Who doesn't love bokeh?! Here's a man bathing in the stuff.
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
It's been 3 years to do the day since I first had a drink out on this balcony, and while the drink in this instance is tea, the sentiment is the same.
And this was when I noticed how hard it is to light the balcony naturally – it falls mostly into shadow, and has no apparent bounce target, which made this another exercise in flash work. Manual was of course a must because of the excess of very light and very dark colour, and it was all to easy to blow out losing the natural shadows from the outside lighting.
Playing with controlled DOF at macro levels, and bounce flash illumination that doesn't cause weird catchlight – ended up having to illuminate a section of wall immediatey behind me so I would personally block the most direct reflections, and it seems to have worked. Was unable to avoid the reflection of my desk quite so easily though. That's something for next time.
Saturday, 25 July 2009
Continuing from yesterday, this was an exercise in optimal pre-focussing. Focal distance set to approximately 7.89 meters at f/11 on a 50mm lens should in principle give you 3.94 meters to infinite focus. So I did that. The harsh midday lighting made metering a nightmare, so decided to expose for the light and contrast a chunk of the picture in shadow. Also tried to keep perspective distortion to a minimum.
Friday, 24 July 2009
Today's theme is distance, scale and DOF. After having downloaded a super free application called iSee4K for the iPhone which lets me calculate DOF on the go, I thought I might apply it. So for this set-up, I calculated my height, divided it by the length of the sensor and multiplied it by the focal length of the lens to determine that I would need to stand 5 meters from the (estimated) central nodal point of the lens in order to fit in frame at a 100mm focal length, and then further calculated that at f/2.8 I would have around 20cm focus either side of me, which is more than sufficient to keep me in focus but also give the background some blurring. I then set the ISO to 50 and bounced an off-camera 580 EXii at half power off the ceiling about two-thirds of the distance from the camera to me. And it worked – hence the smug, but slightly tired look!
Wanted to shoot this at 135mm, but my house just wasn't big enough.
Thursday, 23 July 2009
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Not the exact scene I had in mind – I had the night lights in the background arranged just how I wanted them, so people walking by on the right hand side would contrast darkness on one side and the light from the koban on the other. Sadly, all too many came out like this due to the auto-focus missing. Mental note – must learn to manual focus on the go at 135mm. While holding an umbrella...
That said however, this one jumped out at me at being remarkably successful despite the subject taking centre frame. Structurally I liked how she appears to be in a spotlight flanked by darkness. Aesthetically there's a definite pathos.
Monday, 20 July 2009
Sunday, 19 July 2009
Friday, 17 July 2009
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Had something else in mind, but my mind saw it better than my camera. Luckily I was taken in by this scene on my way home. The banner and lanterns are for a festival going on in my neighbourhood this weekend. I particularly liked the way the lanterns snaked off into the distance on the right hand side, forming a triangle with the left lanterns and the banner.
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Decided to try out some macro today, with a special focus on tripoded long exposures at a narrow aperture. The ornamental part of this bottletop is about an inch high, so was shot at just under 1:1. PP also included playing whack-a-mole with sensor dust.
Monday, 13 July 2009
Sunday, 12 July 2009
Friday, 10 July 2009
About 2 minutes from my house, I'd never noticed the way that looking from the alley, the bright shopfront is half-framed by the tree and other plantlife.
Taken with a 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. Macro wasn't required, but it's also a good general lens.
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Monday, 6 July 2009
The book I'm currently reading. Apparently it won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006.
Taken with a 135mm lens at f/2.8, with off camera flash bouncing off rear wall and ceiling at full power. In order to handle f/2.8, I had to drop the ISO to 50, as I'd rather do that than use a higher ISO with less light. That would be a world gone topsy-turvy.
Saturday, 4 July 2009
Spent the afternoon at the local temple to see what I could find. Had a couple of flash projects in mind for illuminating a statue behind a wire grid, but somehow they just weren't coming out the way I wanted them.
Then this cat turned up. He was a stray with large chunks of fur missing, but I could see he wanted to model for me. His years spent on the cruel streets of Tokyo really came through in his eyes.
Friday, 3 July 2009
Thursday, 2 July 2009
Beginning with a self portrait then I guess.
Trying out some experimental off-camera fill lighting. On this occasion I used ETTL as I had the diffuser on and couldn't properly calculate the exposure value. Will focus on that in later pictures.