Trip to London – Colour

Here are some colour images from the last trip to London. I am not sure if I prefer the colour or the black and white images. Some that work in monochrome, don’t work in colour and vice versa. However, it’s nice to have the choice when processing the digital files!

Trip to London – Monochrome

Some more (monochrome) images from the most recent trip to London this week. I will post up some thoughts about shooting in London in another blog. Just posting up ‘bits and bobs’ at the moment as time allows…



London trip

I was in London again for work today, where it was a very sweaty 29 degrees (apparently). It certainly felt very hot and tiring in the city. This is one shot from the shoot which, as usual, I did between walking to work and back from work to the train. More to follow, once I have edited the images.


Isle of Wight

I was back on the Isle of Wight a couple of days ago and managed to grab these images whilst on a quick stroll. I recently watched a Denae and Andrew Youtube video in which Andrew said that he did not have much time to do photography, so had to focus and use the time he had as best he could. Given that my situation is somewhat similar to his, I tend to do an identical thing. Much of what you see on this blog is essentially grabbed opportunities, rather than  dedicated photography periods (how nice would that be!)



Field in low light

I was out for a walk with the dog and saw this shot recently. I like how the shallow depth of field allows you to focus on a short horizontal band of grass, rather than the whole field. Using this selective focus technique can make an otherwise dull shot more interesting.



Not sure what this concrete slab is doing in a woodland, but hey I guess there is a reason.


Cornwall in the snow video

Here’s a video from the recent snowy weather that I experienced in Cornwall. Let’s just say video is very much a work in progress for me! I used Davinci Resolve to create the video. It’s very much a piece of software that I am still learning about.

I was a lot of fun both shooting the video and creating it in the software. Hopefully, I will post up some videos of the street photography that I have done as I have some footage from London that can be used to create a video. However, don’t expect anything anytime soon as I am very slow at this right now!

Shooting in bad weather

The last few days have been interesting in terms of the weather, with the snow then later rain. Today, there is hardly any snow left, just a few patches here and there lining fields. This is fairly typical for this part of Cornwall, as this sort of weather does not tend to stay around for long. Today has been a photography free day though as I have let the camera kit dry off and the lenses de-mist. In the meantime, I thought I would blog a little about shooting in bad weather.

In terms of camera equipment, I tend to keep my kit stored at home in a camera backpack. This means, that I can quickly check it and then go without too much fuss working out what needs to go and stay. Basically, my travel camera kit comprises of:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark 4
  • Canon EOS 16-35L series III F2.8 lens
  • Canon EOS 24-70L series II F2.8 lens
  • Canon EOS 70-200L USM F4 lens (the original non-IS version)
  • Sigma Art 50mm F1.4 lens
  • NiSi filter set (polariser, soft edge graduated filter, 10 stop ND filter)
  • Zomei variable ND filter for video work
  • Manfrotto 055 Aluminium tripod
  • Manfrotto 410 Junior geared head
  • Spare camera battery
  • Spare SD memory cards
  • Battery charger
  • Lowe pro flip side 400AW

Critically, each lens has a skylight filter on it. A lot of people question the value of these filters, but I can see three good reasons for having one attached to your lens: (1) they protect the lens from damage; (2) I’d rather keep cleaning a skylight filter in rough weather than the lens glass, less wear and tear on the protective coatings; (3) most importantly, on Canon L series lenses, the filter makes the lens weather sealed.

I was really impressed by the Canon 5D4 in the weather. I took it out in London some time ago in the wind and rain. It was soaked but continued to work well, so I was pretty confident it would survive this week. As these weather conditions were so rare, I decided to risk the camera to record them. If the camera died, it would have been a very expensive mistake! I didn’t cover the camera at all, which might have been sensible in hindsight. However, I was confident in the camera’s ability to manage poor weather. After all, this is one of the reasons you pay so much for a professional grade camera from a quality manufacturer like Canon.

I had thought about taking my Sony camera with me to Cornwall. It is actually easier to shoot, with the ability to review the images through the viewfinder. However, I felt that I could trust the Canon more when out in rough weather. I can’t say if the Sony would have been as good or worse, as I haven’t tested it in such conditions. However, I can safely say that my Canon cameras have managed everything that has been thrown at them over the last five years very well.

Camera systems like Canon and Nikon have good pedigree when it comes to weather sealing. Both of these are equally good as the other. I am told that the Sony is weather sealed, but I also know there are some question marks about to what extent it is sealed. It feels like a very well built camera (the A9, that is), but checking it out online people have differing views about what extent it is able to cope with rain and snow. For this reason, I didn’t feel that I was going to trust it to the elements.

So, I guess, one thing that this week has taught me is that no matter what clever and amazing specifications a camera has, being able to actually take it out and use it whenever you want is also very important when choosing a camera system. I can’t say that I had ever really thought seriously about the ‘weather sealing’ aspects before, but the last few days has made me realise just how important this really is.

Now, what I would really like to do, is find some more bad weather and take it out again!

More from today

A bit more of an update from today, The weather started out OK, then by early afternoon the snow returned, though not to the extent I thought it would. I went out again this evening to get some final images, but the snow has turned to rain. More snow is forecast tomorrow, but from my perspective, I would just prefer it to rain so I can get on and do things.