The other day I was bemoaning the fact that many of the photography podcasts I listen to are resolutely based in the USA. The same voices kept reappearing, some of which were getting intensely irritating in a whiney west coast way, and it was increasingly obvious to me that I wasn’t learning anything from them any more. Too much blather about new software and hardware, and too little blather about actual photography. I also noticed a lot of talk about lighting, whereas I am a keen natural light photographer. The only flash I own is part of my camera body, and it very rarely gets deployed. While I am interested in new gear, I’m not going to be spending money on it, so I want more general photographic information over technolust.
Be that as it may, I was pointed at a UK-based podcast that had previously slipped my notice. I subscribed to it over the weekend, and I had a marathon catch-up session yesterday.
Giles Babbidge (@gilesbabbidge on Twitter) is a professional photographer based down on the South Coast of England. He runs a blog/web site entitled The Active Photographer, produces a weekly podcast of the same name, and a Facebook page if you feel so inclined, while also working hard for a living.
I have to say, I am pretty impressed. Giles tends to record his weekly podcast in an off-the-cuff style, often while on a location or out for a walk. He also records interesting chats with his former university lecturer. Things frequently wander off on tangents, or down little parenthetical byways, but equally frequently contain useful real world information.
I am happy that I now have a regular podcast with a UK-based photographer.
I shoot a Canon EOS 7D. As well as some Canon lenses, I also own some Sigma lenses. I acquired an ƒ/2.8 70–200mm Sigma a little while ago.
Now, something about using Sigma lenses on Canon bodies bugs me. See if you can spot it in this screenshot from Aperture (bear in mind the image was shot using the 70–200mm):
See the lens model at the bottom? It seems the Canon “brain” sees the Sigma lens, but identifies it as an ƒ/2.8 50–150mm plus a 1.4x extender! Do the maths, and you’ll see this odd combination actually works out as a 70–210mm. It’s not just this lens, either. All my Sigma lenses, both EF and EF-S compatible, are reported incorrectly in the EXIF from the camera. Weird but true.
It would be really nice if there was a way to correct this, either in the camera or within Aperture. I haven’t found a way yet.
As the seasons roll round, and the summer heads our way, thoughts turn again to getting out at the crack of dawn to make pictures.
I thought I was alone in my early bird habits, but a friend of mine is keen enough to learn more about his new camera that he suggested we head out together.
So, Friday morning it is. We’ll be heading for my favourite spot of Hoo St Werburgh, by the Kingsnorth power station on the river Medway. The tide will be in, the weather looks set fair-ish, and the sun will rise at a not unreasonable 06.39 BST.
I have to say, I am really looking forward to the trip.