Birthday List 29

19 October 2015, 21:06

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens, 1/100 second @ f/4.5, ISO 4000.

This is a photo from earlier this year, when me and Melissa went to visit Sirocco

Anyway, my birthday is coming up soon, and May and Melissa need help. Some other people might as well.

Here’s the list. Some are for that rich person that wants to get me a 5Ds R

  • Canon EOS 5Ds R
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 760D
  • Lens list:
  • Any decent flash. The Canon 600EX-RT and 430EX III-RT are the Canon versions. I’ve also heard good things about the LumoPro LP180.
  • Short-sleeved dress shirts in my size.
  • Shorts.
  • Triggertrap Accessory Pack and Triggertrap Mobile Kit MD3-E3 (the second one is more important)
  • A light stand with an umbrella swivel and an optical white, shoot-through umbrella (your local camera store should know what these are. I found a kit containing the stuff and a little more (I don’t need the last thing in the kit). Brands don’t really matter).
  • Gift cards to my local camera stores (WPS is my favourite, but the blue one is ok as well).
  • At least 2 identical 2TB+ External HDs. Better if not needing mains.
  • Books. For reading and stuff.
  • A nice case for my iPhone 6s (It’s the same size as an iPhone 6). I’d like it to protect the screen if possible.
  • A serious photo printer: I’ve been looking at the Epson Artisan 1430, which is about the minimum.


  • A Wacom tablet of some description. I haven’t done much (any) research into these.
  • A stylus that I can use with Astropad
  • An iPad. Also no research done. But I don’t need the mobile one, just WiFi.
  • The Serge Ramelli Complete Package Bundle. He puts out discount codes that get it down to ~\$99 fairly regularly.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 08:06.
Dancetwirl defeatedly

Two Trees

19 October 2015, 20:06

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens, 1/640 second @ f/1.8, ISO 320.

Not my best work, but I almost got the composition I was aiming for. I was kicking a ball around in the back yard, when I noticed that we have a really tall silverbeet (I think) plant. And positioned just behind it is a nice tall tree (like the one in this shot). So it makes an interesting composition.

Technically, there’s a lot to do. I exposed to the right for the first time deliberately, and it does work as advertised. In this case at least. However, my depth of field was far too small, and the back tree is way too out of focus. There’s also a streetlamp hanging out in there, which is annoying.

I also tried some HDR, but Lightroom couldn’t merge two exposures without everything going yuck, so I stopped.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 07:06.
Cont perfidiously


18 October 2015, 21:11

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens, 1/125 second @ f/2.5, ISO 400.

Trying out some dramatic lighting and editing. I think it gives the desired feeling.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 08:11.
Suspend exhaustedly


6 October 2015, 17:57

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, 1/100 seconds @ f/13, ISO 250.

At our new place, we have some lawns. In the front lawn, we planted some bulbs. These have now popped up, and so we have some nice flowers along our fence. This is a boring photo of one of them.

In other news, I have started up a Facebook page, Dr yomcat shoots, to showcase my photography. At the moment, there are only some photos of a fake wedding I shot a little while ago, but there is more content to come.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 04:57.
Coil calumniously

Residence 3.0

23 May 2015, 15:13

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens, 1/20 seconds @ f/2.8, ISO 1000.

So I’m still shooting (I even have another new lens), but editing and posting photos here is too much effort. I’m kinda busy at the moment.

One of the reasons I’m busy is that we’ve moved house (still in Kilbirnie). To an actual house this time. With butterflies and asbestos.

We’re having a “chocolate party” on the Friday the 12th of June at our new place, kinda as a flat warming, but not really. It’s more a “we have too many chocolate fountains, let’s use them” thing. If you’re interested in coming and haven’t been invited on Facebook (either because you’re not my friend or I somehow missed you), contact me.

In other news, I’m thinking about some doing some slightly more formal photography stuff and still waiting for permission to purchase the 24-70 I’ve had my eyes on for awhile.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 03:13.
Rumormonger surreptitiously