Flowers!

•July 21, 2009 • 1 Comment

Given that the weather is so miserable this morning and that I’ve been up all night looking after my sick Spaniel – I thought I’d uplift the mood by uploading some flower shots that I’ve taken over the years!!  The flower below is a Celandine – a tiny flower that grows along Buttercups, Daisies & Dandelions in the grass.  It only opens its petals in the sun!!

Celadine

Celandine

The photo below is of a white Bluebell surrounded by blue Bluebells!!  It was taken in Hooke Woods in Dorset, which comes alive with Bluebells for a few weeks in Spring.  It really is sight to be seen!

White Bluebell

White Bluebell

And finally the shot below is of a Crocus – another gorgeous flower which appears in Spring and they can cover a huge area in purple, pink, white and sometimes yellow, making Spring such a beautiful time of year!!

Crocus

Crocus

Whilst looking through my collection I’ve seen so many wild Orchid shots which I will upload next time!

Some Colour Infrareds

•July 13, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I finally processed some colour infrareds today!!  This one was taken last month with a Sony DSC-F717 and Hoya R72 filter.  I did a colour swap in Photoshop to bring the blue sky out.  I loved all the different clouds and the light.

Cloudy Ash

Cloudy Ash

The shot below was also taken in June whilst walking the dogs, with a IR converted Nikon D70.  I “colour swapped” the colours in photoshop again to bring out the blue sky.  I wish I had gotten out before they put the plastic on the bales – next time!!!

Bale Time

Bale Time

I love colour infrareds for the magicalness of them.  I’ve processed plenty over the last two years and they are great fun to do but sometimes really frustrating!!  My biggest problem are shots with sunny and shady parts – they can be a real pain to process!

Stready Skies

Streaky Skies

Although this isn’t a new shot I thought I’d upload it as it is my favourite!!  I took it last year – it’s an HDR shot from 3 exposures.  I used an IR converted Canon EOS400D.   The clouds were incredible that day – I’ve never seen anything like it before or since!!!  And it’s the same tree as the one in the first shot (obviously from a different angle)!!

Summer Infrared Fog

•July 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been doing some more processing of some infrared shots that I took last month – in some really foggy conditions.  Within about an hour of taking these shots the fog lifted completely!!  In both of these shots the fog has completely covered the hill in the background!

Summer Fog

Summer Fog

Luckily it was quite bright as the sun was trying to pound through!!  It was quite erie in the silence!!  And within a few hours the sun was shinning brightly!

June Fog

June Fog

I love the “winterness” of them!!  Both shots were taken with a Sony DSC-F717, with a Hoya R72 and ND8 filters. Very little post-processing was involved – levels & converted to B&W in Photoshop, which was great as they were done in a matter of minutes!!

Infrared Pets!!

•July 6, 2009 • 1 Comment

I was just going through some of my Infrared shots and thought it might be fun to upload some pet ones!!  They look quite surreal, magical and fun!

The first two shots were taken with a IR converted Canon ESO400D (by Lifepixel in the US).  The gorgeous girl below is my Spangle, English Springer Spaniel.  I was thrilled with this shot especially the low angle of the camera looking up at her.  She does have quite a big head for her body and this really exaggerates that!!!  I also love her white whiskers on one side of her face!!  In processing  – I converted the original to Black & White and played with levels in Photoshop.

Spangle

Spangle

The next gorgeous model is my beautiful brown Doberman, Munchkin.  I took this shot a few minutes after the above shot of Spangle, as she wondered over to see what she was missing out on!!!  I decided not to convert it to Black & White.  In processing I “colour swapped” to get the sky blue, as well as leaving Munchkin Brown (similiar to her real-life colour!).  With Infrareds I find that it always helps to have clouds to add to the atmosphere!

Munchkin

Munchkin

The handsone chap below is Finn, an Irish Wolfhound.  I took this shot with a IR converted Nikon D70 (done by Advanced Camera Services in the UK), one cloudy, warm day and haven’t stop smiling since.  This guy is so huge, adorable and goofy and I feel this shot captures all these aspects of his character.  He honestly has the longest tongue and biggest nose!!  In processing I pretty much left this shot alone and just played with the levels in Photoshop.

Me & My Big Tongue

Me & My Big Tongue

I’ll be processing some more shots over the next week so will upload some more then, in the meantime Finn will keep me smiling!!

Infrareds from Lewesdon Woods

•July 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I met up with Martin Beddoes and Adrian Johnson (from Dorchester Camera Club) towards the end of May at Lewesdon Woods to go take some Infrared shots.  Martin and I used our IR converted Nikon D70’s (mine was converted by ACS in the UK with a 715nm – which allows colour through).  Having never taken any IR shots in woods before it was quite an experience, not to mention I’ve only had the Nikon for a few months (I’m mainly a Canon user) so working my way around the camera was quite interesting as most things are the opposite to the Canons!!!

Lewesdon Beeches

Lewesdon Beeches

I just love the brightness that IR shots portray. The processing with the shots is really straight forward – levels, B&W converstion, contrast and that’s about it in CS3!!

Lewesdon Beech

Lewesdon Beech

I thought the angle & composition of this one was quite fun as well as the magicialness!!  The details that the Nikon gets has been really impressive!!

Spangle at Lewesdon

Spangle at Lewesdon

And I couldn’t not put a photo of one of my gorgeous girls (Spangle) who kept us all entertained with her various antics that day ie pain in the backside.

I’ll go though some more IR shots from that day to upload next time including some colour infrared ones!!

Infrareds from June

•July 2, 2009 • 2 Comments

I been working on some Infrared photos that I took in June whilst walking around a farm which surrounds my mothers house in Dorset, England.  I used a Sony DSC-F717 with a Hoya R72 & ND8 filters attached, to get the Infrared effect.  It was a cloudy bright day which can really suit IR photography.

Melplash Farm View

Melplash Farm View

Not much was involved in processing  in Photoshop – auto levels, B&W conversion and that was about it!!

View to the Barn

View to the Barn

With this one I added a bit of Sepia to add more of an atmosphere!!

Hello world!

•July 2, 2009 • 1 Comment

Just signed up so figuring things out!!