Photo365 – September set

30. 09. 2011 at 23:59

Here is the ninth of 12 sets of pictures from my photo365 project. This one covers the month of September 2011

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See the individual pictures each day on my blog

Photo365 – Day 273 – The lemon’s last moment

30. 09. 2011 at 19:45

This was a tricky one and I don’t think I pulled it off…but that’s for you to decide.

I was drinking a can of lemonade…the type you get abroad that has a really refreshing taste as it’s packed with real lemons (well 16%)
I spotted them in Sainsburys and it’s always one of the things I enjoy drinking while abroad. Always tastes so much better than our crappy Tango etc. I digress. I was drinking today and thought about the death of the lemon to sacrifice itself for this incredible flavour drink. So I decided to try and recreate a sinister last few minutes of the lemon’s life. No the drink didn’t have drugs in it! Wink

So I set up the simple arrangement and lit it with a torch. I made the string look grubby by rubbing it in soil and then smearing plant leafs on to try and colour and reduce its bright white.

The initial shots were dark and very sinister, but the can didn’t show up well enough and I also wanted it to have a product shot feel. So this is what I ended up with.

And here’s a different attempt using shallow depth of field to blur the can, and a slow speed to cause a slight swinging movement. I soon scrapped that idea and went for horizontal format.

Photo365 – Day 272 – things are looking up

29. 09. 2011 at 17:37

Well the things are an iphone set to hipsatmatic with colour infrared film and a fisheye lens.

Yesterday I looked down on me in a record shop. Today I look up at the library roof. The fisheye lens crams a lot into the frame.

Photo365 – Day 271 – record collector

28. 09. 2011 at 21:41

Today I met my music idol – Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree.
He was at a signing of his new album at my favourite record shop – Record Collector in Sheffield. I’ve been shopping their for 35 years.

Porcupine Tree haven’t played Sheffield in ages (well certainly not in the last 10 years) so it was a surprise he’d chosen Sheffield for a signing. It turns out his record label had arranged the signing and the venue. Steven was eager to check out the vinyl collection next door, but for the time being he was greeting fans in a queue that went from front to back and outside into the yard. I’d just picked up a fisheye lens for the ipod and this is the first shot from it. I was five minutes from my meeting. He’s a pleasant chap, and did a good job of working through the eager crowd.

I have a shot taken by the guy behind the counter of me with Steven.

Photo365 – Day 270 – fly agaric

27. 09. 2011 at 16:29

Taken today on a quick visit to Clumber Park in search of fungi. There were lots of flat topped fly agarics but not many of these closed ones. This time I not only took the closer shots but some more environmental ones like this. The 100mm has a good rounded aperture which gives great out of focus background highlights.

Pentax K20d and Pentax 100mm macro – 1/30sec at f/2.8 and ISO 200

Photo365 – Day 269 – flat

26. 09. 2011 at 17:21

I’m still playing with the toy lens + 10 macro adaptor on the Olympus EP2. This is straight out of the cameras – a setting on a hosepipe multi spray nozzle. I set the white balance to cloudy to get the warm tone.

Photo365 – Day 268 – leather bag

25. 09. 2011 at 22:17

I’m really enjoying my new found super blurry close up lens creation featuring the Toy Lens and Macro adaptor lens attached to an Olympus EP2. The combination gives incredibly shallow depth of field with vignetting and unusual bokeh.
This is the curve of a leather bag.

Photo365 – Day 267 – leaf

24. 09. 2011 at 09:13

As you may know from reading some of my blog entries I like to mess around with unsual lens combinations.
This morning I attached the Toy lens onto the Olympus EP2 and then screwed in a +10 macro lens. This macro lens is part of an old fisheye macro converter. It gives good sharpness in centre but falls off at the edges. Combine that with the crazy Toy lens and you have ultra fall off at the edges. And here’s what happens.

This is of a chestnut leaf. The focus distance is about 4cm from the subject.

Photo365 – Day 266 – ladybird

23. 09. 2011 at 20:29

I was about to set the camera up to photograph a tomato that had fallen of my badly looked after tomato plant and a ladybird scuttled past. So I took a grab shot. I could have enticed the critter to do a few more takes to perfect it but I liked the spontaneity. So here it is.

Photo365 – Day 265 – Cherries

22. 09. 2011 at 19:22

A pair of cherries photographed on an infinity curve backdrop using my homemade ringlight from above
Pentax K20D and 100mm macro.