25 Jul '14
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Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS review

I wanted an ultra wide lens since I bought my little Fuji X-E1, the kit lens was a good lens overall, and while for street photography it’s definitely a great lens, for landscapes 18mm (equivalent to a 27mm on a 35mm) are not enough to me, I always felt like it was too long for me. So three weeks ago I decided to sell it in favour of a new ultra wide lens from the Korean manifacturer Samyang (or Rokinon in the States, Walimex somewhere else), the 12mm f/2 NCS CS.
I generally read thousands of review before buying a lens, but in this case I couldn’t find much as this lens came out on the market just a few months ago, but the few reviews I found were all very positive, and I often read good things about Samyang lenses, so I decided to give it a try.

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22 Jul '14
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A weekend in Copenhagen, Denmark

I’ve always been a big fan of scandinavian countries, back in 1994 I was supporting Sweden at the World Cup (I still remember some players’ name). In 2007 I visited Stockholm, it was a great trip despite the fact it was freaking  cold, and it was May! Next week I’m going for a two weeks trip to another of the 5 scandinavian countries, Iceland.

But 5 years ago I bought the Lonely Planet Guide of Denmark, not because I was planning to go anytime soon to that country, but just because I knew one day I will. 
And that day arrived a couple of weeks ago, finally my first trip to Copenhagen! I didn’t really know what to expect apart from Lego and extremely beautiful people, I always heard different opinions about that city, somebody loves it, somebody else hates it. So far the closest encounter with that city was the airport back on May, but we did have only a couple of hours in between our flight connection, so we couldn’t really go anywhere, and you can’t judge a nation by just its airport, even if it might give you a rough idea about basic things, like the cost of the life.

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08 Jul '14
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Biffy Clyro @ Royal Hospital Kilmainham

This scottish trio is one of the bands that will never delude you, one of those you already know is going to make a great show right from the moment you buy the tickets, even if don't like them that much, even if you think their last album is terrible (and I'm not one of them), even if you think they became too popular, you know it's a band to see. And even this time they didn't disappoint their fans, as they have done another great show in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
And as you can easily get from my previous statements, as a photographer is pure pleausure to photograph Biffy Clyro, even if it's a big stage and it's not as easy to get a clear shot without including a part of the stage or a speaker, and despite here in Ireland you have sunlight until 10.30 in the evening in July, it's still a great band to photograph.
Lightwise was similar to their supporter band, where the sunlight is the key light, and I was confortably shooting at ISO 400, something that doesn't happen frequently, and it definitely never happens in a indoor gig. Because the sun started to be lower down on the horizon we got a very warm light, and the stage lights were a little bit more presents on the scene, even if not that significant as they supposed to be.
Simon Neil in the past was a bit more complicated to photograph due to a bigger stage, and this time was a bit more constricted on the stage, but he still moves a lot, but at least this time I didn't have to run like Speedy Gonzales in the pit.
So, great band to see and photograph, and down here I've posted some of the best photos I took that day, while here you can find the full set.

Biffy Clyro

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04 Jul '14
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June 2014 in photos and getting ready for Copenhagen

Don't worry guys, I didn't forget my monthly appointment, and I have to say that I had a very productive month, I took pictures almost every day, which is a record for me, maybe because I don't have many gigs this month, actually I just had two gigs this month, Biffy Clyro and Deaf Havana, but while the first one was great, the second one was awful to photograph, as I had to shoot in the Academy 2 and the few photos I took there were terrible and I'm not going to publish them. Anyway, lots of pictures anyway, especially because I'm working hard for my personal photography project called "Commute" which I'm going to post all the details in the next few weeks, but you will see some of the photos down here alongside the other ones.

Next month I'm going to have some more "exotic" pictures as tonite I'm going to Copenhagen, Denmark, for the weekend, with my girlfriend and a friend of mine, and I'm really excited about it, as I wanted to visit this city from a long time, so long that I bought the lonely planet guide back in 2009 and finally I can use it!

But because I'm probably going again there next year as my friend is probably going to move there for a year, I decided to travel light and I'm leaving my DSLR at home, and I'm going to bring my little Fuji X-E1 with three tiny lenses, the Canon FD 50mm f/1.4, the Canon FDn 28mm f/2.8 and the new entry in the family, the Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS which I'm going to test it during the weekend, hopefully I'll get some good shots!

Anyway, down here some of the best shots I took last month, some from Dublin, some from Dalkey and some others from Greystones.


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03 Jul '14
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You Me At Six @ Royal Hospital Kilmainham

That's a band I've missed their gigs in Dublin a few times for one reason or another, but this time they were supporting Biffy Clyro at one of the many outdoor gigs this summer in the beautiful frame of the Royal  Hospital Kilmainham.

I'm definitely not in the target of this band, I'm too old for them or they are too young for me, but I have to say that they are an interesting band to see, very energetic on stage and very dynamic band. From a photography point of view it was good to photograph, even if was shot in daylight so the stage lights were pretty useless and barely visible, and for once I couldn't complain for the lack of lights, but maybe for the abundance of it, the sunlight was the key light and I could shoot at 400 ISO, and I could use shutterspeed of 1/2000 with f/4 or higher, but even if I could use smaller aperture I always prefer to bring down the ISO and have confy shutterspeeds and keep shooting at wider aperture like f/2.8 or f/4 where I can have incredible sharpness from the main lens I used for that gig (the Canon 135mm f/2 USM L) and at the same time a decent Bokeh and have a good separation between the subject and the background.
Anyway, interesting gig to photograph, and I'm pretty sure that it would be the same, or maybe even better if shot in a normal venue where the stage lights dictates the show, I would say it's a gig aupair with Fall Out Boy and All Time Low.

Anyway, as usual you can find some of the best shots I took at their gig, while on my flickr account you can find the full set.

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