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Eberhard Schuy

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Special effects in still-life with the EOS-1D X Mark II

By Eberhard Schuy, Tuesday August 02, 2016
Flying corks. Taken on an EOS-1D X Mark II with an EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens.

Flying corks. Taken on an EOS-1D X Mark II with an EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens. © Eberhard Schuy

The first time I heard about the shooting possibilities offered by the EOS-1D X Mark II, I was impressed. I realised a few days later, that this new camera could be the tool that gives me the chance to photograph some of my special effects in still-life photography easier and better, in a shorter time and with less effort in image processing. The best way to find out was to use the EOS-1D X Mark II in a production.

Fast movements in a small space means you have to shoot at absolutely the right moment. The flying corks in the image with the wine bottle were photographed at a range of about 50 centimetres; for this distance they need about 0.5 seconds. Now seven to nine corks are flying simultaneously... By the way, we have tested the best number of corks in the picture: seven corks are ok but nine corks are ideal... :-)

So it is clear; any more exposure within the 0.5 secs brings us more freedom, because there is only one chance to capture the corks at just the right moment. It’s much more difficult to take photos with fluid water.

In conclusion, with the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and using 14fps, the life of a still-life photographer really is much easier…

Fluid Water 01. Taken on an EOS-1D X Mark II with  an EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens.

Fluid Water 01. Taken on an EOS-1D X Mark II with
an EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens. © Eberhard Schuy

Fluid Water 02. Taken on an EOS-1D X Mark II with  an EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens.

Fluid Water 02. Taken on an EOS-1D X Mark II with
an EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens. © Eberhard Schuy