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Tranquility

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Tranquility

Perfect overnight conditions meant for a pretty spectacular misty morning spent on the Cambridgeshire Fens. 

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High ISO Performance of the Canon 1DX

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High ISO Performance of the Canon 1DX

While visiting the Woodland hide at an organised Northshots weekend in Scotland I decided to have a bit of fun with the Canon 1DX high ISO capabilities. Now, I was already very familiar with the 1DX's ability on high ISO as I regularly shoot at ISO4000 at football matches. Still it's always fun to push the limits and I have to admit that I was very impressed with an ISO 20,000 shot (yes that is twenty thousand ISO) ... 1DX - ISO 20,000 (unedited)

Yes, there is noise Mr Pixel Peeker, but in situations when you want to shoot a record shot and the light is very bad, then this will be very useful indeed.

And of course with a program such as Lightroom you can clean this up a bit to make it more presentable. Arguably even more than a standard record shot.

1DX - ISO 20,000 (processed)

Below a 100% zoom/crop of the unedited 20k ISO image.

ISO 20,0000 (100% crop)

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The Grumpy Hare

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The Grumpy Hare

I'm not too sure this Hare was best pleased with the Photoshoot I had organised .. perhaps it was the HARE and makeup .... oh sorry that's terrible :) The Grumpy Hare

Technial details

  • Camera: Canon 1DX
  • Lens: 400mm f/2.8 (with 2x Extender attached)
  • Settings: f/5.6, 640ISO, 1/2000 second

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Follow the Leader

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Follow the Leader

An absolutely beautiful morning down at Burwell Fen at the weekend. Quite quiet on the wildlife front but even on mornings like that it is still fantastic to be out amongst the goings on. On the way back to the car the Greylag Geese were starting to make their way to their daytime feeding grounds. Trying to frame the birds between the best colour in the sky and the tops of the trees. I think it works quiet well. Follow the Leader

Technical details

  • Camera - Canon 1DX
  • Lens - 400mm f/2.8
  • ISO - 100
  • Aperture - f/3.5
  • Shutter - 1/1250 second

Oh, on a different note my very first eBook has been published and is available for sale here.

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Falling Leaves

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Falling Leaves

Falling Down - Autumn Leaves As I stood watching the leaves fall from the trees I wondered to myself what it must feel like for the leaf. To be attached to something all of ones life, only then at the very end to be rejected and let go. Time to give some zoom-burst technique a bit of a go.

The key factor to creating an effect like this is to maintain a slower shutter speed  - in this case it was 1/25 second. To achieve this during daylight (and without using filters) I needed to up the Aperture while keeping ISO low. I then focus on a particular leaf and while firing the shutter quickly zoom the lens (in or out). To create the feeling of falling I zoomed out in this case. The technique is a lot of fun and while sometimes can be hit or miss it's certainly worth keeping in your locker when you are in one of your more creative moods. Remember with the slower shutter speeds you will need to be careful to avoid unnecessary camera shake.

And as for that particular leaf? Well during my time shooting it hung on. I wonder how long it will last.

Technical details

  • Camera - Canon 1DX
  • Lens - Canon 24-104 f/4
  • Aperture - f/6.3
  • Shutter - 1/25 second
  • ISO - 100
  • Other - as you are taking the exposure quickly zoom the lens in or out. You don't need to zoom too far and of course remember given the slower shutter speeds you may get some unwanted camera shake.

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