Feeling a bit low so thought I’d try something different for a change. As always, time limited and not much interest here at castle canvey so grabbed a bicycle light and a pack of cards, dusted off the tripod and set this up.
If anyone’s interested, this was set-up on a kitchen work-top.
The cards were held in place using blue tack with the camera set up on the tripod.
As there was a light and a television on in the same room I had to go to F18 to get a 6 second exposure.
On release of the shutter I weaved a small LED bicycle torch in and out of the cards, then reversed it onto the cards themselves to highlight them.
Post processing is minimal – Lots of spot healing because the cards are well used, little bit of dodge and burn and a light dusting of contrast tweaks before a quick sharpen and save.
Annoying as the adverts are they do tend to stick in your head, so on receipt of me Annual renewal notice for my house insurance I thought I’d at least have a look.
I wouldn’t normally have bothered, but this year my renewal premium had increased some 100%. Admittedly I had a claim last year when some wanker smashed the downstairs window of the house, but 100% increase – I think not.
Ran my details through the Meerkat people and the cheapest quote available was around the same price as last year – With the same insurer (WTF ????). Rang them this morning, and just on the strength of a phone call they miraculously managed to knock off £500 (why not quote the ‘best’ price in the first place – Tossers).
Still not impressed, that one’s now marked as not renewed and the Meerkat people got a few more clicks on their website. I’m happy. Fully insured at the same price as last year (under £700) and a stuffed Meerkat is on it’s way to my house.
It’s a bit early in the year for negative thoughts !!! – Not really sure why I did this, but stumbled across an online Photoshop Tutorial and thought I’d have a crack at it. Was a lot more difficult than the 4 step tutorial suggested to try and make the final image look less like a cut and paste job than I ended up with. Image processing remains a bit of a sticking point for me, and I despair that I’ll ever really be able to do it without butchering the original file. So, for now (and this is the closest I’m likely to get to a new years resolution) I think I’ll have to stick with trying to get things ‘right’ in camera and keep the processing to a minimum.
This isn’t the tutorial I used (in fact I wish I’d found this one before) but if anyone else fancies a crack at it there’s a useful step by step you can find simply by clicking this link clicking here