Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Another new addition

Well this is the latest addition to my Photographic kit.  I am now trying to learn some techiques on how to use the flash to it best abilities.

As soon as I have some good images I will upload them.

Bye for now.

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Just a couple of quick posts.

Just a very quick post.  This is another image from our recent holiday in Devon.  I used a new plugin with photoshop, which simulates HDR photography, but only uses one photo to produce the image.

The plugin is called Re-Dynamix.

Also, another gift for my birthday is a shiny new Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash.  I am going to try a couple of still life shots today, as I also got TOM ANG's book on how to produce better photographs.  There are exercises to do in the book.

I will give a review of the book to at some point.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Dartmoor National Park

Just got back from a cold and rainy Dartmoor.  We only did a short walk, about 2.5 miles.  It was very nice to be out there with hardly any other people around.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

A shot from Devon

A shot from South Devon.  We were very lucky with the weather today.  It was  a little cold, but walking up and down the coast certainly warmed you up.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

My work is being displayed

A few weeks ago I was approached by my companies Multimedia and Graphics department asking if they could use a couple of my shots to display on the wall at work.

They chose the sunset shot with the boats (displayed on my blog) and another one of the Balckwater canel.  They are having them printed at the moment.  I will take a shot of them when they are on the wall at work and post the pictures on here.

You never know, this may be the start of something...........................

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

New Addition

Well, as it is nearlly my birthday, I have bought a new lens.  It basically replacing the kit lens that came with my old Canon 350D.


24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG MACRO

Large aperture standard zoom lens provides superior performance both for Digital SLR Cameras and 35mm Film SLR Cameras

To achieve an F2.8 aperture at all focal lengths, it employs three aspherical Lens to provide optimum aberration compensation. Two Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements are provided for color aberration compensation, to assure high image quality.


Optimised for digital SLR cameras
It incorporates a "Super Multi Layer Coating" to reduce the influence of harmful light caused by reflections from the digital image sensor.

Excellent correction of aberrations
Two SLD elements, one Glass Mold Aspherical plus two Hybrid Aspherical lenses provide excellent correction of various aberrations and a high level of optical performance.

Minimum focusing distance of 40cm
The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 40cm at all focal lengths and is capable of macro photography with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.8.

DF (Dual Focus) System
This lens incorporates a Dual Focus (DF) system that is designed to make the lens easy to hold during autofocusing, and yet provides a large focus ring for easy manual focusing.

Petal Type Hood
Since the front of the lens does not rotate, a Petal-type hood and circular polarizing filters can be easily used.

Sunday, 11 January 2009

House Boat

The shot is from West Mersea, normally I dont take a 2nd look at some of these boats, but this evening they looked really interesting against the sky.  I took this with my 40D and my Canon 90-300mm lens.  I don't think the lens is a good one, and I am thinking of replacing it, but still undersided which lens to buy.  It is coming up to my 40th birthday, so I think I should treat myself.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Chinese Lanterns

Happy New Year!
I thought I would get my light tent out today and have a play around. With my tent it came with a number of coloured back drops.  I thought that the black one would show the subject off the best.
The reflective surface was obtained by using a piece of polished black granite.  I used my flash gun remotely for the lighting.
Hope you like it.