adapter which allows for electronic control and eventual AF. I can tell you that the protruding lens shade petals and front element make blocking out internal reflections against the Observatory’s windows challenging. But I think I made a decent go of it. I returned the lens this morning and felt ok about letting it go. For me, 11mm is cool but a rare requirement and my Sony 16-35mm makes me very happy. It certainly weighs a lot less, has OSS and of course doesn’t need a Metabones adapter.
Decided to rent the new Canon 11-24mm lens and adapt it onto my Sony a7r to see what 11mm looks like. This lens has been called the widest full frame optic available. I will call it freakishly wide and sharp corner to corner. It kinda defeats the “small and compact” ideal of the a7r but the results are worth the heft. http://www.mikereidphotography.com
So I’ve been curious how the a7r and 16-35mm f/4 combo would do at night from a helicopter. Last night I got to find out. I was very generously offered a ride in a Robinson R66 helicopter to capture sights around Seattle at night. My strategy was to adjust the focal length and iso to keep the shutter speeds above 1/200. Early in the evening, this was easy, later on it became harder. My shots were reasonably in focus but as the iso climbed, noise did too. My plan for the next time is to either rent the Sony high iso champion, the a7s or rent a faster wide angle like the Sony 28mm f2. http://www.mikereidphotography.com
I don’t have the best history with riding in helicopters to take photos. The last time I did this was in Kauai, where we managed to pick the one day that month with car wash rain. And everyone said use a polarizer, so I did and by doing so made a dark day darker. I got some photos but they weren’t anything you would see in a guidebook.
This time around, I did some research and decided to rent Sony’s 24-70 with optical stabilization. I’m glad I did. It worked out well and my 16-35 sat in the bag at my feet. We didn’t get the best weather but it wasn’t raining 🙂 I set the iso at 1250 which most of the time gave me shutter speeds around 1/200 which worked well. I got quite a few keepers. I will definitely be back for more of this, hopefully with better light. http://www.mikereidphotography.com #classichelicopters #seattle
I headed up to the Sky View Observatory last night to get a few shots of the Seattle fireworks being set off on Lake Union. Driving down there, I couldn’t help feeling like you could walk across Lake Union on all the boats on the lake and never touch water. Arriving on the 73rd floor, a huge crowd was building on the north side of the building. I made some friends, got a spot and waited for the show. I haven’t ever shot fireworks before but I had done some research and felt like I could get a few keepers. This below is my favorite, a crop of a 28mm shot taken at the end of the show. MikeReid Photography