Archive | February, 2015

Water and Ice

20 Feb

The first photo I didn’t take.  It has been taken with our new Tough Camera an Olympus TG-3, bought for snorkelling photos but it’s had it’s first outing at the Antarctic Circle.  Might actually be He Who Suffers first ‘selfie’ taken in earnest.

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Meanwhile back in the real world, I read an article today about taking great photos doesn’t depend on the camera you use, that it really comes back to the operator knowing how to take a good photo and knowing how to use post processing to tweak the image to more accurately reflect what your eye saw.  With this in mind I had a play with our landscape westerly view – all binned, got the composition wrong – and a photo of my miniature capsicum.  Mini-capsicum with a crop ‘wins’.  My first crop in Light Room.

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Heading South

19 Feb

The day, err night has finally arrived.  After a couple of delays, He Who Suffers is off to the Southern Icy Continent.  Am I jealous?  You bet.  Part of the deal this time is that he had to model his survival kit.  This is the outfit they have to put on while on the plane for landing and take off.  Suffice to say it’s a balmy 18 degrees here at midnight and I was told to hurry up with the photos before he melted.

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Water Sparkles

18 Feb

As I drove home today the sun was sparkling off the local farmers dam, it looked so pretty I had to try to capture it.

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Later in the day I could hear the wallabies out in the yard so I headed out to try capture them, no luck.  So I took a pic of the above dam from our back deck.

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City at Night

17 Feb

Tonight I had the chance to photograph a couple of well known local icons.  The first is Wrest Point Casino, Australia’s first legal Casino.

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The second is the fountain in Franklin Square, fondly known locally as Franko.  It was a photo opportunity to grab while it’s there as the fountain does not always operate at night.  I was inspired recently by another local photographer who takes magical photos Wilkography.

As I didn’t have a tripod with me I had to improvise by placing my camera on the back of the seats and on the ledge of the water bubbler.  They may not be the perfect exposure or composition but I did manage to get the blurry water effect that I was after by experimenting with 5 – 15 second exposures.

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The camera on fully auto grabbed a pretty decent shot for a point and shoot effort too.

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We then had some fun with our phone flash lights.

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Suffice to say, watch out Franko, we will be back.

Sunset effects

16 Feb

Tonight the light was creating three different effects as the sun went down.

Looking west towards the sunset there is the hint of colour looking through he shrubbery.

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Next I’m not sure I quite got the photo right, but looking north you can see the fading sun bouncing off the hill

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Finally looking east.  A reflected sunset?  A moonrise perhaps?

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Image Manipulation

15 Feb

As part of my learning journey I want to learn about post editing.  I’ve downloaded the trial of lightroom and worked through some of the tutorials.  So it’s all well and good when someone is giving the instructions of what to alter to make the photo sing, but put me infront of one of my images and I freeze.

Tonight is a toe in the water type attempt at image manipulation.

The original is a shot of one of my current Knitting Works in Progress.

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Pushing the Hue towards Blue I get a Green project

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If I push towards Green I get a Purple project

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So now I might have discovered a trick a friend used to change the colour of my car.  Ok, so I’m a slow learner 🙂

Big Blanket Block Along

14 Feb

My local yarn store has been running a blanket knit along.  Each month two block patterns are released for people to knit, and by winter everyone will have a lovely, snuggly, hand knit blanket to keep warm under.  The original shop sample is in greys, but today we got to see some of the blocks customers have knit in some of the other colour ways.  I’m looking forward to June to see the finished projects come together.

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Photographing knitted garments is one of the skills I would like to improve.  It’s not always easy to capture the colour correctly but more importantly the stitch definition and positioning of the model.  I think shot composition is one of the most important factors.  So many interests, so little time.