I’ve been doing a lot of event photography since I’ve been in Southampton, and whilst my new Sony A77ii (unusable at ISO 6400 and above) has a lot better ISO quality than my Sony A58 (unusable at ISO 800 and above) did I’m finding that I require, or rather want a new lens.
I also sold my portrait lens (Sony 50mm F/1.8), and am looking for a replacement for that at the same time.
I require a lens with a low aperture, such as F/2.8 or even better F/1.8 and something covering a range of 24mm to 50mm. I like having quite a wide angled lens as I have a cropped sensor DSLT and the wide angle lets me get more creative with my images.
I have found the following two candidates that seem to fit both requirements of a portrait and event lens.
I just hit 3 million views of my photos on Google Maps. I think that’s an incredible achievement.
I add all my photos to Google Maps as a lot of my shoots are based in location that I can then contribute photos to. This helps my photos get more exposure around the internet as well as earning me points in Google’s Local Guides program.
In October I reached the record of adding 2,000 photos on Google Maps.
To get in the Christmas spirit me and my friends visited Bournemouth Christmas Market and went to see the Coca-Cola Truck. There were a lot of shopping centres in Bournemouth with only about 3 shops in each which we found a bit strange. There was a cat cafe that I’m going to have to go back and try.
I saw a post on Facebook that said photographer wanted and, having changed my attitude since going to university, I gave them a message. Next thing I know I’m photographing the Coco Bar & Lounge Comedy Night. Shooting this event made me want a new lens even more as I could have done with a bit more focal length. Even sitting in the front row the comedians were relatively far away. The surroundings were quite drab too, which didn’t make for interesting photographs. You can see some of the photos below:
I saw a post on a Southampton Freshers group on Facebook asking for a photographer to take some portraits. I decided to give it a shot and met Charley, who I learned was a singer and leaving university at the end of the week. We took lots of nice photos in and around the parks close to the university, but as light dwindled we had to call it a day. I touched up the photos and I’m really pleased with them. She’s going to use them to market herself.
Me and my friends went to watch the fireworks in Southampton. We went to the top of the IKEA Car Park in the hopes we’d have a great view, however, being a city, there were loads of buildings in the way. After that blunder, we went to take photos of the Guildhall in the dark but there were lorries in the way! I thought one of them looked like the Knight Rider lorry, so I took a panorama of that.
I also had the opportunity to photograph She Makes War at Heartbreakers. The lighting was actually really good for this shoot and I managed to get some good photos, however the article never came to fruition.
It’s a tradition in our family to go apple picking every year. We go to Millfield Orchard in Haddenham, where there’s a lovely family owned business. They do Christmas trees too! The weather was bright and sunny and I got some nice portraits of my girlfriend, and we took our infamous family photo.
We then went to nearby St Ives to feed the swans where I got some nice photos of the river.
I’m just starting my fifth week at Southampton Solent University and I’m enjoying myself so far. The university is nice and welcoming, and not too big.
I’m staying in halls at Emily Davies which is nice, the facilities aren’t great, but I got a large room and it was cheap.
The course, Web Design and Development, is going okay so far. Although we’re doing Art and Design, and Programming separately, and what I like about Web Design is how the two combine to create nice websites.
A couple days ago I managed to get out with my camera before a lecture and take some photos of the Clock Tower and Guild Hall. The weather was lovely and sunny, but I was a bit silly having left my camera on settings that I used for a night shoot a couple weeks before, and I only realised halfway through this shoot so most of the photos were blurry.
A few days later I was on the way back to halls just after a rain shower and we had the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen. The sky got really golden, the sun reflecting off the ocean, and then we had a double rainbow before the sky turned pink. I only had my phone with me but managed to take a few photos.
We’ve been to The Gogs before and saw this Sundowner Session in a local magazine and decided to try it out. I managed to pass my driving test just a few hours before so it was a nice treat to relax on the fields and take some photos of the glorious sunset. We were very lucky with the weather. You can watch some videos and a time-lapse below of the sunset:
Animals do make funny faces, don’t they? I loved these big cats sticking their tongues out at me. The animals at Colchester Zoo were really friendly, and I got some great photos. Roll your mouse over the image to see them pulling a face or tap on the image if you’re on mobile.
I bought a used Sony A77ii from eBay for £450. The RRP of this camera is £1200, so I thought that was a bargain. The screen was a bit scratched but luckily isn’t visible during normal use. The 79 focus point over the 15 I had on my previous camera really helps, as with the faster frames per second shooting.
I also bought a Rode microphone at the same time, and I’ve been impressed with the video capabilities so far. SteadyShot really helps my shaky hands and the audio from the mic is very good. The camera can record video in XAVC-S 1080p 60fps which is very good quality. Here are some sample clips:
We live in a fairly busy town but only 5 minutes walk away from the countryside, which we often forget. There’s a lovely golden cornfield that begged for its photo to be taken. It was also a chance to test my new camera out, the Sony A77ii. I’m in love with the black and white edits of the photos I took.
I went to Felixstowe for my 18th Birthday with my family and we had an awesome time. I managed to capture this shot by using my tripod on the beach. I took three photos with different exposures so that I could combine them in Lightroom to create a HDR photo.
A large unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.
Font màgica de Montjuïc
The first performance was on May 19, 1929, during the Great Universal Exhibition. The designer Carles Buigas submitted his plans one year before the exhibition and many thought that the project was too ambitious to be created, let alone completed on time.
So, I went on holiday to Hunstanton last week for what must be the hundredth time. I haven’t really taken many photos this year, so I was hoping to get back into the swing of things this holiday. It rained most of the holiday which meant we had to put days out on hold. We did, however, manage to go to Snettisham Park on Thursday where I took some nice photos of the animals. I’ve been before, and you can see those photos on my gallery page. Here are the new ones:
I’m coming up to the end of my course in photography at Long Road Sixth Form College and for our final project, we’ve been given multiple exam questions. We had to choose one and are currently creating a sketchbook to explore the idea. We’ll then have a 3 day exam to produce 4 photos. An extremely large amount of time I think. Anyway, expect to see this latest sketchbook on the projects page of my website sometime during May.
At Long Road Sixth Form College, there was an opportunity to photograph the equipment and facilities at Cambridge University Sports Centre for them to use in advertising. It was a lovely sunny day and I got a great shot of the building. I really like the high-clarity photo I took of the boxing too. Some of the rooms were quite dark so there was a bit of grain in the photos.