Friday, 2 October 2015


Day 106 - Photograph Diagonal or Vertical lines

We went into Katikati today to check out the Art and Mural Festival, and while we were walking around, we came across this.

We did wonder what would make someone create something like this in town . . .


D810 with nifty fifty at f2.8 and 1/640 at ISO 64.

I give you Diagonal, vertical and horizontal lines:

Until tomorrow

Thursday, 1 October 2015


Day 105 - Photograph Texture

Well I could rattle on for ages about texture, and how it's recurring theme, or I could just share exif data and the image with you.


D810 with nifty 50, ISO 64, 1/6400sec, f1.8. Usual curves and sharpening post.

I give you texture:

Until tomorrow

Wednesday, 30 September 2015


Day 104 - Photograph Colour

Colour - hmmm. We had some very colourful nasturtiums for tea last night - but there are no more in the garden today.

Today I went to Tauranga again, to pick up something to study for my photography (more later ;) ). While there, I saw something that was truely colourful. So today, I give you colour:

Taken with the D810 and nifty fifty 50mm f1.8, at f2.8 and 1/125 sec. I forgot to set my WB, so in post changed it to daylight K5500, and did my usual triple curves adjustments and some post sharpening.


Until tomorrow

Tuesday, 29 September 2015


Day 103 - Photograph Light and shadow

LOL - again, today, I have gone out with my D200IR camera and the Helinon 135mm f2.8 lens.

This lens is totally manual. It does not have a chip in it at all, so the camera has no idea what it is that you have just shoved in front of the sensor. I have to set the aperture manually - like in the old days with film when you turned the ring around until the aperture was as open or closed as you wanted it.

I also nearly always shoot in full manual mode, selecting all three of the exposure triangle variables to match my artistic vision.

So I first choose my ISO - to be as low as I can, then I set my aperture, to define the depth of field (DOF) as I want it, finally I set the shutter speed. I only vary this when I need a faster shutter speed than my other setting allow, then I normally will play with the aperture a little before I resort to changing my ISO.

I love sharp images. At least, I love the part of the image that needs to be sharp, to be SHARP, and the rest to fade away into the background. DOF is an important part of my artistic expression.

The following images show light and shadow. The first has a shallow DOF, the second a wider DOF, but focused on the background, not the forground. Both were taken with the D200IR and the Helinon 135mm f2.8.

 EXIF data beneath each image.

1/500 at f2.8 ISO 100

1/100 at f8.0 ISO 100

Until tomorrow

Sunday, 27 September 2015


Day 102 - Photograph Texture

Another day of texture. Wow.

You know - I so love the drama that is created with IR photos. My D200IR is such a joy to me. I have been trialling an old Helinon 135mm 2.8 lens on it. Of course, with the crop factor, it is more like a 200mm lens, and it's age means closest focus is around 1.2m.

Because we cannot see IR light, focus is a bit of a problem. IR light does not focus on the same plane as visible light, it focus's either just behind or just in front of visible light - I am not sure which. So I have been experimenting to see where focus lies for each of my lenses. When the Helinon comes through, it comes through with flying colours.

To demonstrate, I give you texture:

Exif: 1/60sec f2.8, ISO 100

Until next time

Saturday, 26 September 2015


Day 101 - Photograph a Circle

I am a day late, I know.

Circle - its funny how I find this one such a difficult one every time.

But I remembered, I have my sewing machine out to make some stuff for my photography. (I made my own scrim, and am working on a soft box). Lots of circles on my sewing machine.


D810, Tamron 90mm 2.8 at f4.2, 1/40 sec (interesting, I thought the blur was the DOF, maybe it is the SS - what do you think?), spot metering, custom WB.

So here is a circle:

Until tomorrow

Thursday, 24 September 2015


Day 100 - Photograph a decorative object

Firstly, I want to say - WOW I made it to day 100! I am nearly one third of the way through this challenge. Yes, there have been a couple of days I have been unable to take a photo due to health issues, but I have caught up again by doubling up another day.

100 days of photographing something every day.

I initially started this challenge thinking it would be a fantastic way to get to know my new camera. Little did I know what way my life would take me.

Today I have been processing some of the images that I took yesterday. It is a great learning process. In post, I learn what I need to do better behind the camera. I love photography - there is always something new to learn!

So, back to today's challenge, a decorative object. I  finally decided on something that I think is beautiful, but unfortunately broken again.

D810 with Tamron 90mm 2.8 at f8 and 1/60 sec; ISO 1000, spot metering, custom WB.

And here it is:

Until tomorrow, when we photograph a circle