Surrey Wedding Photography – London & a 24mm Tilt/Shift Lens

My short walk along the River Thames in London shooting on with a 24mm Tilt/Shift Lens

The first thing I have to say is about this post, is that it isn’t a real technical review of a lens. It is just my view of my use of the lens over a weekend and what I liked and disliked about using it.

As a Surrey Wedding Photographer, I am always looking to learn new techniques and try out equipment that can improve me. Now you will always hear that it is not about the equipment and having the latest, most expensive lens or camera will not make you the best photographer in the world, but some techniques need specialist equipment  to achieve a specific look.

For a walk around London, I decided to rent a Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II from Lens Locker who are based in Twickenham London. I have rented from Lens Locker for a few years now and can’t speak highly enough of them. Even when it comes to a last minute emergency, I always feel that I can call on them for a next day pick-up of a lens or some other equipment.

The Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L is, for the people who don’t know, is a Tilt/Shift Lens, which is a specialist lens mostly used for architectural, landscape and product photography. But over the years, I have seen it been used more and more in portrait and also Wedding photography. The most popular use in recent years has been for the Toy town look you see use in TV programmes like Location, Location, Location.

I decided that with a few Portrait shoots coming up in some great locations in and around London, I would rent the lens to see what I could create and if it would fit into my style of working.

What a lens it is! I am not really a fan of wide angle lens, but I thought I would give it a go too see if I could, again, fit it into my style of working. Using as a normal lens without the Tilt/Shift mechanism, was great, but putting it to it full use was the best fun. Even though it is Manual focusing, that didn’t put me off and actually, it made me stop and really think about the shot I wanted to achieve. I just love using the Tilt mechanism and I know that it has been done to death, but creating the miniature look was great fun and it is something I would love to do more of.

Anyway enough waffle, here are some shots from the weekend. All images were taken using my trustee Canon 5D MarkII, the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and my old non-branded Tripod.
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Finally these two shots show off the Shift mechanism when use for architectural photography, which was amazing as using the Tilt mechanism.

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Look out for my latest photo shoot with Cody where I used the lens for Portrait with some great results.

 

Jay xxx

Surrey Fine Art Wedding Photography – Kelleigh & Jason’s Oaks Farm Wedding

Team Campbell’s Wedding was always going to be a big occasion. Kelleigh & Jason started planning their wedding with over 18 months to go, but from my first meeting with the couple, you can tell that Kelleigh was a lady that didn’t leave anything to chance. She had booked Oaks Farm in the Hills of Shirley, Surrey as her best friend got married there previously and next on her list was a photographer. When we met, I know this an old cliche, but we hit it off straight away. Both Jason & Kelleigh were so outgoing and  bubbly, we just started talking about everything and what was supposed to be a brief meeting turned into a couple of drinks and old friends chatting away. After the meeting, they had no hesitation in booking me.

Fast forward 18 months, we met up for their engagement shoot which turned out to be a wonderful walk around Dulwich Park in South London which you can read all about here.

So on to the big day; it started with the sun shining and contagious excitement in the air. Even though rain was forecast for later on in the day, this wasn’t going to spoil the mood of the day. And that statement stayed true, it was a wonderful day from start to finish. I’m going to bring out the old cliches, but it has to be said; we laughed, cried and laughed even more.

Jason & Kelleigh Campbell are truly a wonderful couple and it was pleasure being part of their day.

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If you are planning a Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Berkshire, Hampshire or London wedding (small or big), and looking for a Fine Art & Contemporary &  wedding photographer to capture  your special day, by combining the beauty of photographing on Film and the versatility of Digital Photography, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Surrey Fine Art Wedding Photography – Sophie & Lee’s Newland Corner Engagement Shoot

Sneak Peek of Sophie & Lee Engagement Shoot at Newlines Corner, Surrey

So today was fun, I met up with Sophie, Lee and my new best friend Teddy. Sophie contacted me about me being their Surrey Wedding Photographer a few weeks ago. After she saw the images from a previous wedding I shot at The Mansion (Leatherhead Registry Office), she was so pleased that I was free on her wedding day to shoot it.

We decided to meet up in the gorgeous and stunning Newland Corner based within the beautiful Surrey Hills.

Anyway here is a sneak peek of today for you to enjoy. More to follow once the films are developed and I get the scans back.

Jay xxx

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