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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Photo Challenge Week 45 - Typeface

9 November 2016, 08:25


Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens @ 200mm, 1/125 second @ f/2.8, ISO 1250.

This week we’re considering another aspect of form in our black and white series: typeface

When I saw this challenge pop up in my RSS reader, I instantly thought of my thesis and its sexy, sexy typesetting. Unfortunately, the challenger ruled that out in the first paragraph, so I was left with no ideas. Then, today, on the walk home from work, I was looking around for some signs that would work for the challenge, and I spied two. One was the Resene Color [sic] shop sign, which would have been amusing. However, it probably wouldn’t work too well in black and white, So I went with the other option: the Brentwood. I went back later this evening, once the light was well and truly gone, to see how it looked when it was lit up. It was pretty nice, so I took some shots, and this is the one I liked best. Interesting story about that, just as I started shooting, a car pulled up on the other side of road (so between me and the Brentwood). Turns out it was a cop car, and two police officers got out, then helped somebody out of the back seat and starting asking questions about handcuffs. I took a few more frames (none of them) and then took off back home as fast as I could considering I was carrying $6,000 worth of gear in my hand. I don’t think they took any notice of me…

Posted by Michael Welsh at 08:25.
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Photo Challenge Week 44 - Nature (straight out of camera)

5 November 2016, 04:02


Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2× III lens @ 330mm, 1/1000 second @ f/5.6, ISO 6400.

This week we’ve been challenged to take a photo in nature, whilst forgoing everything that makes digital photography great

As those who know me would gather quite quickly, I’m very strongly for using whatever technology we have available. So this challenge was met with derision from me, as it’s basically hamstringing yourself for no particular gain. Yes, I know there are reasons that some people spout, but I strongly disagree with them. Note that I’m talking about stuff like the shadows slider and cropping. Not crazy Photoshop manipulation.

Rant over, I went up to Zealandia (where else if it’s a nature challenge) and chased some birds around. I got lots of photos, some of which are ok. I put an album up on Facebook with all the extras.

I picked this photo because it’s a nice action shot of a hihi (best non-extinct bird) and highlights my point about the folly of not editing a photo – it needs a crop and some minor levels adjustments (which I can’t do because it’s a JPG).

Posted by Michael Welsh at 04:02.
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Smallest Sphenic number

31 October 2016, 07:04


Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens @ 185mm, 1/2000 seconds @ f/3.5, ISO 320.

Since most of my photography is sports photography, and my favourite sport to shoot is football, and my favourite team is (was) the Diamonds, here’s a photo from the mud in Seatoun of Jayme-lee getting a little bit hurt.

Next game is Sunday: 1400 at Memorial Park in Petone. Free entry and stuff. Then it’s the 20th of November, 1330, same place.

So, it’s time for my annual “my wife doesn’t know what I want” birthday list. In no particular order. Level of seriousness is left as an exercise for the interested reader. I’ll keep this updated as stuff changes, so check back if you want to.

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II (I know I already have one, but I could always do with another one)
  • 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.
  • Lighting gear. Pretty much anything. Though the Lume Cube looks pretty cool.
  • Sandbags. Or bags I can fill with sand later. Maybe around 1-3kg kind of size. Even better if they have something they can hang from (like a drawstring).
  • Triggertrap Mobile Kit MD3-N3 (so I can use my 7D2 remotely)
  • Gift cards to my local camera stores (WPS is my favourite, but the blue one is ok as well).
  • These next three are distinct items, but they kind of need to be got in order, or they’re not at full usefulness (it makes sense when you think about it).
  • A mat for working out on. My carpet is grubby.
  • Some weights. Just those little ones.
  • External Hard drives. At least 4TB+. Bonus points if it’s an SSD (that can be smaller, around 1TB min.)
  • A Full Set of The Carey Novels by Ronald Welch (there are 12 — good luck finding them, they’re quite old. I already have Captain of Dragoons if that helps.)
  • Making the Print (or the bundle)
  • Other books. For reading and stuff.
  • An iPad. Also no research done. But I don’t need the mobile one, just WiFi. I have an ancient second-hand iPad Mini, but could do with a bigger (and cleaner) screen.
  • Photoshop training. PhotoSerge and Phlearn are two teachers I quite like. A warning: if they don’t offer downloading the videos, I don’t want it. To get more specific (though almost anything will do. I can give Melissa a list of ones I have/don’t want):
  • A car audio thingy, installed. That I can plug (no bluetooth) my iPhone in to. Though this is more for me and Melissa…
  • A 15m cat-6 ethernet cable.
  • A sleep mask. Those things that lots of people have on planes.

Basically, there’s not actually that much that I want anymore. I’m getting old and content. And grumpy, but that’s irrelevant. I went through last year’s list and I’ve obtained pretty much everything I wanted off of it (printer, camera, lens, lighting stuff, etc.) You’ll just have to use your imagination and in-depth knowledge of what I like for a change. Maybe I just want to go out and take photos of people and things.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 07:04.
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Photo Challenge Week 43 - Split Face Portrait

28 October 2016, 19:02


Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, 1/200 seconds @ f/4.0, ISO 200.

This week we’ve been challenged to do a split face portrait

This is half of one of my Barbies and half of one of my workmates. I need to get better at Photoshop (the Intous really helps though), and get more time to spend in Photoshop (not likely to happen).

Posted by Michael Welsh at 19:02.
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