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Everything you see, hear, touch, taste, smell, or sense in any way is an aspect of Divinity. It is when you judge it to be something else that it shows up as something else in your life.

Therefore, judge not, and neither condemn.

For that which you judge, judges you; and that which you condemn will condemn you. Yet that which you see for what it really is will see you for what you really are. And therein will be found your peace.
–Neale Donald Walsch

I am fascinated by that statement. I find myself thinking about it so many times in various encounters and situations. I come back to the question…Who do I really want to be? And with that…Who do you really want to be?

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So I did something the other day we are all advised never to do. I looked at the sun through my camera. Well, i’ve done that before and learned my lesson, but this time I wanted to see what would happen with live view. (not for long either, I didn’t want to burn my sensor or something…)

So I had my 5DII with a 100mm Macro lens. I set the camera to live view and stopped down to F32. (1/125 at ISO 200) I was expecting some kind of sun star and / or weird flare. I never expected this! No post processing either, this is basically straight from the camera. How interesting!

Rainbow Sun Star

Rainbow Sun Star

So I was shopping the big “canons” lately. I recently have regular need for some reach and did not want to keep renting. The 300 2.8L and the 400 were absolutely awesome. Either would have been nice…if I had arms like the hulk! So, in the meantime while I work out til I sweat developer, I decided to go for the 300 f4L. The f4 was also a fraction of the price. I didn’t really want to spend 6g on a specialty canon lens because of other reasons though…reasons that will be revealed on september 9th…and might just have something to do with Leica….

Anyways, I am absolutely in love with the 300 f4L. I didn’t realize how close it can focus! Beautiful background blur and color at its closest focal distance. I won’t be getting anywhere near the MP-E65 level of capturing bug’s eyes…but this lens will do great on much large subjects while including some of the environment. I have not yet tried it with extension tubes.

Here is a shot with the lens I took the other day getting acquainted with it. 1/500, F/4.5 , ISO 200, natural light.

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