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Canon 1DXMK2 – Wildlife Photography Test – Matt Hardy Photography

I haven’t done an in-depth camera review before so here goes.

I am always looking at new equipment and developing my skills. People argue it isn’t worth spending alot of money on the latest camera gear but I do not agree with that. I look at it as an investment and having professional camera equipment helps separate myself from others. I also prefer to achieve better results in camera and that requires less post processing. As a photographer I demand the very best from my images.

So what did I test today? Well here it is!

The Canon 1DXmk2

 

 

 

Canon’s latest and most powerful camera on the market, hosting a huge range of features  including a 4K and lightening-fast AF acquisition when shooting stills at up to 16fps. All of this is made possible by the camera’s dual DIGIC 6 processors, full-frame 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, extended ISO range of up to 409,600 and dual card slots (CF and CFast). The 1D X Mk II also has a 3.2″, 1,620K-dot LCD touchscreen, Full HD 1080p movie recording, a weather-resistant magnesium-alloy body, built-in GPS….. yeh it certainly backs a punch!!

I am certainly in love and more impressed, I made the camera work hard for the shots and was blown away by the results. Such sharp and detailed images whilst clean and vibrant. Here are a few shots from the 1dxmk2 below.

The images were taken on a dull and dark day mostly in wooded areas except for the first meadow image. The camera performed beyond my expectations with lighting fast auto focus, incredible detail and clean images!

To summarise,

The size and weight felt fantastic, lots of accessible controls and easy to shoot functions. They are all encased in a rugged yet sleek and superb looking weather-resistant magnesium-alloy body for shooting in all conditions. I loved the clunk of the shutter – it sounds like a heavy hitter however wedding shooters note – is has a silent shutter mode ;).

This camera is a must for people who demand the very best from any shooting situation! 

A HUGE thank you to Jayne Bond who let me trial the camera for the afternoon. Here is a link to her website where you can see some incredible wildlife photography – Jayne bond photography

More to come very soon indeed with this camera,

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A Day Out In Dorset With Explore Dorset

Ahh the festive break has arrived, Its  time to put the feet up and crack out the wine and festive treats! 

Nope not for me, I made use of having a few extra days by heading to one of my favorite Dorset locations the famous Durdle Door.

I joined up with Ben & Joanna from Explore Dorset which is a very popular Instagram page. We were also joined by Lewis who was visiting from America, but grew up in the UK. All set and ready to go we headed off  and ventured down to the door.

A 90 second exposure using a Lee filter Big stopper and Hard Grad 0.9 Shot on my Canon 5ds

This is by far one of my favorite places to shoot in Dorset, I really do not think there is anywhere else in the wold with a view like this. I have photographed it many times and always enjoy capturing different images from here.

It is also one of the most physical landscapes to shoot, lots of walking up and down hills for different composition and images. However the view from the top of Bats head simply breathtaking looking back on the Jurassic coast.

The steep climb to the top of bats head is certainly worth it for the view of the Jurassic Coastline.

 

As always my images are for sale as either photographic prints, canvases or for editorial use. Please just get in contact with your requirements on Contact@matthardyphotography.co.uk

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Lionel Messi – Icons.com – Matt Hardy Photography

So it would be another hatrick for Barcelona’s Lionel Messi,

Yes he has 5 ballon d’ors, 3 golden boots and tons of other decorated accolades. However it was also to be another career highlight for him, Yep that’s correct its my 3rd time that I have photographed the international superstar.

Sporting a beard and new Haircut it was fantastic to see Leo again just before his festive break.

Icons have a longstanding partnership with Lionel Messi and are the only direct and trusted source to purchase his products from.

To view some of ICONS’S signed products click here.

My professional corporate shoots start from as little as £300 and if you have your own business then this is ideal for you.

For more info please email: contact@matthardyphotography.co.uk

Below are some images from the meeting with Lionel Messi & Icons.com

Bournemouth Wedding – Daniel & Gina Get Married

This year has flown by for me and it has also been my busiest to date,

Another gorgeous wedding awaited and it was the turn of Daniel and Gina who were getting married at St Andrews Church in Kinson.

The weather was playing up but that did not stop us we had job to do. Rachel was off to meet the ladies and I headed to meet the men before the ceremony.

It would be my first wedding at St Andrews Church and I was excited to see how the renovations had progressed. After the prep shots and a few beers had been finished we all meet back up for the ceremony. a

The weather was still miserable however we pressed on and the most of the refurbished church which looked stunning. It had some of the best lighting I have seen in a church so we opted for family and group shots inside whilst it continued to poor it down.

We then headed over to Cobham sports club where a family friend had made the most stunning wedding reception for Gina & Daniel. Speeches, food and the celebrations continued I was determined to get outside for some lovely portraits.

The rain had finally stopped and we made the most of it. We all headed outside to the local wooded area for some portraits. It was so good to get them outside and let them have a little time as the new Mr & Mrs Scales.

Before long it was time to head back in for the first dance and a great way to end another stunning wedding.

Thank you to Rachel for 2nd shooting with me on the day, top job as always.

Below are a small selection of my photos from the day,

If you are a friend or family of the bride and groom then you can view all the images here, (please just ask the bride or groom for the password). http://www.matthardyphotography.co.uk/client-area/

Thinking of getting married and looking for a photographer? If you like my style of my work then  I would love to hear from you!

Drop me an email at –  Contact@matthardyphotography.co.uk

Birkett & Co . Ltd Accountants & Tax Advisors – Corporate Photoshoot

Birkett & Co LTD Accountants were in need of some new staff images and branding images for there website and a general portfolio update.

I met with the team in the Broadstone office and discussed their needs and images that they wanted me to  capture.

Here are a selection of images from the shoot,

There new website will be available soon and you can visit it here,

Birkett & Co

My professional corporate shoots start from as little as £300, and if you have your own business then this is ideal for you to showcase your products in a professional way.

For more info please email: contact@matthardyphotography.co.uk

Pele – A1 Sporting Memorabilia & Matt Hardy Photography

So today I got to work with a legend. Not only an icon in the sporting world but also someone who is adored by millions. It was a true honor to be in the presence of Pele for a few hours in London whilst he visited the UK.

Pele-Matt-Hardy-Photography

Pele Alongside Matt Hardy Photography In London

Below is a video from our working partnership with myself, Pele & A1 Sporting Memorabilia, 

Corfe Castle Wedding – Jack & Hannah Get Married

Another Corfe Castle wedding and this time it was the turn of an old school friend Hannah.

We hadn’t seen each other since school so I was pleased that she had asked me to photograph her special day.

Since school Hannah had moved to London where she met Jack. They decided to get married back in Hannah’s home county of Dorset.

Dorset’s countryside makes a beautiful wedding day with some incredible landscapes.  Some of the guest who travelled from afar were most impressed.

It was clear blue skies and after a gorgeous ceremony we headed over to Kingston Courtyard for drinks and celebrations.

Below are a small selection of my photos from the day.

If you are a friend or family of the bride and groom then you can view all the images here, (please just ask the bride or groom for the password). http://www.matthardyphotography.co.uk/client-area/

Thinking of getting married and looking for a photographer? If you like my style of my work then  I would love to hear from you!

Drop me an email at –  Contact@matthardyphotography.co.uk

Product Photography

I have been in the world of product photography now for the last 2 years mainly for A1 Sporting Memorabilia and Icons.com. They are both reputable sellers of authentic hand signed memorabilia and work with some of the biggest sporting name including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Surez and many many more. As well as attending their signings session with them to photograph the sporting stars I also shoot their signed products.

I love photographing products and making something look its best for a customer to then purchase from the companies website.

Sample product images below that I photograph for A1 Sporting Memorabilia

My professional corporate shoots start from as little as £200, and if you have your own buisness then this is ideal for you to showcase your products in a professional way.

For more info please email: contact@matthardyphotography.co.uk

Chez Fred – Family Photoshoot

Saturday 11th June I was invited down to the best fish and chip shop in the south Chez Fred’s for some family portraits. It was established in 1989 by Fred and his dad Peter. It is a family run business that now see’s Fred’s son Tom looking soon too takeover.

I have known Fred for a few years now. He has inspired me in the world of business. Not only a great guy he has given me some fantastic advice whilst I was setting up my own photographic business.

It was fantastic to catch up it was great fun photographing everyone!

If you love you fish and chips then definitely visit Chez Fred’s – www.chezfred.co.uk

Below are a small set go images from the shoot.

Family or friend from this day? click here to see more photos, http://www.matthardyphotography.co.uk/client-area/

My family portrait sessions start from £95.

A perfect way to get everyone together and capture those treasured family photos to look at with a cup of tea.

For more info please Email contact@matthardyphotography.co.uk

Wareham Pre-Wedding Shoot With Joss & Steph.

Back in my hometown of Wareham for another awesome pre-wedding photoshoot in,

This time with the Lovely Steph and Joss in Wareham. So much fun and laughter, these guys are going to be great on the day!

Bring on September for the big day in Christchurch.

Pre wedding shoots are included in all my packages and it is a great way to get comfortable in-front of the camera before your wedding. It also provides an opportunity to have a good look around your chosen wedding venue followed by a drink and some brief paperwork.

For more info please Email contact@matthardyphotography.co.uk

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