In the beginning – My 52 photo challenge – week one

Joined a Fun 52 challenge with the first week being this one. %2 Weeks, 52 Photos all different themes. Not sure whether I’ll manage to stick with it and grab a picture a week but definitely going to give it a crack. The first week’s theme is aptly – Beginning.
Thought I’d struggle with this one and had mostly Eggs in my head, then out of the blue I was inspired.

So, without further Ado, I give you – In the beginning.

In the beginning......

The rest of the groups pictures can be found over on Flickr, the bars been set high from the off with some great images.

Two Green Bottles

Two green Bottles

Taking photos of bottles is a lot harder than I anticipated.  Had an image in mind and never got anywhere near to achieving it with just one off camera flash.  Although quite pleased with this one, I think that preparation is essential. I will need to ensure that I set this up properly next time. Could do with a way of modifying the flash for a stripbox type spread of light and a couple of whiteboards around the bottles for fill (Instead of propping the Mac up next to them as I did for this shot).

A Mini Solar System

A Solar System in your hand

After seeing something similar recently I thought I’d have a go at trying to capture the ignition point of a disposable plastic lighter.
Wasn’t as easy as I thought though.

These were the best of over 100 shots, all taken handheld @ 1/3200, ISO 800 and F2,8

Lighter Sparks

Lighter Sparks

Southwold – Suffolk. A touch of HDR

Southwold Seafront - Suffolk

Dug out an old image and had a play. Whilst I don’t generally ‘do’ HDR, I took this shot bracketed and had 3 RAW files 2 stops apart. Added another 2 for -1 and +1 in lightroom then ran them through Photomatix to see if I could recover the cloudy sky yet still keep some detail in the houses.
Not really sure what else I did to it other than a little cross processing and a vignette but was quite pleased with the result.

Best buddies

Best Buddies

Messing about in the garden over the weekend unearthed a few critters. Ideally I would have had the Kenco’s on, with an off camera flash. Instead I had to go with what I had to hand and use the iPhone. Turned out better than expected. Now, pass the salt please.

Sandals, abandoned in the sun

Out in the garden at the weekend I ended up leaving my sandals laying about while I soaked up a few rays. Bit of a daft idea really as when I went to put them on again they were rather warm and scalded the soles of my feet.

Sandals in the sunshine

First time the 70-200 has been attached to the camera for ages – forgot what a narrow DOF you get with it.

Journey home – More testing of the trigger trap

Further testing of the Mobile App, TriggerTrap. After a few false starts managed to keep it running till the battery ran out on a 63 mile journey home from work. Distance lapse trigger was used in preference of time-lapse. quality is plainly an issue on the iphone once rendering etc have taken their toll, but will certainly be interesting testing some of the other triggers with the SLR when the cables arrive.