Archive for July, 2007

Adventures in Full Frame


Back after I shot my first wedding, I got to thinking how if I was ever going to do this again, it’d be an advantage to have either a full frame camera or one that exhibits very low noise at high ISO. I also got to thinking how the 5D might be an ideal upgrade, first selling off my beloved 20D and buying the new body. Then I held the relatively new and generally unavailable 1D Mark3, purchased several weeks ago by a freakishly lucky, gadget loving friend. It’s a camera and a half; Maybe a camera and three quarters. It’s not full frame but it comes pretty close.

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Advantages over the 5D may include 8fps extra, weather sealing, more focus points than you could shake a stick at, ISO6400, speed(?). Disadvantages? It’s not full frame, it’s about twice the price and there are reports (mostly from people seemingly obsessed with ranting) about focus problems. Oh and it doesn’t seem to be available in any great numbers yet. At least not the last time I checked.

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As you’ve probably guessed by now, these photos were taken with a 5D and my splendid Sigma 150mm macro on Youghal beach in east Cork. Hopefully I should get to do the same with the 1D Mark3 at some stage and compare the two results. Maybe I’ll even be in a position to buy one of them once I sell my bike. Until then, I’ll do the lotto. Hardly any point now that the big jackpot has been won…

These and a few more are on flickr if you want a closer look.

Kinsale Art Week



Last weekend, I took myself down to Charlesfort outside Kinsale to watch the fireworks display for the opening night of Kinsale Art Week. I assumed the place would be a mess of people, all scrambling over each other for the best spot to view the show. I was wrong thankfully. Although the fireworks started about 20 minutes late, it was better than if they had started on time. Woe unto the person that lights the first fuse when the sun hasn’t completely gone down.

I’ve gotten seriously behind on alot of photo processing I had planned, so much so that I had to rush the processing of holiday photos for printing this week. Not the most hugely important set of photos in the world, but given that they were taken in February, it was about time something happened. Instead of waffling on about how much work I have to do, I think I’ll just go and think some more about doing it. Seems reasonable…

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