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Day 70 – the calm within

November 29, 2009 Leave a comment

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I left it very late to go take some landscape photos today. As is quite usual I didn’t have a specific plan or destination in mind so I just headed in the direction of the coast. I ended up in a place called Ballycronnin.
In my rushing about I messed up when the best light was there. I miss focused, set the aperture incorrectly for the effect I wanted and just generally stumbled my way through the evenings photo session.I think i managed a few keepers though.

Manual Reading
Page 84, Lens max aperture and AF sensitivity

Photographer Images Studied
I’m looking at some coastal photography to try and improve my own.I’m also just about to watch a TV show on abandoned building photography.

Work towards self employment.
I read about a photographer using redbubble to sell his images that he posts on his blog. It’s something I hadn’t even thought of before so I spent a bit of time looking at that redbubble and fotomoto.

One of the messed up images – it came out ok

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Day 50

November 9, 2009 1 comment


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I guess this image may have shocked, upset or even offended some of you. Sorry but I have been thinking of a pretty disturbing project that I feel I need to do soon. Some time ago an area on the outskirts of Cork was known as the suicide capital. I think if people were a bit more open about it then maybe it wouldn’t happen as much, but hey I’m not an expert on the subject. It’s a very taboo subject and very much a whisper topic when it happens to a family you know. I’m sure I’ll loose some visitors to the blog over this image but so be it.

Don’t worry people there will be a day 51 for me……

Manual Reading

I read a few pages of the manual today 54-58. Setting image recording quality, About RAW, ISO.

Professional Photographers Images Studied

As I only discovered the work of Adam Burton yesterday I decided to spend some more time looking at his fantastic landscape images.

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Day 49 – On the beach

November 8, 2009 Leave a comment

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I managed to get a few hours on a beach today. As you can see from the picture it was a mixed weather type of day here today. It’s great to be able to get outside in the daylight on the weekends.

Manual Reading

Page 53, Image Settings.

Professional Photographers Images Studied

Landscape photographer Adam Burton.

A few more from today

Day 30 – Autumn has settled in

October 20, 2009 Leave a comment

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Well I was back out for a walk during lunch today and saw this pool of water under the shadow of a tree. If only I had the courage to put on the chest waders I keep in the boot of my car then I would have gone down to the edge of the water. I think I would have looked a bit odd walking through a park in a suit and chest wader with no fishing rod though. I should just get over it and use the stuff I have. Here I am saying “I should have done xyz” again. Oh well, next time, maybe tomorrow. “Maybe tomorrow”, that was what I kept saying to the tuk tuk drivers in Sri Lanka outside my hotels when I went for walks during the day. They always just smiled and said “okay then”. Great place to go see if you ever get the chance.

Manual Reading

Page 35, Shutter Button. Enough said.

Professional Photographers Images Studied

I looked at the Landscape Photographer of the year 2009 images on the guardian.co.uk website.

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Day 29 – Work to a deadline

October 19, 2009 Leave a comment

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So todays image is of a water drop. After yesterdays post about not being in a rush I thought what if I was under orders to get a job done. I gave myself 45 minutes to setup, shoot and edit an image today. I’ve shot drop before so the setup was familiar but it was still a bit of a push to get theĀ  images made in the time allowed. This was the image I liked the most.

Manual Reading

I had a quick read the rest of page 34, Holding the camera.

Professional Photographers Images Studied

I must admit I spent more time trying to remember my old flickr account than studying todays photographer. Today I very quickly looked through some of the work of Joey Lawrence.

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Day 28 – Don’t be in a rush

October 18, 2009 Leave a comment

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Today I went and had a look around the Ownabue Valley with my nine year old niece. I grew up there so it was nice to go back to some of the places I used to go fishing in as a child. The lesson I learned today was not to rush my images. The one above should have been a great but I was under orders from my niece that we needed to go home soon. Oh well it will keep for another day.

Manual Reading

I mentioned yesterday that I was loosing track of what I had read since the project began so I went back to the start of the book, glossed over a few pages and then read a piece of page 34, Adjusting the Viewfinder Quality. I had forgotten what that knob was called – “the dioptric adjustment knob”.

Professional Photographers Images Studied

I looked through the abstract images of UK photographer Tony Howell. I used to love taking abstract images when I started out but found it hard to get critiques so kind of gave it up. I still take some now but not nearly as much as I did (all of 2 years ago).

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Day 18 – A drop in the sink

October 8, 2009 Leave a comment

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I tried a bit of water drop photography today but I wasn’t that happy with the results. The task was performed in the kitchen sink and involved a bit of mopping up afterward. I tried this water drop photography about 2 years ago when I first got my hands on a camera and I was much more impressed with the results I got then. I seem to be going backwards with this not improving.

Manual Reading

I’m continuing on with white balance and today read page 66, Custom Whit Balance. I use this when I’m practicing product photography and sometimes if I’m doing some still life stuff without flash and have a mixture of different ambient light types. That’s not very often though.

Professional Photographers Images Reviewed

I kind of just happened to do this today without any planning. I was looking in the phone book for physio and what happed to be on the opposite page but photographer listings. Before I knew it I had forgotten about the physio and was on my iphone browsing the websites of some of the photographers. I’m not going to name them as to be honest I don’t know how some of them get any clients with their site or even lack there of. There’s hope for me yet if.

Some of the other drips

Anyone interested in abstract photography might find this video interesting

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