Thursday, 13 September 2012

Tattoos with Canon 5D2 and 50mm f1.4

I've just finished processing the shots I took at Awake Arise Tattoo studio in Melrosegate in York.
JJ, the tattoo artist was really accommodating in letting me photograph a whole day session he was doing.
I knew that the studio was not directly lit and did not want to spoil the atmosphere, or JJ's concentration, by using flash so bought the Canon 50mm f1.4 for the shoot. Also the shallow DOF would add to the photos. I bought the lens from Wexphotographic who I've used before and their service was faultless as usual.

I  shot with my 5D2 as it works reliably and consistently and is noise free at ISO 3200. I shot in Av mode and also used my Canon 24-70mm f2.8. The photos displayed here were taken on the 50mm only though.
Processed in Lightroom as usual.

Also thanks to Jack at Awake Arise and Brendan for letting me photograph his leg.

Tattoo inks Canon 50mm f4.0
Tattoo machines Canon 50mm f2.8
JJ prepares the needles Canon 50mm f3.5
JJ at work Canon 50mm f3.2
Canon 50mm f3.2


  1. Seems like you are enjoying your 5D.

    I just got a Fujifilm x10. Just getting used to it and although it is no Leica M series it is however ace for candid stuff. Totally silent and nice (proper camera) handling.

    Here are my first results from my recent trip to Italy. (camera only 1 week old).

    See you soon.


  2. Yes, I like the 5D more every time I use it. The 50mm f1.4 is really nice too, after years of zooms you forget how you used to have to manage with the "standard" 50mm lens on every SLR you bought.
    Those Fujifilm X series cameras look nice, a friend showed me the X100 last week, I liked the EVF/Viewfinder arrangement, very clever.
    Your photos look good, some nice street shots in there.