Friday, 31 December 2010

2010 - My year in photography

Well, here we are at the end of another year and I've managed to keep-up doing some photography in my free-time.  Here are the highlights, with some more detail below:
  • Photographed both leopard and wild dog in Botswana - both lifetime ambitions!
  • Treated myself to the new Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS II USM Lens
    lens - mini review below
  • Created a Facebook page
  • Have over 140 followers on my Twitter account
  • Earned over £320 in microstock, 160% of my £200 target
  • More prints available for purchase on Photobox
A huge thanks to friends and family whose positive encouragement has helped me tremendously.

Happy New Year!!!

Botswana/Zambia - October 2010

In October, I was lucky enough to go to Botswana, as well as pop into Zambia to see the Victoria Falls.  You can see more of my photos on my Facebook page, but here are a couple of shots I'm happy with (except for the cropping on the first!):

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM

I've had the 70-200 F/4 non-IS lens for several years and it's been a great travel companion to some amazing places like Costa Rica, Namibia and the Arctic.  It's light, relatively small and can generate superb quality images.  However, it had its drawbacks for wildlife photography, predictably being lack of image stabilisation and only an f/4 maximum aperture.  In wildlife photography, making the most of light is essential as it's often in low-light when animals are most active.  In fact, I'd hired the soon-to-be-replaced Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens
for a couple of the trips (from the excellent

The new Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS II USM Lens wasn't cheap (I got it from Jacobs for £1700), but it's an amazing lens.  The improved depth-of-field has been great and four stops of IS incredible.  I use it on a EOS 40D, so am not really doing it justice, but in terms of an upgrade for wildlife photography, I couldn't recommend it highly enough.

Facebook Page

As part of trying to build a social media precence, I've created my own Facebook page, allowing a wider audience to see some of my photos.  It's early days at the moment, but something I hope to develop next year.


Twitter is great and on numerous occassions, it's alerted me to something going on in London which I've popped out to photograph  Feel free to follow me to keep-up with my photographic expolits...


Well, my foray into microstock continues and it's not been too bad a year, beating my £200 annual target to earn £321.21.  Of course it's not enough to give up my day job, but with a portfolio of between 60 and 100 photos on four main active sites, it certainly helps contribute towards near equipment.  Here's the summary for 2010:

ShutterStock* $142.36
iStockPhoto* $188.82
StockXpert $15.28
Dreamstime* $50.06
DepositPhotos* $20.80
BigStockPhoto* $03.00
TOTAL ($USD) $420.32
Fotolia* £41.00
TOTAL (£1=$1.50) £321.21
% of £200 target160.60%

My most popular images for sale at

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Sigma News: New Firmware 1.01 for SD-15

Sigma have released a firmware update for the SD15 D-SLR, which adds some new features:
  • Adds the selected function of Quick Set
  • Improves the display quality of the Color LCD monitor
  • Addition to the Key Sound cancellation function
Detailed instructions here.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Nikon News: New online Nikkor lens selection tools

Nikon have launched a couple of innovative tools on their website to help you in your selection of next Nikkor lens:

Nikkor Lens Simulator - allows you to compare different focal lengths, with FX / DX lenses / bodies

Nikkor Lens Positioning Map - an innovative visual representation of Nikkor's lenses, by maximum aperture and focal length, allowing you to select and compare ones you're interested in

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Nikon News: Updated Firmware for D7000

Nikon have updated firmware for the D7000, to Version 1.01.  Bright spots were sometimes noticeable with live view mode or movie recording of especially dark scenes or subjects.  Occurrence of this issue has been reduced.

More details here.

Canon News: updated firmware for 550D / Rebel T2i

Canon have updated its firmware for the 550D / Rebel T2i, to version 1.0.9, which fixes a phenomenon in which tone jumps become noticeable in some images, depending on the shooting scene, when shooting with the Auto Lighting Optimizer settings (Low / Standard / Strong).

More details here.

Canon News: updated firmware v1.2.3 for 7D

Canon have released Version 1.2.3 of its 7D firmware, fixing the following:
  • a phenomenon in which the settings of the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 revert to the default settings when both the camera and the ST-E2 are set to auto power off.
  • a phenomenon in which the Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX, MT24-EX) and slave flashes do not sync while shooting wirelessly.

 More details here.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Canon News: Updated 60D firmware 1.0.8

.Canon have released updated firmware for the mid-range 60D.  Version 1.0.8 is a maintenance release and corrects potential overexposure when using built-in/external flash with the following lenses:
  • EF 300 f/4 L IS USM
  • EF 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
  • EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM
  • EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM