A trip to the woods

Yesterday, a friend and I went on a walk through Shirley Woods (near Croydon) to take photographs and test out my new Canon 5D mkiii. After years of relying on my trusty mki, I felt it was time to make the upgrade in time for the new wedding season and after weighing up the pros and cons of the mkiii and the 5Ds decided to purchase the mkiii for it's superior low light capabilities and all round AI ability in a moving setting (such as a wedding).   

My second shooter for the day, Charlie. Shot on the mkiii at f/1.4, ISO 100 at 1/2500

My second shooter for the day, Charlie. Shot on the mkiii at f/1.4, ISO 100 at 1/2500

I was originally hoping for bright sunshine as I wished to photograph it pouring through the trees, but sadly had to make do with a mostly overcast sky. However, I still had plenty of opportunity to road test the various features of the mkiii on static subjects. I was also on hand to offer Charlie a few hints and tips as he himself has an interest in photography.

I also arrived ready with EF 24-105mm f/4 L and EF 50mm f/1.4 lenses, as well as my new Nissin Di700A flash gun and Air 1 trigger.

The 24-105mm L series lens is quite simply the best all purpose lens I have ever used, a belief I hold so strongly that I in fact own two! I couldn't wait to combine it with my new mkiii body and was very pleased with the results.

Shot at f/4, ISO 200 at 1/2500.

Shot at f/4, ISO 200 at 1/2500.

As you can see from the example below, the two forces combined have produced an amazingly clear image at ISO200. The image on the right is at 100% zoom and the sharpness of it would almost stand up alone as a finished image (with the proper subject at least). All the details are visible, and there's hardly any Chromatic aberration in the higher contrast parts of the image.

In real working terms, this, combined with the high-res 22mp sensor, means that during weddings I will have a much higher degree of cropping ability, and as such can be braver in zooming out a little and thus potentially opening up the aperture a touch for a perfect, natural, exposure and possibly having to use the flash gun a little less as dusk or indoors.

Speaking of which, I had a little fun with my new flash gun/trigger combo too, though this was hardly the correct time of day or setting for such a thing. Using the hollow trunk of this tree, I placed my Di700A gun within the tree to light up it's interior. Like I say, this would have worked better at dusk, but it was fun nonetheless. 

Before and after. An effect which would have worked so much better in low light, but inspires me for a future shoot.  Left: f/4, ISO 200 at 1/400. Right: f/4, ISO 200 at 1/200

Before and after. An effect which would have worked so much better in low light, but inspires me for a future shoot. 
Left: f/4, ISO 200 at 1/400. Right: f/4, ISO 200 at 1/200

I'm very much looking forward to my first wedding with this new kit, and there's only a few days to wait! I will still have the trusty mki with me as my second camera, but it will be the mkiii that takes centre stage for the first time.