29 July 2016, 22:26
This week the photo challenge people have got us trying out Infrared photography
Initially, I wasn’t going to do this challenge, as I have no desire to purchase an IR filter. However, I took the DIY option and brought myself a roll of 120 film and got it developed. This took all week, and I have three games of football this weekend, so I’m left with Saturday morning as the only time I have to go out and shoot.
I taped a piece of film to the front of my pancake lens and used Triggertrap to control some long exposures (I used over 2 minutes in the end). However, there wasn’t much sun (it is winter, after all) and I’m pretty sure I had a light leak with my taping job. I have since watched some videos (I know, watching tutorials after doing something is a great idea) and I have a few ideas on what to do next time to try and make it work better. Unfortunately, I don’t have much time this week, so it’s going to have to wait, probably until the sun comes back in summer.
Posted by Michael Welsh at 22:26.
21 July 2016, 09:42
This week our black and white challenge is contrast.
This evening, the Diamonds played a friendly against some Wharfies boys at Wakefield. The girls played in white, and the boys in black, so there’s your contrast. Once again for the photo challenge, I took a shot of a defensive wall. This one has been messed around with in Silver Efex. There are bonus sources of meta contrast as well: male v. female, the different ways of bracing, and identifying the rest is left as an exercise to the reader.
Posted by Michael Welsh at 09:42.
15 July 2016, 09:18
This week the challenge is to sell your town.
This morning, we got up bright and early to headed off to Evans Bay to catch the sunrise. It was quite windy, as the wind sculpture shows, but that’s what Wellington is famous for (see below – this sign is actually in the shot above, you just can’t see it because it’s so tiny). There’s not really any city here, as the sun rises in the wrong place for catching any nice city views, and I live in the suburbs and going into town is annoying. I’m also not very good/experienced at landscape-style shots, so this is way out of my comfort zone. This is a Lightroomed HDR of five images, and something funky is going on with the clouds, and I’m not sure why.
Posted by Michael Welsh at 09:18.
5 July 2016, 09:50
This week we’re to take an abstract portrait.
This is a stacked photo of Susan doing a cartwheel in her moonboot. My photoshop skills need to get much better.
Posted by Michael Welsh at 09:50.
2 July 2016, 05:00
This week the photo challenge is about taking a long exposure of some water.
First thing I did was send Melissa off to get me a variable ND filter for my short lenses (a 24 and a 50). We went to Zealandia this morning, but the moving water that we found there didn’t make very good photos. So, while Melissa and her mother were out shopping, I went for a little drive to the gorge and set up my tripod on a landing, and hoped that people would stay away for 30 seconds so I could get an unshaken photo.
Posted by Michael Welsh at 05:00.
25 June 2016, 01:53
This week, we’re shooting in black and white with a focus on texture.
I was going to try and shoot some mud at Seatoun (see embedded post below) at the cup game tomorrow, but had a different idea today, so I shot something else. Any guesses?
Posted by Michael Welsh at 01:53.
18 June 2016, 05:26
This week the challenge is once again trolling the southern hemisphere by getting us to photograph a flower of significance to the area.
New Zealand doesn’t have a national flower. We have three main national icons: the Kiwi, the Southern Cross, and the Silver Fern (shown below). However, upon reading this challenge, I thought of two trees that flower: the pohutukawa (which flowers at Christmas) and the kowhai (which flowers from July to November). It’s June, so neither is supposed to be flowering at the moment. However, we went out exploring today, with an expectation of only finding silver ferns. We managed to find a small, sad looking kowhai tree that was actually in flower. Then, on the drive home, we saw a pohutukawa in flower. I’ve put my favourite shot of the kowhai up here. The name comes from the Maori word for ‘yellow’, and it’s not hard to see why.
Posted by Michael Welsh at 05:26.
12 June 2016, 08:00
This week we’re taking portraits with a particular lighting setup: a single source
Well, today was the only day I was going to be able to make this due to the plague I’ve been fighting all week. I lined a model (thanks Jay) up and then waited for Sunday. Unfortunately, the weather was terrible today, with no sun at the game at all. So I made do. I aimed in the general direction of the sun, and flapped my gold reflector around while I took some shots. The portrait is nice enough, it just doesn’t have the lighting that I wanted (a nice rim light – the classic ‘backlit’ look). Oh well.
Posted by Michael Welsh at 08:00.
4 June 2016, 04:24
This week, the challenge was to get some translucent nature, by using backlighting.
As soon as I saw this, I knew I’d be after birds. The weather all week has been horrible, but it’s cleared up nicely for the long weekend (Chatham Cup on Monday, yay). I spent a good 30 minutes last night in my back lawn trying to catch a seagull or a pigeon, but with no luck. So today, instead of shooting a football game (I had pretty much decided I wasn’t going to be anyway), I went up to Zealandia where there are lots of birds. While there were lots of birds, there were also lots of trees and lots of clouds, so finding a backlit bird with translucency was difficult. On the way out, there were some kaka flying way up high, so I chased them around the sky a bit. This is the best I came up with (modulo the brief).
I’ll put a full album of the real birdies later. In theory.
Posted by Michael Welsh at 04:24.
26 May 2016, 08:12
This week, the challenge was a black and white photo of an automobile.
The given definition of automobile is rather broad, so there was only ever going to be one thing I shot: Dad’s Kenworth. It’s currently parked up in the work carpark, which leads to various challenges with framing and timing. This morning, the rest of the carpark was empty and the rain had stopped, so I grabbed my camera (helpfully already stashed at work) and grabbed a few frames. I’ve chosen this photo because I think it shows the truck nicer, but the alternative image below is cool in that I managed to grab the sunrise reflected in one of the windscreen panels.
Posted by Michael Welsh at 08:12.
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