Following on from yesterday’s post, I took a walk with my camera along the shingle bank at Keyhaven to Hurst Castle and just thought about what about what I could photograph, I thought about recording the moment, I remembered back when there was an old building on the spit which was washed away by the storms and I remembered that it is important to record what is there, as well as enhancing an image to make something more out of it.
Monday night was members night at Southampton Camera Club, where 4 brave (or foolish) club members stand up in front of the rest of the membership and share something fascinating about their photography, and what an enlighting evening it was… with members talking about a variety of topics.
A bucket list opportunity to visit Skomer Island and see the Puffins. Skomer is about 6 hours from where I live, it is an island and only has about 150 people land on it every day – once you are there, you are there until your return boat…. for me that is a real challenge, my son has a medical condition which means he needs support with little notice so to leave him at home, drive for 6 hours, then to catch the boat to the Island and be there for 6 hours before I can return… was risky.
This for me is a wow photo. I had never seen a real wild badger until this year, then whilst in Purbeck the other weekend, a badger darted out in front of us and I saw my first one… I never got a photo but I got an experience. Continue reading →
I found a field of poppies 🙂 right after it rained, which meant that the delicate poppy flowers were suffering from rain and wind damage – so they were not perfect… but as I was a long way from home, I decided that it was still worth taking the opportunity to take some photos.
It was late evening the lights was dull, so it was a question of using the camera’s ISO settings and a shallow aperture to create light or introducing the flash, to create a different look.
Off to the Old Bakery last night and the theme was dancing – we had two dancers turn up, but I focused on only one of them – Lauren. I picked her up before the shoot, and discovered she had never had her photo taken as a dancer / model and she was a little nervous… I told her that the group of photographers were equally nervous… and they she was in charge…
I had the opportunity to attend another Photo Experience Day at Liberty’s and had a fantastic time getting up close to a variety of creatures. An experience day is an opportunity to get closer or to be shown a different view of things to photograph – it is not really a day where you are told how to use your camera or how to get the best from it – they is usually a photographer on hand to answer your questions but it is more about providing the opportunity.
I visited the Wheels Festival at Bournemouth at the weekend and had an amazing time … I am not a car fan, but I do like taking photos and challenging myself to take different images and spending the day experimenting with my camera made me realise how far my photography has developed since I last visited.
Last visit – I played it safe, I stuck in Aperture priority and took some photos – too of which appeared in my introduction to my 365 blog back at the start of 2015, this time I was using Manual, Shutter Speed priority and thinking a lot more about what I wanted the end results to be… and this is some of the highlights of my day.
Monster Trucks – ISO320, F5.6, 1/1250sec
ISo100, F5.6, 1/200 sec – Wheels!
More Quad Action – ISo400, F6.3, 1/2000sec
ISo800, F5.6, 1/4000 sec – Freezing the sand
IS0800, F6.3, 1/16000 sec
See no Evil – ISO160, F6.3, 1/2000sec
Vintage Truck ISO400, F4.5, 1/1250Sec
ISo100, F11, 1/50 sec – Panning – to capture the speed
Quad Bike Action – ISO800, F5, 1/2500 sec
The circuit – ISo160, 1/1000sec, F5.6
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