Took my boy riding after a 6 month break. Straight into jumping. Good lad!
Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Monday, 28 April 2014
I bought a little Samsung NX300 to go to the Lebanon with in January, having left my Canon and kit at home. I am really enjoying using it. It has all sorts of clever features which I am only just starting to understand. So far it has produced some great results. I bought it because it has a full manual mode and a fairly fast lense. I'm enjoying the other gizmo's. One touch on the back of the screen gives auto focus, exposure control and shutter release. A couple of more touches and photo's can be uploaded to the internet, so long as there is a wireless connection. Good lenses too. Just bought a converter (about £12) online which will enable me to use my old FD lenses too. May buy a converter for my EOS Lenses - let's see how we get on with the FD series for a start.
I like these family snaps - my boy and youngest walking the final mile home after a good leg stretch with the dog. And below - getting ready for a portrait shot with the children and Pippa. We never did get a good portrait! The Samsung can shoot multiple shots in very quick succession - faster than my 5DII for sure. It can be fun just shooting a blurr of photographs and seeing later what has been captured. I like this:
Thursday, 17 April 2014
I arrived home last week from my most recent stint in Dubai. I wanted to capture the feel of the skies here, so different from the almost constant blues over the UAE. I took Pippa out for an early morning walk and was really looking to photograph the fields. I had my Canon, a new wider angle zoom and my tripod. This photo' was almost a chance shot, in that I had finished looking east over the fields towards sunrise, and was just sorting my gear out. I brought the dog in and made her sit in front of the camera and this was the result.
The tripod enabled a slower shutter speed and so a deeper depth of focus. I ran this through Lightroom for some post processing and upped the colour and clarity a little, lightening the foreground and darkening the skies with separate graduated filters. I also lightened and sharpened the dog a little. This photo drew some really positive comments on FB so I thought I would drop it up here. Arguably it is over processed, with a close to HDR feel, although it is one shot and not a combination of exposures so not an HDR photo.
This and a few other photographs I have taken are close to accurate representations of what I was seeing, although clearly 'sparked up' a bit with post processing. What it gives is not so much a 100% accurate representation of what I saw, but a 100% accurate representation of how what I saw made me feel.
I went to a friends wedding on a flying visit to the UK in February. I served with Nel in the summer of 2009. She is exceptionally bright and fun and we were very privileged to be invited. I took a bunch of photographs at the reception and particularly like these two for their busyness and the range of expressions. It would be fun to be the second camera man at a wedding, but I would not want to be the main man. You only get once chance at the right formal shots, and I'm just not that consistent.
I'm printing a few photographs and, for the first time, using mount boards to package and display them. Really pleased with the results. I took a few to a local crafts shop and the lady there has agreed to carry some. Everyone seems to like this particular photo of the Blue Mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif. There is more on the Blue Mosque here: The Blue Mosque: The Shrine of Hazrat Ali - More at Wikipedia