Beginning Photography

The musings of a budding photographer

November the 5th

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It came and went, and I took piccies of fireworks. More specifically, Catherine wheels. These are my two favourites after a quick look through. No changes other than to levels and curves.

Technique for these was simple, but involved a lot of guesswork.
1: Position yourself downwind of the Catherine wheels. That way you get a face full of smoke and the images are crap
2. Realise that you made a complete screw up with 1 and re-assess, no longer standing downwind.
3. Set camera on tripod, set ISO as low as it will go, aperture as high as it will go, and focus on something in the vicinity of the firework.
4. Light the catherine wheel and run like hell, camera on bulb and hold down the shutter with a remote release. Try everything from 4 seconds (no no and no) to about 1/5 of a second, and everything in between (in other words, guess). See what works, and take loads, hope for a nice effect.
5. Pretend you knew what the hell you were doing when you get a few nice images.

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November 8, 2010 at 10:01 pm

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Back to nature

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Having woken at the ridiculous hour of 5:30am this morning in order to fetch my parents from the Airport (lucky blighters have just been to Rhodes), I grabbed the camera and headed out the door. The reason was simple, on the way back over the Pennines the scenery was gorgeous, a low lying mist juxtaposed with the autumn colours just looked fantastic. There wasn’t a breath of wind, so I thought I’d head down to a local lake that I haven’t visited with the camera in the hope of getting some great scenary.

The best laids plans of mice and men, however… as it turned out there was the feintest breeze that was rippling up the lake, and the mist was obscuring the lovely colours. A quick change of plan and I started harassing the local birdlife. These were the result.

I think my favourite is the one with the swan dipping it’s head, but I couldn’t put my finger on why. The white background here doesn’t suit these images, they look best on a black background. Check them out on flickr (hit the zoom icon) for a better look).

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October 31, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Portraits in France

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A few portrait shots to share here from a recent trip to France. I can’t claim credit for all of these, I’m in two of them, taken by Jo (who’s in the others). I just did the exposure and she did the framing. Great job she did too, despite the model.

And then a couple of Jo. The poor girl has to put up with me pointing my camera at her far more than is healthy. The first of these is my favourite, it looks phenomenal in black and white too, but after a brief fascination with black and white portraits I’mback loving colour again. Black and white seems to be a nice change, but for the main I think colour is the way forwards. Then again I’ve got one of these on my phone in black and white as a background, so expect me to change my mind again.

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October 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm

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Cats and stuff

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Not posted in a while, other stuff going on, but this should get me back moving. If you’re not an animal lover never fear, I have non animal stuff too

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October 7, 2010 at 7:39 pm

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In the swing

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A couple of new golf shots to show here, players driving from the 7th tee at Rotherham golf club

James Driving

John Driving

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August 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm

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Derwent in the mist

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During a recent visit to the north of England I happened accross this view over Derwent reservoir. I was a bit pushed for time but couldn’t resist the urge to get the camera out for this view. I simply stopped the car, opened the window, composed the shot and then drove on. I completely ballsed up the white balance in camera, but fortunately shot in raw so it didn’t matter a jot (wb was set to tungsten post wedding). A lesson there to anyone taking this up, shoot raw, when you screw up it doesn’t matter.

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August 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm

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The wedding: Portraits

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A few more shots here from Kate and Craigs wedding. This time, the guests. I tried to take a few “portrait” shots, isolating either one person or occasionally a number of people in the crowd.

To start us off, here is one of my gran, framed by people in the foreground
Gran Framed

Next, my cousin, the brides brother
Brett

And to finish, a couple of photos of people who I don’t know, but who stood out on the day for being photogenic

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August 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm

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