Sunday, 5 July 2015

New sessions, new shots...

Hey thanks for popping back!!

I've been out for a few sessions recently, nothing too ambitious just locally...

The first was a walk over my local part which is conveniently situated very close to my house!! I took lots of shots of varying subjects ranging from ducks, dogs, live trees, dead trees, flowers and buildings. I didn't feel there were many that I was happy with, if any, but I thought I would stick them on here regardless!!

 As you can see I've tried to use the structure as a natural frame, had I had someone with me I may well have asked them to pose in the foreground, perhaps on the ledge to make it more interesting. I feel that it has a kind of tunneling effect that draws you through the shot and up the steps at the end.

You can see the above two are the same shot of some daisies I took, I got down on my belly, only then realising then how wet the grass was!! I tried to maintain focus on the tall flower and in hindsight I might have used a slightly larger aperture to get more of the flowers in focus. I have done nothing to the shot except for turn it black and white in Lightroom,

Another couple of sessions weren't strictly sessions, they were work. I helped facilitate a couple of photography workshops for some local young people through the charity where I work. We worked in partnership with another organisation who supplied all the kit and even a pro photographer called Adele Watts. It was a huge success and the young people loved it. I managed a few shots with my camera but I let the young people try it out so most of the time they had it.

This was taken on the first session where we went to the Tate Modern, we had stopped for lunch and I just fired it off. Tis kinda topical but I would like to find a way to make the people inside the cafe a bit more obvious. So if you know a good technique then please let me know!!

These two are again the same shot just cropped a bit and turned black and white and a little vignetting added. I quite like this one, taken outside a local cycle shop on a local high street.

As always I hope you like them and please feel free to comment!!

Gonna get some more up very soon so stay tuned!!

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Phone shots...

Hey all,

Not been out with my camera lately as I'm kinda snowed under with work and university, I promise it will happen though!!

Instead I offer you a few shots taken with my new Samsung Galaxy S6, it has a 16mp camera and I think its awesome!!

I love this shot, quickly taken on the walk home from work. Looking closely you can see the noise and I didn't spend much time setting it up (a common theme with my photography!!). That said I really think its great, your opinion may differ but I would love to know what you think in the comments below.

Think the contrast between the green grass and the angry sky is great and I love the way the clouds seem as if they are drifting towards you, just before they dump their rain on you!! I used the grid on the screen to try and get the rule of thirds in enabling a straighter horizon placed in quite a strong part of the shot...

These two I took, again on my S6 whilst waiting for a train at Elephant and Castle station. I took the one on the left first but felt that it was a tad bright, bearing in mind I had my sunglasses on!!

So I recomposed and tried to improve the shot in several ways. Initially I tried to make the angle more dramatic and also to get rid of that street lamp. As you all know I am a real novice but I felt that taking my time and thinking about what I was doing resulted in a better shot, not technically or creatively great but it taught me to think more and consider what I was shooting...

Incidentally, I got so into taking photos that I got on the wrong train and ended up miles from where I was going!! Another lesson learned!!

Thanks for reading... Please comment and see you all soon!!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

A day in the park...

Well I said I would get out with my camera and that's just what I did. I spent a few hours following the family around with my Canon 50mm f1.8 lens which I am still getting to grips with, as with my camera in general.

My daughter was posing in the playground for me!!

I love the way this lens does the job of blurring the background out, the wide f1.8 aperture takes care of that. So really it is just about getting the framing and exposure correct. As you can see I have tweaked it in Lightroom...

My stepson Jack, wasn't really up for posing for me but I got a cheeky shot in when he wasn't looking!!

My daughter and niece were both happy to be models for me. The saying goes "practice makes perfect" well I need plenty of practice but I am pleased with the outcome for a quick mess around in the park.

I also tried to get a few shots of the local wildlife, the squirrels wouldn't keep still and some out the shots of the ducks and geese were ok but nothing that really excited me...

Ok lessons learned?? Well I need to slow down and go out with a plan, either portraits or wildlife. I say that because I think they are both very different styles of photography and the camera settings are very different, so I would need to concentrate on one or the other. I was switching to my 55-250mm lens for that and that means different apertures etc.

As usual I tend to rush myself, mind you keeping up with the kids is always hard and I feel a little self conscious when out and about in public with my camera. So i guess its a matter of time, experience and gaining more knowledge and confidence with the camera...

Thanks for reading.. see you soon!!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

It's been a while...

Hey all,

Yeah yeah I know... It's been bloody ages since I have done anything with this blog but I have a good excuse!! Actually, I don't... Possibly some mitigating circumstances though!!

I've been awash with stuff going on with my university course you see. I started, but now almost finished, my 2nd year placement. So on top of all the usual university stuff like lectures, seminars, essays (both formative and summative), I've had work as well so that's my excuse...

Anyway, please forgive me and I promise to crack on with some photography over the summer!!

In the meantime, to get my blog back up and running, here are a couple of shots my daughter Andie took while out for stroll. She used her smartphone and I'm sure you agree that there is definitely potential there.. most likely more talent than her Dad!!

So enjoy these and I hope to have some more stuff up very soon!!

Bye for now!!