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Being a bit of an amateur naturalist I know that look. It says:
"Hell I hate that noise, if I had fingers they'd be firmly planted in my ears. But worms not having ears love good, good, good, good vibrations (I normally live amongst the surf) and will be up shortly. The things I have to go through to get a feed."
I assume you can see that expression now I've explained it?
I bow to your superior knowledge of gull expressions, Reg!
TFIF indeed. Has been one of those weeks!
Was at a wedding on Saturday. I always thought being a wedding photographer must be nerve-wracking. I mean, I hate playing wedding gigs for that reason - imagine the pressure if you were the photographer! But this lot had it sussed - there were six photographers, although one was doing the video and was operating a massive crane like contraption with the camera hooked on the end that hovered over all the various proceedings and that looked only slightly smaller than the stuff Spielberg employed in Jaws. But six photographers! Most of them had a couple of Canon DSLR's hung over their shoulders. That was a lot of photos and even had a SD card failed there would have been plenty of coverage. Plus they wore jeans and T-shirts and baseball caps... seriously! Very relaxed. Not like me when i do a wedding gig.
When Mrs J and I got married I supplied the nephews with DSLR's and had them take the pictures. I also asked the guests for copies of their photographs and from that lot built up a great wedding album.
I've done the odd wedding. It's stressful and you definitely need a big personality. I'd do it for a living if my health was better, but it's such hard work and takes a whole week to do it properly.
Long time no see, everybody! This thread's got some good stuff on it, and good advice throughout, too.
A few recent ones from me:
Is that an astronaut reflected in your cat's eye??!!Good photos - all nice and sharp. An area I still struggle with.I've just put my GF1 on eBay. They're great cameras and the handling is nice but I really can't get on without a viewfinder. I actually bought it for the 20mm f1.7 lens that it came with and am selling now the body only - so will get pence for it. But I simply don't use it. Instead I've been focussing (excuse the pun) on the G3. Same make, just a generation newer (although already a couple of generations old), but with a viewfinder!. It'll do for me as I try and get to grips with becoming a little more proficient. I've now got three lenses for the G3 - the aforementioned 20mm 1.7, the kit 14-42 zoom that came with the G3, and a 45-200mm zoom that I recently bought used. That should just about cover the bases for the time being.
I still also have the borrowed Nikon 5100 with the 18-55 kit lens and a Tamron 70-300.
I'm tending to favour the little Panasonic because it's smaller and lighter and, with the 20mm onboard, I can hang it round my neck whilst walking the dog or stick it in the pannier whilst riding the bike. I did an image comparison between the two cameras and couldn't really tell the difference so quality-wise not much difference between them. All that said, the DSLR has a lovely chunky feel to it and the viewfinder's lovely and I'm impressed with Nikon Liveview, so I'm determined to use that one a fair bit, too. I wouldn't mind a macro lens for the Nikon but they don't come cheap. The one I have in mind (105mm) cost a third as much again as my Martin guitar did!I wouldn't mind doing a course or getting some training on this photography lark. I have some books...but I don't seem to be improving. Srange that, I have some guitar books, too...
Wondered where you had got to Sticky. Nice pictures. Definitely looks like an astronaut to me.
I thought it was the cow that jumped over the moon, not the cat?
Thanks chaps. I've been in and out of Riyadh almost constantly for the last 8 weeks so internet time has been somewhat curtailed!
Little Izzy (that's the cat!) was a rescue we fostered for a few weeks. Lovely little furry but only about 20% sight in her one "good" eye, poor thing. We'd have kept her but our younger one was terrified of her, and she couldn't cope with being jumped on by either of our 2 without seeing her attacker!
Camera-wise I'm using a Canon D650 with the 18-55 IS II kit lens. It's actually not the standard kit lens out here in the desert but I got one for 50 quid - still a better buy IMO than any of the upgrades available.
The trick I've always found with focusing is to rely on the camera as little as possible. I use mine in auto, but always with spot focusing, so I decide what's in focus and the camera just works out how to set the lens for that.
For editing I'm using Lightroom on Mac. I liked it on PC but combined with the lovely Mac screen it's a pleasure to use. Not particularly cheap, but phenomenally powerful - I print quite a lot to put up around the house so it's saves art cost
Here's a couple from today's lunchtime stroll with Alfie the dog. I've been trying to get to grips with blurring the background. Hence two out of three of these.
re. the last one, I spotted the yellow flowers against the blue gate and thought it might work. Being the observant kind I never even realised there was a bee in the shot until I downloaded the photograph.
Derek, you are defintely getting to grips with the depth of field - looking good. Was the roofline shot taken with a telephoto?
Thanks Reg. Yes the roofs (rooves?) was taken with the 45-200 zoom. It flattens the perspectives (he says, like he knows) which I kind of like. That was, of course, an accident. I just liked the shapes as I walked by.
I thought that was the case with the long lens - it is quite a distinctive effect.
Hope nobody was looking out their window at the time and was thinking there was a Peeping Tom in the area!
The peeping tom thing did cross my mind, Reg. I'm not yet very comfortable with pointing the camera at strangers or other people's houses / cars / things.
As well as the common sense of decency, there's a few legalities as well.
If you ask someone to pose, but don't get a model release form signed, the person posing for the shots owns the copyright of the pictures. If you don't ask them to pose and it's a just a record shot then it's your copyright. .
Not a lot of people know that!
Can be a bit of a minefield if you enter comps where you might have to prove copyright.
All stuff covered by my City and Guilds course years ago - you were mentioning getting a course. I did my C&G by evening class at a local college. It was good fun with a mixture of theory and practicals including field trips. It culminated in a project of presenting a two part portfolio on a linked theme. One part was photographic appreciation based on your theme by providing a commentary on stuff in the public domain (clipping pics from magazines etc) and the other a portfolio of your own shots utilising the same theme. My theme was "Capturing Motion in Still Photography". Not sure if it'll still be the same sort of format, but I assume these days it's all geared up to digital processing whereas it was film when I did mine - a lot more emphasis on getting it right first time when you press the button, not least because the limitation of 36 shots on a film - no press the button to reel off a virtual stop motion video of wildlife like we can do these days.
In fact I think my Photography C&G is the best grade I ever got in any sort of formal qualification. Certainly a damn sight better than my half "A" Level I left school at 18 with!
A brilliant set of photographs. Observant or not you obviously have a good eye for the artistic.
Jocko, my highest educational achievement is actually an art A-level (I failed all the others). I do still really enjoy looking at art - a good painting or drawing or sculpture. None of this modern malarkey, mind you. I love the old masters, Rembrandt and Vermeer and so on. If ever I'm in London with work (i.e. on my own without the family) and I have some time to kill I do like to nip into the National Gallery. I still like to do the occasional drawing, too, but I seldom have time to do it properly. Maybe when I retire...
One from last night:
Great stuff guys. All this selective focus is giving me some ideas to try.
Some great pics on this thread, cheers guys. I love how looking at peoples photography kind of allows one to see through their eyes in a way. Or something - it's all good anyhow!
One from this lunchtime:
Hoping to do an evening course at my old school this year - I've emailed them about availability. Fingers crossed. It'll be three lots of ten weeks to coincide with school terms. Might even end up knowing what I'm doing!
Beautiful photograph. I had a mate specialised in bird photography and that is as good as any he took.
I just spent an hour trying to identify this cruise ship, photographed at Rosyth, last Saturday morning. Eventually identified it as the "Ocean Princess".
Bet there's some cracking photo opportunities down towards where that ship's berthed, Jocko. I keep meaning to take a cycle ride down to Sharpness docks (tiny in comparison to Rosyth). Went down there once on the bikes but forgot my camera. And then there's Avonmouth, too. Whenever I drive by there on the M5 I look across at all the cranes and container storage depots and the ships and think I ought to investigate.
The photographs I got were from quite a distance. I had stopped to take photos of the progress of the new Forth Crossing. I did get this shot of HMS Queen Elizabeth though.
Here is a shot of the Queensferry Crossing. The towers have now reached the deck height and I was surprised when I realised the deck of the new bridge will be higher than the current road bridge.
Here is an interesting shot of the original road bridge, taken a few years ago.
Love that second shot, with all the lights. Great job. Here's today's effort from me, taken whilst out on the bike this evening. The weird thing here was the low sun meant that all I could see in the viewfinder was dark silhouettes, yet when I took the photo this is what came out:
Love that one Derek! Nice composition, and you really capture the feel of the location, if that's not too pretentious of me! Always enjoy your outdoor scenes too Jocko, really good stuff. .