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Tree

As part of my ‘Film Noir’ explorations, I have been studying the bark of the threes around the joint. After seeing similar stuff shot on B&W film, I decided to go for a the same look, using pretty much the same post process as the true FN stuff. Here are teh first 12 photographs. I really need to get a proper macro lens, losing too many pixels having to crop to the desired composition due to not being able to really shoot as close as I would like unless I resort to the old D3000 + kits lens (which does not give me as many pixels to play with initially compared to my D600)

The Kissing Tree

The Kissing Tree

Old Man Tree

Old Man Tree

Tree No.1

Tree No.1

Tree No.2

Tree No.2

Tree No.4

Tree No.4

Tree No.3

Tree No.3

Tree No.5

Tree No.5

Tree No.6

Tree No.6

Tree No.7

Tree No.7

Tree No.8

Tree No.8

Tree No.9

Tree No.9

Tree No.10

Tree No.10

Where the Streets Have No Name

..well they do but who cares eh?

One thing I enjoy is a bit of street and candid photography. Just me and my massive lens and various situations bringing people into my view finder. But not just people, occasionally the surroundings are featured as in some of my earlier posts. But people are my favourite thing so I dedicate this post to the interesting (and largely attractive) people that have been trapped by my long lens.

I won’t blather on this time. I’ll just post some pics.

Swagger

“Swagger”
One of my favourite shots visually (not technically, bit fuzzy)

Blessing of the Sun

“Blessing of the Sun”

Bubble Girl 3

“Bubble Girl 3”
It was a joy to watch this young lady playing in the sun and blowing bubbles. Tried the old selective desaturation trick here.

ccc-4

Dude having a dance. He always has a dance. Dance crazy this dude.

Market Beauty 1

“Market Beauty 1”
Deliberately kept the skewed angle, seem to work better than when I straightened it.

Market Girl 2

“Market Girl 2”
Tried many variations of this, but settled on a high key-ish BW conversion. It seems to allow the feeling of bright sun and simple joy better than any of the colour versions I tried. Beautiful girl, happy moment.

Market Girl

“Market Girl”
Just thought she was interesting and gorgeous.

Market Girls

“Market Girls”
Youth, beauty, sun. Sorted.

Daggers

“Daggers” …of envy.
This was a fluke, in the right of frame of a shot I blew. Happy to salvage something from it. Seemed to me to be a cool (if accidental) study on a aged based dichotomy. I chuckle to myself and think that the older lass looks to be reaching for a that .32 revolver she keeps on hand for such an occasion.

Young Love

“Young Love”
nuff said

Untitled

No title. Just a building in Brisbane that looked cool at the angle I viewed it frim.

A New Week…

With new ideas and new inspirations.

Still working on keeping my stress levels down, something which certain entities seem hell bent on preventing.

Been experimenting, doing some landscape photography (something I don’t consider myself as much good at yet) and various post processing tricks. Also playing around with more controlled studio/still life stuff. I have received some positive feedback via my deviantart and 500px pages. I have a few more ideas that have yet to come to fruition (distracted by food and the cricket) but I will probably get around to it soon and do another post here. Meantime anyone can follow what I am doing in bulk at either of the aforementioned sites.

i decided to give my 24-70mm 2.8 Sigma another chance this week. It’s been a hassle, this lens. the lack of weather/dust proofing became an early issue since I live and photograph in a frequently dusty and usually windy area, and it was quick to get some larger dust specks between the elements. The majority of them have shifted but one is still there. Generally it does not have any effect on my photo’s that five seconds with the spot removal tool in LR won’t fix, but for some reason it effects me psychologically lol. My main gripe is it never seems to perform as well as my 50mm or my other Sigma lens, the 70-20mm DG APO OS HSM 2.8 which I rate highly now that I am used to it and it is hardly ever off my camera unless I need wider coverage. So I went landscape hunting with the 24-70mm and my Manfrotto tripod to see how it performs under strict controls to improve it’s sharpness. The landscapes at the bottom of the post (bar the black and white IR pic at the end) were made with this lens and I will admit I am more happy with the results than previously.

My favourite project for the week has been ratting out the old Praktica film SLR, giving it a bit of a clean and playing around with studio type lighting. This old camera was picked up by my uncle around 1969/70 while he was serving in Vietnam and it was passed to my father for some reason and then found it’s way into my possession. It has the full kit, flash, meter, a small aged tripod, the full hard cover, a bag and three lenses (the third not pictured as it is stashed somewhere else I think) I am not sure it still works too well. The shutter works, it loads film though the film advance lever gets stuck on occasion. Everything else seems to work but until I get it checked and run some film through it properly I can’t tell how well it works. Thhe lenses all need a bit of TLC as well.

In one photo, on the side of the long lens, you can see engraved my uncle’s army number on the tripod collar, the number is also present on most of the kit. Bit of a family heirloom then as such. Would love to get it refurbished (or at least working, I don’t care about cosmetics really) and run some decent B&W film through it. One day I’ll also get an old Nikon F series camera (or two(or more lol))

Now for some pics.

"Thistle 2" Me being arty-farty.

“Thistle 2”
Me being arty-farty.

"Tawny Grass Bird" one of the 40+ bird species we have spotted in our yard without having to leave the porch.

“Tawny Grass Bird” one of the 40+ bird species we have spotted in our yard without having to leave the porch.

Bicolour" Continually impressed by teh flexibility of my Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 lens. Anything else I own would have required a ladder for this shot.

Bicolour”
Continually impressed by the flexibility of my Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 lens. Anything else I own would have required a ladder for this shot.

"Praktica Nova" Studio practice.

“Praktica Nova”
Studio practice.

"Praktica Nova 2" Playing around with some cheap knock together studio setups.

“Praktica Nova 2”
Playing around with some cheap knock together studio setups.

"Watchtower"  So somehow I shot a landscape at f/1.8 ha ha ha. worked well after some cropping and conversion to B&W

“Watchtower”
So somehow I shot a landscape at f/1.8 ha ha ha. worked well after some cropping and conversion to B&W

"Stockyard" Practicing my landscape stuff.

“Stockyard”
Practicing my landscape stuff.

"Untitled" More practice on landscapes

“Untitled”
More practice on landscapes

"Rows IR"  Nearly crashed my car when I saw this, had to stop. IR filter applied in post.

“Rows IR”
Nearly crashed my car when I saw this, had to stop. IR filter applied in post.

So far this week

It’s been a very tough year, and with certain matters to be resolved imminently this week has simply been double plus ungood. However this has not stopped me from getting out and about and trying to do my thing. I’ve nearly finished the first video clip for one of my original songs (yes add amateur film-maker to the list of amateur things I get up to) and I was ready to upload it some where until I discovered the settings I rendered it at left me with a 35g file. Seriously? So anyway that can wait until I can can re render it and find someone’s fast broadband to leech. Photography therefore has still been my main focus. I am getting increasingly frustrated with my own lack of confidence in approaching pretty girls in regards to maybe allowing me to shoot a few portraits of them. I meet so many of them during the week and I just freeze up. I half expect them to think I am an old weirdo. I need credentials to prove otherwise but I am too fearful to start working on them. I need to do a few course if next month provides a positive outcome and I can clear my schedule and start again for the year. I have a handful of new pics to present tonight. Been varying myself of late, keeping myself sane since I am unable to shoot what I really want to shoot.

Look how freaking happy he is!

“Happy Turtle Is Happy”
Look how freaking happy he is!

Tea anyone? Just screwing around with some of my mother's miniature tea sets.

“Time For Tea”
Tea anyone? Just screwing around with some of my mother’s miniature tea sets.

A shot I have been planning for ages, just waiting on the right sky.

“Crossed Wires”
A shot I have been planning for ages, just waiting on the right sky.

A disused shop in town.

“Hardware”
A disused shop in town.

Since another planned photo was washed out I was wandering the streets when I spied this fellow keeping an eye on things.

“Sentinel”
Since another planned photo was washed out I was wandering the streets when I spied this fellow keeping an eye on things.

Willy wagtail, hard to get close to all teh tiny birds around here, the wagtails, wrens, grassbirds and cistacola's to name a few. Focla lenght not long enough yet.

“Master of all I survey”
Willy wagtail, hard to get close to all teh tiny birds around here, the wagtails, wrens, grassbirds and cistacola’s to name a few. Focal length not long enough yet.

That is about it for now. Just waiting for the tablets to kick in. If you are a beautiful young lady (or not that young either to be honest) and live in northern NSW Australia. I want your face😛

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Farm Noir # 1

Egads! Internet twice in one day!

One of my ongoing projects, and one that I can always go out and add to due to the fact I do not have to travel much further than the property I am on, is what I call my “Farm Noir” series.

This is basically a collection of normally small individual aspects picked out from around the yard, the stockyard or the fencing, really where I can find something of interest. Predominantly shot with my 50mm f/1.8 with the lens wide open. I treat the pictures first with LR and then apply some extreme black and white treatments via Silver Effex Pro 2.

If only it were occupied

“If Only It Were Occupied”
By a beautiful woman (sorry, too often the hopeless romantic in me comes out)

Fork and Spoon

“Fork and Spoon”
Some fool (my father) keeps sticking these utensils into strange places.

Wired Willy

“Wired Willy”
Willy Wagtail on fence.

Link

“Link”

Barrier

“Barrier”

The Ramp

“The Ramp”

Skull

“Skull”

Shoe 1

“Shoe 1”

Introduction

G’day

Despite the fact that I have very little internet access, to the extent that it can be weeks or months without getting much access, I have decided to make a new blog based around my photography.

I am pretty much an amateur just starting out. I recently upgraded my kit to a Nikon D600 (no sensor issues here thankfully) and a selection of lenses, 24-70mm 2.8, 70-200mm 2.8 and a 50mm 1.8 prime. Being an upgrade from a smaller older D3000 it was quite the learning curve having a more advanced camera and some decent quality glass to go with it, and making the change from using the preset modes and just pointing and shooting to using A, S or full M modes. More often than not I screw a photo up still, but getting better and better.

That’s not to say I am a great photographer, not yet. I am a half decent photographer who lets himself down with unpracticed technique. But no one ever became great without first making all the mistakes (except of course those blessed people with natural talent, whom I both love and hate simultaneously) so I will keep plodding along whilst I have the opportunity. It may be I’ll be unable to do much for a while this year due to other commitments, but that is yet to be determined. But that is another story and not one for this blog.

So enough of that.

So, photography wise what do I like. As a viewer I like most forms of photography. I do prefer portraiture, artistic nudes, landscapes, urban decay and candid and street photography. These types are also the themes I will probably try to pursue as I develop my own skills. So far I have been starting of with the street and candid photography, with a bit of hunting down old farm houses and machinery. I have also been trying to talk  to a couple local women in the hope that I may be able to use them as guinea pigs to start practicing some portrait skills.

Erin

Erin.
I have been trying to arrange a natural light photo shoot with her. Introduced via her mother, a local shop owner. She is a natural beauty. She is young and busy though so getting her at a good time has been a nightmare. This was not posed, just a snap shot taken in the door of her parents shop whilst the town was suffering a blackout. Some editing in PS and LR.

Portraiture is my main goal. I suffer from a lack of confidence both in approaching potential models and in my skills, but I do understand I need to get over it to move ahead. So I have been doing a lot of candid photgraphy, particularly at the excellent local markets etc.

This girl is the most wonderful, beautiful and vibrant young ladies I think I have ever met. And turned out to be very photogenic (well I could be biased here lol)

This girl is the most wonderful, beautiful and vibrant young ladies I think I have ever met. And turned out to be very photogenic (well I could be biased here lol)

To lovely girls at a local market.

To lovely girls at a local market.

Don't know her name, but she was having a wonderful time in the sun and made for an enticing subject

Don’t know her name, but she was having a wonderful time in the sun and made for an enticing subject

The other thing I have been doing is a bit of exploring the area and finding old stuff, and roaming around the acres around the house.

Bath tub in abandoned farm house in my local area.

Bath tub in abandoned farm house in my local area.

View of Mount Lindsay, Mount Barney and Glennie's Chair.

View of Mount Lindsay, Mount Barney and Glennie’s Chair.

Chasing the lightning.

Chasing the lightning.

Fork in post. Nuff said.

Fork in post. Nuff said.

That is about it for an introduction. Gives a brief overview of what I have been up to and where I wish to go.

Hopefully my internet remains consistent enough to keep this updated without too long between posts.

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