Archive for October, 2009

Day 41 – Please don’t do this to my car

October 31, 2009 2 comments


Today while out and about I dared to park right next to this wheel clamp. I figured that they would never think someone would be so daring to do it and leave the car alone. I got away with it….. this time. I only used my iphone today.

Manual Reading

Page 45, Reverting the camera to default settings. I had to do this once when the one of the buttons on the camera started acting strange. It would call up a different function every second time it was pressed.

Professional Photographers Images Studied

I was in a local shopping complex today and noticed a photography studio stand with a girl selling photo packages. I took a bit of time looking at the images on the advertising stand. Standing there for a few minutes I was surprise with how many people were signing their kids up for studio sessions. It has me thinking a bit.

It was all high key photography so anyone from Cork will know who I’m on about.


Day 40 – Relax

October 30, 2009 3 comments


My niece relaxing while I run around like a headless chicken trying to clean, look after her dog, do some ironing and get ready for visiting relations, staying for the weekend.

An image of me right now would be the total opposite of this one.

Manual Reading

Page 44, set the power off time

Professional Photographer Images Studied

I enjoyed David DuChemins ebook so much that I wen and downloaded another one. So I’m looking at his images later today.

Today was a bit of a rush job I’m afraid.

One more

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Day 39 – Off camera flash practice

October 30, 2009 3 comments


This evening I played around with off camera flash. The evenings get dark now so it’s hard to get an image outdoors after a day in the office. Maybe I should go take some outdoor image in the dark, I’ve never tried it seriously before.

Manual Reading

Page 43, Formatting the card. I often forget to do this after downloading images only to realize it after taking a few new images. I should really make an effort to take note of the number of images remaining to be taken on the LCD.

Professional Photographer Images Studied

Today I read one of the ebooks by David DuChemin, author of Within The Frame. As I mentioned before I have read that book a few times and I will probably read his ebooks a few times too. At $5 an ebook I think it’s worth getting a few of them. I spent more time than I normally would looking at the images he included in the book.

I can’t wait for the new book, Visionmongers.

Some others

Day 38 – What’s around the corner?

October 28, 2009 1 comment


The idea of not knowing what’s around the corner can be exciting or spooky. I always want to know what around the next corner and can’t wait to take a look. The “what if”s never bother me too much. Success, disaster who cares just go and look around the corner. Remember it’s better to go look and run back than to turn away and wonder what was around that corner.

Manual Reading

I’m glad I read my manual today. I read page 42, setting the date and time. As I read the the title I just remembered that I never changed the time to reflect the daylight savings time change on the weekend. Who knows when I would have thought to change it. Have you changed your cameras time?

Professional Photographers Images Studied

One of the people I follow on twitter is Jack Hollingsworth aka @photojack, and today he gave a list of photographers to follow on twitter. The list is great and I have been checking out some of the work of the the photographers names I didn’t recognize. Here’s the list Jack recommended.

Some other images

Day 37 – Thirsty

October 27, 2009 2 comments


I couldn’t get going today. No inspiration and the clock was ticking for me to get a shot. This was the best I could do today but it is driving me to do better tomorrow.¬† I’m still loving the challenge though.

Big amateur mistake today too. I brought my camera to work, as usual, but forgot to put a cf card in it. It was sticking out of the card reader on my desk at home, I contemplated going home to grab one but it was raining heavily and I had few books in the car to keep me entertained so I looked at images instead.

Manual Reading

Page 41, Menu Setting Procedure.

Professional Photographers Images Studied

Today I looked at the images by Joe Cornish in his book First Light : A Landscape Photographer’s Art. I really like the way he shows two versions of each location.

Some other images from today

Day 36 – A new shoot

October 26, 2009 1 comment


This is a new shoot that has just sprouted from one of the bamboo trees at the back of my garden. It’s picked an odd time of year to start out but then again why should it wait. This bamboo might find it a bit tougher going initially but I ‘m sure by spring it will be far ahead of the rest.¬† Strange as it may sound but I’m a bit envious of this shoot. It’s started out while I sit around day dreaming of what could be and making excuses: I need another camera, this lens, that flash, laptop, NAS box. Hopefully this project will help me find something that I think I’m looking for.

Manual Reading

Page 40, Menu operations.

Professional Photographers Images Studied

The images in At Work by Annie Leibovitz.

Is it a bit strange that I have very little portraits in my own photo library but spend a lot of time admiring portraiture? It’s something I have to do some more work on.

A few other images

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Day 35 – Landscape

October 26, 2009 6 comments


The image is of an old ruin by The Old Head of Kinsale. I photographed this building a few times before but was never happy with any of the images I mad of it. I’m happy enough with this one but I feel there is room for improvement.

(I’m posting this so late it looks like I missed posting¬† on the 25th of October. Must be daylight savings time getting mixed up.)

Manual Reading

Page 39, Quick control screen nomenclature.

Profession Photographers Images Studied

I should be given a telling off today. This is the second time I haven’t satisfied this section of the challenge. I did however look a load of images made by an Irish army priest stationed in Pristina. Some fantastic stuff. I wish I could point people to the images but they are on a cd belonging to friend of mine just back from serving a few months out there. Does this satisfy part of the challenge…. I’m not sure.

Other images from today