Freelance Photographer
Durham, UK

Posts Tagged ‘100mm macro’

Joe Cornish Workshop

Monday, May 20th, 2013

At my last birthday, I was fortunate to receive a voucher for a Joe Cornish landscape photography workshop.  Joe is one of my photographic heroes and the person I credit most with my ongoing interest in landscape photography.  Naturally, as the day approached, I was getting a bit excited.  Just a touch.

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Cast a cloot

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

The May is well and truly oot (in both senses) and I’ve cast a cloot.  Admittedly, I put it straight back on when the temperature dropped again, but the burst of warmth at the end of May and copious rain has helped the flora progress nicely.  (more…)

Blaid’s Wood Bluebells

Monday, April 16th, 2012

On Saturday I had a short scouting trip down to Blaid’s Wood in Durham and found the bluebells in full flower.  Photos after the jump… (more…)

Early Hawthorn…Or Not?

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

When we were out on the walk when I noticed the first bluebells of 2012, I also noticed that the hawthorn blossom, or “may” as it’s also known, was out.  This seemed remarkably early this year too, but on reflection I realised I was wrong.  Here’s why… (more…)

Canon Lens Auto Focus Accuracy – Part 2

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Having set my mind at rest in Part 1 that my new lens wasn’t totally dodgy, I set about trying to make it even better.  In fact, I decided to repeat the process on all three of my main lenses. (more…)

Canon Lens Auto Focus Accuracy – Part 1

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Back in May I wrote about the new Canon 70-200mm f4 L IS lens I had chosen and my reasons for making the choice I did.  After taking it out on a few non-critical sessions I haven’t been blown away by its sharpness – it’s good, but perhaps not quite as crisp as I was hoping for.  I started wondering if this was down to my unrealistic expectation or if there was something wrong with the lens.

Then one day I was out on the riverbanks in Durham and saw a heron fishing in the shallows.  I was a bit far away, but thought I’d grab a few frames just for interest.  Reviewing the shots I’d just taken zoomed in on the camera’s LCD, the heron was clearly blurred even though I was absolutely certain I had auto-focused on the body (I was too far away to pick up the eye which I would normally aim for).  What was more, the detail in the background was sharp – and it was consistent, shot after shot.  Suddenly I panicked – did my new lens have a serious back-focus problem?

Grey Heron

The shot that started it: after default sharpening in Capture One, this Heron still looked soft while background details look sharp (100% crop)

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