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My 52 – Mechanical

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This weeks 52, and much thinking ensued. The theme was mechanical and all I’ve been able to think of all week is car engine. No no and thrice no. I refuse to photograph my car engine. It’s old, its dirty and the weather is crap. Maybe there is an image under the bonnet but I didn’t fancy going and finding it.

The perfect photo for the week has already been taken, I may edit this post and put it up. I went to the railway museum in York a few weeks back and got a few shots of the innards of one of the old steam trains. Absolutely perfect for the week, but not within the remit.

And then I had a brainwave. Sat on my desk, my powerball. It’s all about mechanical energy, it’s a hand powered gyroscope, and it lights up rather pleasingly. The question was how to capture it. After lots of attempts I came up with these three.


This one is my current favourite primarily due to the reflection

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February 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm

My 52 – People

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Continuing on with my 52, this weeks project was people and I interpreted that to mean a self-portait. Well, I am a person, it counts.

Focus has to be on the eyes, not easy to achieve when you can’t look through the lens. Not all that easy to achieve when you can come to that, but I did my best. The remote cable release was a god send here.

I’m particularly pleased with the way this turned out, much better than I thought it might. There is a higher resolution image on my redbubble

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February 22, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Dearne Valley

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Yet more snow fell today foiling my previous plans but giving me the chance to get outside with the camera. I headed off to the Dearne Valley Nature Reserve in the hope of getting some nice pics of the lake covered in ice and snow. Since I haven’t posted in a while I thought I’d stick up the first couple I liked and processed.


First up, a line of trees seen accross the frozen lake, partly reflected where the ice has melted. Correct exposure was tough here, the flat sky and snow on the ground meant much use of the histogram to guage the exposure.


In this second image the bridge forms part of a natural frame for the lane it used to cross.

Nothing overly technical about these shots, shooting in the snow always poses a bit of a challenge getting exposure correct, I found myself varying anything up to 2 fulls stops of over exposure compared to the meter reading in some scenes today.

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February 21, 2010 at 10:36 pm

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The Fence

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With the weather truely dreadful for taking photos, unless you like photos of mist and drizzle that is, I decided against wandering out and instead had a look through some old images that I didn’t put up here. This one jumped out as it’s a bit out of the norm for me.

The goal when taking this was to give it an abstract feel by mirroring the angle of the fence with the camera itself. I’ve converted it to black and white as I think it gives the shot more impact.

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February 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm

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