Freelance Photographer
Durham, UK

Posts Tagged ‘70-200mm’

Durham parkrun

Monday, June 30th, 2014

I realise it’s been a little quiet on the blog lately (understatement acknowledged!).  The short reason is that the time I would normally put towards the blog has been taken up with other things, in particular doing a sponsored charity swim over the last few months of 2013 and running over the first half of 2014.  I’m hoping to develop the running into another charity fund-raiser in due course, but in the meantime there’s a photography angle I want to share with you.  More after the jump…

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Cycle Race – Tour Series Durham Stage

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

I have wanted to shoot this event for several years but something has always prevented me from attending…until this year.  Not even a last-minute bout of man-flu could keep me away.

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Olympic Torch Relay

Monday, June 18th, 2012

I was really pleased to get to see the Olympic Torch Relay as it passed through Durham City this weekend.  (more…)

Water birds

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

I had one of my best ever wildlife experiences last week.  Find out more inside… (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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Choosing a Canon 70-200mm lens

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I’ve recently been through a very difficult buying decision and I’ve read that it’s one which many Canon shooters face – which 70-200mm lens should I buy?  If you search on this subject, the internet is full of opinions, but I found many didn’t help me to make my choice.  The bottom line is – it’s a completely personal choice, noone can really tell you which to choose and you need to decide for yourself.  So why am I writing a post about it, then?!  I thought I would share the factors that influenced my choice in case the thought process I went through helps anyone else make their decision.  More after the jump… (more…)

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