Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Just a quick post today. I recently went to London with Mum, Dad and Henry for Henry's birthday surprise, which was a lovely outing! I managed to shoot 4 rolls of film, and around 100 frames on my 7D. I found that I could 'see' more photos when shooting film, than I could when shooting digitally. I will hopefully get the film developed by the end of this week, so keep looking!
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Its been quite sunny in Milton Keynes recently so a couple of days ago, I decided to head out into the countryside around Milton Keynes to see what I could find. I took my 5x4 and a couple of sheets of film loaded into a dark slide. I knew that there are oilseed rape fields nearby, and I knew that the colours will be nice and saturated on the Velvia 100 I used. I took me a while to find a suitable place to stop and setup my tripod, in the end I had to go through a gap in the bushes and place my tripod through a fence which was rather had to work the camera! I also managed to shoot another panorama further up the road, but the file is too big, but you can see it here. This is a stitch of 6 portrait orientated images, overlapping by 30%-40%. This is to make it easier for the software to stitch the photos together.
I am hopefully going to be able to shoot some more soon, and i'll share the results with you. I am also going to London with the family for Henry's 21'st birthday day out. I might be able to get a few shots there too. That's all for now!
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Today I went out with my camera's to see what I would find. I looked at the map, and chose an area that I thought would be interesting and headed off. The weather was perfect today; it wasn't too cold, some sun, but also excellent, well defined clouds. I took this opportunity to try out my 5x4 camera again. Just as I put the camera on the tripod, the rain started to come down. The rain the was very light to begin with, so I didn't see it as a problem, and carried on shooting. Then, as I started to work out my exposure, the heavens opened, and it started pouring down. I had to rush my light metering, so i'm not sure if its 100% correct, but hey ho, we shall see. I shall post the results when have them developed.
I have really gotten into panorama's lately, I tend to shoot one every time I go out. I mainly use wide angle lenses for landscapes. This is fine 90% of the time, but sometimes, you just cut get wide enough, and if you go too wide, then you get lots of distortion, and things start to look strange. I like how panorama's create and natural looking wide angle effect. I normally shoot my panorama's in portrait orientation, and overlap by 30-40%. When the photos are put through Photoshop, the software can easily stick the photos together.
Sunday, 1 April 2012
Apologies for my severe lack of posts recently, I have been incredibly busy with college work deadlines and such, so I have been unable to go out and work on personal projects. As I am now at home, I thought I would take the opportunity to have a few days to relax and chill out. As I also had access to a car, I thought I would drive out into the country and photograph somewhere a bit further afield.
I have bought a new camera too, so this was an ideal time to try it out in the field (no pun intended). The camera I have bought is a 5X4 view camera, an example of which can be found here. I have been shooting on Fuji Velvia colour transparency, which is an amazing film, although rather expensive.
The photo you see above is a digital shot, I won't be able to develop the film until I get back to uni after Easter, but I will be sure to share the results with you. I also shot a panorama at another location just up the road. Unfortunately I couldn't upload the photo here because the file was too big, but you can see it here. For the most part, i am very happy with the results, of today's shoot, but there is just one part of the panorama that bugs me. I didn't use a strong enough filter in the shots to the right of the picture, so the sky is blown out. I feel that this really draws my eye to this part of the image.
I think I will go back and re shoot this panorama at some point. I hope to have a lot of photos to share with you over the coming weeks.