Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Canon G10 Powershot. Keep it in the glovebox.

We recently spent a week in South West Ireland.

I took my Fuji X-Pro1 as my main camera but for those occasions when I didn't want to carry around the Billingham bag full of kit I chucked my Canon G10 in the car glovebox.
I really rate this little camera.

Processed on Lr, Ps CC and Nix Effects

Old door in Kinsale Canon G10 Powershot

Detail of ships propellor, Mizen Head. Canon G10 Powershot

Snowdonia range from South /stack Holyhead. Canon G10 Powershot

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Clamshell lighting with Neewer Eagle EG250 studio strobes

Another Sunday afternoon and another play around with the Neewer 3 head strobe kit I bought recently.

I tried out a "Clamshell" arrangement with the lights today. Two strobes fitted with softboxes one below and one above both angled to converge the light on the centre of the subject, hence the "Clamshell".
The power of the two strobes was initially set the same but I upped the lower strobe a couple of clicks to get a bit more light under the chin.

Canon 5D2, Canon 100mm f2.8 Macro USM, 1/125th sec f6.3 ISO100

Processed in Lr CC

I gave these two images a dramatic B+W treatment which I really like.

Finally I placed a circular diffuser behind the subject and lit it with the third strobe. Before the subject took their place in front of the camera I took some test shots of the background, turning up the strobe until it was white, ideally I'd have liked some more distance between the subject and the background as the background became another light source and very slightly overexposed the subject's face, however it was so slight it was easily corrected in Lr CC.

I like the quality of light this arrangement gives, however the catchlight makes the subject's pupils into a rectangle, which some might think looks a bit strange. 
It is a signature look though I suppose ...

DPReview challenge, top 10.

A top 10 finish, pleased with that.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Macro with Canon G10 Powershot

Low winter light falling on some roses in a vase, I quickly grabbed my Canon G10 Powershot and took some macro shots.

Processed in MacPhun CK suite.

Another 4th place

Pleased with this as I took it one morning on my iPhone.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

First portrait shoot with Neewer Eagle EG250 Strobes

After the trial shoot on inanimate objects yesterday, I had a couple of live subjects today. 

I used my Canon 5D2 but with the 24-70 f2.8 L rather than either the prime 85 or 100mm USM lenses purely because its easy to use the zoom to frame when doing a quick test like this.

I set up all 3 strobes, two with soft-boxes the third with the reflector with a diffuser on it illuminating the back wall. I switched these on and off in various combinations during the shoot, as well as adjusting the power of each strobe for effect.

As before the strobes worked perfectly.

These are my favourite images from the session processed in Lr and Tonality used as a plug in in Lr.

Canon 5D2, Canon 24-70 f2.8 L, Neewer EG250 strobes

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Quick HDR in Photoshop Fuji X-Pro1

Made a quick HDR in Photoshop.
Canon 5D2, Canon USM 100mm f2.8, Neewer EG-250 Strobes

Used my Fuji X-Pro1 as a subject, the shape of the camera makes it a good subject for HDR.

I like this camera a great deal, true, its not that fast in general operation or AF, but I do find the AF accurate. 

The Optical/Electronic Viewfinder (OEVF) will not be to everyone's liking. It is not a rangefinder like the Leica M or just a Viewfinder like a Canon Powershot G series. It is unique but there is the ability to switch to EVF mode if you desire.

I find the EVF quite useful, I like t shoot RAW +jpg, on all my cameras, with the Fuji I set the jpg to B+W (red filter) and then see a BW image in the EVF which is helpful for composing the shot as you get to see what it looks like in BW, then develop to taste from RAW later.

The Fujinon XF lenses are superb, no question about it, but then, Fuji have been making lenses since 1938 and make some of the best TV and Motion Picture lenses as well as the Hasselblad lenses for the H system. I've used the 'blad lenses quite a bit and know how good they are.
The Fujinon XF 35mm f1.4, that the X-Pro is wearing in this photo, is extremely sharp, has no distortion and superb colour and contrast. 

The x-Series cameras and lenses are pretty much hand built as can be seen in this video:

And this interesting article on DPReview:

Fuji have produced some nice videos on their lens heritage:

Here is another video showing the manufacture of the X -Series cameras and lenses.