Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Catface got the top prize (First Place) and Shadowman got the Second Place. Very pleased. Bemused that "Baby Eyes" and "All in Red" crashed and burned, especially when you saw the others that came above it, but it may not have been the done thing to award all 3 spots to one person (he says modestly!). Or, the judge just didn't like them...
The one called "Thinking..." got a commended, which I was pleased with, being my first people based entry. Perhaps it wasn't enough about people, being that the lady was small in the picture - more classically portrait/candid stuff did better. Again, glad that something a bit more out there got recogntition.
As I won the Creative section, my "Catface" image was up for "Digital Image of the Year", along with the other category winners, but it lost out to a great sporting shot. Still, very pleased to be a section winner and be in the top 5 (out of 116).
This may be my last post for a while - broadband plug is pulled today and I give back the old laptop too. However, we'll try to get broadband sorted out in the next few weeks. Until then, keep blogging in my absence.
G - I'll call you after Easter Monday about a beer in town
D - I'll call you at home about when we can see you when you are in the UK.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
1/200th sec, f6.3, exposure +1, ISO 400, focal length 300mm, RAW, Adobe RGB
Friday, March 23, 2007
I like the expression he has caught of me in both; one clearly away in the moment of playing, and the other a thoughtful look, cropped in an unusual way.
One of them is below, called Towards Rock Hill, Salton Sea, California 2003.
This one breaks many rules, yet works.
- The horizon is in the middle of the picture
- Shooting into the sun
- Massive blown-out sun reflection on the water
- Tree in near central position
Any more you can think of? Point is, it works. It works really well (the actual print is stunning; much better than this low-res jpeg). Why? Does it work for you?
I think it is very simple, and the central placing of the sea and tree and sun just draws the eye to the amazing sun and tree silhouette, and the sun reflection does also. The underexposure mimicks what your eyes do when you stare into the sun, and there's just enough distant interest to hold your eye.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
I was thinking about this in the shower this morning. Now that we have entered the digital age of photography, are we trying to achieve perfection in our images? For example, I go out and take a picture of a bird in flight. I go home, upload the photo and have a look at it. I find that it is a good photo but not quite right. The bird is not perfectly positioned, the eye is not as bright as it could be, there is another bird in the photo that is distracting, the sky is not as blue as I would like.
Rather than spending our time and energy on editing a photo to get it as close to perfection as it can be, should we not spend it on enjoying the moment when we depress the shutter button, appreciate the image we have captured.
What do we think about this?
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
This is what I meant when I described cropping your middle Sanderling image. It makes more of the procession, I think, puts them on a level bit of ground and eliminates the uninteresting white foreground.
Also, a general comment and pertinent to these; sometimes your images seem to lack contrast "punch". Is this deliberate or do you think they have enough?
What do you think of my crop?
1. All in Red
2. Baby Eyes
Sunday, March 18, 2007
I attached the camera to a tripod in my bathroom and set the camera for a timed-delay shot. I then continued to shave. I took several shots and this one appealed to me the most. The reason is that I seem to be 'away'; I am shaving but appear to be somewhere else.
1/125 sec, f5,6. exposure bias 0.67, ISO 400, focal length 79mm; RAW, Adobe RGB
Saturday, March 17, 2007
This photo has an appeal to me because the birds look like and are acting like people, walking out to sea. I was going to crop more of the sea but I think the sky above the sea adds to the feeling of vastness.
This photo has an appeal because of the intricacy that is offered by being close to the birds and the details (colour and form) in the wavelets. I also like the shadows of the birds and the single direction of travel.
This photo has an appeal because of the haphazard nature of the birds and their shadows.
The three photos had the same settings:
1/500th, f 8.0, exposure bias +0.67, ISO 200, focal length 300; RAW, Adobe RGB
Most of adjustments were made in Camera RAW.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
3 January 2007, 15:00
1/320 sec at f5.6, exposure +1, ISO 100, focal length 210mm
Shot in RAW, Adobe RGB. Most of the tweaks (exposure, shadows, contrast, curves, saturation) were done in Camera RAW. Additional tweaking (curves, saturation) in Photoshop.
Friday, March 09, 2007
I have started to study photographers/painters that have an 'eye' similar to mine. My starting point are those photographers and painters that were mentioned in the Miksang Level II course. Here is one of them: André Kertész. This chap died in 1989 and I have not yet found a website devoted to him. The website listed, however, shows some of his more famous work.
Also, an interesting article on colour management. How do you manage colour and profiling? DO you manage colour and profiling?
Have a browse through the galleries, and be inspired.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Imagine a normal tabby cat, sitting on a rock, taken on an overcast day. Blurry background, nothing special about the cat, the pose or the overall image or scene. Just a regular shot of a cat, in portrait orientation, as if taken for an encyclopedia entry. Straight record shot. Now, imagine a pretty scruffy thistle close up, most of it out of focus (small f-stop) but with a busy background that makes it hard to see the (unspectacular) thistle. Now, imagine you have been taken to a parallel universe in which photographic merit is bestowed upon these types of image. This disruption in the time-space fabric happened last night, localized on the Cambridge Camera Club.
The Cat on A Rock won a “Second Place” grading. The Thistle won (I think) a “Highly Commended” (or perhaps better – I was too stunned to take it all in).
Incredible, unbelieveable, rubbish.
Even one of the “First Places” I had an issue with, although it was quite good. As usual, the best ones did generally get the top slots. I can only imagine that the older demographic of the entrants and the judge bias towards this kind of thing, but – to quote Austin Powers – it’s not my bag, baby.
Disgruntled from Cambridge.
Note: I did not have an entry on this evening, so my “beef” is not for those reasons.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Here is a photo from Sable Island. This photo has an impact with me for several reasons. The sky has a lot of mood; hints of yellows, blues, reds and greys that create a stormy feel. The lone bird flying across the sky creates a sense of loneliness and also seems to add to this stormy feel. The dune also has a lot of character particularly because of the different form to the right. Lastly the rays of sun set the time, sunset and emphasise the cloud cover.
Shot on 19 Dec 2006 at 1645; Sable Island, NS, Canada
1/100 sec at f5.6; exposure +1; ISO 200; focal length 85mm; ISO 200
Saturday, March 03, 2007
I am currently shooting photos at my local Farmer's Market with the view to creating a calendar that will mark the move of the market from its current 'historic' location to a new location close to the Halifax waterfront.
Many photos include people, of course. Here are three photos that capture people at the market shot with my new 50mm lens.
Friday, March 02, 2007
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