I just got a reminder from WordPress that it was exactly 3 years ago today that I made my first post on Bandwagen. And it’s also a double celebration as today the followers counter ticked over the 6,000 mark. So a big thank you to everyone out there who is following my blog. If you look back at my earlier posts, I think that my photography has improved a bit over the 3 years – And the photos have gotten bigger too! Here are some of the photos from that first post, way back in 2011 from the REME show…
I’ve been using a variety of EF and EFS lenses over the years from the 18-55mm and 70-210mm which I bought with my 350d years ago, a Sigma 10-20mm and my EFS 18-135mm which I got with the 60d. This has proved to be a great general walk around lens, remaining on my camera most of the time.
But, there’s been one lens which has got me hooked on on the benefits of fast apertures – My only prime lens so far, the EF 50mm F1.4. It’s an amazing lens giving wonderfully bright and sharp pictures and, the shallow depth of field you can achieve is exactly what I was hoping for when I bought this lens. The only draw back with automotive photography, especially at shows, is the distance you need to be from subject. When I switch from the Sigma wide angle I find myself having to march off to the other side of the field with the 50mm!
So I’ve been thinking for a while now about buying a fast short-zoom lens. Reading all the reviews and comparisons I narrowed it down to either an EFS 17-55 F2.8 or the EF 24-70mm 2.8L which is a little more cash. Thinking long-term, I’ve decided to go for the L series lens, so hopefully I’ll be able to try it out for the first time at The Slough VW Swap Meet this weekend…
I’m a relative newcomer to photography, discovering my passion in 2006 when I moved to a beautiful part of the world called Pecket Well, near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. The village is high on a hillside overlooking the National Trust area of Hardcastle Crags, so it seemed rude not to invest in a decent camera.
During a steep learning curve I’ve strived to capture the beauty in everyday urban and rural decay such as rusty skips, abandoned furniture and inclement weather. My eclectic portfolio contrasts these studies with bright, bold prints ranging from iconic VWs to macro photography. Kit-wise I’m currently falling in love with a Canon 5D MkII, and while you won’t find me pasting a dramatic new sky onto my prints, I do use Photoshop CS5 to clean up images if necessary.
I’m lucky to have a very understanding wife who puts up with me spending large chunks of our evenings “piddling with that website”, and friends who’ve been supportive with exhibition space and equipment advice.