Port Out, Starboard Home!

Sometimes I hit the convert to black an white button way to quickly…DSC_9261-EditYou can see how I nearly passed over this great shot from Weymouth in February on my Instagram account

I’ll admit, in the original shot the orange hue from the streetlights dominated and that instantly screamed black and white to me but after reviewing it today and involving individual colour desaturation in my workflow this edit works so much better. I also like the motion blur in the people (0.8sec shutter speed) and the grain from ISO 800 on my cropped sensor D3300! All good! ;o)


dsc_8636Well, I can safely say I am well out of my comfort zone, 12 months plus of muscle memory reaching for the zoom ring twitching every time I pick up the camera. A DoF so shallow that a knats eye would be sharp but his arse would be bokeh’d to buggery! And all of my shots were shite, all of them… Apart from this one. My son, Reece, just off to Cadets. f/1.8, 1/125th sec ISO3200…..  Hats off to my D3300, at that ISO I would expect the noise to be phenomenal but it’s not that bad, if anything it’s added softness to the background bokeh.

Ok, I’ll admit, I was tempted to reach back into my bag for my dummy (18-105mm) but if I can get at least one shot a day like this with my 35mm I’ll be happy and things sure are going to get interesting! ;o)

Manual 365/347 Dark Flight

dsc_5261Even if you think there isn’t a shot, there probably is.

My day involved a 440 mile round trip on one of the dullest, shortest days of the year and things were getting desperate but there’s always Caen Flight in Devises and I was scooting around the usual A350 snarl up. It didn’t look promising…dsc_5262…but low cloud and reflected streetlights came to the rescue. (I am not endorsing light pollution, honestly I would have much preferred moonlight) Ok, I had to jack the ISO right up to 3200 and the shutter was open for 13 seconds so if you pixel peep the noise is horrendous and there’s no detail in the shadows. But I like

I even managed to get a HDR composite using three shots at ISO200, 800 and 3200dsc_5258_hdrSo, tip for tonight… Embrace the darkness and don’t fall in the canal…

Peace Peeps! x