I hope you don’t mind that from time to time I’ll indulge myself by posting about some of my actual photographic adventures here. I’ll add a few technical bits in for those who are interested.
Now, I’m not by any means a terrific photographer, I’ve still got a lot to learn. So I’d especially appreciate comments and suggestions about what you would have done differently for particular shots. Bear in mind in many cases I didn’t have a lot of time to compose a shot or move around to a different angle as we were moving as a group through London.
So, last month I went out for an evening photographizing in London with the Mitcham Camera Club, starting near St Paul’s and ending up at Covent Garden. Here are some of the shots I took, I’ll add a few comments in between.
Taken with 5D Mark III and EF 17-40mm f/4L USM – ping pong tables at Paternoster Square
5D Mark III with EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM – photographers looking for the right shot.
HDR Image created in Photoshop CC using the three source files from an in-camera HDR which didn’t turn out as well. 5D Mark III and EF 17-40mm f/4L USM – Fleet Place House.
Exactly same as before, HDR created in Photoshop CC – Fleet Place House again.
Another in-camera HDR shot that worked well. Note that I didn’t take a tripod with me so all of these shots, including HDR, were hand-held. 5D Mark III and EF 17-40mm f/4L USM – Not entirely sure where this was, lost track of where exactly we were by this point!
Back to people-spotting with my favourite combination for this, the EOS M3 and EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro, always at f/2.8
This image is an 80 megapixel montage based on a combination of 11 shots taken with my EOS M3 and EF 100mm f/2.8 IS USM Macro. Total final resolution is 6042×12383 pixels. I used Photoshop CC’s panorama function to combine them. It hasn’t done a 100% perfect job as you can see there are some slight distortion issues, but in general it’s not too bad.
EOS 5D Mark III and EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS II USM – snap!
This is another image combined using Photoshop’s panorama tool to create a 36 megapixel image. I wasn’t sure how much more I should crop this. Again EOS M3 and EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro
I switched lenses around and used the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM on the EOS M3 for this shot of a streetlamp.
EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM on EOS M3 – Photographers can never decide which is the best angle.
EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM on EOS M3 – Girl with guitar.
EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM on EOS M3 – luminous display in a sushi bar.
EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM on EOS M3 – a woman listening to a performer at Covent Garden
Perspective corrected in Lightroom CC. 5D Mark III and EF 17-40mm f/4L USM – Last photo I took before getting the train home, Abford House near Victoria Station.
Thank you to the Mitcham Camera Club for leading a very enjoyable evening’s photography. If you live close enough to Mitcham/Hackbridge why not join the club? See: http://www.mitchamcameraclub.co.uk/