Sunday, 20 July 2014

Aberystwyth University Graduation 2014 - Canon L 70 - 200mm f4 USM non-IS



I bought the Canon L 70 - 200mm f4 USM non-IS for use during the graduation ceremony. I set the ISO to 3200 on my Canon 5D2 and just went for it.

While everyone was seated we were entertained by a Clarinet and Harp.


Harpist, Aberystwyth graduation ceremony 2014
Canon L 70 - 200mm f4 USM non-IS

Clarinet player, Aberystwyth graduation ceremony 2014
Canon L 70 - 200mm f4 USM non-IS
My daughter receiving congratulations from the VC
Canon L 70 - 200mm f4 USM non-IS
Looking pleased afterwards
Canon L 70 - 200mm f4 USM non-IS

The honorary graduate on this day was the Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert
Rhod Gilbert looking bemused prior to receiving his honorary degree
Canon L 70 - 200mm f4 USM non-IS
Rhod Gilbert receiving his honorary degree from the President
Canon L 70 - 200mm f4 USM non-IS
Rhod Gilbert acceptance speech
Canon L 70 - 200mm f4 USM non-IS
I also used the Canon L 70 - 200mm f4 USM non-IS outside for portraits

My daughter post ceremony
Canon L 70 - 200mm f4 USM non-IS

I had to change to my Canon L 24 - 70mm f2.8 for the hat throwing

Canon L 70 - 200mm f4 USM non IS with Canon 5D2

I recently bought a Canon L 70 - 200mm f4 USM non IS lens to take some photos at my daughters graduation.
I bought used from MBP Photographic, who provided the usual superb service. The lens was described at EX+ but I could not find a single mark on it and it was indistinguishable from new. It arrived the day after I placed the order and came with original box and all paper work; to me it looked as if it had never been used.
Before buying this lens I must have read every article regarding this lens on the web at least twice. Nearly all these articles mentioned how sharp the lens was, as well as fast focussing without being too large and clumbersome.

I have found all this to be true, focussing is fast and nearly silent, and the images are sharp with excellent contrast and colour.

Shooting inside I had to increase the ISO to 3200 to get high enough shutter speeds to avoid camera shake (I use the old focal length = shutter speed rule of thumb) but the 5D2 is acceptable at this ISO so it was not really a problem. 

I tried the lens for landscape while I was in Wales. For these I used a Manfrotto monopod to keep things steady.

Canon 5D2 Canon L 70-200mm f4 USM non IS

Canon 5D2 Canon L 70-200mm f4 USM non IS

Canon 5D2 Canon L 70-200mm f4 USM non IS

Canon 5D2 Canon L 70-200mm f4 USM non IS

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Leica M8 in Iceland 3

The final batch of images from Iceland.
Processed in Ps, Lr and Nik

Leica M8 Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Nokton

Leica M8 Elmarit 28mm f2.8

Leica M8 Voigtlander 15mm f4 Heliar

Leica M8 Summicron 90mm f2

Leica M8 in Iceland 2

There is something about rusty corrugated steel that attracts me.

Processed in Lr and Nik


Leica M8 Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Nokton

Leica M8 Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Nokton

Leica M8 Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Nokton

Music to listen to whilst photo editing

In a slight departure from my usual posts I thought I'd mention the music I'm currently listening to whilst photo editing.

On rotation at present:
One World by John Martyn. A superb album, great playing and arrangements. My favorite track is probably 3AM, an excellent example of the trademark John Martyn Echoplex guitar. 

Fallen Empires by Snowpatrol. Big sounds, solid tunes and poetic lyrics. Not as well known as their previous albums but well worth a listen.

Up through the Woods by David Gibbs and Elly Lucas. Nominees for the BBC young folk awards in 2011, this duo play a catchy mix of original and traditional songs without a fisherman's knit jumper or finger in the ear in sight.

Lifeblood by the Manic Street Preachers. A much maligned album by this evergreen trio. Big tunes, big riffs and huge vocals. Some great photography on the CD sleeve too. So God is dead, like Nietzsche said ... usual cheery singalong stuff!

Tongues and Tales by Sophie B Hawkins. Underrated debut album from the bohemian Sophie B Hawkins. Highly original with imaginative percussion on many of the songs. In 1994 Bruce Weber famously got Sophie to strip for the camera, so there is a photographic link too!

And of course a cafetiere of decent coffee is also required. At the moment I favor the Espresso Blend from The Mecca, an excellent coffee shop in Aberystwyth.

Feel free to leave any comments about the music that you like to photo edit to.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Leica M8 Iceland 1

On a recent trip to Iceland I decided to take just my Leica M8 kit, its first real use since it has the shutter replaced and a CLA in Leica HQ.

The weather was wet and overcast the entire trip so all photos were going to be quite "moody".

Processed in Lr and Sliver EFX Pro as usual.


Leica M8 Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Nokton classic

Leica M8 Elmarit 28mm f2.8 

Leica M8 Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Nokton classic

Leica M8 Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Nokton classic

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Canon 5D2 Windows

Some images of windows from Clonakilty.
Canon 5D2 24-70mm f2.8.
Processed in Lr.