The Wonder Of Dance

Look at the concentration on that face! This girl is dancing with the New Zealand native “poi”.   Song and movement are mixed together; I know I couldn’t be that co-ordinated!  As they sing, they twirl the pot around and around.  How they do this without a huge tangled mess is a mystery to me 😉 Its hard to get the shot right as the light was not great and I wanted to get her face sharp but still convey  the sense of movement,     The Canon 24-105mm f4 is not the fastest lens around but still manages to...

Its Kickoff Time!

I tend to use panoramic photos when shooting landscapes.  In this picture I needed to capture the size of the field and the awesome sky towering above.  So, I took a series of portrait shots with the 24-105mm attached to my Canon 7D.   Really a pretty focal range on that lens for this shot; I think was at 40mm taking these.   Then I used Photoshop CS5 to stitch the images together, a bit of contrast adjustment with help from Color Efex Pro and we’re all done! This photo was taken just before kick-off for the South Africa v...

Over the line – try time!

Even if you know about rugby you may not know why the score or touchdown is called a “try”.   Interestingly enough it is because way back when rugby began there were no points for the touchdown.  It just meant you could “try” for the kick over the goal.  (You still get that kick after the try and its called the “conversion”). On the other hand isn’t strange that in American Football the “touchdown” is when you take the ball over the line; you don’t need to actually press it down! This shot is from the Rugby World Cup 2011...

First Dance

It’s all about capturing the moment; what else really matters when it comes to photography?  This was such a lovely moment, the first dance as husband and wife.   The wedding day can be so busy with the bridal party socializing, greeting guests and of course, getting their photograph taken!   At the end of the day, bride and groom finally get a few moments together.  Its on the dance floor with everyone watching but still you can feel quite alone as you take those few minutes to whisper words of love to each other.  Well, I’m a romantic so...

Tomorrow’s Going To Be a Great Day!

I’ve been experimenting with taking photos after sunset; exploring the shadows.   It is fascinating me that the clouds hold so much colour even after the sun has set.  You have to look really had to find these colours and that’s where Photoshop can help to “dig out the magic”.   Recently I’ve using Luminosity masking in Photoshop to adjust Levels in only the shadow areas.  Doing this can make those colours appear more saturated.   It does take a little more patience, as you need to paint back and forward, slowly building it up.   A Wacom tablet, though not mandatory...

In the Surf

I’m trying different points of view (POV) these days; getting low on close. Here I am with my tripod and a wide-angled lens attached to my Canon 7D. I hope that this creates some drama and intensity. Shutter speed is important here, too. In the sense that I wanted the shutter slow enough to have enough motion blur on the waves to convey movement. The combination of setting sun and sea give the whole scene a nice colour feel. I took quite a few shots on this day, some of them processed as black and white. Checkout my Flickr stream and...

Black Shag at Sunrise

Topaz Clean is a cool Photoshop plug-in that you can use to create a kind of painterly or art effect to an image. There way I see it the plug-in alters the edges of objects by either removing detail or turning a straight line into a wiggly one. The effect is easier to see than explain! I find it works best on nature or landscapes. When you use it on an animal with feathers or fur you can create a very interesting look. On this bird (a black shag) you can see in the feathers look more pronounced. As you might...

Find Beauty Somewhere New

I’ve recently discovered a neat little cove near where we live. It takes a little effort to get there; climbing over the rocks a through a few caves. Sometimes you have to take a few risks (dropping your gear!) to get a shot. I was climbing over rocks with a couple of cameras strapped over my shoulder, using the tripod as a walking stick. Really the only risk was wrecking my gear. Having said that I did manage to bang my head on the roof of a cave. There’s nothing like shedding a little blood for your art, right? This...

On the Road To Glenorchy

Let your imagination fly… I have to admit that this is a magical drive, a place of peace and calm. On a day like this the only sound you will hear is birds singing. So making a photo of this place is pretty easy! That said I do still think you need to let your imagination go a bit and enter into the scene to really enjoy it. This photo was taken with the simply wonderful Canon 5D Mark III; you can dig-out such colours and details from a single image. I’m shooting in what is as “RAW” which is basically...

Finding Colour In Winter

This time of year in the Southern hemisphere it can be pretty hard to find any flowers in bloom. We do have a few winter flowers here but not enough to satisfy a photographer hungry for nature! So, winter is an ideal time to visit indoor locations such as the Begonia House at the Wellington Botanical Gardens. Usually I take my 100mm macro lens on these trips but this time I stuck with the versatile 24-105mm F4. There was enough light in the glasshouse to capture the shot handheld; the macro lens needs a tripod to get a nice sharp photo. In Photoshop...