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October 3, 2010

Usable for people shots: an understatement

It may be self-indulgent to quote myself, but perhaps an element of self-mockery may help? In my last post, about the loaned pancake lens, I said its focal length made it

a classic landscape perspective while also being usable for people shots.

I think I'm ready to eat my words: the informal portrait may be, above all, its greatest strength. Today we had a visit from friends and family including the lovely Libby, who is ages with grand-daughter Amy. Here is Amy using Flight Control to land aircraft on the iPad:


The girls are into new technology, and in what follows you may recognise an iPad in Amy's hands and an iPhone in Libby's: how like Amy to secure the larger screen! But what I love about these images is the way that through their body language they are engaging in unconscious echoing, while each is utterly absorbed in her own device.

Of course I could have tried to capture such images with many other cameras, lenses, or even a mobile phone. But in practice, without such a light, unobtrusive, fast lens, I don't think I'd even have tried. They were sitting in a dark rumpled corner, taken against strong natural window light which is burned out below. But any photographic intervention would have destroyed the moment:



[handheld, no flash, f4 with 1/30th and one full stop of exposure compensation]

October 24, 2010

Images of central Scotland from a chopper

Today was a Sunday with a difference: on a cold, clear October morning we were booked to fly with Lothian Helicopters on a quick spin from Airth. This was a voucher from last Christmas kindly given to us by son Sandy of Gift Experience Scotland, and - had we spent ten months planning the best day to use it - we could not have been luckier. The visibility was superb and we were amazed at how much of central Scotland we could see. Lucky me, thanks to taking a serious camera (my Lumix G1 with 45-200 zoom, hand-held obviously), I got the front seat. Below is a taste of what I captured.

We started from Powfoulis Manor Hotel, which looked splendid with its mature trees in autumn colour, where the smart helicopter flew in to pick up me, Keir, friend Ken and three other passengers:



Flying mostly at 2000 ft, we had a terrific view over the Falkirk Wheel, Larbert generally and the new Forth Valley Royal Infirmary (taken through the chopper's glass floor!):




The distant views on this beautiful day underlined how narrow is the landward part of central Scotland: to the east we could clearly see the Forth Bridges at Edinburgh, and to the west not only the high-rise flats of Glasgow, but also, 50 miles beyond, to the snow-capped peaks of Arran.

It was brilliant also to see crisp detailed views of places nearer home, such as Stirling Castle, the King's Knot, the M9 and River Forth:


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