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Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury Gloucestershire with gorgeous autumn leaf colours

Autumn colours at Westonbirt Arboretum Tetbury Gloucestershire, Click here to open a high resolution version (15"x10"x300ppi x11mb) in a new window.

Background Information:

This "Sundry Page" features various (non-wedding) personal photography and video work plus some articles and links. Some of the photos on this Page link to full galleries and in some cases prints and files (all copyright) can be purchased. It is being updated at present.

All the content is by Peter Riding. His business name is Ashton Lamont.

Much of the content on this page includes shots in which Peter was testing various specific photographic and video equipment and techniques. The first photo above, illustrating the lovely Autumn colours at the world-famous Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury Gloucestershire was shot using the enormous mega-pixel Canon 5DS-R and the new Sigma 20mm f1.4 in its terrific "Art" range of lenses. Peter shoots RAW files and edits most of these files using Capture One Pro - which he and many others prefer over Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

The next photo, below, illustrates a german shepherd dog I often borrow and shoot in the Mortimer Berkshire countryside. The camera body is the Canon 5D Mark IV, a fantastic all-rounder and one of the most popular choices among professionals. The lens is the new Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 G2 with five stops of image stabilisation. Peter also has the Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS but that lens is white rather than black and can therefore be rather intrusive at private events.

This type of lens shows one of the major advantages of (expensive) professional grade lenses over enthusiasts equipment; the point of focus is on the eyes area whilst the branch in the foreground and the fur and water in the background are nicely blurred. The plane of focus or "depth of field" can be much narrower when peter shoots his Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art lens, and can be a popular choice for female portraiture:

dog plays in the lake

The next photo illustrates the Reading Half Marathon 2019. Peter has used the Canon 5D Mark IV with the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 G2. The purpose of the shoot was to ascertain whether the camera could keep up with fast moving subjects - the elite runners are achieving regular five minute miles (twelve miles per hour) at that point. Peter previously used his Canon 1-Series bodies and these are very fast but they are comparatively heavy to hold over long periods. Likewise the Tamron was checked for speed and did well. The background blur works great. See the full gallery for the Reading Half Marathon (119 photos).

Runner Jim Morris competing in the Reading Half Marathon 2019

The Humber Bridge on a sunny December day. The Humber Bridge links north Lincolnshire with East Yorkshire and on its completion in 1981 it was the longest suspension bridge in the World. Prior to that transport over the River Humber included the ferry PS Tattershall Castle which is now moored as a restaurant on the River Thames in central London.

There are great official viewing areas plus a footpath on the southern riverbank but the bridge is so long that it is difficult to photograph the entire structure from such a close position unless using an extreme wide-angle lens or editing several photos to make a panoramic photo. Peter shot this single photo from a country lane some distance away and used a Canon 50mm f1.2L lens on a Canon 5DS-R camera body. Click here to open a high resolution version (15"x10"x300ppi x 2.2mb) in a new window.

Humber Bridge spans Lincolnshire and Yorkshire across the River Humber





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