First steps into studio photography….

This is a first for me. I have never taken studio pictures before. What a day. I loved it!

Okay, so I’ve got loads to learn and this isn’t my best shot of the day. It’s one of the first I took that I like and therefore it’s the first I chose to process.

It goes without saying that it’s a totally different way of working to my usual landscape stuff. For instance social interaction is required. If you talk to a mountain or a tree you get a funny look (if there’s anyone around). If you don’t talk to the model you get a funny look. Who knew?

So tell me what you think? Have I over done the post processing? Is there too much blank space at the top of the shot? Pull it to pieces and let me know the bits you like and the bits you don’t!

Model is Lauren
Assisted 😉 by David and Dawn
Taken on November 26, 2011 at 04:13PM

Lighthouse at sunrise

An early morning shot of St. Mary’s Lighthouse which sits out on a rock at Whitley Bay in Northumberland. The rock can only be accessed via a road during low tides.

Camera : Nikon D300
Lens : Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6
Exposure : 1.6 Seconds at F9
ISO : 100
Taken on October 29, 2011 at 08:44AM

Playing with light

I was messing around trying to learn how to use my flash (a Nikon SB-600). I want to see how I can vary or lock the light at a certain level. I’m not there yet but I’ve nearly managed to get a shot I’ve always liked. One where the background goes black on a bright day.

This one was shot indoors (kind of cheating) in a well lit room. Being inside certainly helps keep the orchid still and also stops me getting cold. I can also enjoy a nice coffee at the same time.

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Sigma 105mm Macro
ISO: 100
Exposure: 1/250 sec at F3.5
Taken on November 17, 2011 at 11:33PM
from http://flic.kr/p/aGdBiD

Glasgow University

It’s been done a million times before but not by me.
Camera            Nikon D300
Exposure          6
Aperture            f/10.0
Focal Length     20 mm
ISO Speed        100
Taken on October 22, 2011 at 01:08PM
from http://flic.kr/p/aFyScP

Through the railings

I got fed up of waiting on Saturday. Billy and I arrived early at Whitley Bay to take some shots at St. Mary’s lighthouse and all of a sudden there was a (suggest your own collective noun of choice) of photographers surrounding us. Every time I tried to get a picture someone got in the way. Normally this wouldn’t bother me and I’d sit around and wait for the shot but I’ve been under the weather recently with a severe bout of man flu. 😉

Anyway suffice to say I started snapping away at what no one else wanted to take pictures of. This is the sunrise through the railings (where no one else was standing).

Straight out of camera (with a little crop)

I just love the colours here and the fact the silhouette isn’t totally black.

So what is the collective noun for photographers?
Taken on October 29, 2011 at 08:29AM
from http://flic.kr/p/aAFHu5

At Bowling

This shot came about as a result of getting up ridiculously early to get across to the west side of Scotland. I really do love my bed too much to enjoy getting up at this time of day.

These two wrecks were left at the Clyde River end of the Forth and Clyde Canal at Bowling. Bowling sits on the river Clyde west of Glasgow and east of Dumbarton. I love this picture because of the blue colours contrasting with the sky. The peaceful water really helps as well.

Here are some stats on the picture.

Camera:Nikon D300
Exposure: 10 seconds
Aperture: f/9.0
Focal Length: 20 mm
ISO Speed: 100

Using WordPress

I’ve started to use WordPress on my site now to show my new pictures off. I’m hoping it’s going to be an improvement. So far it’s been really easy to integrate into the main part of the site. Let’s see how it goes.