Photo Challenge Week 51 - Holiday Wishes

23 December 2016, 01:05


Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens @ 70mm, 1/320 seconds @ f/5.0, ISO 320.

For the penultimate challenge of 2016, we’re making a holiday wishes thingy.

I’ve got both stereotypical Kiwi Christmas shots done. Adding in the sun is left as an exercise for the reader.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 01:05.
RANDOM VERB

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.
Dancelead deductively

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.
Eye foreignly

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.
Simper prejudicedly

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.
Furrow optimistically