Saturday, 30 April 2011

Kezia in derelict bathroom!

Kezia looks out of a derelict bathroom window.

Tech details: Canon 1DsII, 35mm f/1.4 @ f/2.2 to draw attention to the eye and render rest of photo slightly soft. Mostly natural light - 1/500s @ ISO 100, High speed flash sync fill.

My aim here was to tell a story with the picture & I liked the muted tonal range.

Friday, 29 April 2011


A beautfiul butterfly with the colours enhanced by late afternoon light.

This butteryfly was captured in the beautiful gardens of Chatsworth house. It was getting towards the end of the day and this helped get deep saturated colours. Unusually I prefer the subject dead centre in this shot - I usually place subjects according to the rule of thirds. Taken on 1DIII + 70-200 f/2.8 L II @ 1/500s, f/5 with a dash of fill flash from a 580EXII.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Beware of trains!

More narrow depth of field stuff - a very wide aperture blurs the background.

In this picture I used the Sigma 50mm 1.4 lens wide open on a Canon 1DsII. The Sigma is the best 50mm lens I've used for wide-open sharpness (including Canon's f/1.4 and f/1.2 ). Unfortunately, it can be let down by unreliable AF, but if you get a good copy & double check focus by bouncing on the focus a couple of times, you'll be delighted by the results!

I converted this shot to Black and White as I felt colour detracted from the deliberate stark contrast between the warning sign and the background.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011


Hi and welcome to my new blog! Here's the first official blog post - technical details are below.

This was taken on the legendary Canon Eos 1D Mark III, a camera renouned for having a stunning sensor (amongst many other things!). I used the 70-200mm f/2.8 MKII for this shot - wide open for a thin depth of field & lovey background blurring. This lens is ridiculously sharp, especially given it is a zoom! Exposure was 1/500s with a little high speed sync flash. PP included a small boost to blacks, vibrance and a little sharpening.

Any questions - please ask!


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