Jul 5, 2012
Written By: admin
Playing with my new lens.
Just added a couple new Canon 5d Mark IIIs to my arsenal as well as a tiny little Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM ‘Pancake’ lens.
It’s hard to motivate myself to take photos on my day off taking photos…so in order to make testing the 5d III & 40mm STM Pancake lens fun, I had to step back and remove all traces of my technical working practice, and become free from the pressure to perform.
How did I do that? Easy, but first of all I used a black marker to debadge the whole dam set up (advertise what I have in my hand, for Canon? NO!). Then I set the ISO to auto, stuck her in Aperture Priority (AV) mode at f5.6 – put the astonishing auto focus into mindless mode, and my absolute favourite option was to turn the f stop to F5.6 and get down and dirty. F5.6 neither here nor there thus concentration on the good stuff; the moment!
The following photos where shot on a rare day off and document a few of the things that surrounded me: my family, and my Lifeguard buddies down at my local beach Porthtowan. I also shot some random objects just to test the sharpness of the Canon 40mm f2.8 STM lens… Which turns out to be wicked sharp and only £200. This lens is going to be so much fun, especially for travelling light and keeping it simple.
The new Canon 5d mark III has a multi shot mode which merges two photos in camera. The next couple of shots are an example of this multi shot feature. I found it’s best to shoot one of the frames with a lot of negative space (sky, plan wall etc). Here they work well in telling the story of a lifeguard watching over his flock..