Juggling for the camera club

Well, so far, January has failed to prove very productive on the photography front. So luckily, the local camera club arranged for the local juggling squad to join us this week.

I thought I’d take the opportunity to experiment with a style of photography I’d seen before and admired when used to photograph dancers. I wanted to explore if it would work with the jugglers.

These are handheld (probably would have been better if on a tripod but there were a lot of us with cameras and I couldn’t direct the jugglers) 1 – 2 second exposures with the flash firing at the end of the exposure – rear curtain sync. Let me know what you think.


Revisiting f-stops

I assume there will come a day when depth of field becomes a controlled variable rather than pot luck. This image was taken from a close point of view – about 18 inches from the main subject which was as close as my Nikon 18-55 would allow me to get whilst maintaining auto-focus. How focused would I want the background bicycles to be? And what about the focus on the pebbles? I hope with practice, these variables will become purposeful.

A Walk in the Woods

Out in Abbots Wood with our little dog and poor old Zookie who we were sitting this weekend whilst her dad did the 3 Peaks Challenge.

After trawling through some good, and not so good, Youtube tutorials, again it was a Linda clip that I found most helpful to show me how to use dodge and burn which I have been practising on these images.


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Down the glen with filters

I’ve treated myself to some VERY cheap filters to experiment with long exposure photography. Why buy the cheap ones? Well, I’m still borrowing one of my sons cameras at the moment and until I decide to invest in my own, I’m not sure what kit I’ll want… So, ‘make do’ kit for the time being. However, I have to say, I’m not disappointed with the results.DSC_0002 DSC_0004 DSC_0027b DSC_0063 DSC_0072




Playing with Pinholes

This week, due to seeing a fabulous post by ‘naturehasnoboss‘, I have had a strong desire to play with the idea of pinhole photography. Being a Blue Peter child, where make do and mend was very much the theme of the XXs years, I thought I might do it myself for the first attempt. Although I am pleased to have had a little success, I think there might have been too much light bleeding in so, I now have some cheap body covers on order with which I plan to make something a bit more reliable. But here’s how I did it. And, here’s what I got – after bringing the colours up a little with curves in Photoshop. Any constructive comments gratefully received.


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6 Patterns in the history of the computer

Looking at the composition of early computers, it sort of becomes easy to see how computers work in patterns, repeating the same processes over and again.

However, as for taking photos in a museum…. Hum, I need to learn more. Especially, how to improve image focus when the light is extremely low or extremely high… I REALLY didn’t want to be walking around with a tripod, getting in everyone’s way – not that I’ve used mine yet.

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2014 And into a new era of photography

Having recently followed a MOOC ‘The Art of Photography’ with O2S (you can see my notes here moocingmystery.wordpress.com), this year will be the year I learn to swivel the button thing on the top of my camera to a setting other than Auto. Here are 6 (of course) experiments I carried out at the weekend.

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And, by the way… I participated in a MOOC

Taking a little break from the photographic timeline archives I am trying to achieve before the end of the week, I’d like to explain how this blog, as everything else in life, is the consequence of a different event. In this case, the blog is a reaction to doing an online course with O2S and this post is a reaction to reading a blog post by Leanne Cole about photography courses.

Besides having so many photos and not knowing what to do with them (I have flickr for that), and having wanted to chronicle my photographic journey for quite a while, I recently participated in a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course). My six images today are photos that have already been posted onto Google+ as contributions to the course discussions.

The ‘Art of Photography’, presented by Dr Shane Hulbert and hosted by ‘Open2Study’ is the second MOOC I have completed and so far, I am really enjoying the experience and recording my understanding and reactions on a separate site here. Although I am quite able to point the camera and click the button and decide whether to keep or delete (not strictly true as I keep far too many that should be delete), I really know very little about photography and this 4 week course was perfect in terms of time, skills and price (it’s free).


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