Friday, 27 February 2009
Thursday, 26 February 2009
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
I created these smoke trails using an incense stick and shot against a plain black backdrop, lighting the smoke trail from below, off-camera flash sited between camera and smoke.
I quite like the effect and may develop the idea a bit further.
Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f10; 1/250s; 27mm. Off camera flash low and betwenn camera and smoke.
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Monday, 23 February 2009
Today's image was almost as much about post-shoot processing and layout as capturing the right shot. Sorry if the explanation is a bit long-winded.
I started out by aiming for a straight silhouette for this one using the light coming through the rippled glass of my en suite window to create the silhouette. Shot from a low angle gave only the pale blue/white sky around the flowers. These are the corner images.
Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f3.6; 1/250s.
For the central image I shot from a more elevated angle which gave a bit of variety in colour in the background from the grass, tarmac and cars. Slowing the shutter speed also allowed some colour from the flowers (artificial - sorry) to come into the image.
Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f3.6; 1/100s.
Keeping the lens aperture fairly wide open kept the rippled glass detail suitably soft to increase the effect of the background.
The ghosted image in the was taken from another shot (similar settings to above) which I lightened in PhotoShop then put into the background layer with a very reduced opacity - about 20%. Why did I put it there? I felt there was too much white space otherwise.
Sunday, 22 February 2009
This image was shot using only a collection of small candles as a light source - hence the orange/red quality of the skin tones.
Along the bottom ege of the image the tips of the flames are just visible.
Olympus E-3; ISO 200; f6.3; 0.5s, 21mm. A dozen or so small candles situated below the model's face.
This image was actually taken on Wednesday and manipulated yesterday (Thursday) but I figured that as I'd got away with using an image from my archives previously this wasn't such a bad transgression after all.
The welder in this shot was at the top of the mast of a Caledonian MacBrayne ferry which was undergoing servicing at Garvel dry dock in Greenock. The height maybe isn't that apparent in this shot but the point where the guy was working was a good bit higher than where most of us would be happy.
I loved the bright burst of light at the welding torch and the cascade of sparks that fell from it. Pity the final image is a bit grainy. Oh, and the big black diagonal bar is the jib of crane........
Olympus E-3; ISO 800; f6.3; 1/20s; 283mm.
Friday, 20 February 2009
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
This is a view towards the Erskine Bridge from my front window. The bridge is the shallow arc of orange lights with the two single reds above. What I'm struggling to identify is the three vertical columns of red lights in the centre of the image.
If anyone can suggest what they are I'd be very pleased as I can't find anything when I drive in that direction. The image was taken from OS grid reference NS291761 and the approximate bearing to the centre of the bridge is 100 degrees.
Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f10; 8s, 200mm.
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
This evening's post is a random image from my collection. This is the first day I haven't used an image taken on the day....... :-(
These are some of the heads that hang over the main concourse in Kelvingrove Museum. They depict various human emotions - all expressed by male faces for some reason.
Olympus E-3; ISO 400; f3.9, 1/125s; 30mm.
Monday, 16 February 2009
Sunday, 15 February 2009
I posted a shot of some car trails taken from my window near the beginning of this photo blog but thought I'd like to try doing the same with an aircraft. Having chosen an elevated vantage point overlooking runway 31 at Prestwick International Airport I awaited my first arrival. I under exposed the shot by a couple of stops and thought I'd lost the moment, however, the wonders of RAW files let me come up with the offering shown here.
The image isn't exactly what I'd hoped for but it's close and gives me something to build on for the future.
Olympus E-3; ISO 400; f22; 6s; 12mm.
Friday, 13 February 2009
Thursday, 12 February 2009
Late again today - ah well, at least I'm keeping at it.
Had a lot on today so struggled a bit to come up with a subject for today's image.
Here it is, a bit of a strange one, but I thought I'd share with you the perspective a very small being would have on the environment inhabited by normal size humans.
Olympus E-3; ISO 3200; f22; 2.0s.
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Monday, 9 February 2009
This is my sister's stand at the Scottish Wedding Show at Ingliston about five minutes before the event ended, after two days meeting potential customers. Seventeen new cake styles this time round!
Her business: Sweet Unique.
Olympus E-3; ISO 200; f5.6; 1/125s; 14mm.
Friday, 6 February 2009
Thursday, 5 February 2009
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Monday, 2 February 2009
Sunday, 1 February 2009
Now I know I'm not the first person in the world to see a fifty pence piece like this but it's the first one I've seen so I thought I'd use it as today's 365 subject.
New. From today onwards I'll be including camera settings for anyone who's interested.
Olympus SP-500UZ; Auto; Macro2; Plain Tungsten Lighting.