21 August 2016, 04:01
This week the black and white challenge is to do something with the human body.
My first (and pretty much only) thoughts were boudoir (which Melissa has basically forbidden me from doing, and doesn’t really fit my interpretation of the brief anyway) or something at football (but there was only one game this week and I didn’t go to it). Then it was suddenly Saturday evening and I had no ideas, when Melissa suggested to get someone en pointe and take some shots of that. After getting turned down by one sister because of no notice, I pestered the other sister (featured last week among others) and asked if she’d like to mess up her recently-broken foot some more. She was up for it, so we took her some lunch/afternoon tea and made her pose for me.
I had a few shots that I liked, but I picked this one after pretty much everyone said it was the best one. I’ve included my second (basically unedited – I would have done something about the door crack in the background) below.
Posted by Michael Welsh at 04:01.
12 August 2016, 09:10
This week the challenge is to take a white on white photo.
When I saw the challenge, I knew there would be a lot of still lifes, so Melissa, somewhat as a joke, suggested I paint someone’s face white, put baby powder in their hair, and then shoot them. So I did. We fed Susan, so she agreed to let us abuse her face and hair. A little flash and editing later, and here we go.
Posted by Michael Welsh at 09:10.
4 August 2016, 09:24
This week the challenge is to take a portrait of people and animals.
After the game on Sunday, Henry’s pug (I’ve forgotten its name) was cheering up the Diamonds after they lost. This is a quickly snapped candid of Sandy giving the pug a cuddle. As such, it has only been edited very lightly.
Posted by Michael Welsh at 09:24.
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.
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