Friday Image

Friday Image No. 100

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Bamburgh beach, Northumberland. Shot about 30 minutes after sunset in Winter. Canon EOS 300D.
Bamburgh beach, Northumberland. Shot about 30 minutes after sunset in Winter. Canon EOS 300D.

When I started publishing a Friday Image I never dreamed that I would reach 100 but here it is. I shot this image almost 10 years ago using a Canon 300D DSLR. This was the first affordable consumer DSLR and cost me around £900 with a kit lens. At the time I was shooting 35mm film with a Canon EOS3 and a Pentax 67 MKII medium format kit. I had considered buying an XPan but decided I wanted to try digital.

Today, I’m going back over the RAW files of the day and reprocessing some. The quality of the image that this camera produced is amazing when you use the latest editing tools. It’s also only now that I am able to produce the image from the RAW file that I envisaged. Previously the colours just didn’t work and the shadows were completely blocked up and black.

The image was converted from RAW in Lightroom and then enhanced in Nik Color Efex. I used it as an example for my latest video on You Tube if you want to see what I did.

Have a great weekend.

Friday Image No.99

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London by night. Canon 400D, ISO200, 8" at f/6.3
London by night. Canon 400D, ISO200, 8″ at f/6.3

This week’s Friday image is something a little different. My main Drobo storage unit (4TB) is full. I could buy more storage but given that all 4 drive bays are in use and the existing disk drives are all quite large, it would be a costly exercise. It’s much cheaper if I go and clean out some of the images I have cluttering it up that I just won’t use.

Whilst doing this I started coming across all sorts of shots. This one is from London, just below the Millennium Footbridge. I shot it with the camera on a Gorillapod wrapped around the railings of the footpath. Whilst I would have liked the footbridge not to have cut into the dome of St Pauls, I was more focussed on timing the shot. The bright patch of light you see just behind the central column of the bridge is a passing boat and I needed to judge the exposure just right.

Looking at this image now, what surprises me is how good a camera the Canon 400D was when the RAW files are processed with today’s software. If you haven’t processed any old RAW files in the latest software, you should give it a try.

Have a great weekend.

Friday Image No.98 & Thank You

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Cannon Beach, Oregon. Olympus EM5, 45mm, 0.4" at f/7.1 and ISO200
Cannon Beach, Oregon. Olympus EM5, 45mm, 0.4″ at f/7.1 and ISO200

I love being by the sea, especially when its sunset. This image was taken at Cannon Beach in Oregon. The sun had set around 30 minutes earlier and most people had cleared off the beach. There were just a handful of photographers left and the light was well balanced. A sea mist had also started to roll in which crated a lovely soft haze. This was taken with quite a long lens to help compress the scene. I also cropped out the unwanted foreground as I wasn’t able to get a close to the scene as I would have liked.

I would also like to take a moment and say thank you to all the people who has taken the time to provide feedback to my last post. I’m planning to give this real thought over the weekend and then update on my plans. I really appreciate all the support.

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

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Friday Image No.97

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Canon Beach, Oregon.
Canon Beach, Oregon.

One of the things that I love most about the Olympus EM5 is the stabilization. It allows me to shoot at some ridiculously slow speeds that just shouldn’t be possible. Sometimes I do set the camera to burst mode and fire off 5 or 6 shots. Doing this I can be pretty sure that at least one of the images will be sharp.

The shot above is one such example where I shot handheld at 1/3”. Strangely, I then decided to add some blur to the image (around the edges) as the image looked too sharp. At least I had the choice to do this though. Had the shot been slightly blurred to start with it wouldn’t have worked.

Have a great weekend.

Friday Image No.96

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Forest Leaves. Olympus EM5, f/3.5, 1/50" at ISO400.
Forest Leaves. Olympus EM5, f/3.5, 1/50″ at ISO400.

Whilst on my recent road trip I captured this image. What I like is that it could have been anywhere and that I didn’t need to travel to the US to shoot it. My wife thinks I’m mad travelling all that way to take pictures of leaves. I suspect some of the people passing by me would have agreed with her.

What I also want to share is the colour version of the image which is below.

Forest Leaves prior to conversion.
Forest Leaves prior to conversion.

As soon as I saw this I knew how the finished image would look. The greens were so different that I could see them separating out naturally in the conversion. After a while you sort of get an instinct for these things.

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

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Friday Image No.95

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Haystack Rock, Canon Beach, Oregon. Sony A7R with Canon 24-70 lens.
Haystack Rock, Canon Beach, Oregon. Sony A7R with Canon 24-70 lens.

For the Friday image this week, I wanted to share another shot from my recent trip. The rock in the frame is rather famous (I could find a Wikipedia page anyway https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haystack_Rock) and is called Haystack Rock. It’s located at Canon Beach in Oregon which is a fantastic place to visit. It’s a little like St Ives in Cornwall but done American style.

Whilst this sea stack is an impressive and imposing sight, it’s not that easy to create a pleasing composition. At a distance and with a wet beach/reflection you can create some interesting arrangements. But when the beach is very busy as it was here, you find yourself quite limited as you try to dodge the many people.

I struggled for some time before I moved sufficiently close to shoot this and have to admit that it was more of a grab shot taken hand held. What was fantastic though was the light. There was a bit of a sea mist rolling in and the low setting sun was catching it; sometimes the light makes compromise worthwhile.

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

Friday Image No.92

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Olympus EM5 + Panasonic 14-45 lens. ISO200, 1/200" at f/8.0
Olympus EM5 + Panasonic 14-45 lens. ISO200, 1/200″ at f/8.0

Last week I shared Friday No.91 which was taken on my first outing with the Olympus EM5. Later the same day I shot this image with the EM5. At the time I liked the scene but the conditions were very poor. It’s only now that I recognise I captured the image I wanted to. I definitely have some kind of block which prevents me from seeing a good image until sometime later (usually many months).

I will share some further thoughts about this next week.

Have a great weekend everyone.