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31-05-2006, 11:38 PM
As I can finally be arsed to take photos and start up photoshop (spending alot of money inspires use), I'm going to post some stuff here.

Comment, or not, as you please.

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/4201/1266/400/pastel-rose.jpg http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/4201/1266/400/tinted-rose.1.jpg http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/4201/1266/400/allium.jpg

31-05-2006, 11:39 PM


31-05-2006, 11:43 PM
For now, I think theres going to be quite alot of pictures of flowers and assorted still life objects while I get used to the camera, then you'll see some crazy stuff.

01-06-2006, 07:07 AM
Nice image quality. Very crisp shots, it's a nifty piece of kit no doubt.

Not sure about the subject matter but I think you already know that it's hardly the most awe-inspiring, but that's natural while you get used to the new camera.

01-06-2006, 09:36 AM
I love the first picture. Very Skillful!


01-06-2006, 10:27 PM
I'm not entirely sure how the background for the rose shots became blue, I think its due to the magic sunset light.

12-07-2006, 11:31 PM
Hmm haven't updated in a while...

13-07-2006, 03:57 AM
it feels kinda busy... if you increased that diagonal a bit from the dock you just might have it.

then again, i'm a low depth of field kinda girl. so maybe that's just your preference haha

... ACTUALLY, on second thought, i like it a LOT cropped like this:


(don't hate me!)

13-07-2006, 04:36 AM
Yeah, it looks a lot better cropped that way to me as well....

13-07-2006, 10:52 AM
Much better in Cara's cropped version. More artsy.

13-07-2006, 12:00 PM
I like your version alot Cara, and I wish subscribe to your newsletter.
Initially I was trying to preserve the geometry that I saw in the scene, the sky is overexposed and distracting, but it was a studendously bright day.
Converted it to black and white because in colour it looked washed out.

13-07-2006, 12:49 PM

I prefer the crop along these lines to retain the geometry of the staircase.
Nice work.

13-07-2006, 01:20 PM
Yeah I was thinking that too Brad, when I looked at it again. It's just the sky that's distracting, really, there's too much of it in the initial shot.

Your cropped version shows a little but not too much.

13-07-2006, 06:43 PM
A better version then, would you agree?

13-07-2006, 08:24 PM
i think there's still too much bright area at the top... your eye is naturally drawn to the lighter area of a picture, but the major subject area is in the lower section of the picture.

oh... and you should never have a diagonal come directly out of the corner... it just never works well. (unless you're ansel adams or something haha)

13-07-2006, 08:28 PM
My favourite is still Cara's crop. Nice going.

13-07-2006, 08:39 PM
Technically not great, but I like it

13-07-2006, 09:01 PM
Some random pictures of fences and houses and doors and stuff to follow, the river + scenery didn't look particularly special today.

13-07-2006, 09:04 PM
Dog Turd bin (for want of a better name) in black and white:

13-07-2006, 09:06 PM
A rusty lock:

13-07-2006, 09:06 PM
A jazzed up fence, made cooler by being black and white. Neat eh?

13-07-2006, 09:09 PM
A rusty lock:

Very nice use of selective depth of field. You are inspiring me to dig my camera out and make sweet love to some black and white film.

13-07-2006, 09:11 PM
Very nice use of selective depth of field. You are inspiring me to dig my camera out and make sweet love to some black and white film.

Photoshop desaturate is my friend.
Although I love the grain of Tri-X...

13-07-2006, 09:13 PM
the lock picture is great... did you crop it? you should've cropped it to the rule of thirds, make it a lot better.

the fence picture is really good too... you should employ the "diagonals are dynamic" principle to it... make it even better

uhm okay i'm done.

13-07-2006, 09:18 PM
Photoshop desaturate is my friend.
Although I love the grain of Tri-X...
I'm partial to Ilford. I need to see what I have laying about. Then I need to see where I can get some schwarz und weiss developed around here. There used to be a rental darkroom but I think the digital revolution scuttled it. :(

13-07-2006, 09:29 PM
I'm partial to Ilford. I need to see what I have laying about. Then I need to see where I can get some schwarz und weiss developed around here. There used to be a rental darkroom but I think the digital revolution scuttled it. :(

If you're an ilford fan, England is the place to be... the camera/photo lab just across the river from me loves their Ilford film.
Of course, darkrooms are easier to find here in London due to condensed population, helped by the fact that the English seem to like holding onto the traditional.

13-07-2006, 09:36 PM
The photo of the fence is mad wicked cool.

13-07-2006, 09:41 PM
The photo of the fence is mad wicked cool.

13-07-2006, 10:02 PM
Um. Take your gaseous outburts outside.

13-07-2006, 10:18 PM
QFMFT = 'Quoted for motherfucking truth'

Thanks all.

Here is an interesting photo... I adore the colours that my camera sees.
I didn't take it, I think it was Duckula.

I call it - 'Murderous Thoughts'

13-07-2006, 10:19 PM
ahhh... i love ilford film.

tho i have to say that right now i really wanna try out the new fujicolor pro 160C. i used to use fujicolor NPS exclusively for color and ilford XP2 super for black and white (C41 process). i used a variety of things for the D76 process... depended on what i needed.

anyone try the fujicolor pro 160c? let me know how it compares =D

13-07-2006, 11:55 PM
Is that last one in Frank's garden Cliff? Don't know why but it looks familiar...

13-07-2006, 11:58 PM
Is that last one in Frank's garden Cliff? Don't know why but it looks familiar...

In a way, yes. Its in me and Frank's uni student house garden.

13-07-2006, 11:59 PM
Oh right. I've not been stalking you or anything *ahem*.

Sorry, just looked like Frank's parents' place. Dunno why.

To be fair there isn't much garden in it and the garden furniture is pretty generic.

Still, don't know why but it looks familiar...yet I've never been to Soton. Weird.

14-07-2006, 02:45 AM
oi cliff... i think i like the fence one better in color. great "golden hour" light... when did you take it? looks to be just before sunset

14-07-2006, 06:47 AM
oi cliff... i think i like the fence one better in color. great "golden hour" light... when did you take it? looks to be just before sunset

You mean this? Was taken 15 minutes before sunset.

14-07-2006, 06:48 AM
arrr... indeed. tis the one. =D

14-07-2006, 07:45 AM
I'm with Cara, the colour one is better. Like all good photographs it has that "painting" quality to it. From a certain angle and distance it looks like a Photorealistic painting.

14-07-2006, 08:26 AM
I like my photos to have a photographic feel to them... err

I know what you mean though, colours etc which seem almost unreal.

14-07-2006, 12:45 PM
QFMFT = 'Quoted for motherfucking truth'
Yeah...the site wouldn't let me just QFT. Not enough letters. However, I think the "motherfucking" was appropriate.

16-07-2006, 11:19 PM
Right some more photos for comments and critique.

Some boring flowers, went for sharpness.

The side of the speed freak road.

Your typical English postbox.

17-07-2006, 11:21 AM
Oooh i love the fence pics <3


22-07-2006, 11:52 PM
Some more:




The following kindly improved by Cara:



23-07-2006, 08:54 AM
Comments on the photograph of the boats tied to the pier.

Negative Guys. The first image (original) is the best. It is a vertical shot. Your eye moves from the foreground toward the back and travels around the staircase, a really nice spiral effect. Also, the depth of field is fantastic. Obviously an f22 with a very fast shutter.

Remember, you want to divide your image with a tic-tac-toe playing field and the important parts of your image where those lines cross. There are some modifications for some more 'artistic' photographers, but they rarely work. This shot actually hits three of the four tic-tac-toe corners. Unfortunately, that building in the distance is boring. If you were printing this photograph yourself (or having a professional lab do it,) you could ask them to bring out the trees and lighten the building so it added a 3d effect where your eyes finally come to rest.

The depth of field on such a long shot makes this spectacular. Ansel Adams is famous for his depth of field, of course he used an 8 by 10 camera and invented the famous f45 school of Photography. This type of image is almost impossible to get with less than a 4by5 camera. "You Done Good!"

The tic-tac-toe thing is the reason the first series of flowers doesn't work as well. The flowers need to be able to 'breathe.' They need to have a context. Shots like this are great for a seed catalog, but don't do well if you want 'pretty.'

24-07-2006, 03:06 AM
I'll take your advice under consideration :)

The London International Car Show is being held at the moment, and I went to perve over pretty cars. Here are some photos:





There are sharper, better exposed, and more colourful pictures, but I've yet to upload them, and I need to sleep right now.

24-07-2006, 09:00 AM
Nice. I went to that a few years ago but I don't live as close to Earl's Court as you so I can't go every year :p. It's a great day out though, definitely. And whilst not the most technically brilliant photographs you've ever taken, those are some of the most beautiful. Probably only because I love the subject matter.

24-07-2006, 09:33 AM
It was held in the Excel Centre near Canary Wharf. HUGE venue.
Some of my better taken photos are of lesser cars, I think I'll post photos of supercars first and foremost, as those are the ones people are interested in.

24-07-2006, 09:47 AM
Yeah, fair enough. I'd love to see the others.

Excel Centre? I've never been but I've heard it's lovely. I went to the International Motor Show years ago when it was still at Earl's Court, so I assumed...but you know what they say about assuming ;)

24-07-2006, 10:24 AM
I used to own a 1961 Anglia Panel Truck (originally imported to be a pizza wagon.) What do they look like now? I think they only imported five of them. I lost the resonator and replaced it with a motorcycle megaphone muffler... Sounded like a very angry wasp going down the highway. :)

Thats all great, but I don't see how that has anything to do with this car show. The majority of cars shown were current year models, next year models, supercars, and concept cars. No trucks to be seen. (unless you consider a Hummer a truck)

15-09-2006, 10:34 PM

It is an update, but I've discovered a far better way of converting digital images to B&W. And it looks better.

The boats again:

15-09-2006, 10:38 PM
And another favourite - that darned fence:

The black and whites now have character.
Wait till I work out how to make it look like TriX

15-09-2006, 10:48 PM
And a new one of a rather interesting wall near my house:

This one is far better in B&W than it is in colour.

19-09-2006, 03:02 AM
You got some really nice photos here. I guess i'll have to go to England when I get mine, haha.

03-02-2007, 08:35 PM
I'm not sure why the pictures aren't coming up...

But here are some new ones from Winchester cathedral:

03-02-2007, 08:36 PM
And a couple more:

03-02-2007, 08:36 PM
And one more:

03-02-2007, 09:31 PM
Wow!!!!!! It's Beautiful!!!!!!:icon_eek:

03-02-2007, 10:40 PM
No kidding, those are amazing, cliffy :)

New camera?

04-02-2007, 10:51 PM
I like the Red shoe's one and the last one the best. Can't really explain why... Good job.

So do I actually. Though I like the cathedral ones, the other two seem more precious, shots that don't usually get taken.

And Mandy, its the same camera as I took the spinning foot picture, it was a late christmas present to myself for having had to get rid of my DSLR

04-02-2007, 10:57 PM
Wow, it's still amazing :)

I love your photos! take more.

05-02-2007, 03:41 PM
A couple more, critique welcome :)









05-02-2007, 04:56 PM
I especially like the black and white of the chair.
The first one needs a bit more light in the dark area, because it just kind of registers as dead. I'd like a little more detail there.
The stuff in the cathedral is very good. I'd love to see them in black and white...but then, I just love black and white, like a fat kid love cake.

05-02-2007, 10:36 PM
Ask and ye shalt receive

06-02-2007, 02:27 PM
God? Is...that you?

20-06-2007, 11:43 PM
Some new photos after absence:

Mostly Paris:

20-06-2007, 11:45 PM
Some more from Paris:

23-01-2008, 09:41 AM
And after another long break:

Some zoo pics, and one from a trip to the Isle of Wight:

23-01-2008, 09:42 AM
a couple more:

23-01-2008, 10:59 AM

I like the Isle of Wight one, it's very atmospheric.

27-03-2008, 12:29 AM
Recent trip up to Scotland over Easter, took some pretty pictures, tell me what you think:

27-03-2008, 12:58 AM
some more:

27-03-2008, 09:15 AM
The lighting in the first two panoramic shots is really well-done, especially the first one. Compare that one the last image and you'll see it's much more alive.

All of them look pretty awesome, though. Where in Scotland did you go?

27-03-2008, 09:56 AM
Can you upload the full resolution of the landscape ones somewhere?

Want to download.

27-03-2008, 12:35 PM
What Leonie said.
I can tell the cloud cover is thicker in the later shots. Open up a stop on those and they'd be fantastic as well.
Oh, and a little fill flash on the horned beast would have opened up the shadows in his face. I used to shoot weddings...I <3 fill flash.

There is something about the second shot in the second group that makes up for the exposure though, and I think it's the composition. I think it's the smaller surface area of the water in the frame and the way it winds through it that makes that a more successful shot.

Good work...as always...you have a nice eye.

27-03-2008, 05:58 PM
The fill flash using the popup flash ain't so good, so I would have to get a external flash unit before I properly investigate that.

The 2nd one of the 2nd batch is one of my favourites because it looks and feels so atmospheric, and it captures the feel of how it looked when I took the photo.
The actual quality of the pictures are not as good as it could be, because the majority are through the window of the coach. The window of the coach was layered and treated, so I couldn't use a polariser to get rid of reflections on the glass and resolution reductions due to dirty windows.

Anyways, here are some more:

27-03-2008, 06:00 PM
...and a couple more. I'm going to do a couple of black and whites just for Hasslebrad.

27-03-2008, 11:24 PM
I really like the last two. The first one for the composition and the second one for reasons made obvious by the caption.

28-03-2008, 06:02 PM
For your pleasure:

28-03-2008, 06:04 PM
and some more:

29-03-2008, 12:20 AM
Loving the black and white. The first one has as much of an Ansel Adams feel as you can get without an 8x10" negative and adjustable standards. The street's good because of the texture. I don't mind the buildings going black because of the tonality of the bricks.

29-03-2008, 12:28 AM
In fact, on Easter Monday morning, I went to the Ansel Adams exhibition in Edinburgh to see 150 of his most famous prints from his collections.
All of the famous ones were there, it was amazing to behold. The thing is, some of his work on display, like portraits and plant studies look attainable, but some of his landscapes are just unbelievable.

It was almost worth going to edinburgh for the exhibition alone!

some more:

29-03-2008, 12:29 AM
Nice pictures:)