Eduardo del Solar Nature Photography

Back in the mid 70’s my father in law, an avid photo hobbyist, handed me a couple of cameras, a beat-up Hasselblad, a 2¼ format camera, with two interchangeable lenses and a Voigtlander Vitessa, a superb 35mm rangefinder camera.  Thus started my intoxication with photography.  I also received all the paraphernalia needed to set a photographic darkroom.  This included an enlarger, tanks, reels and trays to develop 2¼ and 35mm prints.  I then set myself to master the so-called Zone System, a strategy developed by Ansel Adams to obtain a perfect print you had in mind through the use of light, exposure, chemicals and a wide assortment of papers.

Eventually I moved to a 35mm SLR systems in the 80’s.  I purchased a Nikon FM body, a sweet all manual body. Eventually I added an FE body, a semi automatic camera as a backup. A 35-105mm Nikor zoom lens plus a wide and a telephoto lens completed my SLR system.  Marriage, a daughter and a set of twins took me away from chemical life in the dark.  The advent of affordable DSLRs and the ease of the digital darkroom vis-à-vis the chemical darkroom has reawakened my interest in photography.

Presently I use a 7D II for bird photography and a Canon 5D MK III for portrait, landscape, macro and tango photography.

Canon Lenses
In the last 2 decades I had a strong preference for prime lenses, thus my camera bag was quite heavy. The new Canon lenses have simplified my shooting quite a bit. I have sold many of my wide and tele primes for the new Canon zooms lenses. My camera bag is smaller and my lenses are used more often.

Wide Angle Lenses

  • EF 16-35 F4L IS
  • EF 40mm F2.8 STM
  • EF 50mm F1.4
  • Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art
  • EF 24-105mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM

Macro Lenses (Kenko tubes)

  • EF 100-400 IS II F4.5

Telephoto Lenses

  • EF 100-400II f4.5
  • EF 600mm II IS F4
17'' Epson Stylus 3880.









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