Week 3 – Colour

Week 3 - Colours

Week 3 has been a slightly disappointing one for me as I had this idea from the outset and haven’t quite pulled off what I had in mind. I mentioned before that whilst this is a fun challenge, my personal aim was to try to push myself outside my comfort zone each week both creatively or technically. so far it’s all turned out OK, but with the shots this week I’m just not happy with what I got compared to what I had in mind. I don’t think it was down to the technical side of things as much as it may have been with my technique. Perhaps I rushed it a little. Perhaps I didn’t prepare properly. I do know that some of the shots were ‘missed’ because of the time it was taking for my flash units to recycle.

The idea was to have a tank of water with different coloured food dye dropped in at the same time. I’m not an octopus and didn’t have a helper to hand so I couldn’t do this. I did notice though that once dropped, the dispersal was fairly slow, so I could have got a few colours in one after the other and still got the shots I wanted (i.e interesting patterns in different colours). That said, I seem to have missed the ‘best’ patterns because my flashes were taking a long time to re-cycle. Not something that’s usually a problem as I tend to have them at lower power than i did for today’s shoot.

I’ve included some shots of the set-up this week if anyone wants to try to have a go themselves at a later date. Should have been fairly straightforward.

Flashed were aligned next to the vase aimed at a white background (both on about half power to assure an even spread with enough light to completely overexpose the background.
Camera was on the tripod, pre focussed about half wat through the vase (I dipped a straw in and focussed on that).
Shutter speed was 1/200 on some and 1/250 on others – That’s the maximum synch speed I get – So exposure was controlled by aperture.

It wasn’t a total fail as I learned a couple of things (about my patience) and how to perhaps improve for another shoot another day.

1) Preparation – Always make sure that all of your batteries are charged before starting
2) Position of lights – These should have been slightly behind the vase I think. This would have made the reflections easier to deal with on the curved vase.
3) Props – A square tank would have been better than a curved vase, reflection and imperfections are much easier to manage if the glass is square on to the camera
4) Props – eye droppers would have worked much better than manually tipping the colouring into the water. I never had any
5) Helpers – Always handy
6) Keep going till you get the shot you want. Whilst there was no real time pressure to end the shoot I stopped before I got the shot I wanted. Should have just kept plugging away till I was happy.

Week 3 - Colours

So, that’s week 3. Would appreciate any constructive crit from you guys as well.

Week 3 - Colours

Let the week 4 planning commence.

Week 2 – Autumn

Right, week 2 and I found myself struggling. There doesn’t seem to be many trees about at the moment with Autumnal Leaves. Everything’s still pretty green. Additionally, whilst out and about most of the fields in darkest Essex have been ploughed, and whilst Autumna, aren’t that inspiring.

So, with options 1 and 2 out of the window (and with it a chance to improve my landscape shots) I was forced indoors again for the second week running.

With some help from the wife and kids I acquired some conkers (or chestnuts to the young and PC brigade) which inspired these. Hopefully it doesn’t look like they were just plonked on the bar indoors and next time I will take some setup shots to accompany the explanation.

Autumn - Week 2

Autumn - Week 2

Autumn - Week 2

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.

Haven’t had one of these for ages……

Been a while since anyone got in touch on Flickr asking to use any of my photos, so was quite a surprise to receive a request. Given that people usually tend to just grab and run requests for usage are becoming quite rare, especially when all that’s on offer is ‘writing my name’ on the images. In hindsight, I should have watermarked them already – then they’d be fully prepared for free use.

As an amateur (albeit with sales and publication) I’m quite happy to give images away for free under certain circumstances, friends family and colleagues are obviously on the freebies list, as are certain images for anyone (images specific to a very certain event or place that holds little values to me, or resale). What is quite irritating is that people who would be using them commercially expect to be able to acquire usage rights for them for free.

The following is a precis of the email exchange so far. Can’t see this ending in payment, unless I find out that they’ve been used without my permission or without payment…..

Hi Dave 🙂

I just saw your pictures of the shih tzu !
They are adorable!
I wondering if i could use some of them pictures on a website It is a virtual stable with virtual pets 🙂 Where you can go for virtual contest 😉
I can write your name on the photos 🙂

Best regards xxxxx

“Hi xxxxx,
Had a look at the website and wouldn’t have a problem with any of my images appearing there. If you let me know how many you’d need and how long you’d be using them for I can work out a competitive rate for licensing.

Thanks and best regards
Dave”

I will use the puppys pictures. I dont know how many, it depends on how popular they will be. But I will start with three or four 🙂
They will be used until they get deletet by someone. So I cant say how long I’ll use them.
Do you want me to write Dave Frost on the pictures? so people know it is your pictures? 🙂

Mads

“Apologies for the delay,
Have been away for a while and not had a chance to get online.

Thanks for the additional information and on this basis would be happy to offer you a licence for up to 5 of these images for web use only on an unlimited period basis for a one off fee of £50, with any future additional images supplied at a discounted rate to be agreed if required.

If this is acceptable, please let me know and I’ll forward a licence agreement for you to complete and return with payment. If you let me know which 5 images you’d like to use, then on receipt of payment I can forward you the files.

Hope this OK
Thanks and best regards
Dave”

Got the expected response a moment ago

Subject: Re: Hi
Date: 9th February, 2012

I am a danish boy only 14 years old. So some of the things you write i dont understand. But do you say i can use 5 images, but if I would like to use more, then i have to pay? 🙂

For which I responded with;

Apologies if I was unclear.

I am willing to offer you an indefinite license to use up to 5 images for web use at a cost of GBP 50.

If you were to require more images, I would be happy to offer any additional ones at a reduced cost

To clarify – 5 images will cost GBP 50, 10 images would cost GBP 70 (not GBP 100)

Hope this helps
Thanks
Dave

or in Danish –
Undskylder hvis jeg var uklart. Jeg er villig til at tilbyde dem en ubestemt licens til at udnytte op til 5 billeder til nettet anvendelse til en pris af GBP 50. Hvis de var at kræve mere billeder, ville jeg være glad for at tilbyde enhver supplerende stillinger til nedsat pris at få afklaret – 5 billeder vil koste GBP 50, 10 billeder ville koste 70 pund (ikke GBP 100) håber dette hjælper takket være

Reminded me of a couple of great ‘rants’, explaining in detail why images aren’t free – you can read that on these blogs;-

This Photograph Is Not Free


http://ridexc.wordpress.com/2011/12/04/i-dont-work-for-free-please-dont-ask-me/

QR codes – The quickest way to access long url’s on your mobile?

Will you scan this? Where will it take you.
Just wondering today whether there’s any real value in QR (quick response) codes for anything other than marketing surveys etc.

If you have a ‘smart-phone’ and are curious to see where this one will lead, I dare you to open your bar code scanner and take the plunge.

QR code to link directly to a photo in my Flickr stream
Protests in London - A peaceful day