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Quiet Thursday

This last week has been so hectic and I have taken so many photos, and I have several thousand photos to process, so today, I hope you don’t mind, but I thought I would take it easy.  I went away and spent so much time going to places and taking photos, then when I got back I had people to teach and then more photos to take.  Wow, I haven’t taken this many photos for a long time.

For today’s post I thought I might just show you some photos that I took up at my mum’s place.  I really did take these at her house.  I don’t know if I told you that I got some Kenko extension tubes,  and I took them with me.  My mother has a beautiful garden, not an easy thing to have where she lives, and I thought her garden would be great for practice with the extension tubes.  I also thought it would be a good idea to post them after the Macro Up for Discussion on Tuesday. So today I am not going to say anymore, just put the photos in a gallery for you to enjoy.

Playing with the Light

A few years ago when I was studying photography one of my projects was Playing the the Light.  We could do anything we wanted, but light had to be the focus.  I loved the project and I have wanted to do it again for a long time.  I needed a very dark place, a pen light and some things to light up.  I used my hallway with all the doors closed, very cramped space, but since it was my first attempt in a while it worked.

Roses getting some Light

See what I mean?  I put the light over and around the roses.  They didn’t turn out quite as well as I hoped, I couldn’t get a very good torch.  All the torched these days are LED, and they give too much light for this.  I had to put a heap of tape over the end with a small hole in it to try and close the amount of light coming out.  I also had to be dressed in black, with gloves as well so I wouldn’t be seen.  It is pretty hot here now and not really a good thing to be doing right now.

This needs practice, I can’t lie.  I also think doing it at night would be much better. I do like how the roses have come out.

Lighting the PlumsThis bowl was purchased at the Daylesford Market and this is the first time I have used it.  The plums came from a tree that my husband rides past on his bike.  The tree is on public land, so he has been helping himself and bringing heaps home.  They are very nice.

This image has worked better, but it could have been better.  I really will have to try this again.

Teatime in the LightMy daughter helped me with this one.  When I asked her what it looked like, she said electric.  It hasn’t worked brilliantly, but it gives you an idea.  The first lot I did, all those years ago, were done on film, and I had no idea if they worked until the film came back from the lab.  The others worked better than today, but I probably need to think a lot more about what I am doing.

Klara in the LightKlara wanted some photos, so I did some. I tried doing what I did with the others, but she kept laughing and wouldn’t stay still.  We had to change, so she sat still and I shone the torch on the wall.  I had to do it quickly, otherwise it burned out.  I also had to take all the tape off the end of the torch as well.  I am going to have to do more of these, but somewhere with a better backdrop.

TiddlesThis is Tiddles, our cat, he kept jumping up on the table I was using, so we thought we would try one.  I think you can see why you shouldn’t do one with a cat.  He kept following the light and wouldn’t stay still, no matter how many times we told him not to move.

Playing like this is a lot of fun, and I would like to do a lot more of it.  I just need to get a better torch, use a bigger room, and do it at night.  Lessons learned.

I meant to tell you this yesterday, and I was in such a hurry I forgot all about it.  Apparently The River Muse is doing something on me.  I was interviewed over the internet and the article was being published on the 10th.  So if you are interested check it out The River Muse.

Awards 

I have been nominated for a few more.

One Lovely Blog Award

The Year of the Warrior

Make Believe Boutique

Leibster Award

Eric M Vogt’s Blog

2012 Blog of the Year

Orbs Delight

CLF4TOLD

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Finally, from Patricia another award,

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Congratulations on the awards and thank you so much for nominating me.  Please visit the blogs.

Experimentation on a Thursday

Today has been bad weather wise, I wasn’t sure what to do, but the one thing I did know, was that I wanted to try out the EOS 600D.  I also wanted to try some more images in the Silver Efex Pro 2, I need to use it as much as I can before the trial period ends.  Since the weather was bad, I decided to buy some roses to see what I could come up with.  I will admit, I’m not a big fan of roses, no idea why I bought them, you should do still life images of flowers you love.

I lay this down on top of the canvas that I usually use as a backdrop.  It is not black, and so I tried to make it black, but for some reason it wouldn’t really work with this image.

I don’t have a flash for the 600D, there is a built in flash, but I don’t really like the built in flashes, you can never get enough control.  I do have a couple of external flashes, but they are Nikon, so no good for these.  I decided to try taking the photo without a tripod, I had to up the ISO and I am pleasantly surprised at how good they turned out with a higher ISO.  I was also very happy with how close I could get to take the photos.  I was only about 40cm away from this.  I was using the 18-135mm lens.

Using Silver Efex I processed this image.  I played with a lot more things.  I really do like the software, it is very user friendly, though, if I had a criticism, it would be undoing something once you have done it can be a bit tricky, thank godness for the Ctrl Z command.  It undoes so many things.  I did add a filter, but it was very subtle.

Again, this was photographed with the 600D.  I had it on Aperture priority, and I started with the aperture at f5.6, but this was taken with an aperture of f7 or f8, still, zooming in gave me a very short depth of field, and the third rose is out of focus.  I haven’t decided if that bothers me or  not.  I don’t mind it.  I probably should have used my tripod, but my mouth is still bothering me some, and I was being lazy.  I did buy a lot of roses, so I might have another go later on, or tomorrow.  I would also like to take much better images so I can do more with the processing.

Again, processed with Silver Efex, and again it has been processed differently.  I like how many different things you can do.  I think if I had to try and do all this in Photoshop I would be at a loss, because I didn’t know how much is possible.

I was standing on the table to get this image.  They almost look like paper.  I don’t have a colour version of this, just the one processed in Silver Efex.  I played with many more effects in this one.  I did some vignetting to see what it would be like.  I put a heavier tone on the image.  It also has much more of an antique feel, which does seem appropriate for roses.

I am really liking this software, I’m not going to lie to you.  I am going to have to find a way to get it I think.

I have heard from Nik Software and Adrian also commented that if you register with them, or join their mailing list they also have free live training sessions and sometimes you might be able to get a 20% discount on their software.  That would be good.

Updates

I got a response from Nikon today, and found out the information I have been after, that was a relief.  It was so disappointing that they hadn’t replied before.  You understand how it is, I love Nikon and have always thought they were the best, and then when I asked for help, and then received none, well, I was disappointed.  I am so glad they have replied to me.  I know what I need to know now to help me write my online courses, so that is good.

I have approached Crumpler about a camera bag.  I was sent a response that the woman who dealt with requests like mine was away and was meant to be back last Monday.  I haven’t heard anything yet, though I am hoping that is just because she has just got back from holidays and is catching up, so will give her a little more time.

I don’t know how many of you have heard about Crumpler, it is an Australian Company, and I am pretty sure most Australians have heard of them.  They make bags of all sorts.  They give all their bags a lifetime guarantee on the stitching or maybe on the whole bag, which I think is fantastic.  If the stitching comes undone, they will just restitch it for you, I wish Lowepro did that.

I think they became famous for their courier bags, not totally sure, but if you ask anyone who has one, they all say the bags are comfortable and very durable.  I have to say, that is exactly what I am looking for in a camera bag.  I do have Crumpler camera straps, I love them and they are so comfortable.  I found the Nikon straps that came with my camera weren’t comfortable when I was carrying my camera around my neck for long periods, but the Crumpler straps are wide, padded and brilliant.

I also heard from another company that I sent an enquiry about, it was for some other HDR software called Oloneo, someone left a comment about it, and I am so sorry, I can’t remember which post or who it was to say thank you, so please, if you are reading this let me know.  They have given me some information, and I will download a free trial of it and do a review to let you know what I think about it.

It will be hard using other HDR software.  I did set up an affiliation with Photomatix Pro, so if any of you buy it using the code I would get a percentage of the software, but I don’t feel that I have to be loyal for that product.  I have a few different types of HDR software to test and try out, so it is going to be good to see what I think is best in the end.

Anyway, enough words for today.  I hope lots of you have downloaded the free trial version of Silver Efex and have been playing.  It is a lot of fun.

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