Posts Tagged ‘green’

Day 75 – Frosty Friday

December 4, 2009 Leave a comment


I just noticed that I take way too many images in portrait mode. I should really get a grip for my camera to make it easier. I really wanted to get down lower for this one but wearing a suit and trying to take macro shots doesn’t mix very well.

Manual Reading

Page 87, Advanced Operations.

Photographer Images Studied

It rained most of today so I read some of First Light, A landscape photographer’s art by Joe Cornish. In the book he explains what he was trying to achieve in the images and provides another image of the same scene taken in different circumstances. I learn best by seeing and doing so find this type style of book suit me best.

And for anyone paying attention , yes I read about three or four different books at the same time. I even keep a book in the car for occasions when I can’t get out for a walk.

Work towards self employment

Today I’m looking at the area of marketing. Some may think it’s too soon for this but I don’t. I believe marketing is critical from the early stages. Today is just a brain storming session with myself to come up with a few idea and to research some already successful methods.

Right now “Little and Often” will be my approach to marketing. I’m of the frame of mind that you need to keep people interested and not to let them wander off to the next guy. It’s a bit like fishing, you throw some loose feed into the swim (area you are fishing) to attrach the fish. Then you throw a little more feed in regularly, little and often. This keeps the fish in your swim while you catch them one by one.

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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 24 – A walk in the park

October 14, 2009 Leave a comment


I think this is the first outdoor photo in my 365 challenge that was taken outside of golden hour. This was taken during my lunch break in one of the parks that I go for a walk in. I always have my camera with me but see the images as experiments and as a way of trying familiarizing myself with lens characteristics, well that’s what I tell myself anyway. I have made a conscious effort to photograph the same object with different lenses recently though and I even studied the differences between them earlier today.

But back to the image, it’s a buttercup in the middle of a football field. I was dressed to lye down in the grass to get the flower in focus so I went for a blurry image instead. I switched on live view, set the lens to 1:1 and moved the camera back and forth until it looked like the flower was out of focus. It was hard to do at all. Saying that I did take about 10 versions of the image but this was my preferred one. It’s slightly cropped too.

Manual Reading

I continued on with the shooting video section and read page 123, Taking still photos during movie shooting. One thing I was just remembered thinking writing this is that the recording video section I read yesterday has probably been updated with a new document since the firmware was upgraded to allow aperture selection. I vaguely remember reading that document. Better try and find it and stick it into the manual. Anyone have the link?

Professional Photographers Images Studied

As I mentioned above I was studying my own experimental images today, not that I am claiming in any way that I’m any where near being a professional. I think looking at my own good and bad images has to be done every now and then to stop me falling into the same mistakes I made previously. It still happens though, just not so frequently. If only people were as quick to say that an image is terrible as the are to say they like one. A persons feeling might be hurt for a split second but if there is something to be learned then I’d prefer to be told where I have gone wrong.

Some other images form todays lunch time walk

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

Day 13 – I feel like a cheat.

October 3, 2009 Leave a comment


I much photographer plant, the orchid. I must admit I rushed this image a bit and feel like I have cheated. We have visitors at the moment and while they were away for a short period I quickly set up this shot and took a few dozen images. I placed a bunch of lillys behind the orchid to get the green bachground and used a sunfore reflector to bounce some of the window light back on the flower.

Manual Reading

I’ve just read page 46 – About copyright information. This was one of the first things I set up after getting my camera and recommend everyone to do the same. Helps protect your images to some degree and it might even get you your camera back if you loose it and one of the few honest souls out there find it. Wishful thinking eh.

Professional Photographer Images Studied

Michael Freemans book The Photographers Eye contained all the image that I reviewed today. I like the way that he shows the different version of images and how some work better than others. It’s another book I would recommend.

One more orchid shot

Day 2

September 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Orange Poppy

It’s day two of the dave365 challenge and I’m still at it. Well it would be a bit sad if I didn’t manage two days.

Photo of the day

So today’s picture is of some orange poppies that I have growing in my front garden. At least thats what I think they are, I got a cutting from a friend a few years ago and forgot to write down its name. Every evening the flowers wrap back up like this. Trying to isolate just one or two of these was tricky and makes me think I need to do some pruning as soon as all the flowers have gone.

Manual reading

Today I read about Image Recording Quality , pages 54-56. I only ever changed this setting once when I got the camera. That time I changed it to RAW and it’s been there ever since. To be honest I don’t see why I would want to use a lower setting, I’ve paid all this money for a camera that can record high quality so why would I settle for lower. Who cares about free space on a memory card, just put in another one once the card in the camera is almost full. Never fill a card to full capacity.

Professional photographers images studied

Today I’m looking at images by David Noton, a UK landscape photographer. I would love to be able to get a few image on par with those David has in his book and DVD “Chasing the Light”.

Landscape photography is an area I am keen to improve on and I have been trying for some time now. I’m making a bit of progress, I think. Most of my landscape images will probably appear on the weekends as it’s autumn here now and it gets dark very quickly after I finish work.