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 was asked to shoot a promotional video for a fantastic up and coming band for them to send off to Jooles Holland – and had a fantastic evening with both my DSLR camera’s – one set up for still images and the other for video. The sound track was to be added later in full stereo from the mixing desk!
Have you see the videos online demonstrating a pixel stick… do you know what one is? It is a light stick designed for light painting which can be used to project images infront of the camera which are not visible to the naked eye. They are really expensive… but when the opportunity arose to see one in action and to take some photos I had to pop along to find out more….
To help with the festive mood I visited a nearby market town to enjoy the Christmas carols organised by the Romsey Lions Club, I had my DSLR but no one really had a camera so instead I opted for hubby’s new camera and a scene mode – which meant it only capture the photos in jpg.
I converted them into black and white in Lightroom to add a more timeless feel.
The scene mode used a very shallow aperture to take a series of quick photos at a range of exposures and then processed them together in camera – it enabled me to take some atmospheric record shots of a very busy event.
Christmas is approaching quicker than I would like but as the Christmas tree is now up, it was time to take a Christmas selfie… I saw a great tutorial online using a Christmas tree and thought I would try and create similar….
I had my camera, a darken lounge lit only by the Christmas tree, my tripod, nifty 50 lens.
Having white Christmas Tree lights makes rather boring Bokeh! My idea was to add me to the image – so focusing the camera in the dark was to be a challenge, I had the idea that I wanted to include a story book and me … so I used the book to hold my iphone, and used the light on my phone to light up my face….
In landscape – I was not really including enough of the book…. as I could not move the camera back any further… it was time to compose the shot on a different direction….
The torch light is not as bright – but it was the shot that I was going for… the rest of the image I had visualised in my head in photoshop… I took this is manual – ISO100, F1.8, 1/10sec. There are two different shades of light though – a yellow tint from the Iphone and bright white from the LED Christmas Lights.
I toned down the yellow on my face, added some Christmas magic coming from the book and presented it in a square format as I wanted it as a social media profile photo. The light is a little harsh still on my face … but it is the right idea and I would love to take a photo like this with a child reading a book by the Christmas tree.
Dark evenings and the festive season approaching, so I thought I would pop along to the Garden of Lights and capture an abstract view of pods that have been generated to encourage evening visitors to the city centre.
Night time photography without a tripod is a challenge, longer exposure times I needed but for these images I wanted the ambient lighting to remain dark, and the lights of the installations was changing often, so to keep shutter speeds low I opted for a shallow aperture and a high ISO. Continue reading →
I did an experiment with Bokeh … and I wanted to try again, today I was practicing my studio set up and wanted to see what would happen if I added Christmas Lights to the shot … due to space restrictions I was not able to get far enough back to add a foreground subject as I needed a good amount of depth between the two – but I was able to experiment with the boken shapes I made with my mum’s unusual shaped whole punches.
My set up was basic… see this terrible photo below…
low light from window
camera and nifty 50 lens on tripod in foreground
fairy lights strung up paper behind to make the background plain… the flash and softbox not required
I experiments in manual with the length of time the shutter was open and the size of the aperture – wide apertures worked best, the best effect was without a shape on the lens, just using the natural aperture … and around 1/160 – 1/100 sec worked well for the timing without letting in any extra light, altough the green and blue lights were stronger in colour for the camera to pick up.
A great challenge to undertake – an evening party to celebrate Fireworks, in an unknown venue with an unknown schedule so it really was the opportunity to think on my feet and create images that captured the evening.
Part two of the Old Bakery session and we got to play with lights. I have done Light painting before, but it is always great fun to play with lights especially if you are in a setting where you can control the darkness, where you know other people are looking out for you and where there are new lights to play with.
First of all one of the photographer’s showed us how he made is his really cool profile photo. On tripod we set out cameras up to focus and then with a 30sec exposure and F22, in the dark he quickly drew round the object with a bright torch. You had to have a steady hand but the results speak for themselves
Above is a guitar on a red carpet. Setting this up in my own studio space I need to be careful of my composition, so that I can include the depth of the object in my shoot, but for a first attempt and sharing the space with other photographers … it is great! Continue reading →