Out with the Mitcham Camera Club

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.

 

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Taken with 5D Mark III and EF 17-40mm f/4L USM – ping pong tables at Paternoster Square

 

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In-camera HDR created with ‘Art Vivid’ mode on 5D Mark III, again with EF 17-40mm f/4L USM – view of St Paul’s
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5D Mark III with EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM – photographers looking for the right shot.

 

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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.

 

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Exactly same as before, HDR created in Photoshop CC – Fleet Place House again.

 

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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!

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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EOS 5D Mark III and EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS II USM – snap!

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM on EOS M3 – Photographers can never decide which is the best angle.

 

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EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM on EOS M3 – Girl with guitar.

 

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EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM on EOS M3 – luminous display in a sushi bar.

 

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EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM on EOS M3 – a woman  listening to a performer at Covent Garden

 

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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/

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