Wet day wander in and around Swanage

Saturday 8th January, a very wet and windy day in the UK, Mrs C and I had a wander in and around Swanage, Corfe Castle and ending at Durdle Door where the rain eased to allow some photography time.

Here a re few images taken as a “backup” to my Canon AL-1 35mm camera

As soon as I have developed the 3 rolls of film I took I will post the images on my VintageFilm.co.uk website

DC x


A collection of apples red and glass.

Gear used
Canon R with RF 35mm lens
Westcott FJ 80 and FJ 400 strobe flashes
Mustard backing paper
Black Perspex (Flexi glass)
Glass jar, Apples, Water
Photoshop for editing.

I visit to buy and sometimes set up stall to sell at a local Car boot sale here in the UK.

Sunday 5th Dec 2021 I came across this glass bowl or jar shaped like an apple and immediately had a plethora of photography ideas whizz through my mind. Bought it straight away for £2.

Also I have been busy tidying up the Studio (shed), purchasing end cut offs of background papers to get back into product style photography during the wet winter months.

Apples and Mustard

So on a rainy Tuesday 7th Dec I started to format this Wet Glass Apples idea.

I was going to roll the Mustard background paper out to do that seamless background look but decided to make a mini stand using my Ikea small shelves and a piece of black Perspex to give a nice reflection to the shot.

Using the Westcott FJ 80 with the grill attachment, i placed it under the mini table I had built to add the splash of light on the background. A few test shots later and the background was dialed in.

The Westcott FJ 400 with a 30 degree grill and barn doors plus the diffuser from a Westcott 2 x1 soft box gave me the right amount of light to illuminate the rest of the image.

Adding Apple Flavour.

Time to add the Apples. Initially I set four apples in the main pyramid you can see dry with no water spray and the picture looked ok. But i felt it needed something else so using one of the mini spray bottles i have, I coated the Apples and the inside of the jar which gave a better shot.

Still I felt it needed something elese to balance it up. The addition of the front apple, sprayed with water as well, finished off the look. I had kept the outside of the jar dry and took shots of that but tried some with making the outside wet also, so the jar mimiced the real apples.

This is what I settled on.

The strobes set at about 2/3rds power, f/11, 1/200 shutter and ISO 100 to take the shots.

Two images were taken and used to make this image. One with the focus on the top apple in the jar and the second on the front apple on the mini table.

Photoshop (PS) time.

Using the last two focus adjusted images, I made a stack in PS and adding a mask, pulled the front focused apple through so that the full image was now in focus.

A quick crop and horizon straighten, was not off by much, 0.2 degrees, then stretching the side of the image out to finish the image off which is shown here.

A collection of apples red and glass.

I am really pleased how this came out and have a couple of other ideas to try in the coming days and look forward to sharing them with you here.

At the same stall at the car boot sale I bought a pair of Pears & am looking forward to doing something with those soon as well.

I wish you well

DC x

Through the clouds

This is my second attempt at this kind of shot.

I take a lot of shots of the moon but recently I have been trying to capture the moon surrounded by clouds and with this second go in three months I think I am getting it.

Through the Clouds

Below is my first attempt back in October and I think you can see the step up in quality between the two.

Over the coming months I will be trying to capture what I consider the best shot I can, not a composite but in the camera with minor PS edits, and will share with you here.

The Nifty Trio

With the new Canon RF mount and the release of the RF 16mm we now have a cools set of Streetwise Lenses that are budget friendly which I call the “Nifty Trio”.

The Nifty Trio
The three streetwise players are the RF 16mm, RF 35mm and the RF 50mm.

This set of budget friendly primes give all you need to get creative out on the street, even when the sun goes down, and give you options while videoing your inserts for your street photography YouTube videos.

All are so light it makes sense to load your messenger bag or small rucksack up with all three and go have a cracking street photography session on a R, R6 or R5 body.

All three would also put up a good show for land and city scape image grabbers.

The Nifty Trio. Your budget buddies you can rely on.

Canon RF 16mm f/2.8 STM

Canon release the new RF 16mm f/2.8 STM lens which compliments the 50 and 35mm “affordable” RF lenses available today.

On the R6 it is pin sharp in the center with a little less sharpness in the corners. On the R5 with its 45mp sensor some report quiet a bit of sharpness fall of in the corners.

The f/2.8 gives a great be of light input for the lens which should hold you in good steed for a varaity of shots.

It is small, about the same size as the RF 50mm so popping it in your bag as your go to wide angle lens is a no brainer.

Can easily compliment your 24-105 or 70-200 as a useful tool for that landscape or cityscape shot that those ranges can not achieve.

At about £300 it is well within many photographers budget, just like the 50 and 35 which are great RF mount lenses also.

I have pre-ordered mine.

For the reasons above, I have pre-ordered mine on the Canon website and look forward to making a full review as soon as I can.

Why did I buy an EF lens for my Canon R6 body?

I have been looking for a f/2.8 lens for some stock video work I am doing to post on my new Wire Stock Page, and settled on a 24-70mm short telephoto.

But why choose the EF version over the new RF?

There are many reasons cost, near similar picture and build quality, cost, UK availabilty, cost oh have I mention cost lol.

But the key reason is that I can use this “new to me” Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens on both by R6 & R bodies via the adapter and my beloved Canon EOS 1V HS 35mm film camera.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

I get legendry sharpness

from the lens for both photography and video with added flexibility to use on any EF mount body I might own now and in the future.

I did watch many comparison videos between this lens and the new RF mount version and like many of the reviewers I could not justify the added cost between the two for what amounts to minimal upgrade in quality.

Why did I buy this Canon 24-70mm Lens?

I wanted a f/2.8 lens that I can use for all of my stills work, inc low light, but also as a go to lens for some videos I am making soon. This lens came highly recommended.

Managed to grab a great copy second hand for less than £1000 with the hood and caps and my first impressions are that it is very good indeed. Going to be a real asset going forward.

Over the coming weeks I will add examples of videos and pictures I take using the R6 + EF 24-70mm f/2.8 Mark 2 USM lens and fully explore them to give a full review of my own.