Photo Challenge Week 48 - Bokeh

30 November 2016, 18:09


Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, 1/4 second @ f/2.8, ISO 100.

This week we’re told to make bokeh with light.

When I saw this challenge, I immediately thought of the two bokeh-based techniques I’ve been meaning to try out. Rather than deciding between them, I just used both.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 18:09.
Simper prejudicedly

Photo Challenge Week 47 - Group Portrait

26 November 2016, 21:15


Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens @ 24mm, 1/3200 second @ f/2.8, ISO 250.

This week we’re taking a group portrait because America.

This is the table-topping (for about 5 more hours as I write this) Capital Women’s football team after their big (play-off clinching) win on Sunday. There were a couple of photographers around, so the girls are looking all over the place. I had hoped to get a better photo throughout the week, but being off work all week and my photography style (fly-on-the-wall, or creepy-guy-with-bigarse-white-lens, depending on how you look at it) colluded to make it not happen.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 21:15.
Furrow optimistically

Photo Challenge Week 46 - Urban Decay

14 November 2016, 01:40


Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens @ 35mm, 1/200 second @ f/8.0, ISO 2500.

This week we’ve been tasked with getting some urban decay in our photo.

This is a photo of sediment from our water pipes washed up in the bottom of our bathtub. This is a result of some sudden decay at 0002 this morning.

Now, the explanation:
Firstly, I really dislike selective colouring, so I tried to get an image that wouldn’t need it. I could desaturate the yellow in the bathtub a little, but meh.
So, this is a little different from the brief (which was kinda vague anyway), but I think it still works. As you may know, most of New Zealand was hit with a 7.5 earthquake at midnight. This has caused significant damage to roading and other infrastructure close to the epicentre, and there has been some liquefaction and cracking around Wellington. This has caused sudden urban decay as bits of the city fail to cope with the shaking (as opposed to gradual urban decay, which is what the challenge seems to be thinking of). I had hoped to get some photos of damage around where I live, but there does not appear to be any, which is good. However, the earthquake has shaken up the water pipes pretty bad (not many breakages, thankfully), causing decades worth of sediment to be shaken loose into the water supply. The only way to clear this out is to run the water until it goes away, so we’ve been running the bath a lot. This shows the sediment that has accumulated on the bottom of the bath (I turned the water off to get this shot) after a few hours.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 01:40.
Ring difficultly

Photo Challenge Week 45 - Typeface

9 November 2016, 08:25


Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens @ 200mm, 1/125 second @ f/2.8, ISO 1250.

This week we’re considering another aspect of form in our black and white series: typeface

When I saw this challenge pop up in my RSS reader, I instantly thought of my thesis and its sexy, sexy typesetting. Unfortunately, the challenger ruled that out in the first paragraph, so I was left with no ideas. Then, today, on the walk home from work, I was looking around for some signs that would work for the challenge, and I spied two. One was the Resene Color [sic] shop sign, which would have been amusing. However, it probably wouldn’t work too well in black and white, So I went with the other option: the Brentwood. I went back later this evening, once the light was well and truly gone, to see how it looked when it was lit up. It was pretty nice, so I took some shots, and this is the one I liked best. Interesting story about that, just as I started shooting, a car pulled up on the other side of road (so between me and the Brentwood). Turns out it was a cop car, and two police officers got out, then helped somebody out of the back seat and starting asking questions about handcuffs. I took a few more frames (none of them) and then took off back home as fast as I could considering I was carrying $6,000 worth of gear in my hand. I don’t think they took any notice of me…

Posted by Michael Welsh at 08:25.
Care raunchily

Photo Challenge Week 44 - Nature (straight out of camera)

5 November 2016, 04:02


Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2× III lens @ 330mm, 1/1000 second @ f/5.6, ISO 6400.

This week we’ve been challenged to take a photo in nature, whilst forgoing everything that makes digital photography great

As those who know me would gather quite quickly, I’m very strongly for using whatever technology we have available. So this challenge was met with derision from me, as it’s basically hamstringing yourself for no particular gain. Yes, I know there are reasons that some people spout, but I strongly disagree with them. Note that I’m talking about stuff like the shadows slider and cropping. Not crazy Photoshop manipulation.

Rant over, I went up to Zealandia (where else if it’s a nature challenge) and chased some birds around. I got lots of photos, some of which are ok. I put an album up on Facebook with all the extras.

I picked this photo because it’s a nice action shot of a hihi (best non-extinct bird) and highlights my point about the folly of not editing a photo – it needs a crop and some minor levels adjustments (which I can’t do because it’s a JPG).

Posted by Michael Welsh at 04:02.
Behold face-first