Boeing & Airbus Jumbo Jets at Miami International

I drove to Miami International on Saturday afternoon to see the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 jumbo jets. It was a very cloudy afternoon and there was a thunderstorm in the west that affected the landing of British Airways Flight BA207. It was too high on first approach so it flew over the airport headed south, west over Coral Gables, then north and each towards the runway. The first image was taken as the Boeing 747 flew over MIA because it was not low enough for landing.

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Shooting Planes with Canon EF 100-400mm IS II Lens

For over 4 years the Canon 70-200mm lens was my lens of choice for airplane photos. The 100-200mm range was good enough for shots of the planes on the runway or close to the runway. However I realized I had to get a 400mm lens or greater to get those shots of planes approaching in the distance or flying overhead.

A few weeks ago I bought the Canon EF 100-400mm IS II lens. With a reach of 400mm I am now able to get the shots I see in magazines that I previously envied. I have been going to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) airport and the smaller Fort Lauderdale Executive (FXE) airport more often. Here are some of my better photos of planes in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami areas. I will be adding to the gallery periodically.

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Third Visit to the Airport with Canon 100-400mm IS II

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The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Norwegian Air Shuttle flies from Oslo and London to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) 3 or 4 times each week. Flights NAX7031 and NAX7045 use the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. I shot this image of the Dreamliner as the Norwegian Airliner prepares to land at FLL on Tuesday June 23rd. Since I was pointing the camera into a scene with bright background I over-exposed the shot by 2/3 stop. I did add some brightness in post-processing which means I could have over-exposed the shot by 1 stop.

(Shot with Canon 7D and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II lens)

Second Outing with the New Canon 100-400mm IS II Lens

My second outing with the Canon 100-400mm IS II was better than the first. I decided to ignore the normal viewing areas at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. I parked in a lot near some trailers on the east side of the airport. From there I was able to get great shots of planes taking off. I was able to fill the frame at around 135mm and 200mm. Here are some of the images I took.

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First Outing with the New Canon 100-400mm IS II Lens

I received the new Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II lens on Thursday. I took a few photos in and around my backyard late that evening. On Saturday I took the lens to the airport for its first official outing. Here are some of the better images from Airport Greenbelt Park south of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International:

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I usually have a lot more plane images to show after a trip to the airport. But this time the light was not great so not many “keepers.” However I will have some great shots next time out.

I Got My Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens today!

To say I am excited is an understatement. Today I received my long-awaited Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens from B&H Photo.


I have been using the trusted Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens for some time but admittedly I missed some great bird shots because 200mm was not enough. Now that I own the Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens I am anxiously looking forward to visiting the local parks and nature centers to improve my chances of getting great bird photos.

I attached the lens to my Canon EOS 7D and went in my backyard to test the image stabilizer feature. This Northern Mockingbird is the first bird captured with the new lens. The image was captured late in the evening around 7:30. The camera and lens were handheld.


First impression: the camera focuses quickly. This is my first IS lens so it will take a little while for me to get comfortable with this feature and fully understand when to use Mode 1,2 and 3. A very good first impression.

How Much Time to Record Movies on My 7D?

QUESTION “For how long can I record a movie on my Canon 7D? I have a 16 GB CF card.” – Jen (Seattle WA)

ANSWER According to the Canon EOS 7D manual (page 157):

  • if the movie-recoding size is 1920×1080, you can record up to 49 minutes on a 16 GB card
  • if the movie-recoding size is 1280×720, you can record up to 49 minutes on a 16 GB card.
  • if the movie-recoding size is 640×480, you can record up to 1 hour and 39 minutes on a 16 GB card.

Link to 7D manual

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Lunchtime on the beach with my Canon 7D

I usually have my camera bag with me as I drive around on business. On a cool windy day in January I stopped by the beach after visiting the library nearby. The beach was not crowded so I didn’t have to worry about pointing the camera at beachgoers. Using wide-angle lens is a lot less intimidating than long telephoto lens. Here are three of the better shots I took with the Canon 7D and a Tokina 12-24 f/4 lens.

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