Category Archives: Still Life

Dead Leaf – Day 4.

Macro Tube Leaf

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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Burning Waste for Heat

Following all the political controversy about the ‘Renewable Heat Incentive’ and the sudden proliferation of wood burners in deserted outhouses and barns, one bold company in the manufacturing industry has decided to recycle all its own waste wood shavings, by installing a furnace to provide the heat for their factory.  In the interests of investigative photo-journalism, I took a look into it, and here’s what I found…

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Fujifilm and iPhone – Syncretism.

Yes. I agree. It’s a totally uninteresting photograph. A picture captured by a camera, sitting on a newspaper in a cafe, looking at an empty chair. ‘So what?’ I hear you exclaim, as you conclude that I’ve finally lost the plot entirely.

So, why have I posted it? Because of how it was captured. The camera is switched on, untouched. On my iphone the Fujifilm app has connected by WiFi to the camera and is showing me the image being recorded on the sensor. I can adjust the camera settings, shutter, aperture, ISO etc etc.

Also, because the camera is mirrorless it can capture images silently. No noisy mirror to move out of the way. With the focus beep switched off, and the camera set to ‘Electronic shutter’ instead of the mechanical shutter, there is no sound as it does its work. (Ideal for church interiors incidentally).

So, to a casual onlooker, the photographer is simply sitting playing with his phone.

The camera is capturing the moment

Fuchsia

Fuchsia

Who doesn’t like nice flowers – apparently this one’s a Fuchsia – although to be honest, I thought it was a honeysuckle – but then, what would I know?  But I do like bokeh – the creamier the better!  This shot was made with the Fujifilm X-T2, with a 55mm lens opened up to f/2.8.  I’ve brightened up the background a bit in post capture processing, and added a border.

 

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Fuchsia

Here’s the small print: Fujifilm X-T2. F= 55mm f/2.8 @ 1/250th sec on ISO200.

The Fun Guy!

Why did the Mushroom go to the party?  Because he’s a FUNGHI!  This little toadstool is called Gus, (Because he’s really such a fun Gus!).  Gus, or Gussy as he is known to his friends, has bravely beaten the odds and grown up to daylight between two heavy railway sleepers that form steps in our garden.  Image made with the Fujifilm X-T2, with 200 mm lens.

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Sadly his party-going days are numbered, for he’ll be uprooted in case one of our grandchildren thinks he might be edible! Continue reading The Fun Guy!

Old Technology and New Technology

Remington and Apple!

In a combination of Old and New technology, I made this image on the iPhone, using my brilliant new ‘Hueless’ App.  I noticed this old Remington typewriter sitting on a sideboard at a wedding in Brownlow House, Lurgan.  I suspect it was supplied by the bride or the wedding planner.  Regardless of how or why it was sitting there, it looked like a good subject for a photograph!

I imported it to Photoshop (the iOS version) and tweaked it just a tiny bit, to produce this rather pleasing image, where the manufacturer’s name is nicely highlighted against the low-key natural background …

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