Photo Challenge Week 16 - Domestic Bird

19 April 2016, 07:42


Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, 1/200 second @ f/4.5, ISO 640.

This week the challenge was to take a portrait of a domestic bird.

This is somewhat out of my comfort zone. I normally shoot wild birds (I’m quite fond of hihis) at Zealandia. My back-up plan was to shoot the takahē on Sunday. They’re basically domesticated. However, one of Melissa’s dancing friends has a pair of canaries. So we wandered over there, armed with all the kit. I set up my flash into an umbrella, and pointed it at the birds (you can see the catchlights in the eyes). I know that the challenge said “use natural diffused light if you can”, but it’s easier to just use a flash, especially in dim light with flighty birds. I shoved the macro’s lens hood right up to the cage and fired away. I quite like this shot because it makes the canary look a little like a chicken, which I find amusing.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 07:42.
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Photo Challenge Week 15 - Environmental Portrait

14 April 2016, 05:33


Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens @ 130mm, 1/160 second @ f/2.8, ISO 4000.

This week we’re back to portraits and the challenge is environmental portrait, which is actually an occupational portrait upon further reading. Oh well.

My first thought was to go shoot at the hospital, as I have an in there. However, that needed to go through the communications department at the hospital, so screw that. Instead, I went for a site visit today, and took some photos of the builders working. This is a builder removing a ceiling. You can see the gib falling and all the particles on his face. There wasn’t much space to frame up a nice photo (this is basically framed between some wires and a prop), and there wasn’t much light, so I was quite restricted in what I could do.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 05:33.
Danceswirl shakily

Photo Challenge Week 14 - Death in Nature

8 April 2016, 05:10


Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III lens @ 55mm, 1/320 seconds @ f/5.6, ISO 1250.

The theme for this outdoor week of the photo challenge is Death in Nature.

I wasn’t really feeling it this week, and with the football season now in full swing, my weekends are a little busy, so I don’t really want to go wait for a better photo (I have a few half-ideas, but they all involve that precious resource: time during the day). On Tuesday, I went to Newtown for a site visit, and came back over the hill via the Southern Walkway. I had my camera with me, so I took a few photos that I thought fit with the theme for this week. This is the best of a bad bunch, unfortunately. It’s a leaf that has shrivelled up and died, with the other leafs around it showing different stages of death: some have been gnawed on, and some are starting to brown.

Hopefully in the future I’ll be able to manage my time better. We’ll see.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 05:10.
Dribble charismatically

Photo Challenge Week 13 - Street

30 March 2016, 05:38


Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM lens @ 168mm, 1/1000 second @ f/5.6, ISO 160.

This week, it’s back to black and white. And it’s one that I really don’t like: street photography. I just don’t get street photography, which is a rant for another time.

I went and stood on the corner, with no real idea what to shoot. I was thinking of maybe catching someone over the road smoking in their doorway, but they weren’t there. It was probably too early for them. Then I saw that I had some lines leading towards the fire training tower at the end of the street. I looked up, and then hurriedly snapped off some shots, trying to catch the plane and the man walking. I then hung around for a bit to see if I could improve on this, but I had no luck.

Hopefully street photography doesn’t come up again this year.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 05:38.
Tempt ficklely

Photo Challenge Week 12 - Dutch Masters (Still Life)

25 March 2016, 08:17


Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, 2.5 seconds @ f/8, ISO 125.

This week, the photo challenge was to do a still life in the style of some Dutch masters. It’s the first challenge that I just haven’t really been bothered much with. It might be because I have so much else going on at the moment, but more likely, I just don’t care about still life (thankfully I missed the HDR week).

One of the styles is Ontbijtjes (“little breakfast”). So I thought I’d get a little breakfast and shoot it in the style. So here’s a little bit of Weet-bix, with some of Melissa’s little fruit Weet-bix hanging around. I put it on a nice serving dish we have, and made Melissa light it with a torch. The plate picked up some nice reflections.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 08:17.
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