Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Lancaster Continued

The second image is a re-edit - I'd been living with a print for the last week and it was too dark. The upper image is a gun turret from a Lancaster bomber, shot from the inside.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Lancaster Bomber Again

The first image is what happens when you shoot a rotating propeller with the camera in high res mode - but hey, I liked the effect. The other three images are turrets from the plane.

I'm particularly fond of the second and fourth images, and that last one is quite abstract, about light and form - definitely not illustrative.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

smithy 3

This actually took quite a lot of work. The light was from behind my left shoulder, and was blocked from the right side of the motor entirely. The foreground was much brighter than the background.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Smithy 2

The first image is an automatic focus bracketing with the Olmpus.

The lower image is high res, manual focus blend of the left and right halves of the image, then stitched together.


Backsmith shop at Pioneer Acres, near Irricana and about 45 minutes N.E. of Calgary. Olympus EM1 Mark II, Pansonic 8-18 mm. lens, High Res Mode.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hook Revisited

Five high res images blended, but background ended up looking odd, more like blended water, so I added back one of the original images for the out of focus areas.

Twin Towers

The local military museum has a memorial to the lives lost on 9/11, consisting of a single I beam, with twisted ends, part of the collapsed building. I had mixed feelings about photographing it, but in the end decided that anything that helps us remember can't be a bad thing, and I'm not in any way trying to profit from my efforts, or distort the story.

I think I might reshoot the second image wide open so that the background is blurred, more in keeping with the first image. Also, though I was careful in placing my camera to not overlap the almost touching pieces at the top of the image, they feel crowded and a greater space between would work better.

I like the shadow in the second image, almost as if we were seeing the ghost of the towers.


From an armoured car. A two image focus blend, background blurred by wide aperture.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Veggies 2 - Green Pepper

Veggies 1a

Reshot, not in high res any more since this is a focus blend, f3.5, 12 images - and then I overlayed the first and nearest focus image and using a black mask and white paint, blurred much of the pot lid and even the edge of the smaller bowl.

Mild additional blurring was used with field blur to the upper edge of the lid. The light tonality in the broccoli stems was brought out with a straight graph curves layer, white point moved to the left. Broccoli greenery was lightened by shifting green to lighter in the black and white conversion layer in Photoshop.

Veggies 1

Olympus EM-1 Mark II, 40-150 mm. f 2.8 lens, Broccoli inside two bowls with stainless lid between, natural lighting from north window.  Might retry with focus blending or even go the opposite direction and shoot wide open (this was at f5.6)

Friday, August 25, 2017

Window Of Clamps

I've often thought the clamps in the window looked interesting, veiled by the sheet of poly never removed after I insulated that wall of the garage. Tonight the glow seemed especially attractive. I moved one clamp to fill a gap, but otherwise shot what I saw, not even moving away from the line beween house door and window where I saw the scene.

I did remove some dust spots from the image, literally dust on the poly, not like the old days of dust on the negative. I darkened the right lower corner, lightened the left side to balance the light but otherwise it's a pretty straight shot.

As my postion was at something of an angle to the window, I stopped down to f8. It's a high res shot on the EM-1 Mark II, shot with the 12-100 mm. lens

I know it's thought to be lazy to use a zoom to replace moving back and forth, but it sure does allow for careful framing of an image. The original shot did include a sliver of window frame, just to be sure I didn't miss any of the actual view.

I found my Manfrotto 410 modified head to be very handy in helping get that framing perfect. I recently modified it with the Hejnar Arca adapter plate, a RRS Arca Clamp, and of course added the RRS bottom plate to the camera. Though I did purchase the L bracket, I did remove the side part so it wouldn't interfere with use of the full range of movement of the LCD screen.

As the Manfrotto head flips over for vertical compositions, and given the relative weights of tripod, head and Olympus, I don't think I'm compromising steadiness to a significant degree by not balancing the vertical camera exactly over the axis of the tripod.