The House of Bernada Alba0
neil posted in Photos, Neil on October 26th, 2007
I shot these with my little internal voice going “dry dry dry”. I’m shooting a play about a tyrannical mother with an all female cast for Student. I don’t know a thing about it but I’ve got an incredibly short time to shoot some selected scenes the staring straight ahead and the sewing scene. Its made shorter by the “mourning” girls bursting into laughter at random. I shoot a handful of dry but publishable images and pack my gear to go. The girls begin to warm up and prepare for the show. Its then they request the techs play “Total Eclipse of the Heart” as a vocal warmup and tensionbreaker. I can’t leave, its impossible. The dry subjects suddenly dancing in mourning garb and emo’ing the song splendidly. Camera in hand I wade back in for some much better but unpublishable images. Full shoot here.
My 1D and other animals….0
neil posted in Travel on October 24th, 2007
Had a bit of company on the Peffermill touchlines today. Normally its a cold and lonely place. However Ed Fisher (Fisherphotographics) had decided to meet the photographers for the newly founded “Journal” at a ladies hockey match. I was covering the men’s for “Student” and the Sports Union. Was good to have good light, company and a chinwag. Tom Bishop, a fellow PhD student, had brought some new toys to play with. A Canon 1.4x teleconverter and 135mm f/2. I had a shot with both. 100% crop comparisons are here. Note the teleconverter was at ISO800 to compensate for a setting sun and the smaller aperture. Also had a play with another photog’s 40D. Not long enough for an opinion though.
The 135mm f/2 had the autofocus speed of an Stoat with its nuts on fire. I did’nt think I’d see a lens make a top-of-the-line 70-200mm f2.8 look SLOW.. but there it was. It needed it and was’nt a great sports lens at f/2. Even with a 1D’s autofocus alchemy it could’nt reliably make f/2 images of ladies hockey. With a DOF so shallow, it was a trick to make a suitably sharp image of a moving target. I did only give it a ten minute test however. For flashless basketball it might still be a very interesting lens.
The 1.4x teleconverter did the job, I don’t like f/4 as a maximum aperture but it did seem to bring home the bacon in terms of sharpness and the AF was’nt bad at all. The colours lose their edge a bit and it does a hint of the use-less-of-the-dynamic-range-than-is-available trick which cripples my Nikon/Kenko 2x teleconverter. It is’nt so bad and a second in lightroom/photoshop/aperture/gimp will have the colours kick again.
Most of all though.. I’m liking the speed of the 1D.
Small not so white purring machine2
Kate posted in Travel on October 24th, 2007
So on Saturday I became the proud owner of a kitten. She eats sleeps and purrs a lot…her life is what I want mine to be. Apart from the being abandoned, kicked and being deaf part. Pictures are in the gallery. she should be white, but she ended up sleeping in some soot so shes not at the moment. her cuteness knows no bounds though.