Took a wonder down to the harbour tonight to try and photograph the Christmas light display . I have been the last couple of years and as yet i still cant find a composition i am happy with. Also trying to balance shutter speed and iso is a little tricky, push the shutter speed to much and the movement of the boats causes motion blur to higher ISO and the image is grainy.Read More
The above image of the waterfall on Madeira Walk Ramsgate, was taken on a tripod as the exposure time was 120 seconds at Iso 100 F/8.0. I had a Circular Polariser on with a Lee 0.9 soft grad filter and a Lee 10 stop big stopper. This is what created the movement in the clods and the soft falling water.Read More
Its been a while since i managed to get some time for photography, been very busy after buying a house and now putting in a new Kitchen, but today i reached a point in the kitchen where i cant do anymore until the worktops go in so i headed off down to Ramsgate Harbour to see this years Christmas light display. I have tried to photograph this the last couple of years but always struggled to get decent weather and a calm sea but this year was better conditions than previous attempts.Read More
Have not been very active with the camera lately but decided to head down to the Royal Harbour area after work today as the weather was still very nice.
Grabbed my camera and a circular polariser filter. This really helps cut down on reflections and really makes the colours pop.
When the sun is shinning its a great place to relax in one of the many cafes and bars along the harbour and enjoy a refreshing drink, which is exactly what i did.
Took a trip down to the seafront last night and tried to recreate a shot i had previously taken during sunset. The problem with the original shot was that there was no detail in the shadow areas along the seafront and the harbour arm. The original shot was taken with a single exposure shot in RAW and processed in lightroom and photoshop.Read More
Took a trip over to Margate last night as i had a family member displaying his work at a gallery in Margate, not the Turner but the Margate Pie Factory . His work forms part of the East Kent College Art , Media and Photography Exhibition. Its a great little gallery and if you get the chance its well worth a visit to look at the work of future local artists. All their work on display is for sale so you could purchase a piece that has some real value in years to come.
After the Exhibit had finished i made my way back to the harbour area where i had parked my car, grabbed my gear and walked along the harbour area at Margate waiting for the sun to set. Turns out it was not the best sunset !Read More
Today i am four weeks and two days post op! I am starting to be able to walk further and further, i am getting stronger as the days go by and hope to be back to full fitness soon.
I managed to get myself down to Broadstairs and took my camera. The first time i have been out shooting in over a month.
Well the weather is slowly improving and there were some making the most of it today on the beach at Broadstairs, Viking Bay. Summer is just around the corner.Read More
Last night i decided to head out with my new strobist gear, the Godox Wistro AD360 bare bulb speedlite. I wanted to see how easy it was to set up and use on location. The unit is solid and far more transportable than a set of studio lights. It has 360 watt seconds of power and with the right trigger set can perform high speed sync.
The unit i mounted on a light boom stand with a Bowens S Mount adapter to which i added a four foot octabox. The octa was far more of a handful than the flash ! Once set i weighted it down with extra sandbag as we were shooting on the harbour wall and didn't want to see my gear disappear over the edge !
I wanted to keep the shutter speed at 200th of a sec to match the focal length i wanted to shoot at, took a ambient light reading in camera and set it to about one to two stops under exposed , i set my aperture to F/4.0 as this was what i wanted to achieve the shallow depth of field. I took a flash meter reading and adjusted the power until it read the F/4.0 i wanted and then shot away.
Here are a few more images from the evening .......
I found the audible alarm from the unit very handy to know when the flash was recycled and ready to fire. I purchased the optional cable that connects the unit to the power pack on both ports to increase the recycle times allowing you to shoot faster and not break the flow. I would highly recommend this cable to anyone using this flash.
So far i am loving the build quality the portability and the power this thing provides, the quality of light from the bare bulb seems to also be better than a standard flash.
This morning was a busy time as my wife and i removed all the Christmas decorations and packed them away for another year. The weather was cold and miserable and remained foggy all day.
Come the late afternoon i decided i would go out with the camera down to the harbour for two reasons. Firstly i thought that the fog would add atmosphere to the illuminated harbour area and secondly and perhaps my main motivation was to try out my Christmas present from my wife. This was a new light weight carbon fiber travel tripod.
I had spent weeks researching which tripod to go for from the manfrotto, gitso and three legged thing but i decided on one made by Benro. The C2682T is a great tripod and i am very pleased i decided on this model. I took it out tonight and looped it onto the straps of my backpack and hardly noticed it was there. This is already a major plus when compared to my Manfrotto 055xprob, which is also a great tripod but extremely heavy to lug around on location all day.
The Benro C2682T is a eight core carbon fiber construction which makes it very strong and light. This is not a review of the product but if you are seriously looking for a good, well priced travel tripod i would highly recommend you have a look at it before making a decision.
This shot of the Harbour at Ramsgate was taken at Iso 100 F/14 for a 8 second exposure time to get some light trails in the image and smooth out the water.
I had several people come and talk to me while i was out taking shots, it still never ceases to amaze me how the fact you have a camera makes you more approachable by total strangers, not that this is a bad thing and i am happy to chat to those that approach me.
The Ramsgate Royal Yacht club is this year holding a competition for all the boats in the harbour. The best decorated boat There is a fair few boats taking part which really makes a great scene along the harbour this time of year.
I tried to catch the scene showing the light trails of the local traffic and the boats in the harbour. I tried to get this in one image but i found that the sign of the Travelodge kept blowing out due to the long exposure time. So i took several images ,layered them and merged them in photoshop to make this final image
Below you will find some more images i took from the same visit.
Taken while out and about with members of The Isle Of Thanet Photographic Society. Had to get out as haven't been out for a while due to work and decorating but took this opportunity to get the camera out. Taken with a ten stop filter attached for a 91 sec exposure. Processed using Lightroom 4, Photoshop CS6 and the mono conversion done with Silver Efex 2