Freelance Photographer
Durham, UK

Posts Tagged ‘24-105mm’

Stockghyll Force

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Another stag weekend, another visit to the Lake District!  I’ll never complain, I’m always happy to get over to Cumbria whatever the reason.  We had a bit of unplanned time on the Saturday morning and as the weather forecast was not promising a decent sunrise, I decided to head for Stockghyll Force, which was a short walk from our cottage in Ambleside.

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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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Social Media Self-Portrait

Monday, December 24th, 2012

I’ve found one of my biggest challenges for developing portraiture is finding a willing subject.  In an effort to make a start, I forced the one unwilling subject I could to take part.  Me. (more…)

Buttermere walk – High Stile Ridge

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

After a bit of an hiatus, I’ve just finished updating a fellwalk entry – High Stile ridge from Gatesgarth (anticlockwise) – and adding photos from that walk to the 2012 Fellwalks (2) gallery.  Enjoy these for now, I’m hoping to be back with more soon.

Bluebell update

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Regular readers will know I have a soft spot for bluebells.  All the same, I was amazed when I spotted the first flowers of the season today while out on a family walk. (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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