Sunday, 13 August 2017

Lippy Ladies - Lisa and Linda

Out early this morning for a shoot with Lisa and Linda in York City Centre.

Weather was much better than when we originally tried to get together, lovely and clear, the type of light that shows York at its best.

As there was hardly anyone around and no traffic were were able to position the bikes pretty much wherever we liked.

I shot predominantly on my Canon 5D2 with the 16-35mm f2.8 L, 24-70mm f2.8 L and the 70-200mm f2.8 L IS. I also did some with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 Pro. Can you tell which one of these was taken with that camera?

As the sun was still low I used fill-in flash for all these images, the Canon 430 EXII Speedlite was in a Neewer softbox ably held by Hannah,  my assistant for the day, fired remotely by a Canon ST2.
When I used the OM-D I fired the same Canon Speedlite set manually remotely using an Ebay 2.4Ghz trigger, it worked perfectly.

Really enjoyable shoot and Lisa and Linda were a joy to photograph, very relaxed in front of the camera.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Kilpeck church Herefordshire

Some more images taken on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the 14-42mm kit lens off my old PEN E-PL1.

I've moved the 14-42mm back the Oly PEn now that the 12-40mm f2.8 Pro has arrived for the OM-D E-M5. The Pen will now replace the Canon G10 Powershot that died as my keep in the bag/car/coat camera.
Processed in Lr CC

Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the 14-42mm

Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the 14-42mm

Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the 14-42mm

Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 and hdew Cameras

Full disclosure: I have nothing whatsoever to do with hdew Cameras, and paid for the lens with my own money.
A quick big up to hdew Cameras who have just supplied me with an Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 Pro lens.
I was looking at this lens for my OMD-EM5 and the best I could find was used in MPB Photographic (who I use a lot) at £499 + delivery. Then Google turned up the same lens new (but white box separated from a kit apparently) in hdew cameras.
I'd never heard of hdew Cameras so was wary and of course you hear all kinds of horrors around "grey" goods. However at £503 inc VAT it was too good an offer to at least not check out.
I contacted hdew Cameras by email asking if they were "grey" goods, they replied that technically they were but had their own 3 yr warranty with a manufacturer approved facility and that the goods were in the UK and not imported from elsewhere on demand.
I pressed the button and 5 working days later my lens arrived.
On opening the box I was pleasantly surprised to find not a white box but an official unopened Olympus box.
I logged onto MyOlympus and on entering the serial number the lens was detected and the 3yr warranty from Olympus applied together with a 6 month extension, so it was all good. The lens has the latest Firmware so its not been sat on a dealers shelf for months either.
I was kept up to date via email of my order status and any questions were answered very quickly. I was sent a VAT receipt by email as I had requested.
All in all a very pleasurable and easy buying experience. I would not hesitate to recommend them and they will be first on my list when needing any new kit.
And the lens? it looks and feels every bit Pro and fits on the OMD-EM5 beautifully and focusses super fast. Unfortunately is pouring down here this evening so I can't get out to try it, I'm not willing to test the weatherproofing just yet!
Images taken with iPhone 7 and Lr Mobile. Processed in Lr Mobile

Olympus OM-D E-M5 with M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 Pro

M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 Pro

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Kilpeck Church, Herefordshire

Visiting my Mum, this weekend and fixed her abysmally slow broadband, so able post.

We went out to Kilpeck church, weather was fine when we left Hereford, but turned overcast white-out sky and rain when we arrived. Still, I wanted to give the OM-D another test do went and took a few images anyway, it is weather sealed after all.

My M.Zuiko 12-40 f2.8 Pro lens has not arrived yet so still using the kit 14-42 from my old Olympus PEN EL-P1.

Processed in Luminar, for a change.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Obituary: Canon G10 Powershot - the last photos

Canon G10 Powershot of York. Expectedly passed away on 29th July in the Victoria & Albert Museum shortly after visiting the Pink Floyd  - Their Mortal Remains exhibition.

Here are the final images I shot with my lovely G10 that day.

Despite its small sensor it took a very respectable photo in good light and was also useful for panoramas.

It is survived by two Canon 5D2 and their L series lenses.

It delivered to the last. It will be sadly missed.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Lippy Ladies project - Ellie

Its been a busy two days on the Lippy Ladies Project (LLP), Alice yesterday and Ellie today in Chesterfield.
Strictly speaking Ellie is not a Lippy Lady, like Sharon she is a South Yorkshire Lady Biker, but all ladies who ride are OK with me and there is a lot of crossover between the tow clubs.

Ellie and her partner Nick have a nice garage of bikes but with a very interesting vehicle in the shape of a Can-Am Spyder.

As it was yesterday the weather was against up and it was raining, however the immaculate bike garage made for an excellent back drop.

Thanks to Ellie and Nick for another very enjoyable shoot, I'm getting to meet the most interesting people on this project.

Shot on the Canon 5D2 with Canon 24-70 f2.8 L and Canon 70 - 200mm f2.8 L IS, Processed in Lr CC

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Lippy Ladies project - Alice

I was down in Sheffield this evening to photograph another Lippy Lady.

On the drive there we had brilliant sunshine, wind, rain and then torrential rain followed by sunshine, it was a variable, to say the least!

the view from the end of Alice's street is spectacular, so much so that people seemed to be turning up just admire it while we were shooting. 

This is the view Alice seems every time she takes off on her bike for a ride, leaving the city and entering the countryside. So, this seemed like an obvious location for her shoot.

The sky was filled with fast moving clouds, occasionally revealing a brilliant sun, low in the sky but not yet near setting. this made of tricky exposures, so much so I had to resort to fill-in flash on some exposures.

We could see the rain making its way up the Rivlin Valley towards us and sure enough within no more than 10 minutes of starting we had to shelter in the car as it chucked it down. It was all over in 15 minutes but the light was very contrasty by now and the fast moving clouds allowed the sun to play hide and seek.

Despite all this Alice was very patient and put up with the weather and to a greater degree me asking her to look here and there.

I used my Canon 5D2's with the holy trinity of Canon L zooms, the 16-35mm f2.8, 24-70 f2.8 and 70-200mm f2.8 IS with a Canon Speedlite 430 EXII and Canon ST2 remote control.

Processed in Lr CC

Shooting into the sun as I was I was able to get some lovely lens flare, I've left this one in colour for best effect.

 Alice rides a stunning Triumph Street Triple R Dark Limited Edition.