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First Shoot with new Canon 5D Mark II camera

Just before Christmas 2008 I acquired the new Canon 5D Mark II camera together with the Canon 24-105mm f 4 L series USM lens. I’d been using the original Canon 5D for the previous 3 years and felt it was time for the upgrade. I believe the new Canon 5D Mark II is a fantastic camera and, while it won’t be at the cutting edge in 2 years time, its 21.1MP full frame CMOS sensor, high definition (HD) Video capabilities, Live View, 14 bit color, DIGIC 4 image processor, improved quality 3″ LCD display, excellent high ISO noise performance and Sensor Cleaning made it well worth the price.

The following images were all made on Christmas Day at my parent’s home in Hamilton, a small town of around 8,000 people located in the state of Victoria, Australia. We’d just got back from Christmas lunch and had said goodbye to my eldest Brother, his wife and youngest daughter. Suddenly I felt the need to make some pictures before the rest of us that had been able to make the trip back home had to head off to satisfy the needs of the other half’s family. So, within about 5 minutes I had made some pics out on the front nature strip, a few of which are included here as examples from my very first shoot with the new Canon 5D Mark II camera.

Canon 5D Mark II camera with Canon 24-105mm f4 IS USM lens

Canon 5D Mark II camera with Canon 24-105mm f4 IS USM lens


Canon 5D Mark II camera with Canon 24-105mm lens

Canon 5D Mark II camera with Canon 24-105mm lens


Canon 5D Mark II camera with Canon 24-105mm f4 IS USM lens

Canon 5D Mark II camera with Canon 24-105mm f4 IS USM lens


All images were shot in RAW and processed in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. It’s interesting how the same location, with a bit of work on the desktop, can suit in either color or black and white. The trick with color portraiture is not to let the color, inherent to the scene, interfere with the faces and the relationships between the subjects. Bright, highly saturated (vivid) colors, either in clothing or in background elements, can draw attention away from the more essential human elements needing to be explored. Similarly, highly saturated skin, particularly evident in very young children, those prone to acne and those of a more mature age does not provide flattering subject matter. The trick is to target the offending colors and de-saturate them, ideally in the RAW converter. Alternatively, converting the image to black and white eliminates all distracting and overbearing colors and allows you to concentrate on subject tone and luminosity.


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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography


4 Responses

  1. Such beautiful shots Glenn! I’m certainly no expert but the clarity is amazing!

  2. Thanks Rachel,

    It always great to receive positive feedback. Thanks so much for visiting my site and please feel free to come back and visit often.

    All the best,


  3. I have been stumped. I didn’t understand how shooting in open shade could produce nice shots. I imagined flat light, the face in shadow and generally a boring image to look at. These shots nicely demonstrate that shooting in open shade can produce lovely images with nice light and wow, their eyes are sparkling! Thank you!

  4. Thanks Suzanne,

    As this is family, your comments are particularly appreciated.


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