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  • Iím looking at you by craggwildlifephotography

    The alternative title could've been "The nuts are at the other end of the camera, stupid" Wink Ta muchly for uploading it.
    • 23 Jan 2021 7:20PM
  • Landing Angels by CraigBill

    This is one shot that proves that serious planning and thoughtful post-processing can be rewarded with spectacular results.
    • 27 Sep 2020 10:59AM
  • Wastwater Mist by BobShaw

    The lake shots are all good, but the mist makes this one particular atmospheric Wink
    • 27 Oct 2019 9:58PM
  • Steam Cleaning by Ian-Jones

    Thanks everyone for the comments and clicks., and yes Kako, that was the foul weather consolation shot Wink
    • 27 Jul 2019 9:15PM
  • Apache Longbow No 2 by nealie

    NIce capture, but the real prize goes for getting a place at crowd centre Wink
    • 24 Jul 2019 7:38PM
  • Grandscape by CraigBill

    Congrats. You've made the spectacular interesting - no mean feat in that complicated landscape.

    • 28 Dec 2018 11:29AM
  • Star Spangled Partner by Ian-Jones

    A belated thank you everyone for your clicks and comments.
    • 8 Oct 2018 9:17PM
  • Posted on: Why You Should Always 'Try Before You Buy'

    Hi Andrew. I agree the kit egrogomics make a massive difference, and I'm no lover of touchscreens either, but like with the Leica you could fight it or go with it. When I (re)started photography in 2001 I read the EXIF/kit list of photos I liked and reasoned if that's what was needed to take the shot, that's what you got (if you could afford it). That philosophy informed my choices when I went digital in 2007. It had to be full-frame to continue taking landscape and architecture pictures, but boy was the Canon 5D much heavier and bulkier than my Pentax 35mm FSLR's. I haven't got big hands either, but had to learn to live with grips etc on the 5D (1-4) and the even bigger 1DS3 and 1DX tanks Wink.

    The move to even bigger cameras was forced by giving airhow photography a go. This is where try before you buy, or more accurately hire when you can't afford it, made it possible Wink. I hired my first big prime (500mm) in 2010, and a pro body plus lens the next year. Since then, the number of companies hiring out camera bodies and lenses has grown, as has the range of kit on offer, and in some cases the hire prices have dropped in real terms. Unfortunately, that kit is semi-pro or pro, so not helpful if people want to try out prosumer models.

    However, the camera shops will still allow you to leave the shop to get a few test shots. Not so long ago, I was PXing a 5DIV for a 1DX at Camera World and swanned off with the 1DX for 30 mins. The guy didn't bat an eyelid, but then I had left the 5D and the rest of my gear in the shop so he didn't need a deposit Wink All you've got to do is ask...
    • 27 Feb 2022 1:18PM
  • Posted on: A - Z Of Light Trail Photography Tips

    Low light photography in general, and traffic trails in particular, can be spectacular. In 2001, I read Lee Frost's Night and Low Light Photography and decided to give it a go. After a few underexposed/overexposed and blurry shots, it occured to me that low light images were esentially wide-angled landscape pictures taken under extreme conditions.

    Apertures for wide-angle landscapes start at F11, and apetures are commonly F14 or more. The narrower the apeture, the higher the depth of field, and the greater the chance you'll have everything sharp front to back over long distances (it's typically miles from the foreground to the horizon). Happily, the narrower the apeture, the longer the exposure time.

    Traffic trail shots are also similar to taking long exposures of waterfalls. The lower the flow, the longer the exposure you'll need. You could need a 90s exposure to get good traffic trails on major roads or motorways because traffic flow is often less than you'd think. During rush hour suburban/urban traffic volumes are higher, so a 30s exposure will do. However, the lights of stationary vehicles will be overexposed at junctions. If you take the picture from long distance this might not be an issue, but the closer you are to the road, the bigger the problem could be.

    When you're taking long exposures turn off any lens/camera image stabilisation. IS compensates for operator shake by making small movements of the lens/camera so that on average the image sensor will be static. If the camera is still, IS will blur the image during a long exposure. Using a tripod is the best way to make sure the camera is still. Monopods are designed to cut down movement when taking high shutter speed images e.g. sports/action shots, and they're tricky to keep still when taking longer exposures. If you don't have a pod with you, put your camera on a wall and/or your camera bag. You can level your camera by using coins, credit cards, or anything else you've got handy Wink

    After a tripod, the most useful piece of kit for taking long exposures is a remote release cable. If you use an RRC, you don't press the shutter button, so you don't introduce camera shake. If you haven't got an RRC, you can use the camera self-timer, but use the longest self-timer setting. The longer the time between pressing the shutter button and the shutter being opened, the more likely it is that your camera will have stopped shaking.

    You absolutely need an RRC if you take a picture with the bulb setting (it's a manual function and pressing the shutter button twice to open and close the shutter would shake the camera too much), but you only need the bulb setting for exposures longer than 30s (the longest auto-exposure setting on almost all cameras). However, manually exposing digital cameras for more than 30s has one big disadvantage. After between 60 and 90s, any dead pixels on the camera sensor will show up on the final image as red, blue, or green splodges. You can photoshop these out, but you could also avoid this by merging a sequence of 30s exposures. Many really long exposure digital images such as those including star trails, are multiple 30s exposures merged into one.

    These points apply to DSLR's, so if your prosumer camera/smart phone take images your happy with without all that faff, use them Smile If you aren't happy with the results, then you get/do what you need to, to get the shot. However, you don't have to buy the best to get pleasing results.
    • 25 Oct 2020 3:22PM

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  • Posted on BobShaw's profile

    Hi Bob. You've got some really nice stuff here, very much in the style of Colin Prior. More power to your elbow sir Smile
    • 30 May 2015 9:38PM
  • Posted on NDODS's profile

    Hi Nathan. Love the Cartier Bresson quote & the way you've spotted the interest in the mundane. Keep on snapping fella.

    • 19 Sep 2014 9:37AM
  • Posted on BURNBLUE's profile

    You've got a seriously good portfolio here. This has got be the result of connecting with the people you've photographed. Hats off to you matey.

    • 17 Aug 2013 8:20PM
  • Posted on MarkBroughton's profile

    Hi Mark. You've got some seriously good stuff here Wink

    • 11 Aug 2013 6:32PM
  • Posted on MrsS's profile

    You've some really great images here Mrs S. More power to your elbow Smile

    • 10 Aug 2013 4:36PM
  • Posted on csurry's profile

    There's some really great and original stuff here Cheryl.
    • 1 Aug 2013 10:09PM
  • Posted on clintnewsham's profile

    Really imaginative stuff, beautifully produced.

    • 1 Aug 2013 9:29PM
  • Posted on woodlark's profile

    There's loads of really neatly spotted and captured candids here. Hats of to you Smile

    • 18 Jun 2013 9:04PM
  • Posted on Tynnwrlluniau's profile

    You've got some really tidy landscapes Alun. Lovely stuff.

    • 15 Jun 2013 10:53PM
  • Posted on Brian_Scott's profile

    There's some cracking shots here Brian. More power to your elbow.

    • 10 Nov 2012 9:58PM
  • Posted on mattw's profile

    Great portfolio. Good compositions and, I don't how you did it, but you brought the warmth of Velvia to digital landscapes.
    • 28 Jul 2012 1:06PM
  • Posted on Cor's profile

    A thought provokiing portfolio of photography as art, art as photography, with a nod to the 17c old masters. Very enjoyable.
    • 19 Jul 2012 1:25PM

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