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Landscape / From Austria
« on: July 20, 2012, 06:36:01 AM »
Just back from a short trip to Austria and took both of my cameras with me.  When I need speed, the 645D just isn't built for that so bird shots will nearly always be done with the Canon. I do find that the Pentax has much better dynamic range than the Canon, although the Canon's inbuilt HDR is good and even better as it retains the RAW files.  Here are some more shots including some of the Maltatal Dam, which is Austria's highest at about 700ft high.

Canon 5D mk III EF 16 - 35 at 17mm and f/14 1/30 and ISO 400

Malta-dam---Canon by singingsnapper, on Flickr

The view from the top of the dam:

canon 5D mk III EF 16 - 35 L at 20mm and f/14 1/40 ISO 400

View-from-Alms-Dam by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Looking from the top of Villach Alpenstrasse - this is a handheld HDR using photomatix to blend the three exposures taken using auto bracketing on 5D3:

Canon 5D mk III Carl Zeiss 35 f/2 at f/8 ISO 100

View-from-the-top-of-the-Vallach-Alpenstrasse by singingsnapper, on Flickr

An alpine bird - not sure which one could be a kind bird from the crow family, possibly a raven:

Canon 5D mk III EF 70 - 200 f/2.8 IS L at f/8 and 200mm 1/1250 ISO 400

alpine-bird by singingsnapper, on Flickr

An alpine cow complete with bell:

Canon 5D mk III EF 70 - 200 L at f/8 and 200mm, 1/400 ISO 400

Alpine-Cow-with-bells-on! by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Street & City / Some from London
« on: June 30, 2012, 09:28:09 AM »
From the balcony on the top floor of a building close to Fishmonger's Hall, The Shard with the sun reflecting on to its surface

Canon 5D mk III Carl Zeiss 35 f/2 at f/16 1/80 ISO 100 (all shots with same lens and camera)

Sunstar-on-the-Shard-in-London by singingsnapper, on Flickr

looking at the same view at sunset:

f/8 1/50 ISO 200

The-shard-at-sunset by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Looking down the Thames

f/7.1 1/60 ISO 200

Overlooking-London-and-Tower-Bridge-at-Sunset by singingsnapper, on Flickr

The following morning looking across Millenium Bridge towards St Paul's Cathedral:

f/11 1/80 ISO 100

Looking-across-Millenium-Bridge-London by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Stood beside the Millenium Bridge looking across the Thames:

f/11 1/60 ISO 100

Looking-across-the-Thames-from-under-Millenium-Bridge by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Sports / Great North Swim, Windermere, English Lake District
« on: June 24, 2012, 01:01:54 PM »
The Great North Swim finally got underway today on Windermere after being rained off for two days. I grabbed my 5D mk III and my 7D plus a couple of long lenses: 28 - 300L and Tamron 200 - 500.  I haven't gone through the 7D shots yet, but here are some from the 5D:

Canon 5D mk III Tamron 200 - 500 at 500mm f/8 ISO 400 1/800

Great-North-swim1 by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Same lens and camera f/8 1/1600 ISO 400

Great-North-Swim-2 by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Same lens and camera f/8 1/2000 ISO 800

hreat-north-swim-3 by singingsnapper, on Flickr

1/3200 ISO 800

Great-North-Swim-4 by singingsnapper, on Flickr

The media are here in force, BBC2 covering the elite parts of the race and someone is being interviwed on a boat while the elite women swim in water that's below 14 degrees (55F)

Great-North-Swim-5 by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Landscape / Out and about around Chelsea, London
« on: June 21, 2012, 07:01:39 AM »
I was in London yesterday for meetings and a party and I took some time between the meetings and the party to take some photos along the Thames.  The weather was pretty good unlike today - pouring down here in the Lake District.

Canon 5D mk III Carl Zeiss 35 f/2 at f/5.6 1/800 ISO 100

Chelsea-Enbankment by singingsnapper, on Flickr

converted to black and white in Silver efex pro 2 using Pan F 50 profile

chelsea-enbankment-bw by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Looking down the Thames from Battersea Bridge towards the fantastic Albert Bridge:

Same camera lens combo f/8 1/250 ISO 100

Looking-down-the-Thames by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Closer to Albert Bridge looking towards the Houseboats in the middle

Canon 5D mk III EF 24 - 70 L at 28mm and f/11 1/125 ISO 100

Albert-Bridge-and-the-Thames by singingsnapper, on Flickr

converted in Silver efex

It's-the-Albert-Bridge-in-black-and-white! by singingsnapper, on Flickr

The houseboats still have the flags in celebration of this special year:

Canon 5D mk III EF 180 L macro at f/6.3 1/320 ISO 100

patriotic-houseboats by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Above me was an airship which I waited to be over me before using my 180 macro to capture it

f/8 and 1/1400

London-airship by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Finally a candid of a cyclist using the same lens

f/7.1 1/320 ISO 200

cyclist-on-enbankment by singingsnapper, on Flickr

cyclist-on-embankment-bw by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Landscape / Sunny afternoon on the Gower Peninsula, South Wales
« on: June 18, 2012, 10:02:00 PM »
Had family down for a few days so we took them down to the Gower and to Rhosili in particular.  There were a number of wild horses and sheep around and the sheep and this horse appear to be having a discussion:

Canon 5D mk III Carl Zeiss 35 f/2 at f/11 1/100 ISO 100

What-did-the-sheep-say-to-the-Gower-Horse- by singingsnapper, on Flickr

A horse close to the edge of the cliff at Rhosilli

Same camera/lens combo f/11 1/160

rhosilli-horses by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Looking towards Worm's Head:

Same camera/lens combo f/8 1/320

Looking-towards-Worm's-Head by singingsnapper, on Flickr

I used the in viewfinder level check to assist me in a handheld panorama comprising 10 images shot in portrait orientation merged in CS5.

Canon 5D mk III CZ 35 f/2 at f/8 1/400 ISO 100

Gower panorama by singingsnapper, on Flickr

decided to try in black and white using Silver efex 2

Gower panorama bw by singingsnapper, on Flickr

As we headed home, we stopped off at Oxwich Bay as the weather started to turn with a storm rolling in:

Canon 5D mk III EF 14mm f/2.8L II at f/16 and 1/100 ISO 100 Converted in Silver efex II using Pan F 50 profile

Gathering-storm-at-Oxwich-Bay by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Black & White / Along the sea front in Aberavon, South Wales
« on: June 13, 2012, 05:57:40 PM »
The weather hasn't been fantastic in my part of Wales but we have been spared (touches wood) the severe flooding that other parts of the country have suffered. 

I took a stroll down to the beach with my camera and my new CZ 35mm lens to put it through its paces out and about:

Looking towards the harbour across the sand:

Canon 5D mk III Carl Zeiss ZE 35mm f/2 Distagon T* at f/16 and 1/80 ISO 200

Looking-to-the-harbour by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Looking over the sea defences into the Bristol Channel:

Canon 5D mk III Carl Zeiss ZE 35mm f/2 Distagon T* at f/9 and 1/160 ISO 100

looking-over-swansea-bay-over-the-defences by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Along the front there are a few art sculptures funded by local government.  I call this one, The Squiggle

Canon 5D mk III Carl Zeiss ZE 35mm f/2 Distagon T* at f/8 and 1/60 ISO 100

The-squiggle by singingsnapper, on Flickr

On my way back I walked along the sand and caught site of someone's sand drawing of a plane

Canon 5D mk III Carl Zeiss ZE 35mm f/2 Distagon T* at f/16 and 1/30 ISO 800

sand-airplane-bw by singingsnapper, on Flickr

All converted using Silver Efex pro 2

Third Party Manufacturers / Carl Zeiss ZE 35 f/2
« on: June 08, 2012, 08:33:34 AM »
This arrived this afternoon just before 1pm UK time:

new-toy by singingsnapper, on Flickr

From very early playing around it looks supersharp.  Need the weather to behave to have a real play and blowing a gale here. More like November than June!

Street & City / Olympic torch relay in Swansea
« on: June 01, 2012, 06:56:19 AM »
Treat Trust Wales is a charity for which I support. They are working to introduce a rehabilitation centre for the disabled and people getting over illness in Wales.  Melanie Davies is the founder of the charity who was involved in a motorcycle crash at the age of 15 and broke her back and lost all feeling from the chest down.  In later years after the health system had failed her saying that she would not live to her 30th birthday, she has survived breast cancer twice, and written an autobiography called Never say die.  As a footnote she ended up marrying the surgeon who first treated her when she was admitted in hospital at 15. 

Mel was rightfully selected as one of the torch bearers in the Olympic Torch relay through Swansea. Here are a few pictures I took when there to support her:

Canon 5D mk III EF 180 f/3.5L at f/7.1 1/2500 ISO 500

mel-+flame by singingsnapper, on Flickr

same settings

mel+flame2 by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Canon 5D mk III EF 24 - 70L at 24mm and f/7.1 1/800 ISO 500

Mel-carrying-torch by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Canon 5D mk III EF 24 - 70 L at 35mm and f/13 1/160 ISO 500

here's-mel-handing-over-the-flame by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / english Lakeland sheep and lambs
« on: May 31, 2012, 12:02:42 PM »
The Lake District in England has some hardy sheep, mainly of the Herdwick breed.  They are an inquisitive sheep and it was amusing watching the young spring lambs chasing each other across the fields at 9pm running into each other and jumping over each other. Here are some shots of some of the sheep and lambs that I encountered.

Canon 5D mk III EF 180 f/3.5L macro at f/5 1/160 ISO 1600

inquisitive-rydal-lamb by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Earlier that day I passed this lamb and its mother relaxing in the fields below Loughrigg:

Canon 5D mk III EF 180 f/3.5L macro at f/9 1/160 ISO 500

spring-lamb-relaxes-with-mum by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Same camera and lens f/10 1/160 ISO 500

_..and-so-to-sleep by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Further around the area called Under Loughrigg this lamb introduced himself to another herdwick lamb

Canon 5D mk III EF 180 f/3.5L at f/20 1/200 ISO 200

why-hello-there-fellow-lamb by singingsnapper, on Flickr

The previous day I had been in Langdale and this black lamb caught my eye - I obviously caught his too!

Canon 5D mk III EF 180 f/3.5L at f/8 1/80 ISO 800

Baa-baa-black-sheep-have-you-any-wool by singingsnapper, on Flickr

This sheep had an interesting way of eating grass - by kneeling down:

Canon 5D mk III EF 180 f/3.5L at f/7.1 and 1/320 ISO 800

kneeling-down-to-get-to-the-grass by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Canon 5D mk III EF 180 f/3.5L macro at f/5.6 and 1/320 ISO 800

getting-down-to-it! by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Landscape / A few days in the Cotswolds, England UK
« on: May 30, 2012, 03:42:41 PM »
My wife and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary last week and we spent a few days in the very pretty little village of Painswick.  It is a very quiet place indeed - it felt like a Sunday on both Thursday and Friday!

This is Painswick's pretty church - quite contrasty so decided to convert to black and white in Silver efex pro 2

Canon 5D mk III EF 16 - 35mm L II at f/16 and 16mm 1/30 ISO 200

Painswick-church-and-its-yew-Trees by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Another one late that evening - I remarked to my wife after we had eaten our main course (we were sat down outside for dinner) that the way the sun was hitting the church was beautiful - at this point she sighed and said :"Go on then, get your camera - but don't be long" I asked her if she was sure, and then grabbed my camera from our room and then quickly took a few shots.  I hsten to add that this wasn't on our anniversary night - even I wouldn't have dared even raise the subject on the anniversary dinner - even though there was a perfect crescent of the moon right by the steeple of the church as we walked around the church the previous evening after our anniversary dinner.

Canon 5D mk III EF 16 - 35L II at f/13 and 20mm 1/25 ISO 400

Painswick-church-at-sunset by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Earlier in the day we had walked around the slightly underwhelming Rococo Gardens which while not cheap to enter (£7.15 each) weren't very dramatic.  We just used the time to chill on the grass in and out of the shade. 

This is looking down the avenues of food gardens towards a sculpture wall

Canon 5D mk III EF 24 - 70L @ f/16 and 24mm 1/100 ISO 160

rococo-garden by singingsnapper, on Flickr

And a shot of the sculpture at the end

Canon 5D mk III EF 24 - 70L at f/16 and 24mm 1/125 ISO 160

rococo-2 by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Landscape / Back in the Lake District
« on: May 21, 2012, 05:03:22 AM »
Back in the Lake District and so far (touch wood) the weather is holding out. Took a gentle 12 mile walk yesterday and took over 400 photos giving my 180mm macro a good tryout.

Canon 5D mk III EF 24 -70 L at 25mm and f/16 1/25 ISO 160

Brathay-terrace by singingsnapper, on Flickr

The bluebells are stil out:

Canon 5D mk III EF 24 - 70L at 24mm and f/14 1/40 ISO 400

A-path-through-bluebell-wood by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Coming back towards the end of the day looking across the River Brathay towards the Langdale Pikes

Canon 5D mk III EF 180mm f/3.5 L macro at f/11 1/160 ISO 800

Langdale-evening by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Third Party Manufacturers / Film is still hard to beat
« on: May 14, 2012, 05:13:37 AM »
While my Pentax 645D is in Tokyo being repaired, I gave my 645 lenses a workout in Korea with a few different kinds of film.  I don't believe that digital is YET able to completely replicate the effect.

Got some film developed and scanned at 15mp in Seoul for the princely sum of £4 each film (about $6).  These are from a trip to an island about 80km from Seoul except one from Seoul itself

Pentax 645N FA 45 - 85 at 45mm and f/16 1/60 Kodak Ektra 100

what-a-lot-of-statues!-Ektra by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Pentax 645N FA 45-85 at 50mm f/11 1/160 Fuji Reala 100

Buddha-with-ice-cream-Reala by singingsnapper, on Flickr

and the one from the streets of Seoul

Pentax 645N FA 45 - 55 at 45mm 1/160 f/11 Kodak Ektra 100

Looking-down-the-road-in-Gangnam by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Abstract / An accidental abstract from Seoul
« on: May 07, 2012, 11:58:18 AM »
Still in Seoul and one of the venues on this trip is one of the huge department stores they have here in Korea.  I took my ultrawide 14mm L lens having a bit of fun with colleagues taking off beat portraits - never flattering but good fun nonetheless.  On one shot, I forgot that the lens was on manual focus and took this shot.  I think it's quite an interesting abstract, but it could just be rubbish! It was pure luck in many ways to get the original shot and I have played with the levels a little to give it a little more contrast

Canon 5D mk III EF 14mm L II at f/5.6 and 1/100 ISO 1600

abstract-corridor by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Portrait / Korean Gent in traditional dress
« on: May 02, 2012, 12:52:09 PM »
 Korean gentleman dressed in traditional dress called a Hanbok. He looked very distinguished, and having worn one myself (the maker tried to convince me to have a pink one as pink is a very popular colour in Korea for men) they are comfortable especially on hot days.

Canon 5D mk III EF 24 - 70L at 45mm f/8 1/250 ISO 800

Korean-gent-in-Hanbok by singingsnapper, on Flickr

same camera and lens at 42mm f/8 1/250 ISO 800

Korean-gentleman-in-Hanbok by singingsnapper, on Flickr

Landscape / In Seoul
« on: May 02, 2012, 12:51:31 PM »
I am being very fortunate with my travels this last few weeks and am getting more and more colour from glorious sunshine and warm temperatures while the UK shivers and is soaked.  I arrived in Seoul yesterday after a long flight via Helsinki.  After a good night's sleep, I took a wander over to the temple at Gangnam:

Canon 5D mk III EF 24 - 70 L @ f/16 and 30mm, 1/100, ISO 100

Gangnam-Buddha by singingsnapper, on Flickr

We then went out for a few trips and eating great local food out in the blazing sun, and then rounded off the day in a garden called The Garden of Morning Calm

There was a pleasant scene as we finished  the day by a small pond:

Canon 5D mk III EF 24 - 70L at f/16 and 27mm 1/25 ISO 320

Garden-of-Morning-calm---at-evening! by singingsnapper, on Flickr

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