The Day Has Arrived.
I have been waiting for this day for a very long time. I’m not usually one to shout things from the rooftops, but today I took delivery of my first ever iMac. And she is beautiful. Having already been inducted into Apple technology, with the iPod, iPhone and iPad, I have always wanted to own an iMac. It’s taken several years for me to get my hands on one, but today is that day. Unfortunately I’m not 100% to be able to play with my new toy too much as I have been struck down with manflu. So it’s just a quick introduction then back on the sofa today.
As a result, todays blog will be very short – so I chose todays shot, out of simplicity more than anything. I haven’t setup any photo editing software yet, so this is straight from the SD card. Not my best, but I have no desire to be on the floor playing with settings today. The settings for this f/3.5, 1/160 sec, ISO-1250.
Nothing too much to say about this one today – hopefully feeling better tomorrow when I can spend a bit more time thinking about my shot.
A break from the pattern today. Two colour photos in a row! I was actually able to get todays shot before 9am, which is also a first I think!
Another morning of glorious sunshine today, and I noticed the raindrops were just sitting on the washing line (that I hadn’t put away since “Chasing the Wind“) and they were just catching the morning sunshine. So before I started work I waded in out into our soaked garden and captured a few shots. It also reminded me if we ever get a long enough dry spell I MUST cut that grass!!
I chose this shot as I like how I’ve got multiple reflections in the drops, and also I like the nice bright colours of the blue sky, cream walls and the red roof tiles. They make a nice contrast for the morning shot. The only real difficult I had was trying to focus on the washing line as it blew in the breeze! The settings for this shot were f/13, 1/100 sec, ISO-100. Really easy is such fantastic light. Once I got it in Photoshop, I only tweaked the levels slightly – there was no need to mess with the colour as they were perfect anyway. All that was remaining was to crop the shot slightly.
I’d have liked to get in closer with a macro lens to get this shot, but I was stuck with the 8cm focussing distance on my 18-55mm lens. I am now beginning to find the limits of my equipment – much to the frustration of my wife, who already thinks I’m planning spend too much on my photography (and she’s probably right). So my current shopping list now includes a 50mm prime lens, then either a macro lens or a macro reversing ring, as well as a tripod, some ND and Polarizing filters – oh and not forgetting the remote control and lens cases as well. I think I need a second job! My birthday isn’t until October, so that’s a long wait!! I’ll try scouring eBay for some bargains in the meantime!
As always, thanks for taking the time to have a read.
Nope, certainly not a fan of the Beach Boys – but it’s been a while since I posted a movie or music related title, so I thought – why not?
Another black and white shot today – just looking back at my previous shots, I’ve alternated between colour, and monotone for the past 12 days. Very strange. Well, happy to keep up the pattern anyway.
So this is a souvenir from our Honeymoon in 2012. A trip of a life time to Hawaii. Needless to say, we loved it for every single second we were out there, and I’d go back in an instant – if it didn’t take the almost 25 hrs door to door. So this little souvenir sits on our lamp table as a wee reminder of what the sea feels like when it’s had some heat into it!
So the shot itself, is relatively simple – I just setup the shot with my white backboards and captured with the following settings; f/4.5, 1/80 sec, ISO-400.
I took a few at different angles, but had a pretty good idea what I wanted to achieve tonight, and it didn’t take too long to capture.
Once in Photoshop, it was just a case of cropping down the image, converting to black and white and playing with the levels and gamma before applying a little vignette and some grain to give it a bit of retro feel. Based on what I wanted to take tonight, it was mission accomplished (in my opinion!) – with the added bonus of a relatively quick shot, edit and blog post. Now time to relax after a busy (and stressful) day. Oh and by the way – No, I didn’t order my tripod, but I did treat myself to one or two other things instead! Maybe they’ll get a blog post of their own soon!
Thanks for reading.
Music Without Sound.
Evening everyone! Today’s post will be real quick one, as I’m shattered, and would like to return to my sofa as quickly as possible! Back to home comforts this evening, but in the end I’ve not really needed Photoshop – just my portable studio. As I’m kinda lacking my usual enthusiasm today, I knew it would be a still-life shot. I think I am getting more comfortable with my still-life shots now though – I think I’m beginning to see that you can capture of shot of almost anything and make it interesting, which is definitely helping me when I can’t get out and about to get a nice scenic or wildlife shot.
So today is just a shot of my noise cancelling earphones. My saviour on long journeys. They normally sit above me in my office and just as I went to turn my laptop on to load up Photoshop, I noticed them out of the corner of my eye. So I started shooting using the white side of my backing card, but soon found the contrast was a bit too much, so flipped onto the black side of the card and tried again. I knew I’d be using a very shallow depth of field to make the shot interesting, but it was just a case of getting the sharpness in the focal point of the shot. The settings for todays shot are; f/4.5, 1/50sec, ISO-6400.
This isn’t actually a converted black and white image – all I’ve done in Photoshop is adjust the contrast slightly, and increase the yellow tint a tiny little bit. I tried converting it into black and white, but in the end I like the warmth that the yellow tungsten light gives the shot. I also decide the image didn’t need any additional graining, so in the end it was only a minor adjustments that were needed. Just what I wanted tonight!
Seeing as this was meant to be short post, I can see I’ve managed to ramble on again! Hopefully a decent nights sleep will rejuvenate the enthusiasm for tomorrow! Thanks for sticking with it!
A Well Used Pan.
As I’d mentioned this morning, I’ve not been at home to be able to utilise Photoshop for today’s image. So I’ve only been able to use what software was on my mother-in-law’s PC to get a bit creative with todays shot. So it was a case of finding something interesting and getting pretty much the shot I wanted in the camera!
So I found this well used baking tray in my mother-in-laws kitchen, and decided that would probably be my shot of the day immediately. The colours on the tray were great – so it was just a case of getting the right settings on the camera to capture the shot that I wanted. So after 30 or so different shots of different angles and settings, this is the photo I finally chose. The settings for this one were; f/4.5, 1/50sec ISO-1600.
For editing, I found that there was some Canon software already installed on the PC – Digital Photo Professional, which allowed me to play with saturation and the levels (a surprisingly sophisticated tool actually). Once I’d got the colours the way I’d wanted, it was just a case of rotating and cropping the image accordingly. The shot also looked pretty good in black and white, but seeing as yesterdays shot was also black and white, I thought it’d be best to keep the colour!
So overall I’m pretty happy with todays shot. Like I said, I liked the colours in the tray, and also the large aperture gave a nice depth of field, and I’ve managed to get a sharp point of focus on the rim too. I might try getting another shot here again for tomorrows shot as I’m not sure what time I’ll be home to play around in Photoshop, but we’ll see what the day brings. Not the most exciting picture or blog post – but like I’ve said before – they can’t all be exciting and stunning shots!
As always, a pleasure writing for you folks. Thanks.
Today I have really struggled for inspiration, but ironically I really now like this final image. It’s possibly one of my favourites so far. It’s a pocket-sized spirit level that belonged to my late Grandad (similar to the letter opener). It sits in my bedside drawer with a few other bits of his, and I have no intention of ever using it, just a little something to remember him by. I like the shot as I’ve managed to keep the text sharp and clear whilst the shadows highlight the dirt and dust ingrained in the nooks, giving it a really used look.
As with a lot of my still life shots, it was relatively straight forward to set up. Again low lighting (dimmer switch) and a torch to provide the highlights – the same technique I used for Cham-Noir a few days ago. This was actually the very first shot I took. I continued to take another 40-50 shots, but its this one I finally went with. Once I got it into Photoshop I added a Black & White Layer (my preferred method of converting colour to black and white) to desaturate the image. I brought the reds and yellows right down before adjusting the levels to darken the image. All that remained was to apply a slightly warm tint and that was it! Done. Nice and easy – thankfully!
I’ve learnt two new things today – firstly on my camera I’ve now discovered how to adjust the exposure when shooting in Av (Aperture Priority) mode. Not overly exciting – but useful all the same, and something I probably should have known already. The second thing was about saving my Photoshop images as jpegs, and which format to use. Previously I’ve just let Photoshop do all the thinking and left it as Standard – however I found this article on twitter which was very useful. And I’ve used the Progressive setting today (and will probably stick with it moving forwards) as it should lend itself to loading the webpage quicker.
See, interesting and informative – I’m going to have to start charging for this stuff soon! : )
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I’m able to post a bit earlier today as I managed to get my shot during my lunch. I wasnt planning on this shot, but it turned out much better that other shots I’d taken. So decided to run with it. It was absolutely freezing today – so was struggling to a.) using the cameras buttons and b.) hold the camera steady enough to get the shot. I’d spent a little while taking my other shots – but was struggling to focus them due to the low angles needed to get the shot. I came across this on the way home and fortunately I only need a few shots to get the one I wanted, so I didn’t spend too long in (what felt like) sub-zero temperatures. That being said, my new winter coat arrived today, not in time for this trip, but I’ll be better prepared for tomorrows trip. I was hoping to get out again tonight but the weather has taken a turn for the wet – so I think I’ll stay indoors! When I opened up the images on my laptop I was really pleased how sharp the buds in the picture are, and the overall contrast between the red and the green works really well. I love the detail that’s come through on the central bud. I’m very happy with the shot today considering I don’t have a macro lens yet – it’s on my wish list, with about another 100 things! I do quite like taking macro shots, but my 18-55mm lens doesn’t really allow me to get too close to capture all the detail I wanted, but this worked out really well.
Yesterday was a record day for “likes” on my blog (yes I know its only been 5 days!) but thank you to everyone that’s reading my blog, and “liking” it. Even though I’m doing this for my own benefit really, it’s nice to know other people out there are interested!
Thanks for taking time to read this one too!