Friday Image

Friday Image No.60

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Llyn Peninsula, North Wales. Olympus EM5, 12-40mm lens at 12mm. ISO200, f/8, 8.8", Lee 10 stop filter.
Llyn Peninsula, North Wales. Olympus EM5, 12-40mm lens at 12mm. ISO200, f/8, 8.8″, Lee 10 stop filter.

It’s been a very long week again. Most of my free time was taken up with repairing the damage done to the Lenscraft site and dealing with errors in Google so I apologise for not posting anything of interest this past week. Hopefully after this weekend I can get back to normal and start posting and adding tutorials again.

Despite this, I found a little time to search through my archives and find another image from my trip to North Wales last year. This was taken on the same morning (but a little earlier) as last week’s Friday Image. I quite like the painterly quality of the light.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Friday image No. 58

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Three image stich of Helm Crag with approaching snow storm. Canon G16.
Three image stich of Helm Crag with approaching snow storm. Canon G16.

Recently I have begun the task (albeit slowly) of cleaning up my Lightroom Catalogues. I have loads of rubbish in there and all these images are beginning to weigh on my conscience. Some people do this clean up activity almost as soon as they have downloaded the images to their computer but this doesn’t seem to work for me. I find I need some space between the shoot and the review, in fact I often find I need 6 months before I can appreciate some of the images.

If I try to do this exercise too soon I find that I delete images that have a subtle appeal and quite often grow on you. I also find that I keep the images that are high impact, which are the ones I frequently tire of quickly.

I’m currently working through my Canon G16 files from a shoot on Helm Crag that I did in winter. I’m now finding that I really like some of the images that I shot including this one. I’m also finding that the new Photo Merge feature in Lightroom CC a real bonus as it’s encouraging me to group each series of Panorama images into Stacks. I can then quickly produce a merged Panorama and include it with the Stack. It’s really helping my review process.

I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.

Friday Image No.57

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The doorway to the chapter house, Wells Cathedral. Olympus EM5, ISO800, f/5.6, 1/25"
The doorway to the chapter house, Wells Cathedral. Olympus EM5, ISO800, f/5.6, 1/25″

Do you ever have the experience of seeing one of your photographs and thinking “I really like this but I don’t know why”? You continue to look at the image and convince yourself that it’s poor or boring and move on. A few minutes later it catches your eye again and you think yes I do like that only to then change your mind.

As I was searching for this week’s Friday Image I had this exact experience with the image above. I will probably come to regret publishing it but then again there is something that I really like.

Whatever your view of the image have a great weekend and I hope you find time for some photography.

Friday Image No.56

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Wells Cathedral, Olympus EM5, Olympus 9-18 lens, f/5.0, 1/30", ISO200
Wells Cathedral, Olympus EM5, Olympus 9-18 lens, f/5.0, 1/30″, ISO200

This week’s Friday Image is another from my recent revisit of Wells Cathedral.

What I am finding interesting is that this trip appears to have many more image that I like than my previous trip. I don’t know if I have developed as a photographer (I certainly hope so) or if there is another factor. I recall that I spent a lot of time on my first trip fighting the equipment. The Canon 5D just didn’t work for me in this location and I tended to avoid using the LX5 as I mentioned in my last posting.

For this trip I used the Olympus EM5 with a couple of lenses and it seemed to work much better. I did miss quite a few shots still through camera shake but overall the camera seemed better to handle.

Hope you like the image (there are probably a few more to come) and have a great weekend.

PS I also did the monochrome version below but I think I prefer colour for this one.

Wells Cathedral, Olympus EM5, Olympus 9-18 lens, f/5.0, 1/30", ISO200
Wells Cathedral, Olympus EM5, Olympus 9-18 lens, f/5.0, 1/30″, ISO200OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Friday Image No.55

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Cornwall, Olympus EM5, 12mm, ISO200, f/7.1, 1/100". Lee Seven5 0.6 ND Grad
Cornwall, Olympus EM5, 12mm, ISO200, f/7.1, 1/100″. Lee Seven5 0.6 ND Grad

In my previous post I showed an image shot during my recent holiday in Cornwall. It was used to illustrate how you can achieve a significant depth of field even at what might appear to be a large aperture. I said in the post that I had a better version of the image which was shot at sunset. I therefore thought that I would share this as this week’s Friday image. I hope you like it.

Have a great weekend everyone.

PS I am still working my way through a large backlog of emails so if I haven’t responded to you yet I will do as soon as possible.

Friday Image No.54

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Liverpool, Panasonic GM1, Panasonic 35-100mm lens, f/6.3, 1/400" at ISO200
Liverpool, Panasonic GM1, Panasonic 35-100mm lens, f/6.3, 1/400″ at ISO200

I have visited this location in Liverpool quite a few times over the past years and my friend has visited it even more often. We never seem to have a clear shot of the building for cars parked in front of it.

This time we managed it. When I have a moment I will stitch together the frontal elevation but I thought I would share this crop as a Friday image. I know it’s probably not to everyone’s taste but I do like taking pictures like this. This area of Liverpool is changing fast and I would hate to see history lost. We photographers need to take time to record our surroundings.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Friday Image No.53

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Olympus EM5, ISO200, 1/200" f/8.0
Olympus EM5, ISO200, 1/200″ f/8.0

I have just realised that I haven’t done very much photography over the past few months. Other than keeping a camera in my pocket I just haven’t been getting out. This isn’t very good as I’m running out of material to post on the blog. In fact this image was shot back in December 2013. I must get out more.

Hope you have a great weekend.