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Archive for April 2010

Bokeh in the grass

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Bokeh, the name given to the blur created when using shallow depth of field in a photograph. When I awoke this morning I looked out of the window to see the sun shining on a garden covered in dew, the perfect opportunity to make use of this great effect. Here are a couple of my favourites.


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April 24, 2010 at 9:30 am

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Shots from the spring

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One new subject here, plus another of the swan from winterset. No processing going on here at all on the tulip, that’s how it came out of the camera, white balance and all. The swan has had the white balance adjusted to match the scene.

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April 22, 2010 at 10:30 pm

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Fishing at sunset

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Another from my trip to the lake the other day. I spotted a guy preparing for an evenings fishing, he was sat in his bivvy making himself a nice fry up, and I tootled over to say hi. I used to do a bit of carp angling myself so I had a bit of a chat with him and then asked if I could photo his gear silhouetted against the sky. This was the result.

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April 19, 2010 at 9:38 pm

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My 52 – Week 15: Single

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As you know I had a bit of an absense from photography when I hosed my hard drive. I’m now back and togging and the 52 is back on track. I have a few missed weeks to catch up on though, I’ll do so gradually over the coming weeks. But for now, single.

First, I’m including the image from the post below of the solitary swan. in addition, this one

Lightroom 300 preset applied and then a couple of minor tweaks.

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April 17, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Ash in the sky for a sunset over the lake

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Or so I thought. With the volcano erupting in Iceland pouring out enough ash to close UK airspace I thought the sunset might be spectacular. As it turned out it was very nice, but on it’s own not quite the earth shattering spectacle I thought it could be. My subject matter changed, then, to use the sunset as a backdrop. Some of the results seen in the following four images. I’ve given a couple a slight crop but no massive editing has been done here, I’d rather be a photographer than a photoshop artist.

First, simplicity itself, a swan almost in silhouette against a fiery lake

This second image is probably my favourite image of the set, it’s the epitomy of peace and tranquility

Here I have taken a “landscape” shot in portrait as I like the way it frames the reflection of the sun.

And finally two swans feeding.

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April 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm

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The rule of thirds

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Funny one this. I took a photo of a wire fence (exciting), and I can’t decide if I like the image that follows the rule of thirds, or the one that breaks it. Two slightly different takes on the same theme presented below. Comments pls

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April 12, 2010 at 9:59 pm


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Out at the grandparents for the day and decided that I’d take a couple of photos of them. I’m considering printing up the best of them in at maybe 12 * 8 or maybe 18 *12, getting it framed and giving it as a birthday or anniversary present, whichever comes first (I can say that here as they don’t have access to the internet, or even to a computer for that matter).

I’ve narrowed it down to a selection of four, these are right out of the camera pretty much, tiny bit of editing. When I choose one I’ll spend some time sorting out the background, probably add a touch of blur and remove the pole.

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April 11, 2010 at 5:34 pm

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