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I Heart Night Photography!

Yes, it’s true…

What is better than shooting photography at night? After all, it is pretty much in its truest form right? You can only make a photograph by using available light or creating your own light…without light no photo!

You can use the Moonlight, Starlight, Firelight, Your Own Light, City Light, etc. You get the idea of course, but I think it is the art of how you choose to use the light.

For example this shot I took on a climbing trip to Vedauwoo  using storm light from a far off storm, you can just barely see some lingering lightning in the right side of the photo. I’m also using the stars and night light here as well and doing a timed exposure to capture the clouds and stars moving in the background to help highlight the silhouette of the foreground:

Or this is a good example of creating your own light from a headlamp for a good cause;)

and using in combo with the background firelight:

In this shot, I used artificial light to essentially paint the rock with a hand held light, with a little help from my friend Adam. This rock is about 90 ft tall, so it looks a little deceiving, but the light and the star trails in the sky make for fun and colorful image.

And then one of my favorite cities, where some of my close friends live…Seattle Skyline:

There are tons of things you can accomplish with night photography, but always remember to have fun, stay warm, and utilize that light!


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What I use for Mid Range or Everyday Lens

I recently received this question from a friend: “I was wondering what you use for a mid-range “normal” telephoto?  I rented an EF-S 17-35 f2.8 IS lens and it was fairly good, I liked the focal range but the optics weren’t astounding, so I thought I’d ask you what you use and see if you came across anything different?  Also, what do you use for wide-angle?  My EF-S 10-22mm has never been sharp.”

Here are my thoughts on the above:

There are several answers this to really, so first you have to ask yourself these questions?

  • What do you shoot mostly? Portraits, Landscapes, Artsy Fartsy
  • What kind of quality do you want out of your images?
  • What do you want to carry?

First Off, I will say that I’m a Canon Shooter, always have been. I’ve got nothing against any other camera brand, just what I’ve always known.  In fact, there are plenty of amazing new Camera Technologies available now.

What is my current arsenal for Camera and Lenses:

  • Canon 5D Mark II
  • Canon 5D
  • Canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS
  • Canon 50 mm 1.4
  • Canon 16-35mm 2.8L
  • Canon Fisheye 2.8
  • Canon 580exII and 580ex

To get back to the above question, I’ve used the 10-22mm EF-S Lens and plenty of other lenses. I’m a firm believer in that you get what you pay for, but I’m also a firm believer that you don’t always need to pay an arm and leg to get quality, for example I get super great images from my Canon 50mm 1.4 lens and for the price of about $360. However, I do agree somewhat with the 10-22mm lens, but that lens is trying to make a super wide angle lens work on a crop factor 1.6 camera sensor. If you aren’t using a full frame sensor camera then you will have to multiply your crop factor of 1.6 x the mm on the lens. For the 10-22mm it would make it a 16-35mm. You will by nature I feel lose some quality, but overall this lens is still great for what it accomplishes, just reduced quality the wider you go.

I’ve also owned the 2470mm 2.8L and love that for a everything portraits and have since converted to the 50mm and the 70-200mm for this work.

I love to shoot wide, so my favorite lens in the my line-up as far as quality and over all functionality is my 16-35mm 2.8L.

It still all goes back to the questions. Do you want to carry a lot or a little? You can get lenses that will go from 24-200mm, but you may sacrifice quality, weight, or speed?

Do your research and learn about what you’re looking for by renting some other lenses or asking other pros. I like to do most of my research on

You should also know that if you never felt like your images are super sharp that Canon will also take your lens and Calibrate and Clean, for a small price of course.

Hope this was helpful and enjoy your shooting!

Cheers, Tye


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