Photo Blog 74

23 06 2009

Today marks a new acquisition for my photographic arsenal. I finally bought a good tripod so can take better low-light and panoramic shots. Not cheap by any means but it is designed to be a light-weight travel tripod but still sturdy enough to easily take my camera and lenses without shifting or changing under the weight.

So today I have a couple of images, the first being an HDR and the second being one from an HDR series that looked better in the end by itself.

Library HDR (f11 1/6 3/5 2.5s 24mm)

Library HDR (f11 1/6 3/5 2.5s 24mm)

The second is a shot of the skytower taken from Albert Park. I would have preferred to frame it differently as both the sky tower and the horizon are too central. But I couldn’t crop it without it looking crappy (mostly because the flower bed in the foreground couldn’t be cut without looking stupid).

Skytower (f8.0 30s 24mm)

Skytower (f8.0 30s 24mm)

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Photo Blog 73

21 06 2009

A short update tonight before my battery runs out, and one not related to the portrait project. Got up at an ungodly hour this morning and took a few shots of the cold in Hamilton on the way to the supermarket. The first one is of the car covered in ice (and it really was ice)

Car in the Cold (f4.0 1/500 24mm)

Car in the Cold (f4.0 1/500 24mm)

The second shot is through the windshield of the car where the ice has some really cool abstract effect on the view. Closed up the aperture to f16 so both the windshield and background are in focus and there is enough definition in both.

Abstract in the window (f16 1/40 24mm)

Abstract in the window (f16 1/40 24mm)





Photo Blog 72

18 06 2009

Continuing with the task of taking 10 portraits in 10 shots at 24mm I have two new images for today. We went for our monthly dev-lunch down at the Waterfront and I took the camera along to try to take a couple more portrait shots. The first thing I noticed is that the choice of 24mm is proving… interesting. It means you have to really get up in people’s faces which is never comfortable for them or me so the shots end up looking a bit stiff. Well, I guess it would have helped if I had told them what I was doing :-P

The first shot is of James M, the newest member of the dev team (although he has been here for 6 months now). And yes, having two James is confusing sometimes.

Portrait 3 - James M (f4.0 1/125 24mm)

Portrait 3 - James M (f4.0 1/125 24mm)

The fourth portrait is of Goran who was in the shot from a couple days ago. I have to admit I prefer the one from then but it took a lot more than 1 shot to get it right in low light conditions. Trying to vary up the angles I went from table level shooting up which I like.

Portrait 4 - Goran (f4.0 1/50 24mm)

Portrait 4 - Goran (f4.0 1/50 24mm)

As a side note: I’ve been reading this blog here (Som en Fotograf) and really like his magazine shots that are high contrast, subject being almost over exposed kind of a look which I am experimenting with. I think it is also a little reminiscent of some of Victor’s analog shots.





Photo Blog 71

17 06 2009

So Digital Photography School have an interesting challenge on at the moment to take 10 portraits using only one shot and each of them at the same focal length (Digital Photography School). So I’m going to try this over a series of days with different people and trying to take different types of shots. The rules are that they have to be taken at 24mm and that I only get to press the shutter once for each shot. The image numbers aren’t contiguous because I’m taking pictures in between so you’ll just have to trust me that I follow the rules :-)

The first shot is of James. Admittedly the easiest subject to find.

Portrait 1 - James (f4.0 1/200 24mm)

Portrait 1 - James (f4.0 1/200 24mm)

The second is of Daniel who went for lunch with down at the Viaduct.

Portrait 2 - Daniel (f4.0 1/800 24mm)

Portrait 2 - Daniel (f4.0 1/800 24mm)





Photo Blog 70

16 06 2009

Continuing with regular updates I have a couple of shots taken on the way home from work. Goran (affectionately known as Gombie at work, where Gombie = Zombie Goran) gave me a lift home and so both shots were taken from the car. This is pretty obvious in the first image which is a portrait of him taken from the back seat of the car pointed at the rear view mirror. The brakelights of the car in front are a bit blown and I had to Dodge Goran’s face a bit but not bad for a quick and dirty edit:

Gombie (f4.0 1/15 50mm w/ Flash)

Gombie (f4.0 1/15 50mm w/ Flash)

The second shot is an experiment with longer exposures looking out the front window (by this time I was in the front seat). Used AEB to get different selections of exposure and this is the shot that came out looking the coolest (I think). It captures the movement pretty well while the background is still crisp enough.

College Hill (f4.0 1/13 24mm)

College Hill (f4.0 1/13 24mm)





Photo Blog 69

15 06 2009

So you might be wondering why I haven’t been updating in a while; well basically Apple update is a dangerous, dangerous process that somehow screwed up the node structure on disk which took my computer down for a while. Luckily we have a good admin at work who managed to rescue the structure and so I didn’t lose any of my precious data. Still sucked though.

And as with all habits, a break can be a bad thing for continuity so while I’ve had the computer back for almost a week I still haven’t updated which is all on me :-)

But today there are new photos of Rikard And Carro’s engagement party from Saturday night. We went up to Matakana to a lovely little set of baches and had a great time. The first shot is a group one that was just a nice candid shot that I really like. It is nice and clean (apart from the blown out sky on the right) that kind of captures the atmosphere. I tried to get burn in the guys on the right a bit as it was worse before but it is still not perfect.

The Group (f6.3 1/400 24mm)

The Group (f6.3 1/400 24mm)

The second image I have is of the happy couple. I did a 3 exposure HDR image on the balcony outside. Kind of cool to see how it came out given the lighting conditions weren’t perfect (sign behind to the right) and none of the 3 exposures would have been OK on their own.

The Couple (f8.0 1/320 1/80 1/20 24mm)

The Couple (f8.0 1/320 1/80 1/20 24mm)

(Or perhaps I should have called it ‘The Three’ ;-)





Photo Blog 68

4 06 2009

Two images for today’s update, both from yesterday. Still don’t feel entirely comfortable shooting randoms but both images involve just that…

The first is from a photo-walk with Victor during lunch where I went up to uni to meet up with him. Went around the uni grounds and took some shots in Albert Park and the Quad. The image I’ve chosen was shot from the hip which we were experimenting with (he was using his new Canonet). The shooting from the hip explains the angle but I ended up liking it and the way it makes it look like both candid and full of life.

Uni Quad (f4.0 1/400 24mm)

Uni Quad (f4.0 1/400 24mm)


Then went to the shitty indian place on campus which I had forgotten was that bad :-/

The second photo is from later at night when James, Daniel, Kyle and I went for a bit of Japanese down on High St. Hung out at Freyburg Place waiting for Kyle and took some random night time shots. There was this guy sitting under one of the street lights with the lighting making it look very dramatic. Well, the lighting and his expression…

Guy and a Streetlight (f4.0 1/25 90mm)

Guy and a Streetlight (f4.0 1/25 90mm)


Playing with the curves in every area except the guys face gives this:
Guy and a Streetlight 2 (f4.0 1/25 90mm)

Guy and a Streetlight 2 (f4.0 1/25 90mm)