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Friday Image No.57

The doorway to the chapter house, Wells Cathedral. Olympus EM5, ISO800, f/5.6, 1/25"
The doorway to the chapter house, Wells Cathedral. Olympus EM5, ISO800, f/5.6, 1/25″

Do you ever have the experience of seeing one of your photographs and thinking “I really like this but I don’t know why”? You continue to look at the image and convince yourself that it’s poor or boring and move on. A few minutes later it catches your eye again and you think yes I do like that only to then change your mind.

As I was searching for this week’s Friday Image I had this exact experience with the image above. I will probably come to regret publishing it but then again there is something that I really like.

Whatever your view of the image have a great weekend and I hope you find time for some photography.

Friday Image No.56

Wells Cathedral, Olympus EM5, Olympus 9-18 lens, f/5.0, 1/30", ISO200
Wells Cathedral, Olympus EM5, Olympus 9-18 lens, f/5.0, 1/30″, ISO200

This week’s Friday Image is another from my recent revisit of Wells Cathedral.

What I am finding interesting is that this trip appears to have many more image that I like than my previous trip. I don’t know if I have developed as a photographer (I certainly hope so) or if there is another factor. I recall that I spent a lot of time on my first trip fighting the equipment. The Canon 5D just didn’t work for me in this location and I tended to avoid using the LX5 as I mentioned in my last posting.

For this trip I used the Olympus EM5 with a couple of lenses and it seemed to work much better. I did miss quite a few shots still through camera shake but overall the camera seemed better to handle.

Hope you like the image (there are probably a few more to come) and have a great weekend.

PS I also did the monochrome version below but I think I prefer colour for this one.

Wells Cathedral, Olympus EM5, Olympus 9-18 lens, f/5.0, 1/30", ISO200
Wells Cathedral, Olympus EM5, Olympus 9-18 lens, f/5.0, 1/30″, ISO200OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Not Following my Own Advice

Wells Cathedral, Olympus EM5, ISO800, f4.5, 1/10" handheld
Wells Cathedral, Olympus EM5, ISO800, f4.5, 1/10″ handheld

I recently wrote a short tutorial titled “The Best ISO Setting”. Whilst you can of course read it by following the link, it comes down to this, the best ISO to use is the one that lets you capture a sharp image. It’s much better to suffer a little ISO noise than have a shaky image. You can also correct a lot of the noise but camera shake is very difficult if not impossible to correct well.

Despite this sound advice, I still find myself trying to shoot at low ISO’s and achieving poor results. The other problem I sometimes have is that I want Pixels, lots of pixels and the ability to print large. I therefore tend to reach for my Olympus EM5 when I should really be picking up a compact camera such as the Panasonic LX7 or Canon G16. Typically I have made this mistake yet again quite recently.

A few years back I visited Wells Cathedral which is a super location for photographers. Yes you need to pay for a photographers pass but it’s not very much and it will allow you to walk around taking photos all day. At the time I was shooting with an LX5 and a Canon 5D MKII. The results from the Canon were pretty poor with many images being soft and noisy. I also had problems with depth of field as the Canon was full frame and I was typically needing to use the lenses wide open. The LX5 by contrast was also being used wide open but the images had much better depth of field thanks to the small sensor. The images were also nice and crisp if not a little noisy. I realised – much too late – that the LX5 was the better camera for the location.

Roll on to a couple of weeks back and I was driving back from Cornwall. I decided it was time for a detour and pulled off at Wells to visit the Cathedral again. This time I took the EM5 and made the mistake of leaving behind the G16. The results are good from the EM5 but I still struggled a little at times with depth of field. I found myself not being able to use the aperture that I wanted without slowing the shutter speed too far. I would probably have been better off with a compact camera but for some reason I just didn’t put one in my pocket.

The moral of this story is that you shouldn’t always follow popular wisdom but check what really is the best tool for the job.