Birthday List 29

19 October 2015, 21:06

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens, 1/100 second @ f/4.5, ISO 4000.

This is a photo from earlier this year, when me and Melissa went to visit Sirocco

Anyway, my birthday is coming up soon, and May and Melissa need help. Some other people might as well.

Here’s the list. Some are for that rich person that wants to get me a 5Ds R

  • Canon EOS 5Ds R
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 760D
  • 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.
  • Short-sleeved dress shirts in my size.
  • Shorts.
  • Triggertrap Accessory Pack and Triggertrap Mobile Kit MD3-E3 (the second one is more important)
  • A light stand with an umbrella swivel and an optical white, shoot-through umbrella (your local camera store should know what these are. I found a kit containing the stuff and a little more (I don’t need the last thing in the kit). Brands don’t really matter).
  • Gift cards to my local camera stores (WPS is my favourite, but the blue one is ok as well).
  • At least 2 identical 2TB+ External HDs. Better if not needing mains.
  • Books. For reading and stuff.
  • A nice case for my iPhone 6s (It’s the same size as an iPhone 6). I’d like it to protect the screen if possible.
  • A serious photo printer: I’ve been looking at the Epson Artisan 1430, which is about the minimum.


  • A Wacom tablet of some description. I haven’t done much (any) research into these.
  • A stylus that I can use with Astropad
  • An iPad. Also no research done. But I don’t need the mobile one, just WiFi.
  • The Serge Ramelli Complete Package Bundle. He puts out discount codes that get it down to ~\$99 fairly regularly.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 08:06.
Dancetwirl defeatedly

Two Trees

19 October 2015, 20:06

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens, 1/640 second @ f/1.8, ISO 320.

Not my best work, but I almost got the composition I was aiming for. I was kicking a ball around in the back yard, when I noticed that we have a really tall silverbeet (I think) plant. And positioned just behind it is a nice tall tree (like the one in this shot). So it makes an interesting composition.

Technically, there’s a lot to do. I exposed to the right for the first time deliberately, and it does work as advertised. In this case at least. However, my depth of field was far too small, and the back tree is way too out of focus. There’s also a streetlamp hanging out in there, which is annoying.

I also tried some HDR, but Lightroom couldn’t merge two exposures without everything going yuck, so I stopped.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 07:06.
Cont perfidiously


18 October 2015, 21:11

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens, 1/125 second @ f/2.5, ISO 400.

Trying out some dramatic lighting and editing. I think it gives the desired feeling.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 08:11.
Suspend exhaustedly


6 October 2015, 17:57

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, 1/100 seconds @ f/13, ISO 250.

At our new place, we have some lawns. In the front lawn, we planted some bulbs. These have now popped up, and so we have some nice flowers along our fence. This is a boring photo of one of them.

In other news, I have started up a Facebook page, Dr yomcat shoots, to showcase my photography. At the moment, there are only some photos of a fake wedding I shot a little while ago, but there is more content to come.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 04:57.
Coil calumniously

Residence 3.0

23 May 2015, 15:13

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens, 1/20 seconds @ f/2.8, ISO 1000.

So I’m still shooting (I even have another new lens), but editing and posting photos here is too much effort. I’m kinda busy at the moment.

One of the reasons I’m busy is that we’ve moved house (still in Kilbirnie). To an actual house this time. With butterflies and asbestos.

We’re having a “chocolate party” on the Friday the 12th of June at our new place, kinda as a flat warming, but not really. It’s more a “we have too many chocolate fountains, let’s use them” thing. If you’re interested in coming and haven’t been invited on Facebook (either because you’re not my friend or I somehow missed you), contact me.

In other news, I’m thinking about some doing some slightly more formal photography stuff and still waiting for permission to purchase the 24-70 I’ve had my eyes on for awhile.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 03:13.
Rumormonger surreptitiously

Day 89 - Green

22 October 2014, 20:50

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, 1/125 seconds @ f/7.1, ISO 100.

Got green as the word today. When I came home, after puzzling how to isolate something green (I was thinking a typical “flower in grass” shot in reverse), I saw that Melissa still had cling-ons from her frolicking in the lawn. So I made her go out into the sun so I could take a nicely lit photo of it.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 07:50.
Berate stressfully

Day 88 - Jewel

21 October 2014, 19:28

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, 1.6 seconds @ f/20, ISO 1250.

My tripod doesn’t stand very still. It might have helped if I had taken the battery pack off. Though I couldn’t get the mirror to stop smacking the camera around, which doesn’t help. I also know it’s oriented incorrectly. The transpose is left as an exercise.

I’ve increased the size of the images I upload. Still tiny, but they’re now no longer than the short side of screen.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 06:28.
Pack levelly

Day 87 - Rattle

20 October 2014, 22:07

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM lens @ 200mm, 1/80 second @ f/4.5, ISO 4000.

That’s my new rattle, recently returned from the shop.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 09:07.
Assist boomingly

Day 86 - Daisies

10 October 2014, 19:42

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM lens @ 180mm, 1/400 second @ f/5.0, ISO 100.

Walking home, I saw some daisies in direct sunlight, so shot them. No word today as I forgot.

The small (1024px max) previews I upload don’t show the full power of my shots. I think this will be another case in which the insane detail gets lost in the compression. Maybe I should upload larger previews. Though you can also see stuff like colour bleeding (ugh) and it’s much more obvious when focus misses. I’ll think about it.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 06:42.
Engage huggingly

Day 85 - Red

9 October 2014, 21:14

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM lens @ 70mm, 1/60 second @ f/2.8, ISO 1250.

So yesterday’s word was ennui. I took some photos (one of which “works”), imported them into Lightroom and then got bored. Yeah…

Today, I was given red. So I made Melissa put on some red and we went up to Uni to drop some stuff off and look for a wall (I showed her some poses that work on walls), and we found a cliff instead. With a nice view of Wellington in the background. Throwing all the wall planning out, I went for a “looking over the city” look. I also have one with a terrible facial (good blackmail material).

And then I dropped my flash. Oops.

That bright building in the background is somewhat distracting, but I couldn’t get rid of it in Lightroom (I don’t understand how the brushes work at all yet).

Posted by Michael Welsh at 08:14.
Slam inhumanly

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