I am experimenting today with a shallow depth of field on my 24-70mm lens, natural light to capture the detail and wonder of childhood.
The first image was outside, the light was wrong, but for me it was about capturing the moment.. a full blown paddy on the pavement…. what I find interesting here is the shutter speed at 1/320 sec the arm is still blurred – kids are fast, I shot wide to get the location and I was close to the subject, which has helped the depth of field… I think I need to get closer more often!
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.
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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Last year when I started my 365 challenge – back on day 30 I spent some time taking photos of garden birds and want to share with you how my photography and bird population has improved. Continue reading →
I headed to the beach… I took my camera, I was not really sure what I wanted to capture today, other than some photographs … I ended up enjoying the sunshine and the fresh air and taking a variety of images and experimenting! Continue reading →
Photobuddy is back and is the star of today’s photoshoot, I wanted a focal point in the bluebell wood and my border collie was a willing model… well put it this way, he was keen to come for a walk and was happy to have the camera pointed in his direction, whereas the rest of the family really want to these days.
Last night at the Old Bakery we had a go and capturing the moment with drops dripping and glasses smashing … there was only a limited number of people shooting due to the demands of the set up which meant there was a lot more time to talk to each other and to share knowledge … and to my amazement I was asked loads of questions about setting up the flash, and I actually knew a lot more than I thought I did, it was great to hear tonight that one of the newer members thought I was a pro 🙂 Made my evening!
This evening highlighted to me a lot …knowledge which a year ago I didn’t have…. and now I am glad I have… some of wish I am going to share: Continue reading →
I got to go to the beach to catch the end of a Coastguard incident in action .. I was late on scene, do did not get the best photos of the event but it did mean that I unexpectedly found myself at the beach – so the perfect opportunity to take some photos.