Gallery f1.8

This gallery features a small selection of photos taken with my Nikkor 35mm f1.8 lens. The large aperture affords a shallow depth of field as well as allowing held held photography in low light. Being a prime lens is is also extremely sharp.

The photos shown here demonstrate the depth of field and low light capabilities of this excellent lens.

Click on any image to see more information and then again to see a larger version of the photo.

Ribba Frames

Framing options come in all shapes and sizes, but probably my favourite is the humble Ribba frame from IKEA. These come in a range of sizes suitable for various prints and enlargements, including 12×8″.  I’ve never understood why it’s so hard to find frames for this print size, given that it’s a standard 3×2 aspect ratio. However, Ikea’s 40x30cm frame comes with a mount that is ideal for either a 12×8″ or A4 print.

Other frames are suitable for 6×4″ and 7×5″ prints as well as 12×16″ and square enlargements. They come in a variety of finishes, my favourite being the oak effect.

Ribba frames also have a depth of 35mm, which means that photos can be set back from the glazing or mount. If you’re feeling creative, you can also hide lighting effects behind the mounts.

In fact their use goes beyond picture framing – they can be used for imaginative wall decorations, as described in this article at Shelterness.

Dear Departed

This simple message can be found amongst the flowers and gravestones of Holy Trinity Church in Hertford Heath.

It seems somehow befitting for the peace of the churchyard and the memory of those that rest there.

The words are from a longer piece credited to William Shakespeare:

“Time is very slow for those who wait
Very fast for those who are scared
Very long for those who lament
Very short for those who celebrate
But for those who love time is eternal”

Yes, Prime Minister

I was at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End on Friday, taking photos of Yes, Prime Minister. The show is an updated script by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, based on the popular TV comedy.

This was a dress rehearsal for the understudies, who have to be able to go on at any time and therefore have to be fully up to speed with their performances

I was lucky enough to have the run of the entire auditorium, including the stalls, circle and boxes, which gave me a wide range of angles to shoot from. However, I always prefer to shoot from the front of the stalls as this gives the best angle for facial expressions and body language.

As it wasn’t a technical rehearsal I was also able to shoot with the stage fully lit in a photographer-friendly configuration.

Shooting in a West End theatre is little different from any other theatre, apart from the splendid surroundings and the more acute angles offered by the circle.

Yes, Prime Minister is playing at The Gieldgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, until 15th January 2011. The show then goes on a national tour until June.

Point-and-shoot

Wherever I go I always make sure I have a camera with me. You never know when a golden opportunity might present itself so if and when that happens I want to make sure I’ve got something more than a camera phone to hand.

My current choice of point-and-shoot camera is a Canon IXUS 120 IS, a beautifully compact and well-built camera that not only shoots stills but also takes 720p High Definition video.

Some of the stand out features of this camera include a wide 28mm equivalent lens with 4x zoom, a large 2.7 inch screen, 80-3200 ISO sensitivity and optical image stabilisation (as opposed to the more common digital stabilisation found on compact cameras).

The IXUS is also a very stylish and pocketable piece of kit, at just 20mm think and the same size as a credit card. And, of course, it’s a Canon.

I’m very pleased with the images produced by this camera and the HD video is excellent. It’s small enough to fit in any pocket, although I often use a case. The 2.7″ display is also very good, with an anti-reflective coating.

Overall I’m very pleased with with the IXUS 120 and it’s a joy to carry around with me and use.