03 November 2017

Here Comes Winter

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Winter is quickly approaching in Eastern Iowa.  The leaves have fallen, and the land is fading to dull shades of brown.  Yet the skies can still surprise with a vibrant display of color!  It was overcast most of the evening, then the low clouds cleared right as the sun met the horizon, illuminating the underside of the higher-altitude clouds above.

I just got a new general-purpose zoom lens, and this was the perfect opportunity to test out the 24-70mm focal length range.  I've been missing a general-purpose zoom from my kit ever since I moved to a full-frame camera. It's nice to have a lens ready for spontaneous scenarios such as this.

These small trees in my neighborhood were the only thing remotely interesting I could find given the limited time available. I was laying on the grass shooting upwards to avoid the houses, street lights, signs, and other unattractive clutter in a Midwestern neighborhood.  Using a wide angle let me get close to the trees and keep a large section of the sky in the frame.  I moved around on the ground to center the trees in front of the luminous clouds.


Canon EOS 5DS + Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS
24mm, f/6.3, 1/25s, ISO 200

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