52 Cameras: Week 11 part 2 – Canon EOS 60D

Rehabbing and shooting old equipment is fun but I love this camera. The Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC (OS)* MACRO HSM is no slouch either.

Wandering around Nob Hill always provides plenty of photo opportunities.

Building on Central Ave., Albuquerque - ISO 100, f5.6 @ 1/2500

Building on Central Ave., Albuquerque – ISO 100, f5.6 @ 1/2500

The street shots are aperture priority. Sometimes the f values are strange because the lens stops down at different zoom levels.

Harley, Albuquerque - ISO 100, f5 @ 1/30

Harley, Albuquerque – ISO 100, f5 @ 1/30

I’ve always wanted to climb up and get a photo of this alien sign sitting on top of a hoodoo. I was off for Veteran’s Day but went to LA for a benefit run so I stopped on the way back and finally did it.

Alien & hawk near Los Alamos - ISO 100, f9 @ 1/400

Alien & hawk near Los Alamos – ISO 100, f9 @ 1/400

They say the best camera is the one you have with you. I happened to have a really good camera with me. And stopping to photograph the alien put me in the right place at the right time to meet Mr. Hawk.

Red-tailed hawk - ISO 200, f8 @ 1/400

Red-tailed hawk – ISO 200, f8 @ 1/400

I didn’t trust myself not to blow the opportunity so I set the camera to “Auto”. Handheld at 250mm zoom (400mm equivalent on a full-frame camera) tracking a flying bird — I’d say the image stabilization on the Sigma lens works pretty well.

Red-tailed hawk 100% crop

Red-tailed hawk 100% crop

Another right place at the right time shot. I was googly-eyed from staring at the computer all day and got up to walk around and change my eyes’ focal length for a while. My boss said, “go home”. I took her up on it and I’m glad I did.

Migration - ISO 200, f7.1 @ 1/400

Migration – ISO 200, f7.1 @ 1/400

There’s a bit of falloff at the corners. It’s easy to correct with post-processing but I kind of like it in these pictures.