Chipping Away at the Canon EOS 450D

Moorhen on Nest
Moorhen on Nest

As well as doing a bit of sea fishing we went to visit my parents up in Chipping, Lancashire, over the Easter bank holiday where I gave my new camera a proper try out.

The results speak for themselves and considering that the lenses are the ‘cheap’ ones I’m very pleased with how the pictures have turned out. The moorhen above shows that the autofocus picked the wrong spot and couldn’t quite get in the gap where the Moorhen is but it’s still one of the best photo’s I’ve taken of a Moorhen – user error on my part.

Snake's head fritillaries (Fritillaria meleagris)
Snake's head fritillaries (Fritillaria meleagris)

This photo was taken with the standard 18-55 kit lens with the aperture wide open to throw the background out of focus. The quality of the full size image is astonishing and at print resolution (300 dots per inch) is about 14 x 91/2″ without any enlargement.

Prunus (Flowering Cherry) 'Pandora'
Prunus (Flowering Cherry) 'Pandora'

Another ‘close up’, not for any reason except that the Pandora Cherry looked great against the blue sky.

Dwarf Tulip (Tulipa tarda)
Dwarf Tulip (Tulipa tarda)

And another close-up of a flower, my Mum is a brilliant gardener so there are always things to practice on. All the photographs were taken using the ‘RAW’ setting of the camera to get the best possible image quality and as the light was fantastic no other post processing has been done.

Am I pleased with the Canon EOS 450D? You bet I am – I can’t wait to get onto Anglesey or in the hills and mountains of Lancashire and the Lake District to see what it’s really capable off.

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