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My first trial and error pictures with new camera and lenses

See also this.

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR

Macro lens: Canon EF 100mm 2.8 IS USM macro lens;

Zoom lens 1: Canon  18-135 mm Nano IS USM

Zoom lens 2: Canon EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6 L IS ii USM

The change (what do you think?)

5 Years ago I bought a Sony A77 with some A-mount lenses. I love to work with this camera; it’s very ergonomic and, once all settings in place, a great camera to work with. Unfortunately Sony withdrew itself from the South African market and ‘rules’ the African continent now from Dubai with offices in Botswana and Namibia. So I was thinking about buying the A99ii with a macro lens and guess what: they don’t sell these anymore; at least not on this continent.  But in the rest of the world still available. So I tried Amazon and other suppliers and guess what their answer was: (something like) ‘US-law prohibits export of lithium batteries’ …

To make a long story short: I acquired locally a brand new  Canon camera with lenses:

So here I am, waiting for the delivery tomorrow or the day after. Hopefully Canon stays in South Africa 😉 and I hope I made a good choice (mind bogging selection in the choice between Nikon and Canon but those Canon lenses are ‘state of the art’ that’s why.
BTW I will still use my Sony camera and lenses. They are very dear to me.

The first attempts

Starting a new ‘career’ at the age of 61 is a challenge but I like challenges especially the ones people advise me not even to think of it… And this challenge is one of these.

Photography always has been some kind of a hobby and with modern software tools it’s relatively easy to manipulate and I like to manipulate. A few weeks ago I purchased an iMac with Adobe Photoshop and started to explore a complete new world and will continue to do so. I make photographs with a Sony A77VQ; a deliberate choice of a stubborn person who ignored the advise to either buy a Nikon or a Canon camera. And yes; I like this camera very much and it does exactly what I want it to do.

While experimenting with photoshop and after the first attempts I choose for cartoon like posters meaning that I use one mainframe natural picture that I fill up with all sorts of elements (hence the name ‘elementary posters’) that tells some kind of a story. The featured picture is composed of a mainframe of the original entrance of the Robert Stanford Estate, here in Stanford, South Africa. Added are a silk flower, a plastic Buddha figure with a mobile telephone and a multiplied bee. All elements ‘Made in China’; just wondering if also the future of our nature, like the Western economy, depends on China….

In times to come we hope to develop a business (GreenC Productions) that sells this kind of posters online or maybe even some media are interested to publish them. We’ll see… If in the meantime somebody is interested in purchasing a poster just send an email to green -at- mail -dot- co -dot- za as mentioned at the left bottom of all pictures. All pictures are made in Stanford, South Africa; a wonderful village somewhere in nowhere between Hermanus and Gansbaai in the Western Cape. The file sizes of the original posters are somewhere between 200 and 300MB (depending on the number and sizes of elements) but we can format them in PDF. The file size makes the posters suitable for wall paper…..

At last but not at least the runner up of the featured ‘Made in China’ picture. This one is named ‘Alessi in Stanford’: