Got a few of this scene, after a while the water got really calm and made a perfect reflection, which meant I had to re take every photo at the time but before I could get through all of them again with the perfect water it got choppy again. I have a much better landscape version of this but the water had already started getting rough. I also need to get my screen recalibrated, it’s getting increasingly hard to judge saturation, i’ll be very interested by this one at work.
August 22, 2011
August 20, 2011
August 19, 2011
Hmm my workflow has been turned on it’s head, don’t feel like anything is coming out right just now and I don’t have the patience to sit down with it for so many hours, so instead i’ll try and let the content of the photo be good enough.
August 17, 2011
You can actually see these in the background of the shot below, at this time I didn’t have the 12mm lens which would have help capture the total scene instead of just focusing on the boats as seen here.
August 16, 2011
Some beach life, I spent next to no time on PPing this, there was nothing I could really do, it’s just showing a moment in time. After looking through some of these photo books (bought another one) i’ve got a hankering to just get some images out there rather than spend 3 hours on each one.
So I think my last post turned me off even, really didn’t get the hang of what I was trying to do, the worst part was seeing it on my work computer screens, nothing like what I was going for. So while I naturally figure that out i’ll try and stick with a bit what I know. And what better way to do that than do no PP work at all in the follow image. This is straight out of the camera, this is on the grainy b+w filter in camera, I set it to under-expose by a stop and got a kind of cool effect.
That filter actually seems to worth its while, the rest of them are alright, they have their place but the Grainy Black and White I use all the time, it’s great to even just work out how contrasts work together, i’ll often then take the RAW which is a normal colour photo and convert back into a black and white but make it closer to what I was looking for.
August 8, 2011
Waiting and waiting on these new lenses, got the 12mm a couple of weeks ago and heard news the 25mm was being shipped worldwide but turns out seems to only be to Japan, really looking forward to it and going on holiday in 20 odd days overseas, would love to take it along. In the meantime I got my Billingham Hadley Pro camera bag and I honestly can’t say enough about it, it’s the only time in my life i’ve been so excited about a bag but it’s worth it, it has everything a bag could need, including complete and utter weather proofing, you can pour a bottle of water over it with no effect. The best part is you can take out the camera padding in one easy go (while everything’s inside) and use it as a regular bag too. It’s expensive though, I got mine relatively cheap and that came in at about $220.
Anyway, a shot I took back in summertime before going to my Japanese class. Trying out a few techniques in PP which aren’t getting me the exact results i’m after just yet.
Ok i’ll add this one in, it was pure experimenting and I quite like it in a weird way.
August 5, 2011
I bought my first photo book the other day, that of Marc Riboud, street photography done around the 50’s through to the 70’s, it’s amazing stuff really. I looked at the images and realised that much of what you see in them is also interesting because of how much has changed since, seeing a horse and carriage, seeing just the way the streets looked is fascinating, seeing life naturally unfold. He uses a lot of juxtaposition, everything has a relationship to everything around it. A lot of the photos are out of focus, motion blurry and not necessarily photos that come out and smack you in the face with aesthetically pleasing grandeur, but they are all so intriguing, it’s very apparent in most (bearing in mind i’ve gone through it only once so far) what and why he is taking the photo, and you can sit there and study each one for quite a while trying to work out what is going on, or read the emotions on peoples faces.
Got me thinking, photos don’t need to be 100% perfect in technique to be compelling, even though i’m naturally inclined to self regulate, there are some (actually quite a few) that I like quite a lot but that have problems, focus, motion, composition. So I thought i’d share one here, I like this photo but I would usually not put the time and effort of post producing it because of how much is apparently not perfect in it. An ode to Marc Riboud I suppose, though I don’t suggest it’s anywhere near his level.
And another from the yesterdays post, I can see I am lacking some rudimentary skills in Landscape work, I often put the horizon in the middle of the image, it feels natural to do so when taking the picture, in fact in this shot I was walking off the bridge and took one final snap, upon going through all of them it unfortunately (because of the horizon) is the best, sharpest, otherwise best composition showing the city and the bridge. I still like it a lot, there wasn’t much to put in the foreground and the sky seemed like a waste.