I think these speak for themselves. Shot on tripod just as some spectacular light and shade was presenting. Canon 60d and 75-300mm IS. Enjoy.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Last October we attended the wedding of a teacher of my youngest son. It was a beautiful day in Sydney and the church service was held in a school at North Sydney. Now this was not an official shoot, as I had my family with me and we needed to stay out of the way of the official photographer. The Canon 60d was great and armed with an 85mm 1.4 lens I had the right balance between reach and light to get some ok shots. With the cropped sensor 60d the lens had the actual effect of a 135mm lens. It also goes to show that you don't need to spend many thousands of dollars on more expensive cameras to capture some memories. The church (like most churches) was dark and not well lit. I've tidied these shots up with the Perfectly Clear plugin for Photoshop Elements 10. Enjoy.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Whilst the harsh Australian sun might be a curse for outdoor photos because of the high contrast shadows, it does have one great advantage........high shutter speeds. With high shutter speeds, because of the extra light beaming through your lens, you can capture some fun and interesting high speed action shots. Usually you'll want to use a shutter speed above 1/1000th second to try and get your subjects as still as possible, but sometime using slower speeds can also be effective for creating some motion blur. The Canon 60d is more than capable of capturing fast moving action, as well when you use it with a non kit lens such as the Sigma 17-50 f2.8 OS. I really like this combination for everyday photography, unless I'm using the x100s which is life changing. Enjoy.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
There's a ton of comparisons online regarding the famous zoom length of 70-200mm lenses. Yes the native versions are great, but I've found my Sigma 70-200mm lens f2.8 OS (optical stabilization) works extremely well in many circumstances, even on my crop sensor Canon 60d. Because its a cropped sensor camera the actual focal length is magnified by 1.6x, so in affect we have a 120-320mm reach. Using the extender tube 1.5x it extends the reach further by 0.5, so in effect I was shooting the picture below at circa 500mm. When you add the extender tube you lose an f stop, so the maximum I could shoot at was f4. The shot below was actually taken at f7.1 at 1/500th shutter speed because the available light was so good. I was at least 150m's away from the action in this shot. I think the clarity and colours are great. My point is that Sigma lenses are a really good step up from the kit lenses most people use. Sure there are more expensive alternatives that have the brand cache, am I'm sure they are excellent too.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
There is much said about the Sigma 85 f1.4 being a great portrait lens, which is true, but depending on your distance from the action, it's also a handy lens to capture weekend sports. The lens is a prime lens, fixed focal length with no zoom. The 1.4 aperture allows the lens to capture lots of light allowing for fast shutter speeds at most apertures. I always use mine with a hood and uv filter to protect the lens from accidental bumps and knocks. I know different people have different views on Sigma lenses, but I've generally thought that these are great. I own the 30mm 1.4, 17-55 2.8, 70-200 2.8 and extender tube. Occasionally the compatibility with Canon cameras means you can get either front or back focussing issues, which in Australia the distributors fix for free. Optically they are neck and neck with native brands. Just my experience, others may disagree. The Canon 60d was my step up dslr from the Canon 400d, which was also a great camera - it still is. I shot sports on the 60d with the centre focal point selected and use the AF button on the back to keep continuous focus to get more actions shots that are keepers. These were all shot jpeg and processed slightly in Snapseed on the iPad. The day was very contrasty and bright, so excuse the shadows. Enjoy.
|Cooper in action|
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Last year a mate and I went to Turrimetta Beach early one morning to do some beach photography. His name is Mike Salway - see his site here http://www.mikesalway.com.au/ - and he is an amazing photographer who specialises in landscape and nightscape photography. The morning was fairly overcast until the parting of the clouds and the sun let the light in. Using a Canon 60d with Sigma 17-50 2.8 on a tripod. Shot most at f16 so they are a bit soft, next time will use F8 I think. Enjoy.
|This was virtually dark, processed in PSE, shot raw|
|The milky way of the sea|
|And then this great shard of light descended and made our morning|
|The Hand of God|
|Crisp Golden Water|