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This is intended to be a blog of my photography work. At the moment, I can only refer to My Gallery.


This is one of my fav shots. Not just because of the results, but because of the difficulties overcome in this work to achieve said results. At first glance, it looks like the shot was taken in a studio, where in fact, this was taken in a wide open public space, at night with very little light to focus.
Post processing: Well, this is an interesting process. The first thing I did was increase the temperature, this made it look all overly exposed on the orange side, then I reduced the clarity. I wanted something very soft, then I reduced the saturation to make it almost sepia-ish. Balance this with an increase in vibrance only slightly. Nothing else was done. 

Cuppa Bokeh

This is an experiment in balancing flash with other lights. Namely, the other lights used in this shot were el-cheapo Christmas decorations. I wanted them thoroughly out of focus to see the bokeh. The result is that the bokeh apprears to be trickling into the cup, where the lights are in fact meters behind the cup. This was taken on my kitchen table, and I had a bare flash from the right and an unopened bedsheet set, carboard still in, upright reflecting from the left. The unfortunate result of the bare flash with the coarse bedsheet was an undesirable reflection on the left of the cup. I smudged it a bit for the texture seen. 

Post Processing : The smudging, and up the blacks so that the wall behind went from a noisy mess to something a little cleaner.

This is an experiment in back-lighting and gels. There are essentially three elements to this shot
  • An 430EX II through an umbrella close up to the right.
  • A gelled SB-28
  • A reflector close up and from the left. 
The effect is that blue-ish glow from the left for maximal cuteness. There is a fair distance between the wall behind and the bear to make the wall behind sufficiently black. The Aperture was a bit high, 5.6 -8 from memory, so that most of the ambient was gone. 

Portraits are a tricky business. There is the idea of a classic portrait, in which one usually uses a very long focal length to remove all distortions. However, this little image deliberately breaks the usual rules of portraits with a very short focal length. This is where I have used an ultrawide lens (10mm a\on APSC or equivalently 16mm). These distortions have been used to make that (very small weight) look big. This also sets a context by getting much of what surrounds the subject in view. 

For lighting, I had the pleasure of working with an alien bee lighting the subject from the right of frame, and a big softbox on the background, however, it has also provided some back-lighting on Iopous face. 

Post processing was rather simple. A tone change achieved by an increase in temperature and a decrease in vibrance. The effect is supposed to be a little manly. 

This is more experimental than anything. All my images have been sharp, then I considered a challenge to make the object of visual interest be out of focus. Or more to the point, can you make a shot out of focus and still be visually appealing. 

I mean, so many shots look the same, in that they are sharply in focus, yet bad pictures are often slightly out of focus, but a 35mm macro allows something to be completely out. It was kinda fun, and the results are ... different. 

This is a picture of a flower shop in Melbourne on Swanston street... not that one could tell, but that is part of the appeal. Maybe I'm just going crazy with old age :p.

This is a shot to let people know what exactly has consumed my time of late (in addition to the usual mathematical explorations). This is a photo of my daughter, Eve Ormerod, who is now 10 weeks old. 

Cant go to Lorne without adding a few choice shots