Category Archives: Still Life

THE LOCKDOWN LOGS #58

The Lockdown Logs

Dateline: May 30th 2020

Comber Spuds

Janette brought these freshly-dug new Comber potatoes home today.  This morning they were in the ground.  Tomorrow, they will be boiled, (Over here, we don’t peel these potatoes, we just scrub them and boil them in their skins – when ready the skins will almost fall off them) salted and served with lashing of butter.  The Comber potato is a waxy, flavoursome food, and a protected brand.

I photographed them in the Studio-Pod, under two Elinchrom D-Lites, with the Fujifilm X-T2, and Nikkor 50mm MF lens, against a green chromakey background.  F=50mm, f/5.6 @ 1/125th sec on ISO400.

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The Lockdown Logs #56

The Lockdown Logs

Dateline: May 28th 2020

Coalport Figurine Chromakey

In the Pod today, playing with a small green screen set-up, to see how the light works best. I’ve set a small Coalport Lady Figurine on a table, with a green-screen background.  There’s a D-Lite just behind my right shoulder and natural light coming from the left of the figure.  The D-Lite is set low, not to be a key-light, but to simply reduce any shadow cast by the Coalport figure.

I’m using the Fujifilm X-T2, with a Nikon 50mm manual focus lens and the camera set for focus peaking.  F=50mm, f/5.6 @ 1/60th sec on ISO200.

Here’s the result:

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The Lockdown Logs #48

The Lockdown Logs

Dateline: May 19th 2020

Not much happening in or around the Cocoon today, so all I could manage was a Fir Cone that I’d found one day while out on a walk.  I photographed it in the light-tent, with one Elinchrom  studio flash light behind my right shoulder.  Fujifilm X-T30 with Nikon 200mm Macro lens.  F=200mm, f/8 @ 1/60th sec on ISO125.

 

Fir Cone

 

The Lockdown Logs #47

The Lockdown Logs

Dateline: May 18th 2020

Tulips at Crossnacreevy.

These white Tulips are growing in a flower bed beside the post box at Crossnacreevy, so when I stopped to post some letters, I grabbed the camera and made a series of exposures of the flowers.  I wanted to use a wide aperture to remove the distracting background, and it was good that I did, for the tulips were moving slightly in the wind, and I needed quite a fast shutter speed.  The big tulip is in focus, but with so little actual texture in the flower itself, it was difficult to assess the focus in-camera, but in LightroomI was able to see the tiny specks of dust on the petals.

Fujifilm X-T30, F=200mm, f/4.8, 1/1000th sec on ISO1250

Tulips

 

The Lockdown Logs #27

The Lockdown Logs

Dateline: May 2nd 2020

Here’s a coffee-pod holding device sitting on our kitchen bench, located in the Cocoon kitchen.  You may well ask, why would anyone in their right mind make a black and white photograph, with a Fujifilm X-T2, of a coffee-pod thingy anyway?  There may be several reasons:

  1. Sheer boredom.
  2. The photographer concerned in actually NOT in his right mind.
  3. Beause, like Mt. Everest, it is there.
  4. Because said photographer is half deaf, and thought the man with the lisp was ordering a graphic for his pod-cache.

YOU be the judge!

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Fujifilm X-T2, F=18mm, f/3.6 @ 1/60th sec on ISO400. Acros Film Simulation.

 

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