Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

Black Swans at Rest

10/04/2018

As I was reprocessing this, I discovered, to my dismay, that I had huge dust spots on the sensor as the shot was taken. I had not noticed because the shots were all pale and didnt show anything untoward. Thank goodness for Photoshop Fix on the iPad.

This from the same morning as the previous.

Black Swans at rest

Unedited shot for comparison

Dust spots wahhhh!

So I got out with my Pentax K5 this morning…

07/04/2018

Some decent photos, though nothing really startling. It was really foggy, early, and it seemed to me that there might be something worth shooting in the outer edges of my suburb… and there was.

I particularly liked this one, of several that I shot of yards and yards of spiderweb. It/they were all through the trees, and all over the grass. With the fog and the dew on the webs, it appealed!

Webs in the morning

The best thing about this outing? I came home and had no pain in my wrists. I’m glad I didnt sell the DSLR gear.

Milky Way

07/04/2017

Its been a while since I shot this but after watching Stargazing Live for the last 3 nights, I am feeling inspired to go out and try again.

Black Shouldered Kite

02/07/2014
Black Shouldered Kite

Black Shouldered Kite [Elanus axillaris]

Spotted this fellow (or girl) and his (or her) mate in a tree as I was slowly returning home after an abortive visit to Ash Island, which is where the protected area of Kooragang Wetlands are. There’s not much out there, its pretty soggy at the moment but I was surprised that the only birds I saw (until this) were Masked Lapwings and Black Headed Ibis, both of which are as common as mud around here.

I’ve never seen one of these birds before, although there are many different kinds of raptors on the coast… this is new to me, so I was really pleased to have captured the shot. I just adore those orange eyes!

More information about the bird can be found at Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-shouldered_kite

Been doing a bit of iPhone photography lately

19/03/2014

Sometimes, I really don’t feel inclined to take a camera with me. And sometimes, even though I take one, I still prefer to use the iPhone. Now, whereas its native camera application manages very well, I have also lately been preferring to use Hipstamatic. I was one of those who did have a square format Kodak Instamatic when I was very much younger, and I really liked it. Of course it was a single lens, single focal length camera with no way of adjusting shutter speed, aperture or ISO, all of which was done in camera. I mostly shot B&W with it, because thats what I have preferred for years but with the advent of digital photography, I went with colour (oh yes, I did have a few other film cameras in the interim!).

Hipstamatic is a brilliant little app. Where you may apply filters on your computer later, Hipstamatic will do the job for you as if you are shooting with film. In fact all the films and lenses in the app can be combined in various ways for various different effects. My favourite of all is the Jane or John lens and BlacKeys Supergrain combination. Some examples follow.

You don’t get the sharpness and execution afforded by a DSLR, or even a “serious” compact, but there is a certain something about Hipstamatic that keeps me using it.

Published :)

20/08/2013

I had intended to do a full writeup and post a lot of shots here, of a fire and firemen I photographed last week, but Steve Huff asked me to write an article relating to the camera I used (a Nikon 1 V1) and provide photographs, which I duly did.

Here’s the link to the story.

These photos are not part of the article, and there are more at my Flickr site

Morning Coffee

06/06/2013

Its always good to meet a friend for a cup of coffee and a catchup.

Morning Coffee

Morning Coffee

Fujifilm X100