I recently got to work with an amazing model to create some portfolio images for her – we decide to meet in the New Forest and at the worst time of day possible – midday in June, when the weather was lovely and sunny. For me though there was a fantastic opportunity to practice to overcome the lighting conditions to create a variety of images.
Most shots were taken on a 70-200 lens, with off camera flash either the AD200, the AD360 with the help of a softbox or #Magmods .
Marwell Zoo, August, a hot sunny day and a photographic challenge – not only were the animals hiding from the sunshine … when they were outside there was harsh shadows to deal with, lots of people bustling around and a real restriction in the ability to get the shot I wanted.
The animals were more active by the end of the day but photographically there were some huge challenges to overcome… Continue reading →
A bright sunny day and a trip to the park to capture some memories of a family having fun, it was a great day – lots of challenges, freezing the moment, capturing the dynamic range of the shots, capturing fun – focusing on my subjects and trying to exclude the other people there… and looking at how I can capture a unique view of the occasion.
I live in a wonderful part of the world – the New Forest is a fantastic National Park and today I headed over in the afternoon sunshine to capture the landscape around the capital of the New Forest – Lyndhurst!
Lyndhurst is a major access route to the New Forest, there is a High Street and a fantastic free museum – but there is very little in the high street to temp visitors – a few gift shops and then about 20 different coffee shops / cafes / ice cream parlours to choose from – the perfect stopping point after a forest walk.
A couple of years ago this time of day would be have been the ideal time to take photos in my mind, but how wrong was I – the bright almost cloudless sky creates very little interest, the shadows are very dark and harsh beneath the forest donkey’s – they are short but they don’t add any depth to the image.
Changing view points makes the photos look more interesting, it is about trying to capture a different angle from other visitors to this popular spot but they don’t really have the wow appeal….
It is a beautiful day, I love feeling the warmth of the sunshine and enjoying being out of doors and exploring the area, looking for new angles and new ideas – but I find myself wishing the light was less harsh … maybe I really do not to consider some early mornings or late evenings to explore….
Happy Birthday Jake – 18 today… we took a rare opportunity to escape as a family of five and take a few random photos to celebrate that there are now three adults in our household.
I was allowed for once to get them all to let me take head shots… but I literally only had a second or two and hand to hand the camera over to hubby to ensure I was included. What a great bunch of people, I am proud they are mine.
I also tried to get some candid photos, and I glad to say none of them are too old to still have fun.
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.
I have commented on here before about how I am not really good at even trying to take panning shots or movement shots … so when my hubby suggested that we went along to watch Scott May’s Dare Devil Stunt show when it came to the New Forest, I thought it was the perfect location to give it a try. I had a quick read before hand on photographing moving cars and discovered that it freezing the action made the cars look static – so panning would be a great example… so I headed off with my Canon 28-300mm lens and my monopod … so at least if I was brave enough to try panning I would keep my horizon straight.
It turned out to be a real challenge, the show lasted about an hour and a half… and in the that time I managed to capture about 400 photos – many of which ended up our of focus … but I tried and tried. They had a variety of vehicles which all traveled at different speeds, they sped up and slowed down, they did not always go where you imagined they would, and sometimes the action was closer, other times further away and add to that the fading light as day turned into dusk and that some of the stunts took part facing into sun. Above up my best 2 panning shots … at least I know I can do it (sometimes).
These are the highlights, I tried to capture the essence of the event, panning images did not always work – as at times I felt it was better to freeze the action, and I was glad that I was able to change my settings quickly to reflect the changing scene – being on auto ISO, really helped with the changing light. By being flexible in my approach I was able to capture:
The expression on the clowns face as he corned on two wheels.
The foot in a ball of fire and a person on fire
The glass flying out of the windscreen on impact and parts flying off
The motor biker going hands free high above his support team
The concentration on the drivers face as he drives on 2 wheels
ISO1600, F5, 1/60sec
ISO1600, 1/40sec, F5.6
ISO1600, F5.6, 1/50 sec
ISO1600, F5, 1/60 sec
ISO1600, F5.6, 1/250sec
ISO1600. F5.6, 1/200sec
ISO1600, F5.6, 1/125sec
ISO800, F5, 1/100sec
ISO400, F10, 1/125sec
ISO100, F5.6, 1/400sec
ISO100. F5.6, 1/250sec
ISO125, F5, 1/200sec
ISO200, F5.6, 1/250sec
ISO125, F5.6, 1/250sec
ISO125, F5.6, 1/125sec
ISO800, F5.6, 1/320 sec
ISO1000, F5.6, 1/250 sec
ISO1600, F5.6, 1/320 sec
ISO1000, F5.6, 1/400 sec
ISO125, F4.5, 1/80 sec
I had a fantastic time – and I am really pleased with the images I captured. I hope you have enjoyed seeing them…
This morning I was out enjoying the sunshine and taking photos, I ended up taking photos of the same location from a different angle as well as just capturing pictures that caught my interest. I am working my way through a camera manual `- this is an extra one I brought, it speaks plain English and it is already teaching me a whole new way to look at things, and take short cuts, this week I reprogrammed a button on my camera to enable me to switch easily from “one shot” to “al servo” to capture a moving object and today I was able to put it into action.
The above shot, made me smile – a bird on a stick, an easy photo to get – but it made me wonder whether the pigeon was on the lookout for people in distress, whether he had his back to the potential incident and did not want to know, or if his life saving ring was needed, would he just take off. A photo tells a story… this one could tell lots of stories.
The view to Hurst Castle and the Needles Lighthouse – a different view from normal. The Isle of Wight behind was beautifully clear, but I enhanced it further with the new “dehaze” function in Lightroom CC – it works amazingly well on landscape images.
Thinking about the image – the power of red works really well here, it makes it a really informative picture, not so much one to have on the wall, but one for an information leaflet or web site for the local area. I had not realised Keyhaven harbour was known as Saltgrass lake either until I posted the photo here.
The two photos above capture leading lines, both lead to the lighthouse, but by moving you get a very different view. The first image I think is stronger as there is more foreground interest, the path leads you out of the picture but the lighter area of beach draws you back in, whereas the second shot leads you out of the photo for good. I think it is amazing how I can now see these details now in the photos I create.
My final view to the Lighthouse, a different direction again, and I love this one as it gives a sense of scale the other Lighthouse and Castle photos are missing – it really in an impressive place to explore.
I just took this image as it appealed… I liked the idea of the cows having a paddle in the salt water marsh to cool off from the already warm morning sunshine.
My final two shots are of a Little Egret, they are slightly cropped and I switched quickly form “one shot” to “al servo” as I spotted him when he was already on the move. These are much more interesting than the bird on the stick I started my walk with as the bird is doing something. It was hard to judge the exposure right, dues to the sunlit bird and the dark water and the bright reflections, but I think I have got the colours and the control sorted much better this time than when I last photographed these birds. This shows just how important the right timing, the right light and the right focus is, and the more you practice the better the photographer you become.
7.30am this morning, and already the sun is warm and producing a harsh light in the sky, today I took the camera on my morning dog walk to see what I could capture, what took my interest this morning and what I would like to share.
The field that I wrote about on post 160 was no longer as green as it was 2 weeks ago. The crop has a much more golden in colour as it is ripening in the sun.
In the first shot I deliberately choose a shallow depth of field as I wanted to capture a segment of corn.
In the second shot I increased the depth of field, but it is is interesting as the photos taken a month ago, as the harsh light means that you loose the detail that is in the corn.
This is an example of aperture’s effect and how important the distance from the subject with the lens is. I choose a 220mm focal length, and the background at F11 is relatively blurred as I am quite close to the subject, and the background objects were further away.
I then turned and saw this butterfly on a thistle, I snapped before I checked my settings, and the butterfly then flew off. F11 meant that more in the background is in focus than I would have liked as I was a little further away and at 300mm focal distance but the background was much closer to the thistle and in this image is very distracting. I do however like how the wing is back lit by the sun, and that works well.