Switch to Canon

I’ve made the switch from Olympus to Canon. I’ve really loved Olympus kit – image stablisation built into the camera body, smaller, lighter, cheaper lenses – but I decided I needed to make the jump to a full-frame sensor so as to have more control over depth of field and better low-light performance.

I’ve gone for the 5D Mark II with the primary “walkabout” lens being the fast 24-70 f/2.8 L USM. I’ve also sprung for the 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM for longer reach.

140 Brilliant Polar Pictures


These are wonderful images. I’ve tried making images like this, in fact there’s a MiniWorlds page on this site with my five.

I found the instructions in the 27 February 2009 edition of MacUser UK. In short, the instructions are:

  1. Start with a panoramic image
  2. In Photoshop, resize it to a square image (I’m using 5000×5000)
  3. Invert the image (rotate 180 degrees)
  4. Apply the Filter>Distort>Polar Coordinates with the “Rectangular to Polar” option selected
  5. Spend the rest of the time cleaning up the joins!

Canon PowerShot S90 Review

Canon have recently announced the PowerShot S90. It’s a small point & shoot (“P&S”) with a 10 megapixel sensor and full control modes i.e. aperture priority, shutter priority etc.

Canon S90
Canon S90

It looks like a very promising camera – a direct competitor to the excellent Panasonic Lumix LX-3, released a year ago, which I own and enjoy.

Here’s one of the first full reviews of the S90, from Luminous Landscapes.

Read the full review here.

Amazon UK link

WorldWide Photowalk

The Worldwide Photowalk organised by Scott Kelby took place on Saturday 18 July. Roughly 30,000 photographers took part in 900 cities around the world.

We went on the local Portsmouth walk. We met in Southsea at 5pm and spent two hours walking and snapping our way around Old Portsmouth until retiring to the Bridge Tavern for some refreshment.

More photos on my flickr feed and on the Worldwide Photowalk website.

[Update: There’s now a flickr group for the Portsmouth Photowalk!]

Time Lapse with an iPhone

Inspired by this post, I purchased TimeLapse from the iTunes Store (£1.19) and installed it on my iPhone. I then propped the iPhone up against my window and set it to record one image every 20 seconds for 90 minutes. I used QuickTime Pro to open the image set and save it out as a movie, then cropped and resized in Final Cut Pro (but there’s probably an easier way). Here’s the result:

The Olympus PEN Story

Olympus have produced this wonderful stop motion video to celebrate 50 years of the PEN.

This is the PEN Story in stop motion. We shot 60.000 pictures, developed 9.600 prints and shot over 1.800 pictures again. No post production! Thanks to all the stop motion artists who inspired us. …