NEW YEAR – NEW PROFILE!

New Year – NEW PROFILE!

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Learn – Improve – Enjoy!

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The Nissan X-Trail

Nissan X-Trail.

Photographed today. for a commercial client.  Good photography sells cars.

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Fujifilm X-T3 F=53mm f/11 @ 1/60th sec on ISO1600.

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Templemore Baths, Belfast

Here’s a building that’s been part of the East Belfast community since 1893.  It was originally built to facilitate hygiene requirements by the City Corporation, for many of the houses in the terraced streets around the building had only outside toilets, and no bathrooms.  So, the council built the public baths…

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I have passed the building on many, many occasions, but rarely can it be found without cars parked along the front during the daylight hours.  (It sits just off the new ‘Glider’ bus  route along the Albertbridge Road, so I suppose that people park there and ride the Glider into the city centre.)   Today as I passed it was clear, and I just happened to have a camera or two in the car! Continue reading Templemore Baths, Belfast

Stormy Newcastle, Co.Down

What a wind!

Newcastle Co.Down is a favourite of mine, with it’s beautiful setting; the scenery that inspired Percy French to write his famous song, “Where the Mountains of Mourne Sweep Down to the Sea.”  He might not have found it just so inspiring today, for the wind was blowing a gale, and the seas were rough – the mountains overcast and dark.

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In this image I was trying to show the darkness of the mountains against the stormy sea.  Shot in Acros Black and White, F=18mm, f/16 @ 1/40th sec ISO400

I had the Fujifilm X-T30, with a standard zoom, the 18-55mm f/2.8-4.  I love using this camera, for it’s small, but with a powerful processing engine.  For this walk I kept the camera on ISO400, with the film simulation mode set to Acros Black and White and shooting simultaneous Jpegs and RAW.

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Dead Leaf – Day 4.

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It’s getting boring now. I’m now at Day 4 with my dead leaf. This time I put a macro extension tube on the X-T30 and stuck the lens right up against the leaf. Focal length was 55mm (Macro tubes only work at the vey end of these lenses)  –

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f/8 @ 1/60th sec on ISO3200, lit by a Rotolight Neo in a light tent.

In Lightroom, I used split toning to bring out the reds in the leaf’s shadow areas, – just a tiny amount of saturation used.

I’ve got to find a new leaf soon. I’m running out of options. Either that or I need to get out and find something to photograph really soon.

That Dead Leaf Again…

So, day three of playing with a dead leaf.

(Even a cat wouldn’t play with a leaf as long as this). Today I set up the light tent, and put the leaf in it. I lit the tent with a Rotolight Neo, and used the Fujifilm X-T30. I had three objectives:
  1. To see the effect when I used the LensBaby lens,
  2. To create shadows by bringing the Rotolight down from the top of the tent tone side of the tent. (Left, so I could hold it by hand, and use the camera in my right hand)
  3. To mount the Rotolight on the camera hotshoe.

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Happy Christmas!

Christmas Eve and I’m still working…

Two commercial photoshoots today, first one was at at 8.30am in an HGV Yard, and needless to say – in the miserable, foggy wet, yucky semi darkness. I needed an ISO of 6400 on the Fujifilm X-T3 to get anything near what the client wanted.
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Fujifilm X-T3, F=34mm, f/11 @ 1/60th sec on ISO6400
Strange how all the romantic notions of being a photographer vanish when you’re standing in a puddle!
However, whatever way you spend Christmas Day, HAVE A HAPPY, BLESSED AND SAFE DAY.  Enjoy your food, your family and your photography, and hope that Santa brings you a Hasselblad!

Belfast Commercial and Family Photographer