Photo Challenge Week 6 - Hot/Cold

12 February 2016, 03:57

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM lens @ 80mm, 1/800 seconds @ f/2.8, ISO 100.

The theme for this week’s photo challenge was Outdoor: Hot/Cold. In the southern hemisphere, this challenge was loosely interpreted as “show a photo of cooling off in the heat”. So I thought that I should get some people and throw buckets of water at them. So I did.

I got Susan and Melissa, and had them throw some water at each other. There’s a full album over at Dr yomcat shoots. The shapes that the water make are quite cool. As both models knew the water was coming, and it was a rigged photoshoot, the poses and stuff suck (you should see the pre-water photos), but it was fun. Not sure how good a job it did at cooling them off. It was a scorching 23.5° when I took the shots.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 03:57.
Attend lustrelessly

Photo Challenge Week 5 - Barrier

4 February 2016, 08:35

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens, 1/80 seconds @ f/4.5, ISO 640.

I recently stumbled upon a photo challenge website. The way the site works is they put up a challenge every week (it appears to be on Sunday evenings), and then people go out and take photos. There are three curated posts a week, and then a random one. There are also overarching themes. It seems like a good idea, so I’m somewhat taking part.

The theme for fifth week (and the first one I’m doing) was B&W Barrier. Indeed, black and white photography is one of the overarching themes. I’ve never set out to shoot in black and white before, so this is going to be interesting.

Anyway, my first thought was to find a piece of plywood, but that didn’t last long. And then I thought of shooting the breaker wall at Lyall Bay, but that didn’t happen either. Instead, I took Melissa to her meeting in Brooklyn, and then went around Owhiro Bay a bit. There was nothing interesting and relevant around Red Rocks (well, a car did get stuck, but I had the wrong lens on to get it, and it wouldn’t make a good monochrome image).

I saw this balustrade on the bridge at Owhiro Bay. The sky was pretty boring, but there are some nice textures in the balusters. I’m not 100% happy with the left end of the photo, but cropping out the headland there doesn’t quite look right. I’m not cloning anything out either, as Cam puts so eloquently.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 08:35.
Lug leeringly

Birthday Pig

2 December 2015, 08:39

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, 3.2 seconds @ f/11, ISO 100.

So, today is my birthday. And when I showed up at work this morning, I found a knitted birthday pig on my desk. According to the note, I need to feed him. Any ideas are welcome.

Also, I have a printer. So I’ll be making prints once I get some paper.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 08:39.
React unmusically

Birthday List 29

19 October 2015, 08:06

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.

Two Trees

19 October 2015, 07:06

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, 08:11

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, 04:57

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, 03:13

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, 07:50

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, 06:28

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

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