Portrait of a lizard on warm spring day

I was hanging out on the patio after a day of yard work when I saw this alligator lizard pop out of a cranny to catch some warm spring sun rays. I quickly fetched my camera and fired off a few shots. The 70-300mm zoomed all the way in made for a very shallow depth of field view of the lizard, and a nice headshot.

Portrait of an alligator lizard

Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM at 300mm. 1/160 second at f/5.6, ISO 100.

Canon T2i sunning with a lizard.

Old man cactus

This past weekend I payed around a bit with my prime lenses set at various shutter and ISO settings at f/4 and below. This example is a tweaked crop of the top of the old man cactus on our patio. When I took the shot the cactus was in full shade and the backdrop was a totally hot midday sunlit field. Obviously, the depth of field was VERY shallow. I used Photoshop to pull the detail out of the shadows which, in turn, homogenized the background. Why not?

Top of the old man cactus

Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM. 1/1000 second at f/2.8, ISO 400.

Canon T2i playing with extremes.

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