It’s quite simple really, I enjoy taking photographs and always have done. As a student I had a poster-sized photo of a shot I took in the Lake District hanging on my wall and it got great reactions. On a number of occasions people have told me that they really like my shots, but on the whole I have been quite reticent to put my own images forward. I was encouraged to set up a blog and explore my more creative side and get feedback. So here it is, a blog in which I can, amongst other things, include photographs.
So I hope you enjoy what I have to offer and please stop by and make comments as this really is appreciated. I would remind you that this is my work and copyrights apply, so permission is required to use the images on this blog – just use the request form on the copyright page. All images on the blog are taken by myself (John Grant) unless specified otherwise.
Finally, I really appreciate people providing details of the equipment they used, so given this I thought I should do likewise. While I recall using my Dad’s heavy Praktica camera, which was handed down to me and is responsible for the Lake District poster shot, the first camera I really remember was the Ricoh KR10. A great SLR film camera that came with a fixed 50 mm lens, my feet being used as the optional zoom.
Then came the advent of digital and after a while I opted for a Fuji finepix Bridge camera and two more such models followed. Not happy with delay time and the view obtained through the viewfinder (my preference), I then tried a Panasonic Lumix bridge camera. Despite falling off the car roof on the way to my wedding venue, it still works fine. I finally succumbed to buying a full DSLR in 2010, the Canon 550D and I was lucky enough to add a few quality lenses.
So here is the equipment I currently use:
Bridge Camera: Pansonic Lumix DMC-FZ38.
I mainly use this when I want to carry around a small light weight camera and not the full DSLR. Pictures on the blog of the veggie patch and sightings up at the ‘Country Retreat’, such as the Spotted Flycatcher are typically taken with this. Bought 2009.
DSLR Camera: Canon Eos 550D, Canon 5d mk iii
So my 550d has now become my backup as I go full frame with my new toy (as from 2014), the 5d mk III. Of course the EF-S lenses cannot be used on this, but boy am I loving it and the ISO performance in particular.
Lenses for DSLR:
Canon 18-55mm EFS kit lens: Sharpness could be better and I now seldom use this lens
Canon Macro 100mm f2.8 USM “L” – Love using this for macro shots, such as flowers and also portraits as I find I can be at a more comfortable distance from the subject.
Canon EF 70 – 200mm 4.0f USM “L” lens – Carry with me most of the time I have the DSLR for its range and clarity.
Canon EFS 10 – 22mm lens – My most recent purchase and I absolutely love it for scenic landscape shots, nearly always in the bag when not on the camera.
Canon EFS 50mm 1.4f USM lens – I love natural light and got this lens to be able to work in low light conditions.
In a addition I have a Canon 2x Extender and have just acquired a separate flash unit (Mecabitz52 AF-1), though prefer to use natural light as far as possible. For each of the lenses I automatically put on a UV filter, in part to protect the lens, while also have polarising filters for the wider angle lenses.