Posts Tagged ‘garden’

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 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 17 – Garden Photography

October 7, 2009 Leave a comment


This evening was spent in the back garden again trying to find a subject I could do some justice for. I’m not sure what this plant is called but I’m finding it extremely difficult to get a great shot of. I think I may have to dig it up and put it in a pot so I can  move it around a bit more. The plant is only about three inches tall and is in an tough position to get a good angle on. Before digging it up I may take a trip to the garden centre and see if I can get another one first, I’ll also get it’s name.

Manual Reading

As I waited for the computer to boot up I read page 65, Setting The White Balance. While the manual hints at using AWB as standard I never use it anymore. Generally I have my camera set to daylight and then adjust it as I see fit or to try and get an effect I want. I also  use Lightroom to make changes in post.

Professional Photographers Images Studied

Today I spent some time looking at the Places portfolio of Bob Krist. My favorite image of that portfolio would have to be the one of Capella di Vitaleta. I’m a sucker for foggy/ misty images. Strange thing is that I don’t have a single image of my own with mist or fog in it. I’ll have to work on that this Autumn and see if I can get a few.

Other images from today