Category Archives: Canon DSLR

Photos using the Canon 7D

Mountain Bikes at Oxford Falls

Dusted off the old DSLR for a mountain bike shoot at Oxford Falls in Sydney. Fun day and happy with the results.

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Inspired by Andy Biggs and “Photograph” Magazine

I’ve just been reading thru the 2nd edition of  “Photograph“, a quarterly magazine which can be downloaded as a pdf from Craft & Vision.

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The portfolio of Andy Biggs got me inspired to to look thru some old photos from a trip to Africa in 2006.

Andy has edited his wildlife photos to all be black and white, I had never thought to process my Africa photos in this way, below is the result of my re-process of a few Kenya, Tanzania and Ugandan photos from a safari I did in 2006.

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Sailing photos from a different angle

2012-13 Cherub National Championship, Belmont Bay, Lake Macquarie

Not everyone can spend the money on a helicopter to achieve aerial sailing photos. I needed an alternative for a regatta that was happening in my local area, so the idea came to climb the mast of a yacht and spend the day up the mast to achieve a different angle for sailing photos. Not quite looking straight down like you could in a helicopter but enough that the photos don’t show the background on a tight photo of a boat.

2012-13 Cherub National Championship, Belmont Bay, Lake Macquarie

The event was the 2012/2013 Cherub National Titles held on Lake Macquarie, hosted by the Belmont 16ft Skiff Club.

This is the view from a GoPro camera mounted on my head while i’m shooting the event.

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It was quite a challenging angle to shoot from, the yacht was motoring but the waves still made the boat move around quite a bit, this movement gets exaggerated the further up the mast you get so I needed to hang on and was using my legs to wrap around the spare halyards (ropes) to try and steady myself.

2012-13 Cherub National Championship, Belmont Bay, Lake Macquarie

Camera settings were very similar to shooting from a boat, high shutter speed in the range on 1/2500 second to stop the action and keep the images sharp from me moving around.

2012-13 Cherub National Championship, Belmont Bay, Lake Macquarie

Overall I am happy with the results from the DSLR. It achieved a different angle that made the boats stand out instead of being lost in the background when shooting from water level. Next I just need to keep the GoPro clean so the images are not hazy.

2012-13 Cherub National Championship, Belmont Bay, Lake Macquarie

Cherub Nationals 2012 – Day 3

 

Day 3 of the 2012 Cherub National titles saw a very good NE sea breeze blowing across Belmont Bay on Lake Macquarie. Todays images below.

 

On a side note : To the official from the host club – Thanks for telling us what you think (hold back on the language next time) and threats to ban us from the course…. stop power tripping, look behind you and get out of the way of the boats.Cherub Nationals 2012 1

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Sunrise – a nice time to ponder

A good time to think…

Have been doing some thinking about photography and gear recently. The large DSLR (Canon 7D) has been collecting dust a little bit lately, the iPhone has been the go to camera but I have managed to use my old micro 4/3 camera (Panasonic GF1) a little bit lately and have been enjoying the shallow focus that is possible with the 20mm f1.7 pancake lens. The movie mode on this camera has been especially fun with the defocus slider control. So much so that i’ve ordered the Panasonic GX1 (it’s been discounted lately).  Should arrive in the next few days so will do a mini review soon.

It seems like my photography is falling into three categories – iPhone for everyday shooting, Micro 4/3 for portraits and photography that has a bit more “thought” behind it, and the DSLR for the sporting events.