Tuesday, March 29, 2011

22/52 - Stitched

Stitched
Stitched

I got a macro lens over the weekend and decided to use it for this weeks photograph. I hadn't used a macro lens before and it took me a while to get this shot. The part of macro photography that I have taken a while get the hang of is the shallow DOF and figuring out what aperture to use (It's not easy to see the DOF on the LCD at the back of the camera). This shot was taken at f/9. Hopefully practice will make it a bit easier.

Setup shot inside.
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Portuguese Man o' War

A Portuguese Man o' War
A Portuguese Man o' War

I went up to Turimetta beach to do some photography a few months ago and found a number of Blue Bottles, also known as the Portuguese Man o' War, washed up on shore. This is not unusual for a Sydney summer but I thought I'd take advantage of the light and the fact that the beach was deserted and decided to grab a few quick shots.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

21/52 - A Bottle of Red

A Bottle of Red
A Bottle of Red 

Here's this week's entry for my Project 52. I decided to use a bottle of Shiraz and light it using a straightforward two light setup. I wanted the image to have an overall warm feel to it and I also wanted to bring out the texture of the label on the bottle.

Lighting info and setup shots after the jump.
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Observatory Hill - Sydney, Australia

Observatory Hill - Sydney, Australia
Observatory Hill - Sydney, Australia

I've been going to Observatory Hill over the last few weekends to try and photograph the Sydney Harbour bridge. I was after a couple of specific shots ( a couple of panoramas) and most of them required warm light. However one of them, the second in this post, had to be taken after sunset on a cloudy day. As a result of all of this, I had to go back to Observatory Hill on three separate weekends.

The results, after the jump.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

20/52 - Wall-e Meets Bokeh

Wall-e Meets Bokeh
Wall-e Meets Bokeh 

I decided to use Wall-e for this weeks shot too. I wanted to do something with Bokeh as I hadn't created any Bokeh for my more recent shots. This was a two light setup which took a bit of time to perfect. I suppose the fact that I didn't know exactly what I was after when I started, didn't help. I took a few different shots, each with their own lighting setup before settling for this one.

Lighting setup shots inside.
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Friday, March 11, 2011

The Trevi Fountain - Rome, Italy

The Trevi Fountain - Rome, Italy
The Trevi Fountain - Rome, Italy 

The Trevi fountain is probably the most famous fountain in the world. It was built at the termination point of an ancient aqueduct named Aqua Virgo and is named after the fact that it was built at the junction of three roads (tre vie). Legend has it that Roman technicians located a source for fresh water, about 13 km away from the city with the the help of a virgin. This scene is depicted on the facade of the fountain.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

19/52 - Wall-e on a Wire

Wall-e on a Wire
Wall-e on a Wire 

One of my friends at work had this small figure of Wall-e on his desk. I borrowed it for a few days and will use it for a couple of shots on this project. I had seen a similar photograph to this online and decided to recreate it. The lighting for this was quite straightforward and required only a single flash.

Setup shots inside.
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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Opera House and Harbour Bridge - Sydney, Australia

The Opera House and Harbour Bridge - Sydney, Australia
The Opera House and Harbour Bridge - Sydney, Australia

The weather hasn't been the best over the Australian summer and today was no exception. We woke up to another gloomy, wet day with showers forecast. From a photographic point of view, I had been waiting for one of these days to take some close ups of the Opera House with moody gray clouds in the background. I hopped on a train at around 2.00PM for the ten minute trip into the CBD and wandered down to Circular Quay.

More photographs from today's shoot, inside.
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

18/52 - A Good Read

A Good Read
A Good Read

This was a bit of a rushed shoot as I didn't get around to taking this weeks photograph over the weekend. I decided to take a photograph of a book and I wanted the final image to have a warm feel to it. Again it was a straightforward two light setup but it took a while to figure out the best position for the second light. I settled on the final image because it showed the texture of the page itself (has to be viewed large) and created subtle shadows.

Read on for lighting info and setup shots.
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