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Had a nice evening listening to various Jazz styles (amateur and professional). Shot some photos using the 70-200mm. Due to the stage setting had to use 3200 and 6400 ISO at f2.8. Still came out OK.

The performers are Yvonne Smeets and Jens Larsen. Their music can be seen at



Spent some time last week for a photo shoot in our makeshift studio. I shot all photos using my second hand EF 70-200mm f2.8 L mk1 lens and had great fun doing so. I did have a little trouble with the 70mm sometimes being too close in the small amount of space available but all in all it is an excellent lens for such events. I think I prefer the close up shots of the model and this lens does the job with fast and accurate focusing due to its large aperture. Here are a couple of examples of our excellent model Cristina. Hope she has the time to pass by again for another session.

Mass shoot

Had a great chance for a fun shoot of lots of different people this weekend. The weather was the best we’ve had all year and my photoclub (Images Internation Photo Club) met at the Westbroekpark in The Hague to simply have an excuse to take shots of everyone and see what could be done. Some of us tried to use our 50mm fixed focus lenses with the aperture wide open to get some practice with shallow depth of field. I did too, but noticed with my Canon at least, the 50mm F1.8 is very slow to focus in comparison to a USM motor in a better lens. Still, it’s all good practice. Thus the park probably had around 50000€ of photo equipment if you add everyone’s kit bags together. What we are going to do with all the photos is not yet clear. Watch this space. For the time being, I had a go at using CS4’s photomerge function. It does work but it’s not quite as “straight out of the box” as it looks. Those who hate panoramas please look away now…..



Last Wednesday spent a couple of enjoyable hours trying to get some decent results from studio lighting. Veronica was our model and she did very well trying to interpret poor instructions. The setup consisted of two lights and a white background wall. The room was quite large but the ceiling low thus many secondary reflections which were out of my control (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it).

Here are some results: