Posts Tagged ‘autumn’

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 30 – Autumn has settled in

October 20, 2009 Leave a comment


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 website.

One more image

Day 27 – Disaster

October 17, 2009 Leave a comment


So todays image is from the disaster that was my return to landscape photography. I’m really disappointed with the pixels that came home with me. Ever have one of those days where it seems the day felt like a waste of time.

I really need to work on my landscape images. I think I might need to find a course, or ten.

Manual Reading

I’m loosing track of what pages I have read now. I’ve read my manual a few times at this stage. Today I read page 86, Selt-timer Operation. I use this when I forget to bring a cable release but that’s about the only time.

Professional Photographers Images Studied

I’ve slipped up today and didn’t study any photographers images. Probably to do with the junk I took today. Not nice to compare my results with a pros. I know I shouldn’t compare but that’s easier said than done.

Some other snaps from today

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Day 25 – Not a nice site

October 15, 2009 2 comments


So what happened today. Well this is a pathway in one of the parks that I try to go for a walk in during my lunch break if the weather allows. It’s a lovely park and I can’t believe that I have only discovered it in the past few months. I’ve always know it was there but never bothered to take a look.

Well this is one of the pathways back to the car and much and all as I like the pathway the sight of this section drops my mood as I know that in another few minutes the camera will have to be put away for a few hours while I go back to reality and sit at a desk wishing I was out with a camera. The things I do to pay for camera equipment!

I’m not happy with this image but that’s ok. The next time I’m there I’ll try and make an image I like.

Manual Reading

Arriving to work early this morning I quickly read the page on Live View Shooting. I regularly use this when I’m using my tripod. The only thing is I tend to leave it turned on for too long when I should just compose, switch it off and wait for the light.

Professional Photographers Images Studied

I’m having an early night tonight but will be studying the image the book “First Light – A landscape photographer’s art” by Joe Cornish. I’ve studied his images before but I think they are worth another look as I’m going to attempt a few landscape shots this weekend. It’s been ages since I got out to do a few landscapes so hopefully I’ll succeed.

Day 5

September 25, 2009 Leave a comment


I had a bit of a struggle today in that the the only opportunity I had to take photos was during my lunch break. So I went for a walk in Ballincollig Regional Park.

Without a cloud in the sky I found it very hard going. It’s not a time I would normally go out to take photos that I intend to do anything with but more of a time I go to look for new locations.

When I got to the park I had intended to practice using flare in images but I could not get any. I tried everything but could not get a single bit of flare. I didn’t even have the lens hood on. I knew the Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro was good at preventing this but I didn’t think it would be that good. I ended up abandoning that idea after about 15 minutes of head scratching.

So then I went to try out the different metering modes in the camera. Before this project I’d have probably just given up completely after failing with the flare but now I seem to be more willing to experiment. In fact all the images I have been taking for this 365 project are imported to an “Experiments” folder in lightroom.

Manual Reading

So as you have probably guessed I read page 95 of my manual, selecting the metering mode. Most of the time I use evaluative mode and on occasion spot metering. So today I experimented with all modes taking 4 pictures of each scene so I could understand the differences and when best to use each in future. Just as well I read my camera manual page(s) in the car park before work every morning. I’m one of those people who hate to be late for anything so I usually end up with time to kill while I wait for whatever it is I’m early for.

Professional Photographers Images Studied

Today I studied images by Dennis Keeley. I’m not sure of how I feel about his image yet. I really enjoyed his landscape and still life images but not sure of the portraits. I’m not much of a portrait person myself so that probably has a lot to do with it.

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