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Friday Image No.136

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Infrared tree study on the banks of Derwent Water. Olympus EM5 converted to shoot Infrared (despite what the file name might suggest)

I’m going to keep this one a short post as its getting very late and I want to pack up for the day. This is another of the tree shots from last weekend. This tree was incredibly photogenic; I don’t know why but I am grateful. It was about the only subject that seemed to work either in Infrared or conventional.

I hope you have a great weekend and if you’re out with a camera, I hope you have better luck than I did.

Friday Image No.135

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Stairs inside the Tate Gallery in St Ives. Sony RX10, ISO 200, f/5.6.

Last Friday I shared a simple image of a plant taken whilst on holiday in St Ives, a couple of years back. What this is really telling you is that I haven’t been taking many photographs recently and I’m now trawling through my archives. Unfortunately, the same is true this week and so I have returned to the same archive.

I know that my first love is the landscape but I also like architecture. This image was taken inside the Tate gallery in St Ives. Whilst everyone else was looking at the exhibits I was admiring the stairway. I did get plenty of odd looks but it’s worth it. I really like the clean lines and proportions.

Have a great weekend and I will see if I can’t shoot some images before next Friday.

Friday Image No.134

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Pot plant study in Infrared. Olympus EM5 converted to shoot infrared. ISO200, f/4.0, 1/80″, 28mm prime.

First my apologies for not posting a blog article this week. My time was taken up with publishing the monthly Lenscraft newsletter as well as a new video on You Tube. I hate missing a post during the week; it kind of puts you out of your rhythm, making it harder to find the next post.

I’m sat here now looking through images and wondering what on earth I should post. That’s when I  clicked on an old folder from 2015 and noticed the image above. This is nothing more than a digital infrared image of a pot plant. Despite this I find the composition and repetition (but varied sizes) quite appealing. I really must check my archives more often.

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

Friday Image No.133

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View from the Marsden Moors Estate. Sony RX10, f/6.3, 1/200″ at ISO80.

I captured this image last weekend whilst out for a walk on the moors near home. I was using the recently repaired Sony RX10, giving a real test. Looking at the images on the Mac screen at 200%, the results are superb. The camera is producing images that are way beyond the quality it previously did. I also note the front lens doesn’t have any play in it where it used to move slightly before – interesting.

I decided to shoot this scene because I liked the shape of the path and how it created a nice perspective with the distant path. Unfortunately, the continuation of the path into the distance doesn’t come through in the image. The other aspect of the scene that I liked was the strong sky.

My intention at the time was to process the image into black and white. Now that I have converted the RAW file and can see the lovely natural colours, I’m quite happy to keep the colour version.

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

Friday Image No.132

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Minimal Landsape. Fuji X-T2 + Fuji 18-55 lens. F/11.0, 1/60″ at ISO200.

It’s been another hectic and busy week. Wednesday evening was spent over at Llandudno Photographic Society giving a presentation on Landscape Photography and editing with Nik tools. Thank you very much to everyone who attended for giving me a great welcome.

Following this, it was over to Penmon the following morning to shoot some beach detail. Unfortunately, this was a complete failure as the video (hopefully coming soon) will demonstrate.

One thing that has worked out well this past week though is the new, improved website infrastructure. In the past I have received a few complaints about the slow speed of Lenscraft in some countries. I have tried all sorts of things to correct this but never seem to be completely successful. I can see that the UK and some European countries perform well but people in Australia have really been suffering.

Now I think I have cracked it by moving the site onto CloudFlare. The bounce rate (% of people who land on the site and then leave without doing anything) has fallen dramatically. I’m also seeing countries such as Australia, Canada and Brazil spend much more time. It’s early days but I am hopeful. Best of all, the site security is also reinforced.

With the week being so busy, I decided I wanted to share a very minimal image. I spotted this one when out for a walk with my wife. I shot it back in February and then ignored it. Now seeing it again, I quite like it. I also like the way that the Fuji RAW files need only a few tweaks in Lightroom to make them shine.

I hope you like it also and have a great weekend.

Friday Image No.131

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Ponta de Sao Lourenco, Madeira
Eastern end of Madeira, Ponta de Sao Lourenco. Olympus EM5, 12-40 lens, f/7.1, 1/400″ @ ISO200

For this week’s Friday image, I wanted to share another from my recent trip to the island of Madeira. This image is taken from the eastern edge of the island where a long strip of land juts out into the sea. This is taken towards the end of the strip, looking back towards the main part of the island. It’s quite dramatic to be standing on a relatively narrow strip of sea cliffs, able to look down on the sea to either side. Damned windy as well.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Friday Image No.131

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Madeira cliffs. Olympus EM5 converted to Infrared.

For this Friday’s Image, I thought I would share another of the images from my recent trip to Madeira. Whilst the weather at the time might not have been perfect, the landscape is amazing. Look at the image above. This was the view from one of the coastal paths we were walking at a height of around 400m.

The weather for this shot was a combination of humid haze and rain. My standard Olympus EM5 couldn’t see the distant hills so I switched to my infrared converted EM5. This seemed to fair much better and could cut through the haze to some degree. I’m pleased that it did as the landscape was quite breath taking.

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