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

Photo Challenge Week 28 - Sell Your Town

15 July 2016, 09:18


Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens, 5 shots ranging form 1/100 to 0.4 seconds @ f/4.5, ISO 125.

This week the challenge is to sell your town.

This morning, we got up bright and early to headed off to Evans Bay to catch the sunrise. It was quite windy, as the wind sculpture shows, but that’s what Wellington is famous for (see below – this sign is actually in the shot above, you just can’t see it because it’s so tiny). There’s not really any city here, as the sun rises in the wrong place for catching any nice city views, and I live in the suburbs and going into town is annoying. I’m also not very good/experienced at landscape-style shots, so this is way out of my comfort zone. This is a Lightroomed HDR of five images, and something funky is going on with the clouds, and I’m not sure why.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 09:18.
Load finickily

Photo Challenge Week 27 - Abstract

5 July 2016, 09:50


Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens, 1/640 second @ f/2.2, ISO 1250.

This week we’re to take an abstract portrait.

This is a stacked photo of Susan doing a cartwheel in her moonboot. My photoshop skills need to get much better.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 09:50.
Proceed sentimentally

Photo Challenge Week 26 - Water (Long Exposure)

2 July 2016, 05:00


Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens, 30 seconds @ f/5.6, ISO 125, ND filter used.

This week the photo challenge is about taking a long exposure of some water.

First thing I did was send Melissa off to get me a variable ND filter for my short lenses (a 24 and a 50). We went to Zealandia this morning, but the moving water that we found there didn’t make very good photos. So, while Melissa and her mother were out shopping, I went for a little drive to the gorge and set up my tripod on a landing, and hoped that people would stay away for 30 seconds so I could get an unshaken photo.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 05:00.
Misdirect shockedly

Photo Challenge Week 25 - Texture

25 June 2016, 01:53


Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, 1.6 seconds @ f/10, ISO 100.

This week, we’re shooting in black and white with a focus on texture.

I was going to try and shoot some mud at Seatoun (see embedded post below) at the cup game tomorrow, but had a different idea today, so I shot something else. Any guesses?

Posted by Michael Welsh at 01:53.
Gasp savouringly