Up close(r) and Personal part 3

Had a fantastic session other day going out with the camera, the weather looked a bit dodgy the entire day so I was up and down weather go on a mission but am glad a did as it were one of best days I have had with my camera been honest.

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Little tip here as well.

Generally speaking I walk for miles and miles and don’t take in my surroundings enough ultimately meaning I don’t get a good selection of work. This time however I thought right then simmer down when walking and really take your time.

On a usual walk I do about 12 miles but this time I did barely 2 miles and captured some much better subjects, the best place being a farmers field crawling about on my hands and knees! 😉

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Up close and personal (part 2)

So I went on a mission around the Trans pennine trail the other day because there’s loads to see and the trails go on for ever! I think a covered about 5 miles which is nowt, but the next time a do it am going to double it me thinks.

Tell you what does me head in though is I walk everywhere generally as I don’t like catching bus and I don’t drive so a walk around 20 miles a week on average, now you’d think whoa loads a opportunity there to take pictures.

You’d be spot on with that assumption but I don’t like using me phone camera, and am not walking everywhere with all me camera gear  all time, so a thought am going to plan a session which is specifically for me photography work and it turned out decent.

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Shame about the photo bombing bug, but moving it would have affected the condition of the subject (Nikon D3100 – freehand (ISO 400, aperture: 5.6, shutter: 1/400, lens: 70 – 300mm Sigma, additional gear: battery grip) – fully manual

The weather for the spring bank holiday Saturday were meant to be good and they weren’t too far off with the prediction (cos we know they never get weather right!) as a may have mentioned before I struggle with landscape photography. With this in mind I have been using Twitter for the hourly gatherings, and there’s one called #Barnsleyhour which is every Thursday between 20:00pm – 21:00pm where I’ve been chatting to some great folk regarding various types of photography.

One guy I got chatting to from a recommendation from Amy Law was a great bloke from Yorkshire who does fantastic landscape photography and has recently launched a new website which has incredible work on it and can also be purchased through his site making it a jack of all trades.

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Seemed to work better as a B & W image this like the one above (Nikon D3100 – freehand ISO: 200, aperture: 5.6, shutter: 1/400, lens: 70 – 300mm Sigma, additional gear: battery grip) – fully manual

With the landscape stuff I have realised that there needs to be fore ground interest that leads you in the rest of the image, so when I actually get around to having another go I’ll do a post on it and tell me what you think.

With my spring bank mission around the trans pennine trail I hoped to get more images I was pleased with but that is a issue of mine. If I am completely satisfied with the images then other folk wont be so why would I post them? – quite simply put, I wouldn’t. I took around 100 images but I only liked so many due to me going free hand with a 300mm macro lens chasing after stuff makes it difficult to keep them in focus long enough for some top pictures.

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This guy dropped out of a tree right in front of me, he stayed still long enough for some good shots – Shame about the stick obsuring his head though! (Nikon D3100 – freehand, ISO: 800, aperture: 5.6, shutter: 1/400, lens: 70 – 300mm Sigma, additional gear: battery grip) – fully manual

With the image above I had to make some slight corrections in Adobe Lightroom as the area had a large tree canopy so the light was really low, that with the narrow-ish aperture meant decent light was an issue, so I jacked the ISO up to 800 to compensate which introduced some colour noise in to the image. A quick soften in Lightroom with a 4 pixel highpass on a separate layer in Photoshop sorted that though!

The images below are from a session the weekend after where the weather was absolutely boiling so I couldn’t stay out as long as I wanted to unfortunately because I forget that if I walk say…. 6 miles and it takes me a couple of hour I then have to obviously walk that same distance back turning it into a 12 mile 4 hour walk! which takes its tole in hot weather carrying camera gear.

 

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Basically a massive daisy this, all over place down there (Nikon D3100 – freehand, ISO: 200, aperture: 5.6, shutter: 1/400, lens: 70 – 300mm Sigma, additional gear: battery grip) – fully manual
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Pain in arse throttling colour back with these buttercup flowers, I like the intensity but it over saturates the details making it look more like a yellow silhouette instead of a flower (Nikon D3100 – freehand, ISO: 200, aperture: 5.6, shutter: 1/400, lens: 70 – 300mm Sigma, additional gear: battery grip) – fully manual
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Little bit different for me this, but this were weird! seemed really out of place like it didn’t belong here, some kind of abandoned tunnel (Nikon D3100 – freehand, ISO: 800, aperture: 9 shutter: 1/400, lens: 70 – 300mm Sigma, additional gear: battery grip) – fully manual
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Proper tiny this fly, really didn’t think i’d get a focused one as the slightest bit a wind moved the entire image out of shot, I were actually waiting on some rabbits just behind this guy but they never showed. (Nikon D3100 – freehand, ISO: 200, aperture: 5.6 shutter: 1/400, lens: 70 – 300mm Sigma, additional gear: battery grip) – fully manual
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Well chuffed with this one, he were constantly moving so a must have looked a right tit chasing him about for a good shot, tried to get him face on but it weren’t happening! (Nikon D3100 – freehand, ISO: 400, aperture: 5.6 shutter: 1/400, lens: 70 – 300mm Sigma, additional gear: battery grip) – fully manual

Up Close and Personal

 

When I first thought about taking photography up a level and by that I mean sorting out a proper camera (Nikon D3100 I know amateur camera but plans are in progress for a Nikon D7200) and gear, the genre that interested me the most was macro photography.

If you’ve looked at rest of me work on this site your probably thinking… eh? but your site mostly covers portrait work and good portrait work at that! 🙂 – you’d be right in thinking that, I love portrait photography too but the thing is with that I have time scales to work to, clients to please, editing and pricing to sort out but with my macro work its just for me, so if I want to take 2 hour to get a shot perfect then I can without anybody telling me otherwise it makes a nice change.

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Nikon D3100 – freehand (ISO 200, aperture: 5.6, shutter speed: 1/200 lens: 18mm – 52mm standard, additional gear: Ring flash) – fully manual

In fact even back when I was faffing about with a camera phone a were always drawn to the intimacy of macro work, the really up close and personal approach to a subject, how even the smallest adjustment to the position of either the subject or camera dramatically effects the overall look of an image. The best part of macro has to be the astonishing amount of detail that can be pulled from a single flower, its brilliant to see done properly, that quite simply a normal set of peepers couldn’t possibly see.

With me living in Yorkshire there’s loads a greenery, fields and woods around meaning a good subject to photograph is never that far away, its just finding them! On days where the weathers simply not the best (which being honest is often in good’ol blighty) I generally visit other places such as me grandma’s house who along with me grandad are fanatical gardeners and grow allsorts from fruit and vegetables to fantastic tulips and roses.

Since this post’s about macro photography am going to add the camera settings of each image plus the gear used like the images you can see here, that way you can see what’s being used and hopefully might recommend settings for different effects! – which would be great.

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Nikon D3100 – freehand (ISO: 100, aperture: 5.6, shutter speed: 1/200, lens: 18mm – 52mm standard, additional gear: Ring flash and macro lens adaptor) – Fully manual

Since I’ve been working on me blog more its amazing how much stuff pops into me head to talk about. Tell you what proper annoys me though is when your out walking and you spot that perfect capture for you to not have your camera! – that’s happened so many times as I walk an awful lot so being honest a person with some foresight would think best take me camera as a keep missing amazing shots, but I never do….

Anyway I digress…. 

Enough with the rabbling, on with the pictures!

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(He were actually on his last legs this guy, were barely moving) Nikon D3100 – freehand (ISO: 100, aperture: 5.6, shutter speed: 1/200, lens: 18mm – 52mm standard, additional gear: Ring flash and macro lens adaptor) – Fully manual

 

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(Captured this one while on a photography course) Nikon D3100 – freehand  (ISO: 100, aperture: 5.6, shutter speed: 1/200, lens: 18mm – 52mm standard, additional gear: Ring flash and macro lens adaptor) – Fully manual

 

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(Managed to get this from walking the Trans Pennine Trail which covers an obscene distance) Nikon D3100 – freehand (ISO: 200, aperture: 5.6, shutter speed: 1/200, lens: 18mm – 52mm standard, additional gear: Ring flash) – Fully manual
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(This is from the Cannon Hall gardens visit on a photography class which I enjoyed since I’ve never been before or cant remember going!) Nikon D3100 – freehand (ISO: 100, aperture: 5.6, shutter speed: 1/200, lens: 18mm – 52mm standard) – Fully manual

Cheers for reading this, I hope to see some comments on improvements to me work or maybe some tips. My next post will be the 23rd as am after writing 2 per month to start with.