Saturday, 31 August 2013

Kayleigh and Francis

Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who views my blog - I was just browsing the stats and noticed I've had over 30,000 visits!

Kayleigh had an idea for a shoot inspired by the Calvin Klein jeans adverts. Her friend Francis agreed to join the shoot.

Here are a couple of early edits.


Coloured window light

Taken inside a church with Bob's new Zeiss 135mm ZE f/2.

I liked the subtle colouring of the church bench from light coming through the stained glass.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Geoff visits the church in Abington Park

Just finding my way with IR photography. Taken on the 40D, 3 shot HDR combined in Nik Efex, blue/red channels swapped, colour temperature increased and then tweaked the blacks and foliage saturation in LR. Lens was the cheap and cheerful Samyang 8mm F3.5 Asph IF MC Fish-eye CS II.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Auvergne sunrise

This is the view from my brother-in-law's house.

Taken on the Fuji  X100s - AEB sequence combined in Nik Efex.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Infrared Gorge

This was taken with a 665nm converted 40D. Conversion was carried out by Kelvin and Jo at Protech Photographic.

I recommend them - excellent customer service - gave me good advice on which filter to go for and carried out the conversion quickly.

This shot was take with Bob Latham's Voigtlander 40mm pancake. I swapped the channels using a free third party plug-in to Photoshop Elements and then tweaked in Lightroom.

Early morning mist

Just got back from a week in France. I spotted this one on the way to the shops early one morning.

I liked the mist on the still water, the reflections and the low sunlight from the right. I've added a mild orange grad.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Kayleigh: A strong pose and a mono conversion of yesterday's.

Shot wide open with the 50mm f/1.2 for slender depth of field. I love the way this lens renders when at or near wide open!

I thought this was a strong pose and mono helps emphasize the shapes while accentuated the mood.

Here is yesterday's shot converted to mono - still can't decide which I prefer! The one above I definitely prefer in mono, but not sure one the one below!

Kayleigh on Location in Northampton

Had a quick shoot today with Kayleigh before the rain got the better of us.
Taken at f/2 on a 50mm lens to isolate Kayleigh from the background. Lighting was 580EXII mounted in a beauty dish.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Bob at Bacton

A portrait of my father-in-law. Used the Canon 70-200mm MKII at 200mm. I stopped down to f/5.6 as I wanted a reasonable depth of field at a shortish distance.

Processed in Silver Efex - full spectrum, T-Max film setting, slight vignette, and an orange filter!

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Bacton Panorama at Dawn

The lovely Fuji X100s has a panorama feature which, whilst not perfect, can give some pleasing results!

This one was taken just before 6.00am to catch the morning light.

I recommend clicking through to see it large!

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Rays at dusk

Mini review coming later, but this was taken with the Fuji x100s which is a huge advance on the original x100.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

A set of arrows....

From left to right:
Arrow with barbs to make removal difficult.
Arrow to puncture chain mail.
Arrow to hold flaming material.
Arrow to puncture plate mail.
Arrow to wound horses and encourage them to turn and gallop towards their own troups causing havoc.
Processed in Colour Efex.

Bacton Groyne

30 second exposure using the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 and a Lee Big-stopper. Processed in Silver Efex.

The long exposure 'calms' the sea and gives the clouds some movement.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Castle Acre Castle, Norfolk

First post after a short hiatus - got a good internet connection now! (On holiday for a couple of weeks - first property had no internet!)

Taken with the super-sharp 24-70II and the 1DsIII - series of 3 shots combined in Photomatix.