Tranquil Wales

Tranquil Wales

Me and a friend had spent the day over in Wales trimming an Oak tree in my parents garden and on the drive home we stopped to see the sunset in an old unused quarry. The view of the rolling hills was incredible but the lighting wasn’t sufficient to get the detail in the far off hills. So I changed the composition of this shot to focus more on the contrasting white rocks in the foreground with the setting sun as a focal point for the eye to be drawn towards.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix G2
Lens: Lumix 14-42mm @ 14mm
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter: 1/250 sec

Rainbows and beaches

Rainbows and beaches

I started this blog while I was on holiday from work and now that I’m back in the office my posts have unfortunately suffered. Here’s a happy picture to remind me of the world outside the office! And hopefully I’ll get back into posting at least a few times per week.

I took this picture in Cancun, Mexico; I really liked the wooden pontoon and then suddenly a rainbow appeared to really complete the picture. Does anyone have any good advice on how to photograph rainbows? If you do then please share it with me! I captured this one ok but the colours are still more washed out than I would have liked. So any advice let me know!

Camera: Panasonic Lumix G2
Lens: Panasonic 14-42mm @ 16mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/9
Shutter: 1/400 sec

 

 

 

Soft Water

Soft Water

I’m sat in the airport lounge in Mexico City waiting for my flight back to the UK. What a great opportunity to look over some of my old photographs to remember times past and to re-experience those captured moments. I think looking over your old work is essential and helps you to see how you have improved and to remember old lessons learned. I just found myself back in 2007 on a waterfall walk in the Brecon Beacons. This was the first time I tried creating a “Soft Water” picture and looking back I think I got some pretty good results.

To take a shot like this you simply need a waterfall, or some sort of flowing water, a camera and a tripod. The soft water effect is achieved by setting your shutter speed to around 1/10 sec or longer. If you set your camera to “S” or Shutter Priority then you can simply set the shutter and the camera will calculate the aperture to achieve the correct exposure. Alternatively get into manual mode for complete control! The tripod is almost essential for these types of shot as the idea is that the water blurs due to the slow shutter. Trying a shot like this handheld will result in unwanted camera shake.

Camera: Olympus SP510UZ
Lens: N/A
ISO: 50
Aperture: f/8
Shutter: 1/8 sec

Sandy Bliss

Sandy Bliss

So far 2014 has been pretty amazing having spent the last 2 weeks in Mexico. But it’s been pretty terrible with respect to posting! My excuse is the lack of internet I’ve had. The good news is I’ve taken loads of pictures! Here’s one to start… I wanted to capture the feeling of a perfect beach but from a slightly different perspective. In this picture I like that a slight wind caught some of the sand on my hand so if you look closely it looks like some of the sand is floating away. This fine white sand gets absolutely everywhere so time to give the camera a good clean!

Camera: Panasonic Lumix G2
Lens: Lumix 14 – 42mm @ 14mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/5
Shutter: 1/3200 sec

Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy

Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy

It’s never to late to try something you have never done before. In this photograph my wonderful girlfriend is flying a kite for the first time in her life. The childish joy which overcame her was contagious and had the whole family laughing and put huge smiles on our faces.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix G2
Lens: Lumix 14 – 42mm @ 14mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/8
Shutter: 1/320 sec