Posts Tagged ‘abstract’

Day 89 – Abstract

December 18, 2009 Leave a comment


In another abstract shooting frame of mind.

Manual Reading

Page 105, Setting the Flash. I think I should read my flash manual after the camera manual. I have very little idea of what it can do.

Photographers Images Studied.

An Alan Briot book was dropped through my letterbox today so I looked at the images in the book.

Work towards self employment.

I’m just watching fasttrack coaching “episode 50 : How to quit your day job” over on More lessons to be learned and advice to be taken.

Hopefully this weekend I’ll get started on my website. I’ll draw it out on paper first and spend a week or two, maybe more, with it stuck on my walls.


Day 68 – Back to colour

November 27, 2009 2 comments


I took a walk in Ballincollig park at lunch today looking for some nice ferns to photo but ended up going abstract. I love shooting abstract.

Manual Reading

Page 79 & 80, AI servo for moving subjects.

Photographers Images Studied

Richard Holroyd, landscape photographer.

Work toward self employment

I’m still glued to Dane Sanders book. I’ve been trying to figure out which area of photography I would be best suited to.

On another note I went printing mad today. A lot of people have been asking for prints of images I’ve made so I felt it was about time to deliver.


Day 67 – Toned

November 26, 2009 1 comment


I seem to be in a black and white frame of mind since downloading Silver Efex Pro recently but I’m shooting with it in mind and not just converting everything.

Any images I make with it in mind I move into a lightroom collection called “possible black and white” I then quickly desaturate the image (press V) to get an idea of how it’s going to look and then remove the ones that don’t make the grade. The remaining images are resaturated (press V) and then processed. It works for me.

Manual Reading

Page 79, One shot AF for still subjects.

Photographer Images Studied

Today I checked out some of the new images in the wedding portfolio of Irish photographer David Lavery. I took a really enjoyable an evening photography course given by David last year. If anyone feels the need for an evening course check out his photography course in Cork College of Commerce.

If only he would run weekend wedding photography courses…. hint hint David.

Work towards self employment

So today has been really interesting, for me anyway. I have totally stopped with my plan for now and am concentrating on the advice and information in Fast Track Photographer for the next few days. It’s already changing the way I was planning to do things. I’m along the same path as what I have read so far but every few pages I get one of those “ah ha” moments.

If you are thinking of buying the book better buy it fast. Use the code ‘gobblegobble’ but be quick the offer is almost over.

Day 44 – More abstract

November 3, 2009 1 comment


So as you can see I’m still in my abstract mood. This time it’ s an abstract made from kitchen utensil holder. Only some very minor processing.

I’ve made a few images from this item before but I cannot seem to get what I have in my mind onto the memory card. You may see more of this item yet.

Manual Reading

Page 48, fully automatic shooting.

Photographers Images Studied

Today I looked at the images of Mark Raymond Mason. Check out the image “Blistered Tin” in Urban Gallery 6. Gave me a few ideas.

A few others

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Day 43 – Crazy experimentation

November 2, 2009 4 comments


I go through phases of making abstract images. I have no idea why I liked this one but I do. Let’s call it “Dawn over Mars”.

Manual Reading

Page 47, Basic Shooting, About the auto light optimizer.

Professional Photographers Images Studied

I decided to do a bit of brushing up on the subject of off camera flash so spent some time going through The Hot Shoe Diaries by Joe McNally. Stunning stuff. Now to find a willing model so I can try some of it out!

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Day 19 – Look, I got outdoors

October 9, 2009 Leave a comment


Today I ventured out into the big bad dark shadowlands of my back garden. It’s the first day that my back has felt a bit better in almost 2 weeks now so I took a chance and went outdoors. Who knows I might even try driving tomorrow.

So the image is of the side wall of my house, a parasol and its shadow. Simple but I like it.

Manual Reading

While uploading I read a half of a page of the manual, page 67 – Setting the color temperature. Maybe some day in the future I will know how to take advantage of fine tuned kelvin settings but for now I think I’ll stick with the presets and lightroom, there is enough for me to get to grips with without adding this to the list; for now anyway. Some day I’ll toy aroud with it and see what the effect is like.

Professional Photographers Images Studied

I ditched this part of the challenge today and choose to look through my own images trying to see what I like and dislike about them. I never delete anything in lightroom, preferring to just make my dislikes/rejects with an x flag. That way I can look back and try to learn from those mistakes. Sounds good in theory but I still seem to make the same or similar mistakes.

I also read a few interesting articles linked to from the Apogee Photo Magazine website.

Some other images from today

Day 4

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment


I had intended to get out to take a few landscape photos this evening but yet again work got in the way.  So yet again I resorted to the back garden to provide me with an image.

Little did I know that the plant I have hated the most would be the one I would turn my attention too. I figured that there must be something about this plant that I like. We inherited this plant with the house when we bought it about two years ago. I had been meaning to dump it but never got around to it. Just as well I didn’t.

Now if only I could pick which version I prefer (see below). Which do you think looks better?

Manual Reading

Today I read about creating folders on the memory card p72 and p73. Even after reading it it’s not something I think I will use. I can see how it might be useful but for now I’ll just stick to the default.

Professional Image Reviewed
Today I was examining the work of George Barr. I think this may be the reason I took a picture of the cordiline plant in the way I did.

Cordiline cyanotype