This extremely nice man has in importance in my life that very few other men could ever have; Mike made both of my acoustic guitars and they are wonderful, powerful sounding instruments.  Last night I dropped my guitar off with him for a service at the beautiful Lake of Menteith, (Scotland’s only Lake!), and was delighted to meet Mike’s Fiancée, Susie. I had no plans to take any photographs, but imagine my delight when Mike took me up on my observation about the view of the Lake and how ideal it would be for a photograph of him. It turns out that Mike and Susie haven’t had many photos recently, so a 10 minute impromptu photo session ensued. The light was lovely and I happened to have my new and surprisingly compact Canon 100D with 24mm pancake lens in my bag.

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Putting Mike and Susie with the light behind them, meant using fill flash. If this had been a planned session then I would have used a remote flash to bring a more “shaping” direction of light, however, the pop-up flash on the little DSLR did a great job of providing some controllable fill. I have been very impressed by the quality and versatility of this camera. When I sold my old 500D to get this, I wondered whether I would regret it, or find no difference at all; I am already noticing lots of things I really like and have no regrets at all. The touchscreen is excellent for a start; selecting a different focus point with the screen instead of the D-pad on the old 500D was more intuitive.
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Anyway, photography really isn’t all about the kit, there is no nicer feeling for a portrait photographer than having people feeling relaxed in front of the camera. Mike and Susie are really lovely and I love these pictures of them.

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Not much to be said here, except I really liked the light reflecting from my very golden creme brulee through the dried leaves of my complementary physalis. This was using my currently ever-present 24mm pancake lens. Despite appearances, this is an afternoon picture from last week, not an evening or candlelight photograph.

I was a bit lazy with this image as it was handheld and only 1/25th of a second. This is not fast enough and I had not checked beyond glancing at the image on the screen. I got lucky though.

Just loving this lens though!

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My dear friend Jay on the battlement of the ruins of Carnasserie Castle last weekend. I always enjoy photographing Jay as he has such a relaxed confidence throughout everything he does; perhaps he trusts me a little to get a decent image as well? This was using my now trusty 24mm pancake lens on my carry-around EOS 500D. Because the surrounding Kilmartin Glen hills demanded some inclusion, I used an uncharacteristic f8 aperture to widen the depth of field a bit more than my usual taste.

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HB in her self-chosen coat, presenting a colour photography opportunity against the oddly painted St. Enoch Centre car park in Glasgow.

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It was strange being in Oban last weekend. When we lived in Lochgilphead, Oban at the weekend was pretty much every second week as an activity. It has now been a year since we have been there, so it was great to have a wee visit for dinner and a swim with Grandpa for wee HB. After dinner was over, at a place on the pier, the sunset began and I demanded that Julie pop outside for a quick picture. There was a moment of golden magic in the sky, but it didn’t last very long. You really have to snatch the opportunities when they come along. This one used my 500D’s pop-up flash to fill in Julie’s face and prevent her becoming a Julie-shaped black hole in the image. I am really delighted with this picture.

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This one is taken a little later, after the sun was completely down, the technique was just the same. HB is becoming a wee poser. Her blue coat against the complementary bollard is a lovely colourful touch here.

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Just a little bit before dinner I think, a family snap. I like the rim-lighting given by the strong backlighting from the low sun. Halos all around.

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I love this rare photo of Isobel. I could have got a stronger effect if I had used the fill flash technique again, however Isobel’s glasses are very reflective and the flash reflects far too strongly from them for it to be a natural look. The equalisation of levels is all done with Lightroom afterwards here. I don’t think the picture could be done with the sun much higher is the foreground and background brightness would be just too different. I love the sheer warmth of this one. I added a little medium grain as it so often ties a picture together when there has been a lot of processing of levels.

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Here is the same boat as a sunset landscape.

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IMG_6463The combination of my elderly 500D and just two pancake primes is working really well. I included the lens choices with the images just to illustrate how versatile these two small lenses are. The combination is still more bulky than I would wish, but it does fit in my messenger bag with room for an ipad and a few other bits and pieces.

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