Year Two (118) – Smokin’

I have photographed smoke a couple of times before… but took the opportunity to capture it again and to see if I could pick up some new tips. Smoke is a great material to photograph, it has a mind of its own and you never quite know where it is going to go, but they make great textures and brushes that you can use to enhance other pictures and images.

This time I took the opportunity to experiment with shutter speeds and to learn from other photographers.. I had the dark background much further away that made it easier .. and I used my 100mm macro leans and a snood on the flash to direct the light. These are some of the different results I achieved:

ISO200, 1/640sec, F7.1
ISO200, 1/640sec, F7.1

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Year Two (115) – Morning Dew

It is October and the weather is on the change, I love mornings where the grass is covered in dew and the light is sparkling like tiny jewels… I love simple colours of the images, the bokeh that you can capture through the refracted light.

These were taken on my 100mm macro lens, no extras, just what was there on the grass this morning .. my essential kit was a ground sheet – the grass was wet, and a bean bag to rest my camera on… Continue reading

Year Two (102) – Fancy a coffee?

The lengths we go to for a perfect cup of coffee … how you choose to light a photo, create an image and develop your style is also a bit like how you drink your coffee … some like an expresso – a dark moody shot, others before a flat white – a shot with no direction lighting at all, some photos are all froth like a latte , some stick to the old favorite and never venture into a new area, and for others anything goes they have no preference – but if it is available they have to try it!

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Year Two (57) – Reptiles again…

An evening an Old Bakery taking photos of reptiles on various set ups – there were three set ups – two with studio lights and one with flash – the one with flash was my set up and involved a light box and one flash … I had brought along various props and Richard provide the animals.

I had collected a rusty piece of metal from the beach and some leaves to make one backdrop – it worked really well as great camouflage and complemented the colour of the lizard.

100mm lens - F11, 1/160 sec
100mm lens – F11, 1/160 sec

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Year Two (32) Bluebells Revisited

It’s bluebell season – last year I took photos of bluebells at the end of April … and shared my topical post here and another one here – this year I knew I had to try again, to see what I remember from last year and to experiment more with different lens and because I just love the delicate nature of the flowers.

The morning I choose was overcast and there had been rain the day before – so the results included some lovely water drops on the flowers. I started off with my 100mm macro lens, shooting without a tripod, aiming to select one flower from the background.

100mm lens, ISO320, F9, 1/80sec
100mm lens, ISO320, F9, 1/80sec

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Year Two (15) – Frogs and other reptiles

Another old bakery session, but this time with a twist – one end of the hall was set up with a tether computer, studio lights and props and my end of the hall – I shared the space with John – where we were using glass, speedlites and some natural props I had round up from home.

I had talked to John prior to the shot and I wanted to capture the top and bottom of the frog at the same time… I had an idea to photoshop it together with another image – but that did not get taken…. but I still wanted to experiment and understand more about light. I actually found myself using my light meter successfully to help set the shot up and aim for a variety of experimental looks.

Tree Frog on Glass
Tree Frog on Glass

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Year Two (13) – 1 day 12 photos

On the first of Saturday of the month there is the #1day12photos challenge on Instagram, I have done it before but today I thought I would try it with a twist … on my must do list was the followings tasks:

  • Experiment with my 100mm macro lens before my next macro studio session
  • Use my photography friends – I recently discover noch and wanted to compare them to my hornby version…
  • Experiment with one flash
  • On camera culling.

So today I decided to tackle all four, every shot was taken with a photographer in shot, with flash – actually on my dining room table in the same lighting conditions, so I had to use the flash – with my 100mm lens and I was going to cull on camera so I only had 12 shots to edit and upload! Continue reading

Year Two (03) – Studio Creatures

I was back at the Old Bakery photostudio this week with the chance to photograph some stick insects, millipedes, scorpion and giant spider, it was a great evening, but this time I felt much more in control. Continue reading

Day 359 -It’s Christmas

Poinsettia is a plant that I associate with Christmas, so almongst the fun of Christmas Day photos, unwrapping presents, sharing moments with family and friends… I thought I would share a photo of Christmas cheer….

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