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Amsterdam

Canal and bridge

One of many bridges crossing one of the many canals in Amsterdam!

lamp and leaves

An ornate lamp surrounded by golden autumn leaves

bike and bridge

White bike on a bridge

bicycles on a bridge

Bicycles on a bridge

house of faces

Faces adorn the Huis Met De Hoofden

windmills

Windmills on the river Zaan

food and religion

Restaurant next to De Oude Kerk

coffee

Coffee in the red light district

Girls walk down Herenmarkt

Girls walk down Herenmarkt

windmill

Windmill on the river Zaan

Windmills along the river Zaan

Windmills along the river Zaan

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More experimentation with speedlites

As per my previous post, I have been experimenting a little more with speedlites. The problem I am currently tackling is getting the image that I am imagining in my head. For example, the last few shots of Ben diving for the ball were taken yesterday afternoon (in bright sun hence the lens flare!) but as I don’t have a stand for my off camera flash the resultant light from it looked a bit naff with most of it going on the grass. Now I could have enrolled a trusty assistant but M was just not getting into the spirit of standing still whilst holding a flash. However, even though the shots didn’t turn out the way I had imagined it was still a good little learning session and something to work on.

I am also looking to invest in a new speedlite that can act as a slave and a master. There are quite a few available on eBay so I’m hopeful I will have one soon. This might allow me to get the shots in my head onto paper – or the digital sensor as it is these days!

Anyway, it’s all a work in progress and slowly but surely I am learning the techniques. Now all I need to do is master them 😉

M with speedlite placed directly behind her
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M with speedlite placed directly behind her
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Ben shot with a roll of paper acting as a snoot!
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Ben shot with a roll of paper acting as a snoot!
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Testing my new toy!!!

Today my new Canon EF 28mm prime lens arrived- ordered from Warehouse Express yesterday! The more I use prime lenses, the more I like them and the quality of the images over standard zoom lenses is far superior (in my opinion!). I am lucky enough to have a Canon L lens (the 24-105mm) and if the shutter speed and aperture are chosen correctly then I would say the images it produces are on a par with a prime lens.

I have a feeling that over the next few weeks there will be a lot of discarded shots due to autofocus errors etc., but once I have had a good play with it I will post some more photos for you to review!


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A collection of sorts


I’ve been playing around with the smart albums function in Aperture a lot recently, and one cool thing that you can do is generate albums based on all sorts of weird and wonderful criteria. I’ve been making albums of shots taken with specific lenses and it has amazed me at the variety of photo that you can get with a single lens. The shots above and below were all taken using the Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens mounted on a Canon 30D. The previous post was photos taken using the Canon 50mm f/1.8, and when I get time I’ll post a few taken with the Canon 10-22mm super wide angle lens. Enjoy!

For more of my photos taken with the 24-105mm lens check out my flickr site.

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