Photo Challenge Week 25 - Texture

25 June 2016, 01:53

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, 1.6 seconds @ f/10, ISO 100.

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.
Gasp savouringly

Photo Challenge Week 24 - National Flower

18 June 2016, 05:26

Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, 1/200 second @ f/8.0, ISO 400.

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.

A silver fern:

Posted by Michael Welsh at 05:26.
Hop perspicuously

Photo Challenge Week 23 - Single Source

12 June 2016, 08:00

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, 1/200 second @ f/2.8, ISO 200.

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.
Parrot parochially

Photo Challenge Week 22 - Backlit: Translucent Nature

4 June 2016, 04:24

Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2× III lens @ 400mm, 1/800 second @ f/5.6, ISO 100.

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.
Drawl solicitously

Photo Challenge Week 21 - Automobile

26 May 2016, 08:12

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens, 1/160 second @ f/4.5, ISO 800.

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.
Delegate historically

Photo Challenge Week 20 - Doors

20 May 2016, 23:34

Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens, 1/125 second @ f/4.5, ISO 800.

This week, we’ve been challenged to shoot some doors.

Most of the doors around here are pretty meh, but there is the Wellington Indian Association just down the road. This morning the wether was clear and I had hoped that the centre would be all shut up. Unfortunately, it wasn’t, but it was pretty much shut. This is the image I’ve ended up with. I’m not too happy with it (I can’t seem to get it straight in two directions for one), but it is what it is.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 23:34.

Photo Challenge Week 19 - Portrait of a Mother

12 May 2016, 09:18

Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, 1/160 second @ f/2.8, ISO 200.

This week the challenge is to take a portrait of a mother.

We’re away on holiday this weekend (#ChathamCupRoadie) and so I only really had one choice of mother. And not much time (or editing power – my laptop sucks). So here’s a portrait of Mother.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 09:18.
Compose yawningly

Photo Challenge Week 18 - Bud

6 May 2016, 22:18

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, 1/200 second @ f/6.3, ISO 250.

This week the challenge is to shoot a flower bud.

It’s autumn, so there aren’t really any buds around. I did manage to find this rose one, and shot it last night. The light was crap, so the flash came out (I got Melissa to hold a diffuser that I fired through). It was also windy, which makes using the macro lens interesting as the depth of field is so tiny.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 22:18.
Defile inoffensively

Photo Challenge Week 17 - Steadfast

30 April 2016, 05:27

Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM + 2× III lens @ 400mm, 1/1600 second @ f/5.6, ISO 320.

This week, it’s black and white, and we’ve just been given a very vague theme: steadfast.

One of the sentences in the blurb is “No matter what genre of photography you prefer, you should be able to find something to represent the concept of steadfast, just it shoot in a black and white.” Well, at the moment, I pretty much only shoot football, and this week the Diamonds played on Saturday, so I have two girls games to go to (which is irrelevant). So today at the Diamonds game (they won 4-1 away to Stop Out) I had half an eye out for getting something that I could use for this challenge. I saw these Diamonds lining up a defensive wall, and took it. They are dutifully firm and unwavering, so it fits the challenge. I then made it black and white in Lightroom and that was it. (I shoot JPG at football games, so there’s not much editing to be done anyway. Except cropping. I always crop.)

Posted by Michael Welsh at 05:27.
Recite anticipatorily

Photo Challenge Week 16 - Domestic Bird

19 April 2016, 07:42

Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, 1/200 second @ f/4.5, ISO 640.

This week the challenge was to take a portrait of a domestic bird.

This is somewhat out of my comfort zone. I normally shoot wild birds (I’m quite fond of hihis) at Zealandia. My back-up plan was to shoot the takahē on Sunday. They’re basically domesticated. However, one of Melissa’s dancing friends has a pair of canaries. So we wandered over there, armed with all the kit. I set up my flash into an umbrella, and pointed it at the birds (you can see the catchlights in the eyes). I know that the challenge said “use natural diffused light if you can”, but it’s easier to just use a flash, especially in dim light with flighty birds. I shoved the macro’s lens hood right up to the cage and fired away. I quite like this shot because it makes the canary look a little like a chicken, which I find amusing.

Posted by Michael Welsh at 07:42.
Flail aromatically

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