New Camera! Good Bye ISO3200, Hello ISO12,800!

by Robert Whetton 26. May 2010 22:37
Its been a long time coming. My 20D's are nearly 4 years old and have racked up a fair amount of photographs between them. I seem to be shooting in darker and darker venues and ISO3200 just cant cut it.. I have no problem hand holding ridiculously slow shutter speeds with a long lens. But the shutter needs to be fast enough to freeze the action.

So it was a toss up between a 7D or a 50D. I looked at the pros and cons of owning each system and after much thought I opted for the 50, why? well its only 3 megapixels less than the 7, when you're shooting with a 15 megapixel camera, an extra 3 isnt much to worry about. I borrowed Gareth's 50D for the day when we headed to Focus back in Feb and I was very happy with the results I got from using it. ISO6400 to me is very usable and even the pushed ISO12800 can be used if handled right.

The new beast. (you may notice that carabiner on the side, what's that for you say? well you'll find out soon!)
New 50D. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


The 50D is a totally different machine over the 20D, improved focus speed, spot metering, weather sealing (not that I had any trouble with my 20D's in the rain). rear screen is massive in comparison to my 20, and has live view which is very useful in certain circumstances.

Something that I've found invaluable is the micro adjust feature. I can change the focusing point of each of my lenses, which I didn't think I would need, but I went up north the other week and noticed after I shot some portraits of close friends that I'd not seen in a while that my 70-200 was front focusing and my 28-75 was back focusing. So with the help of the micro adjust I was able to get these lenses to focus bang on each time.

First session with the 50 was with Lou Brown, a local singer and song writer who has just launched her album Calm the Rising Waters.

Lou Brown promo shot.
Lou Brown, Promo Shoot. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


Lou doesn't like having her photograph taken, but said after we were finished that she'd had fun.

Bournemouth Evening Echo Double Page Spread.
Lou Brown, Double Page Spread in Bournemouth Evening Echo. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

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whats this place again? oh yeah my blog..

by Robert Whetton 10. May 2010 19:59
I really have got to give myself more time to put stuff up on here.. I've had to give up on my 365 project through lack of time to take interesting photographs. So here are the last of my shots...

Day 81. Flowers in bloom.
365 Project 1 photograph a day for a year. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


Day 82. Another one of those weird things my mum has spotted around her garden.
365 Project 1 photograph a day for a year. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


Day 83. Greenhouse.
365 Project 1 photograph a day for a year. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


Day 84. Bird Feeder.
365 Project 1 photograph a day for a year. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


Day 85. I can't remember what CJ was doing.
365 Project 1 photograph a day for a year. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


Day 88. No idea what I did with day 86+7. This is Maisy doing some drawing.
365 Project 1 photograph a day for a year. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


Day 89. Dead sunflower head.
365 Project 1 photograph a day for a year. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


So thats it for my 365 day project. I didn't expect to get this far to be honest.

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Yikes, been too long since I posted!

by Robert Whetton 19. April 2010 20:16
Ok so after talking to a fellow photographer about how little I've been blogging, here it is. Update of my 365 as much as I've been able.

Day 74. Random bird thing.
365 Project 1 photograph a day for a year. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


Scarecrow made by the kids last summer, he's called Harrold. Day 75
365 Project 1 photograph a day for a year. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


Day 76. Random box with some nice textures and a star..
365 Project 1 photograph a day for a year. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


This is mums first attempt at building a scarecrow. The kids call him grandad.. Day 77
365 Project 1 photograph a day for a year. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


Wasp trap hangs from an apple tree. Day 78
365 Project 1 photograph a day for a year. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


Random cat that came wandering through the garden, was very friendly and followed me around while I was looking for something to take a photograph of. Day 79 friendly cat.
365 Project 1 photograph a day for a year. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


This is Hilda, she and Harold were married last summer. The kids loved it. Day 80..
365 Project 1 photograph a day for a year. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

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Amelia and her fight against Neuroblastoma - 1st Holy Communion at Corpus Christi Catholic Church March 18th

by Robert Whetton 22. March 2010 11:58
I have known about Amelia and her condition for a couple of months now, ever since Julie Arthur filled me in about it all, and how she wanted to give Amelia a fashion shoot. But Amelia became too ill and the shoot never happened.

Late Tuesday night Julie sent me an SOS on Facebook asking if I was available on Thursday to help her photograph Amelia's 1st Holy Communion. After all that Julie had told me about Amelia how could I say no?

After speaking to Julie about timings and where everything was happening, I was happy when she said that Father Denis had given permission to shoot through the whole ceremony. For some reason, I kept thinking back to Father Ted and wanted to call him Father Dougle instead of Denis, but after saying over a couple of times, Denis stuck.

After meeting with Amelia I have to say she didn't strike me as an eight year old child who has Neuroblastoma. She is very bright and happy, everyone around her is the same, if it wasn't for the fact that I knew about her condition, I wouldn't have said she had cancer at all..
Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


Father Denis informed us on the day that Amelia didn't like a lot of attention, so I long lensed the ceremony, only breaking out the wide angle for the group shots.

Throughout the Cermemony Amelia had the support from her family, friends and school.
Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

Some of Amelia's friends had written prayers for Amelia and read them out.
Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

Amelia's cheaky year group photo.
Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer

Amelia Cooper has Neuroblastoma. Her Holey Communion. Photography by Robert Whetton Events Photographer


Amelia is a great kid, at 8 she's been through more that most have will in a lifetime. She is so upbeat about everything and seems like nothing will get her down. All of her school friends were very supportive and caring it's great to see.

Seeing something like this certainly helps put your own trivial matters into place and how lucky you actually are.

It was an honour for me to attend the Communion and I wish Amelia and her family the best.

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