Photo Challenge Week 33 - Human Body

21 August 2016, 04:01


Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens @ 70mm, 1/100 second @ f/5.6, ISO 125.

This week the black and white challenge is to do something with the human body.

My first (and pretty much only) thoughts were boudoir (which Melissa has basically forbidden me from doing, and doesn’t really fit my interpretation of the brief anyway) or something at football (but there was only one game this week and I didn’t go to it). Then it was suddenly Saturday evening and I had no ideas, when Melissa suggested to get someone en pointe and take some shots of that. After getting turned down by one sister because of no notice, I pestered the other sister (featured last week among others) and asked if she’d like to mess up her recently-broken foot some more. She was up for it, so we took her some lunch/afternoon tea and made her pose for me.

I had a few shots that I liked, but I picked this one after pretty much everyone said it was the best one. I’ve included my second (basically unedited – I would have done something about the door crack in the background) below.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 04:01.
Reel lustfully

Photo Challenge Week 32 - White on White

12 August 2016, 09:10


Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens, 1/200 second @ f/5.6, ISO 100.

This week the challenge is to take a white on white photo.

When I saw the challenge, I knew there would be a lot of still lifes, so Melissa, somewhat as a joke, suggested I paint someone’s face white, put baby powder in their hair, and then shoot them. So I did. We fed Susan, so she agreed to let us abuse her face and hair. A little flash and editing later, and here we go.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 09:10.
Ensnare showingly

Photo Challenge Week 31 - People and Animals

4 August 2016, 09:24


Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2× III lens @ 140mm, 1/400 second @ f/6.3, ISO 250.

This week the challenge is to take a portrait of people and animals.

After the game on Sunday, Henry’s pug (I’ve forgotten its name) was cheering up the Diamonds after they lost. This is a quickly snapped candid of Sandy giving the pug a cuddle. As such, it has only been edited very lightly.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 09:24.
Bring understandably

Photo Challenge Week 30 - Infrared

29 July 2016, 22:26


Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens, 135 seconds @ f/11, ISO 125.

This week the photo challenge people have got us trying out Infrared photography

Initially, I wasn’t going to do this challenge, as I have no desire to purchase an IR filter. However, I took the DIY option and brought myself a roll of 120 film and got it developed. This took all week, and I have three games of football this weekend, so I’m left with Saturday morning as the only time I have to go out and shoot.

I taped a piece of film to the front of my pancake lens and used Triggertrap to control some long exposures (I used over 2 minutes in the end). However, there wasn’t much sun (it is winter, after all) and I’m pretty sure I had a light leak with my taping job. I have since watched some videos (I know, watching tutorials after doing something is a great idea) and I have a few ideas on what to do next time to try and make it work better. Unfortunately, I don’t have much time this week, so it’s going to have to wait, probably until the sun comes back in summer.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 22:26.
Plead dismally

Photo Challenge Week 29 - Contrast

21 July 2016, 09:42


Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens @ 190mm, 1/640 second @ f/2.8, ISO 5000.

This week our black and white challenge is contrast.

This evening, the Diamonds played a friendly against some Wharfies boys at Wakefield. The girls played in white, and the boys in black, so there’s your contrast. Once again for the photo challenge, I took a shot of a defensive wall. This one has been messed around with in Silver Efex. There are bonus sources of meta contrast as well: male v. female, the different ways of bracing, and identifying the rest is left as an exercise to the reader.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 09:42.
Contend meaningly