Updated: Mar 3
Last time it was the Daily Mail. This time it's the Sunday Times, here in the UK. Cody looking ripped, as she monsters her way up Broomfield Hill in Richmond Park, her blonde ponytail bobbing left to right. Pink crop top, bare arms with Garmin watch and guns pumping away!
I hope you enjoy the image - C
Here are the grabs from both the Times online and paper version of the newspapers... (thanks to Auntie Vivian for shooting the newspapers, and sending them over on WhatsApp)
Pixel Peepers' Notes and Newbie Hints & Tips: Sony A7RIII 85mm 1.4GM @ f2.8 1/640 sec ISO400 - handheld
This is a simple "point and shoot" shot in natural light. Slightly overcast. No lights. But, don't be fooled by the athletic look to the shot. There is around an hour's make up to her face and décolletage. We styled it the look to be "authentic" and not pristine. I guess that's why the Times chose it?
Originally shot as a non-commercial test in Richmond Park - London. I decided to upload some of the shots to Alamy, my picture library, as they were quite successful.
You just never know what's going to sell on Alamy? Some friendly advice to Newbie Sony Shooters: Once again, don't let the dissenters on the Sony Groups tell you the 85mm / f1.4GM has slow auto focus, none of the Sony lenses has slow AF. The latest lenses, like the 135mm have new motors for an even faster AF, but no Sony lens is a slouch! This is shot with EyeAF in AF-C Mode. I have programmed the lens button to EyeAF. This effectively means, as long as I have my finger on that button the camera continues to track and focus. In this sequence (in fact, she climbed the hill 3 times) it nailed the focus on around 45 shots. If you don't have a lens with the focus button you can still use this technique by using the Back Button Focussing on your camera body. Mark Galer has a great video on YouTube about setting this up here Further to this, I have grabbed a 1:1 - 100% screen grab so that Newbies can see that this shot has some movement on it, even at 1/640 of a second.
On shots like this, movement is good. Freezing the action is not always desirable. This is not a bird in flight. With lifestyle images some movement can give both flair, and energy to a shot. Other Auto focus technicalities to bear in mind are: The auto focus is having to work really hard to keep this sharp. She is running at full tilt, and I am walking backwards as she approaches. In addition to this I am panning right to left, as she passes me. All of this with a lens setting of f2.8! Note: The depth of field calculator on my smartphone says that it has to find focus within a 26cm (10in) range. Note that there's more movement in the hair that the face as it whips around.
Lastly, you can clearly see uniform "ISO Noise" in the bokeh in the background. Once again this gives "grit" to the shot, and it's a "gritty" subject. So don't be tempted to clean it up. Go old skool and simply leave it!! (Remember, this is an A7RIII sensor and it does not have an anti aliasing filter on it.)
Shot in a time before COVID 19, we had difficulty shooting the image without other athletes and cyclists getting into the background.
I hope this help and advice is useful to some of you - C
Grammar Note: I'm quite pleased about this one, hence going native with the headline: Me & Cody, instead of Cody & I. 28.02.2021: 21.52GMT