The Cooper Falling Body

“The details are pretty thin on the ground and are really just a couple of sentences. About half way through the last century (judging by the clothes), the Cooper family moved into a new home somewhere in Texas. They took a photograph to mark this occasion and this thing appeared in the left of the frame upon development. Aaaaand that’s it. I’m told that the original snap has been cropped, which explains why the family is now not centred, as one would expect them to be. However, there is some degree of vignetting, which points towards the photograph being uncropped. Hmmm.

Another possibility is that a doll or something was being dangled in front of the camera to make sure the boys looked into the lens, but would anyone really let an object into the frame so much? Surely it’d be just as easy to dangle the doll above the lens.

I’ve had a quick Google, with a variety of keywords, but more details than the above evade me, so if anyone can squirrel more than I have been able to out of the internet it would be very enlightening to read. Furthermore, the farthest back it seems to appear online is April, 2012 – although I can’t find the original source.

Whatever the truth behind this photograph, it sure is an intriguing image.”

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Created with Sigma: The 24mm f/1.4 Art Lens

I have been using the 24mm for the past few months and it is by far the highest quality wide angle I’ve had the fortune of using. 

Photographing through the aperture range vignetting remains low, and the sharpness at f/5.6-f/8 is incredible. Pairing this with the Canon 5D Mark II really takes advantage of the full frame sensor and produces truly incredibly resolution.

Build quality is the same as the other Art range lenses, I’ve been using and that is superb. The all black design keeps the lens very discreet. It is however quite large and heavy, so all together it does mean lugging around 1.5kg.

Being a prime, quality does come at a trade of with convenience. I do enjoy having a zoom for quickly changing composition, like the 24-70mm f/2.8, but that has a much lower image quality and overall sharpness.

I can’t recommend this lens enough, if your a landscape photographer this is a serious lens to consider.

Find out more about the 24mm f/1.4 Art:

Photographed by Frederick Ardley


Mexico City, Mexico


When Photographing Tall

To capture the Burj Khalifa in a non distorted and vertical aspect, it helped immensely to take three photographs at different angles to accommodate the entire structure in the resulting photograph.

This gave enough room to correctly straighten it, and ensure it looks normal and how the architect would have wanted it to look. 

The three images were stitched together in Photoshop using the very intelligent built in panorama tool and then reimported back into Lightroom to do my usual tonal and lighting changes. 

A good tip when doing any photo stitching in Photoshop, is to apply lens corrections before stitching the images together, this will ensure all vignetting is gone.

By Freddie Ardley Photography

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