Archive for January, 2010

Things that go BUMP in the night

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

As part of the on going shutterbug this months topic was “Things that go BUMP in the night”. My attempt for this month, loosely based on the famous scene in the Psycho movie.


100mm Macro, f2.8, 1/400 sec, ISO 100
Flash low left parallel with shower head, eTTL power.
Bit of a tweak on curves and grayscale conversion in Photoshop.


See below for more details on this one.


10mm, 1/15 sec, f6, ISO 100
One flash against back wall, red gel. One flash above camera no gel. eTTL balance 2:1on red flash.
Triggered with timer.
Simple PP, gray scale conversion with mask to allow red through.


100mm Macro, f5.6, 1/640sec, ISO-100
Simple PP, gray scale conversion with mask to allow red through.

Okay more detail as promised :-

First EXIF data :-
10mm, 1/3 sec, f5, ISO 100
One flash out of door camera left, snoot, 105mm zoom, red gel.
One flash above camera no gel, 24mm zoom.
Controlled in eTTL with STE-2 controller and balance 2:1 on red flash.
Triggered with cable release.
Simple PP, gray scale conversion with mask to allow red through.

This is the lay out, flash power was then balanced to control the ratio.

This is shot looking through the door, camera and flash in the shower cubicle.

This is the red flash, there is a foot long 3 inch neoprene tube on the flash head which turns it into a spot light, hence the small red not a mass scattering

Things I’d change :-
  Use a model, much simpler and makes chimping the LCD easier.
  Use a flat, ironed sheet not shower curtain. Give much better shadows.
  Have a purpose built set with more room (if only!). Really struggled with lack of space, particularly with the one in the shower. The further the flash to object distance the better the shadows.

If anybody whats to know anything, leave a comment or drop me an email.

Cheers,
Richard B.

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Whales

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Still clearing some of the back catalogue. While these are not quite underwater but still marine shots. They are humpbacks off the coast of Sydey Australia in September.

and my favourite, a motor drive sequence

EXIF
Canon 350D
Canon 28-300 IS L at 250-300mm
Shutter Priority
1/2000 sec (Moving subjects and moving boat)
about f5.6
ev -1.33
ISO 200
Motor drive :-)

Cheers,
Richard B.

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Shuterbugs Dubai

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Trying to keep my creative juices going as well as continuing to hone my photo skills a group of freinds have been setting our selves mothly topics.
Here are some of the back catalogue.

SAND

MOVEMENT

LIGHT

Cheers,
Richard B.

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Wild Oryx

Monday, January 4th, 2010

During a recent drive into the desert of Dubai we were lucky enough to see some wild Arabian Oryx.

EXIF
Canon 350D
Sigma 170-500mm at 500mm
1/2000 sec (lucky for lots of desert sun)
f5.6 wide open for this lens
ISO 200 to keep shutter speed high
No significant PP and no crops, hence 500mm.

And yes it is me in the last photo, they may have horns but not big teeth so get close.
It’s typical that when you get to see something like this you’ve lent your long lens out ! Easy I just stole it and the body it was attached to back.

Cheers,
Richard B.

Night time

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

As part of a photo project with freinds “Shutterbug Dubai” shot a few slow night shots.
Hope you like.


EXIF
Canon 350D (Santa PLEASE help !)
Sigma 10-20mm
Av Mode, f22 min, about 13 sec.
-1/3 EV
ISO 100
Normal WB

EXIF
Canon 350D (Santa PLEASE help !)
Canon 28-300 IS L
Av Mode, f22 min, about 8 sec.
-1/3 EV
ISO 100
Custom manual WB, shot the "white" off the track sides then tweaked in camera.

There has been some photoshop in these but not much by my standards ;-)
A sort of manual HDR composite.

These are Shiek Zhaid Road, Marina area in Dubai.

Cheers,
Richard B.