Last September I was lucky enough to be asked to shoot for Hard Rock Cafe at their ‘Hard Rock rocks the square‘ event in Florence. Whilst I was there my main job was to shoot general views, cutaways and timelapses – basically to travel around the city as a tourist, shooting as I went! Please let me know what you think! All feedback appreciated.

This is a mini-film I’ve put together of the footage I shot, along with a few of my favourite timelapses thrown in. Hard Rock had specifically asked for some of the beauty shots to be shot with a tilt-shift effect which was awesome. I hired the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4.0 lens to achieve that, opting for the 17mm version (over Canon’s 24mm option) as I knew I’d be shooting a lot of wide landscape shots and towering architecture that would be a challenge to fit into my frame.

The whole thing was shot on the Canon 5D mark III with Canon lenses; TS-E 17mm f/4.0, the 24-70mm f/2.8, the 70-200 f/4 L USM, and the 50mm f/1.4.

Florence Italy

Latest gig photography with the Canon 24-70mm L

I’ve been a busy bee with gig photography this week, first photographing Wild Beasts on Monday night at Norwich Waterfront and then Wednesday night The Maccabees’ show at UEA’s LCR. They’re the first gigs I’ve photographed with the latest addition to the lens bag; the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L, and my God has it made a difference!

Particularly at Wild Beasts’ gig, the 24-70 lived up to the hype that it’s one of the best all round lenses. Images are sharp at 2.8 (something a previous lens I was using certainly wasn’t) and the way that it deals with direct light from spotlights high above the stage was fantastic; virtually no flaring whatsoever, instead it produces this awesome starburst effect.

Falsetto vocalist Hayden Thorpe of Wild Beasts

The Maccabees Live in 2012 NorwichGuitarist Hugo White of The Maccabees

Orlando Weeks Lead Singer of the Maccabees, gig, live in NorwichOrlando Weeks, Lead Singer of The Maccabees

Wild Beasts‘ vocalist, bassist and keys: Tom Fleming

Sky Larkin's Katie Harkin on keyboard for Wild BeastsGuest Appearance: Sky Larkin’s Katie Harkin on keyboard for Wild Beasts

Check out more photos from The Maccabees and Wild Beasts gigs on my Flickr Photostream