All posts tagged: tripod

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Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: Getting Ready

This time next Tuesday I will getting ready to board a plane. I would be almost at the airport and, I no doubt, will be feeling incredibly anxious as I get ready to take my first international flight in over 20 years, and my first ever on my own. Trip the USA This week is very busy, but I don’t have a lot to report. I am spending the week getting things finished before I go and getting other things finalized. Blog The blog will be different while I’m away. I don’t want to stop doing it, but somethings I do now take a bit of time, like Monochrome Madness, so I am going to take a break from my usual routine. I will still blog, but I am going to do more a journal style and write about my trip. The laptop I will be using isn’t great for processing, I also won’t have the time to do lots of work on images, so there might be a lot of photos taken with the …

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Up for Discussion: Travel Photography

As many of you know I have a trip planned next year to go to the United States.  I will be visiting Laura Macky on the west coast and then over to New York for a week.  I am really excited about this trip, but I don’t know what gear to take, how to take it, etc, so I was talking online with Robin one day, and I know he does a fair bit of this, so I asked if he would write something for us on how to go about getting your camera gear ready for a trip.  Robin, has written for me before, well part of a post, and he also has his own blog, photographybykent. Travel Photography What to take? What to leave behind? Unless you are attending an instructor-led workshop and have been given a list of what to bring, these two questions can drive a photographer nuts when preparing for a new and unfamiliar location. This essay is the result of a very kind invitation from Leanne Cole to contribute a …

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Weekend Wanderings – Dockland Sunset

My photography friend who comes out with me often has had some problems with her foot, and we haven’t been able to go out much.  Though I dragged her to the Docklands the other night to take photos of the sun setting behind the Bolte Bridge.  I had thought it might be possible to get a nice one, as the weather the next day was predicted to be nice, warm, but nice.  So I picked her up and in we went. This is what we saw when we first got in there.  Not very promising.  Most of you know what my luck is like for getting sunrises and sunsets, I don’t get them very often.  I think both of us had that in mind.  There were lots of clouds for a sunset, but were they too thick, so to speak.  When the sun went down behind those bottom clouds, it was blocked out and you couldn’t see it.  I thought, well that’s it then, no sunset.  Then we started noticing things like this. I thought …

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Playing with Escalators

The other day when I went into Southern Cross Train Station to take photos I knew that I would play around a lot more with some of the images.  The images I showed you were just single images with a bit of quick editing done through Camera Raw.  There was so much contrast in the images that it was hard to show the station to its best potential. After watching how Trey Ratcliff does his HDR images on KelbyOne I decided that I would have to apply some of what he does to his images and see what I could come up with. I did start by doing a HDR, but it isn’t all the HDR image, and have done many other things to it as well.  It is my first attempt at doing something like this, and I’m not disappointed.  I think if you go back to the original image that I showed you on Sunday, I think I have improved it.  The question is have I done that much to it? One of the biggest …

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Weekend Wanderings – How I Take Night Photos 11 Days Before Christmas

Recently I have been getting some comments from people who are unsure about night photography.  Seems some people are not sure how to take night photos, so I asked one of them, Laura Macky, if she would like me to do a post on taking photos at night, and she said yes.  So hopefully I can help explain it. Let’s start with the equipment that you need if you want to do them properly, or expertly.  I will also tell you ways to get around some of these after this. The above image, I showed it yesterday, so please excuse the double up.  Is an image that show perfectly how to take a night photo, and the circumstances under which most night photos are taken.  The focus of the image was the tree, having people around didn’t matter, so time didn’t matter.  I could take as long as I needed to get the shot. My camera was set up on the tripod, and as I wanted the best exposure possible my ISO was right done …

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Singular Images

More from the rocks at Lorne today.  I didn’t get up early again, but have some of the images from yesterday mornings session.  I thought I would show some images that aren’t HDR images.  They are single images that have been processed in Photoshop.  I also got quite a few requests to share how I did the images. You should recognise this from yesterday, though this is just one image, the second image in the bracketed shots. I have put the exif information under the image, so you can see what it was shot at.  I use aperture priority when I shoot most of the time.  I also had the camera on a tripod and I was using a Neutral Density Filter.  I knew I would have to use whatever I could to slow down the shutter speed. I mentioned yesterday that I did some with waves, you can’t see them that well, but they are there in the distance.  The processing with HDR lost the waves, so it made sense to do it as …

Photography with Three Legs

When I first purchased my tripod, almost twenty years ago, I had no idea what I was buying, in that I had done no research, but Vanbars, a photographic shop in Carlton had some on special, they looked good, so I bought one.  I was lucky.  Really lucky.  I have never regretted that purchase and even now, I still think it is a good tripod.  It has always done what I wanted and has been a fantastic tripod. I’m not going to lie, I do want to replace it now, but not for the reasons you would think.  To extend the legs it has things that screw in and out, and as I get older my hands can’t cope with the tightening anymore.  I have trouble with tendinitis in my hands, so I put the tripod up and one leg will start sinking because I didn’t tighten it up enough.  Annoying, but that is really the only reason why I want to replace it. I have a Manfrotto tripod with a 190 base and 141RC head.  The …