Photo Challenge Week 50 - Levitation

17 December 2016, 09:17


Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens @ 70mm, 1/2500 second @ f/2.8, ISO 100.

This week we’ve been challenged to do a photo involving levitation. (The `outdoor’ theme should really be the `Photoshop’ theme…)

My first thought was epic, and going to be the best photo ever. Then my model when and got crippled. Typical. Since my life just got ruined, I was pretty much out of ideas. Then my sister came round, and she suggested this. We emptied out all our frames (though not the real nice ones, as the degrees can stay put), got some equipment for suspending them, and went to the beach. First beach was getting hammered by the wind (it’s a typical Wellington day), so we went further around the coast, finding a nice sheltered bay. However, by the time we went set-up and ready to go, the wind came back and blew the frames all over the place. But I think this adds a little something to the photo.

A few ideas for improvements:

  • Go somewhere without wind.
  • Ditch the black frames, or get them defined better somehow.
  • Use a tripod, so I can stack together two shots with the bits inside the frames being in focus.
  • Don’t let your model turn into a cripple (yes, I am bitter about this).

Posted by Michael Welsh at 09:17.
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Photo Challenge Week 49 - Place of Worship

10 December 2016, 08:39


Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens @ 70mm, 1/250 second @ f/2.8, ISO 100.

This week the black and white challenge is to shoot the outside of a place of worship.

I went for a walk, but I didn’t have anything really wide (24mm was the most I had, plus my crop bodies), so couldn’t grab the church in its entirety (too many powerlines, cars, and trees). So I went for some detail shots. This is one of the steeple.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 08:39.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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