About the images on this site

I use a Canon D350 digital SLR camera with a Canon 18-80mm IS USM, a Canon 70-300mm IS USM and a Canon 100-400mm IS USM L zoom lens. I can highly recommend Canon cameras and lenses and have found them to be excellent quality and value for money.

After some experimentation, I found that the following settings work well: ISO 100 with the camera set to AE Program, image stabilisation on, auto-focus on, exposure metering set to centre weighted and auto-focus normally set to centre. That said, the camera’s fully automatic mode produces excellent results and saves having to keep an eye on the light.

One of the great features of the lenses I have is the image stabilisation. In my experience, the difference it makes is quite significant, and I tend to have it permanently set to on. I’ve also experimented with the two modes, and found that Mode 2, which compensates for panning, creates some great effects when shooting a fairly fast-moving aircraft against some sort of backdrop, such as terminals buildings.

I’ve also played around with taking shots in RAW mode, and, to be honest, find that the final result is barely discernible from a shot taken straight into JPEG. I recently upgrded to Adobe Photoshop CS6 and find that the various adjustments that can be made for exposure, contrast, colour saturation, sharpness and lightness give sufficient control to create an end result that looks OK to me. Maybe the purists would argue you need more control for photographs destined for print, but for the Internet, hey, shooting as JPEG seems fine.

Not withstanding what I’ve just said, I find one of the biggest headaches when it comes to processing images is with Colour Management. This caused me some grief when I was in Hong Kong and Canada a while back when I’d set the camera’s colour profile to ‘Adobe 1998’ and the found my pictures looked very dull when viewed on most computers. After consulting my good buddy Google, I soon discovered that ‘Adobe 1998’ is best for printing, but for pure viewing on a normal computer display was not the best. Despite often being referred to as ‘Stupid RGB’ (and I’m sure that’s being polite), sRGB is the way to go for most computers. I have to say right now though, that I don’t have, and never have had, an Apple computer, so again, some might say that sRGB is truly stupid, but hey-ho, there you go.

Now for the boring bits. Please read below for details about copyright and use of the fotos on this site.

All images on this site are copyright Mike Barlow and are protected by international copyright laws and may not be used for any purpose other than to personally view the images with your web browser and to use them as your personal computer wallpaper (or background image) on your own computer. These images may not otherwise be reproduced, distributed, cropped, resized, or otherwise altered without written permission.

You may not use these images on any web page, commercial or non-commercial, for profit or non-profit, without written permission.

No commercial use of these photos may be made in any way. All rights are reserved.

If you would like to use any image for any purpose other than the one described above, please contact me at mikeybarlow@hotmail.com