Photo Challenge Week 5 - Barrier

4 February 2016, 08:35

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens, 1/80 seconds @ f/4.5, ISO 640.

I recently stumbled upon a photo challenge website. The way the site works is they put up a challenge every week (it appears to be on Sunday evenings), and then people go out and take photos. There are three curated posts a week, and then a random one. There are also overarching themes. It seems like a good idea, so I’m somewhat taking part.

The theme for fifth week (and the first one I’m doing) was B&W Barrier. Indeed, black and white photography is one of the overarching themes. I’ve never set out to shoot in black and white before, so this is going to be interesting.

Anyway, my first thought was to find a piece of plywood, but that didn’t last long. And then I thought of shooting the breaker wall at Lyall Bay, but that didn’t happen either. Instead, I took Melissa to her meeting in Brooklyn, and then went around Owhiro Bay a bit. There was nothing interesting and relevant around Red Rocks (well, a car did get stuck, but I had the wrong lens on to get it, and it wouldn’t make a good monochrome image).

I saw this balustrade on the bridge at Owhiro Bay. The sky was pretty boring, but there are some nice textures in the balusters. I’m not 100% happy with the left end of the photo, but cropping out the headland there doesn’t quite look right. I’m not cloning anything out either, as Cam puts so eloquently.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 08:35.
Lug leeringly

Birthday Pig

2 December 2015, 08:39

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, 3.2 seconds @ f/11, ISO 100.

So, today is my birthday. And when I showed up at work this morning, I found a knitted birthday pig on my desk. According to the note, I need to feed him. Any ideas are welcome.

Also, I have a printer. So I’ll be making prints once I get some paper.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 08:39.
React unmusically

Birthday List 29

19 October 2015, 08:06

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.

Two Trees

19 October 2015, 07:06

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, 08:11

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