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Icy Shores of Lake Michigan

Cave Point County Park - Door County, Wisconsin Awesome ice formations in the winter.

Icy Shores of Lake Michigan

Winter in Wisconsin can be brutal. Right now, especially. We are experiencing negative wind chills along the icy shores of lake Michigan. Which, is simply just starting to feel like the norm for me.

For a little over a year I had been toying with the idea of going full-frame. That is purchasing a full-frame camera. Problem is, I really like my Canon 7D crop sensor camera for the extra lens reach when it comes to wildlife. Those of you that know me, know that I spend enough time in the field to warrant some hesitation in jumping ship from my crop sensor.

There were people on both sides of the debate stating why I should go full-frame and of course, why I shouldn’t. I do love opinions, and I value each one.

Icy shores of Lake Michigan - Cave Point County Park in Door County, Wisconsin Awesome ice formations in the winter.

Cave Point County Park – Door County, WI

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I enjoy landscape and nature photography but I always felt something was missing from my landscape photos when taking photos with my Canon 7D. What I envisioned in my head and saw with my eyes, I just could not capture with a camera. It frustrated me. I couldn’t put my finger on WHAT I was doing wrong.

One afternoon my husband and I took a ride to Appleton, WI. I was after the new Tamron 150-600 lens. Which I DID get. More on that lens in another post.

What I didn’t expect was to be the proud owner of a Canon 6D and Tamron SP 24-70 f/2.8 as well. I could not be happier with my purchase!

The Tip of the Iceberg - Kewaunee, Wisconsin

Kewaunee Harbor ice formations.

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The Tamron SP 24-70 f/2.8 is a little heavier than I had expected it to be. Although, not cumbersome. I enjoy the feel of the lens in my hands and all my images are clear and about an 8 or 9 on sharpness scale. I ogle over my new found low light options. The lens works well for portraits, night photography and of course, landscapes. So, it makes this lens the perfect walk around lens for me.

Today was just a test of all the equipment.  Driving between Door and Kewaunee Counties trying to take in the beautiful shoreline.

Pros for the Tamron SP 24-70 f/2.8
1.) Excellent hand held photos in low light. Little noise.
2.) No lens creep.
3.) IS works very well which Canon lacks at this time.
4.) AF is quick and quiet.
5.) Colors are excellent, blues really pop.
6.) Priced right.

Cons for the Tamron Sp 24-70 f/2.8
1.) At 2.8 you do see slight vignetting in the corners. Easy to correct in post processing.

2.) Minor issue with the lens hood. You have to really be sure the hood is on correctly when applying it. It has to lock in place exactly right, or you will see the black from the hood in your pictures. Just keep this in mind when re-attaching the hood.

The Canon 6D and Tamron combo made a few appearances along the shores of Lake Michigan to capture the ice formations over this past weekend.


Kewaunee Lighthouse in Winter
ewaunee Lighthouse, Wisconsin

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I now know exactly what was missing from my landscape photos. It wasn’t until I purchase the Canon 6D that it became clear. I needed the full-frame and a relatively wide lens combo to capture what I was seeing. After two outing with this combo, I fell in love. For what is considered an entry level, full frame camera, this baby knocks it out of the park.

Window Through the Ice Window Cave Point, Wisconsin

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Cave Point ice sculptures make perfect windows to view Lake Michigan.


Look for more landscape photos from this gal. A certain magic was just unleashed! Finally!!

I guess the age old saying is true. Purchase the right tools for the job and your job becomes easier. For me, I really like the full-frame camera.  It frames my pics differently.

Cave Point in Winter - Wisconsin

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Of course, now my new problem is how to carry all my gear. However, that is a problem I most certainly can live with.

If you haven’t already, get out and take a look at the icy shores of Lake Michigan.  Mother Nature has done an outstanding job.

What equipment did I use to capture these photos?
Canon 6D Full Frame Camera and the Canon Version Tamron 24-70 mm 2.8 Lens

Oh, and just for the record.  I now have both.  The full frame and the crop.  Making the perfect harmony for me.


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