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One more from the six thousand shots I took in two weeks, while visiting New Zealand in February.

This shot looks up the body of Fox Glacier, on the South Island's wild west coast. As an Australian, the sight of any snow was something to get excited about, let alone snow in February (our summer)...

I like the way the telephoto compresses depth-of-field so much that the glacier seems in danger of grinding its way into the farmhouses in the foreground. In fact it was at least 10km distant.

Tech stuff:
1/2000th
ISO 400 (I think I'd forgotten to turn the ISO back to 100 after taking off my polarized lens...)
f/8
Minimal post-processing in Photoshop CS2 (camera RAW "as shot", unsharp mask only I think)

This one's interesting because it was taken using a lens which has recently been recalled by Canon - the 70-300mm IS USM. I'm yet to take my version back to get it tweaked, mostly because I don't want to part with it for the six weeks or so I think this "fix" is likely to take them.

Canon say the problem with the lens is "unsharpness at full telephoto, while in portrait orientation, with image stabilisation on".

I'm not sure why I shot this at ISO 400 (1/2000th is faster than even my shaking hands need at 480mm) but it was handheld, with the image stabiliser on. Looks sharp enough to me! Other users on forums I've read have suggested I get the fix anyway... now I just have to tear myself away from the lens for a few weeks...

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