Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Viva l'Italia !

Bless me Father for I have sinned, it has been 23 days since my last PhotoBlog post. My hiatus may have puzzled my PhotoBlog followers on my whereabouts. There is no need to worry, I have been on a family vacation in Italy.

Our journey began with a transatlantic flight to Rome and a fuel efficient rental car to pursue everything Italian. The odyssey started with Florence, Pisa, Positano, Capri, Pompeii and finally Rome.

With the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and the Canon EOS Rebel T2i HD dslrs on my shoulders, I was on photographic and video mission to document the sights and sounds of Italy. I failed to mention one more item to my mission statement. Eat everything I can get my hands on.

Food was only secondary to my vision quest. My back and shoulders were sore from all the gear I was carrying because I wanted to have an informal and practical test and comparison of these very capable HD dslrs. In one hand, you have the Canon EOS 5D Mark II with its astounding full frame sensor. In the second hand, you have the remarkable entry level Canon EOS Rebel T2i with 18 megapixels and fully manual 1080p video capabilities. Both very excellent HD dslrs at very different price points.

This initial PhotoBlog post kicks off my photo and video series of the sights and sounds of Italy. Over the next couple weeks, I will have links to 5D Mark II and Rebel T2i video and photo galleries for everybody to view.

Over 1300 raw photos and hours of video between two cameras, I have much work ahead for me. Do not panic! I can appease the impatient with another Canon EOS Rebel T2i video test. Shot with the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lens and edited with Final Cut Pro 6. It is a 1080p video compressed to 400mb h264 video file.


  1. Hi, your photos are absolutely amazing! How you get the lighting/exposure so good! I can never do that. Do you shoot in Raw?

  2. Thank you for the compliment! Yes, I shoot raw all the time and most importantly avoid noon high sunshine. The lighting and shadows are very harsh and the camera has a difficult time handling the dynamic range. "Golden Hour" at sunrise or sunset is always the best or stay in the shade is your best bet for even exposures.

  3. Awesome Italy videos. What picture profile settings are you using for video?

  4. I appreciate the nice words! I use a custom picture style with a setting of 5 for sharpness,0 for contrast and 1 for saturation and tone. I keep all my cameras with the same settings to be consistent, but each model (T2i,5DmII,1D4etc..) gives a unique characteristic to the images and video. I am not a scientist but I guess it has much to do with sensor size and Digic processor. I hope that helps!

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