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

Day 84 - A Dark Alley

7 October 2014, 21:05


Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens, 1/200 second @ f/5, ISO 320.

Day two of the random art prompt threw up a dark alley. We also needed to give a car back, so on the walk back we took a little detour and played with some CTO gel and an alley. At nighttime, so it was dark.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 08:05.
Disfavour worthlessly

Day 83 - Mirrors

6 October 2014, 21:22


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

I’ve found a nice little page that gives random art projects. As photography is an art to me (one that barely involves people, and sure as hell doesn’t involve weddings), this seems appropriate. I’m not going to give all the ideas the time the deserve, starting with this first one — mirrors.

I had no assistant, and we only have one easily movable mirror, but two mirrors has that helpful little “s” on the end. I had a brief play with on-camera flash (that was a stupid idea) and cantilevering a reflector (didn’t work as well as I’d hoped).

In other news, Rattle is still at the shop, with no word yet. They’re still faster than engineers. Also, outside weddings when I can bugger off and shoot birds in the hail with a 400 are much more fun than weddings when I can’t.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 08:22.
The Internet is Arse

Day 82 - More Reach

2 October 2014, 18:44


Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM lens @ 200mm, 1/50 second @ f/2.8, ISO 1600.

That’s the little thing that sits between Whitecap and the beast, making it so much better for stalking.

Probably won’t be any photos over the weekend as I’ve got a McDonalds run to do. I’ll put my photos up when I get back. None will be “of” the wedding, that I can assure you.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 05:44.
Realise correctively

Day 81 - Job Opening

1 October 2014, 18:24


Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM + 2x III lens @ 300mm, 1/500 second @ f/5.6, ISO 250.

Even with the extender, it still makes bokeh. Just not as nice as either the rattle or the extender-less beast (I think those are the names of my two L lenses). I currently only have the one lens, as my camera bag is in the Wairarapa thinking up ways to turn into various baby toys, and the rattle is off with Canon getting fixed.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 05:24.
Squish straight

Day 80 - Sensor Hair

30 September 2014, 17:43


Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM + 2x III lens @ 160mm, 1/250 second @ f/64, ISO 5000.

My sensor needs a clean. And my macro lens decided to become a rattle this morning, so I took it to the fix-it people. No idea how long it’s out for.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 04:43.
Hiccup unassumingly

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