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Sunday
May242009

Interesting New Photo-Sales Site, Wozfoto

I just got an email from Jon Vanderplas telling me about a great new photo-sales site with an interesting twist.

Over at wozfoto.com they have an image of the day, which you can buy a print of for $10. Sounds like a good way to pick up fine-art photography prints for a lot less than normal...

Anyhows, check it out, and put it in your RSS reader or favourites.

Cheers, Rob.
Sunday
May172009

SCL Photo Podcast 45: In Our Time, The World As Seen By Magnum Photographers

SCL PodcastA brilliant Photo-Book, got at the local car-boot sale for £2....

Subscribe on Itunes. (Will open Itunes, then you need to click on the "subscribe" button.) (Free)

Subscribe with other Podcatchers. (Google Reader, etc) (For Free)

Download / listen to the mp3. (Right-click then "save target as" / "save link as".) (Did I say it was free?)

Download / listen to the LOW BANDWIDTH mp3. (Right-click then "save target as" / "save link as".) (Again, free!)



"In Our Time" at Amazon.co.uk.

"In Our Time" at Amazon.com (USA).


Flickr group photo assignment - "Long Exposures", come on over and have a go!

Martin Bailey's Photography Podcast on Long Exposures.

Cheers, Rob.
Saturday
May162009

Photowalk 70 - A Bad Case Of Wind

Last night I grabbed my Canon EOS 350d / Digital Rebel XT dSLR, jumped into the car and did a quick run to the beach, then back up towards Portsdown Hill with an eye towards a motorway shot and perhaps a pano.

However, the wind was blowing, the light was disappearing fast, and I didn't have much time...

Stokes Bay, Looking East
Stokes Bay, Looking East


There's two main beaches in Gosport - the more developed, touristy Lee-On-Solent, and my favourite, the much emptier Stokes Bay. No sand on either I'm afraid, but they both look across the Solent and can be the location for some great shots.

In the above photograph I'm looking away from the sunset - I saw the interesting clouds, and the stone slabs for foreground interest, set up my tripod and shot a 3 bracketed exposure burst for a Photomatix HDR in post processing.

Stokes Bay Looking West
Stokes Bay Looking West


I turned around and shot towards the Sunset. The light wasn't great, with little real contrast in the sky, so again I went for a bracketed exposure to turn into a HDR. Shooting "stony" beaches is always a bit dodgy, and this photo could do with some foreground interest, plus the top of the sky is pretty empty.

Portsmouth Harbour From Portsdown Hill
Portsmouth Harbour From Portsdown Hill


After visiting Stokes Bay, I headed back away from Gosport, through Fareham, and up onto Portsdown Hill, to take a photo looking down onto Portsmouth Harbour. The wind was blowing hard, so my tripod again got some use.

It looks ok large, but if you look at the original, it's very soft. Needs re-visiting!

M27 Looking West
M27 Looking West


Determined to have a crack at this months photo assignment on long exposures, I parked up near to a motorway bridge, and set my tripod and camera up near the edge. My technique was simple - I just set my ISO low, then closed down the aperture to really limit the amount of light entering the camera, shooting in Aperture Priority Mode. I think I ended up with about a 13 second exposure - and I just turned the shutter delay on, and took a few shots.

What I didn't take into account was the wind, and how wobbly my £6.99 Asda Tripod is with a heavier dSLR on it.... You can see how bad it was all moving by the light trails, which are really jagged!

Anyway, it was good piece of practice, and as I'm writing this I'm listening to Martin Bailey's latest podcast, which is all about taking great long exposure shots, so hopefully I'll get some inspiration for better shots, but I wanted to include this one in my stream to share my learning's.

Cheers, Rob.
Tuesday
May122009

Win A Panasonic Camera / Camcorder (US Only)

For my cousins over the pond in the colonies, a new site dedicated to everything HD, both video and photography, could be of interest.

Livinginhd.com has a nice mix of social networking, galleries, tutorials and loads of other stuff that I haven't even begun to scratch the surface of, but it looks like a great resource for anybody who's into HD quality video (and some photography too).

"What about the free cameras!" I hear you shout! Well, Panasonic are giving away a camera everyday, until the end of May, to members of LivinginHD, so all you've got to do is head on over, sign up, create a profile, and enter the competition every day. Unfortunately the rules say it's US only, but I've uploaded some images and will post a few articles anyway.

Good Luck!

Cheers, Rob.
Monday
May112009

A Couple More Evening Shots From The 350d / Rebel XT

Went out last night and grabbed some photographs, but I have to admit I was in a rush, so they're hand-held and a little soft.

The first is a b&w HDR (processed with Photomatix, then Photoshop), and I'm getting used to how the Canon EOS 350d / Rebel XT exposure-brackets. What you do is set the amount of bracketing in the menu's, then depending on the shooting mode you're in, it'll react in different ways.

If you're in single shot mode, you press the shutter button, take the correctly exposed photo, then press the shutter button again to take the under-exposed, then again to do the over-exposed shot. If you're in drive or burst mode, just hold down the shutter button and it'll take three bracketed shots in quick succession. If you use the shutter delay or remote, it also takes all three shots in a row. Phew!

Anyway, here they are:

Retirement Flats At Lee-On-Solent
Retirement Flats At Lee-On-Solent


Lee On Solent Sunset Towards Southampton
Lee On Solent Sunset Towards Southampton


Cheers, Rob.