Recent Photos

Regular visitors to my blog will know that I regularly post photos whilst I am out and about via the excellent Instagram app.  I also take more refined photos with a digital SLR, which I post to PhotoShelter, which are available to license for commercial or personal use.

Here is a small gallery of photos taken in and around my home town, Penzance in Cornwall, UK.

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Digging for Bait, Swansea Bay

I often see silhouetted figures out on the edge of the tide digging for bait, toiling away filling buckets of ragworms and lugworms. I’m glad that I was able to capture this image, my first with a telephoto lens (Canon FD 70-210mm) – I like the bands of colour and the tiny contrast of the yellow bucket in the centre of the frame.

Swansea Waterfront and the view to Mumbles at dusk

Swansea Waterfront and the view to Mumbles at dusk
Swansea Waterfront and the view to Mumbles at dusk
The view across Swansea Bay towards Mumbles is beautiful, and this is as close as I can get to recording how it really looked at dusk this evening.

This photos was an experiment with a long exposure to get that glassy look to the sea paid off. Taken as RAW at ISO100, this was a 30 second exposure at f/18.0 on a Canon 550d, developed in Lightroom.

Apples

Soft Apples
Soft Apples
Soft Apples

I have recently bought a Canon 550d, my first DSLR camera. Fascinated as I am by old lenses, I bought a high quality FD/EOS adapter so that I can use the Canon FD range of lenses that were used from the early 1970s until 1990.

A local camera shop has a large range of secondhand FD lenses in stock, and by the looks of it they rarely sell any, so I was able to pick up an FD 50mm F1:1.4 for a good price (part exchanged my old Panasonic Lumix FZ30).

This is one of the first photos I took with this lens, a bowl of apples under fading daylight. I am rather pleased with it – the resulting image is soft and appley – just how I’d hoped.

Nokia E71 Review: Part Two – The Camera

I’ve now had my E71 for a couple of weeks or so, and I’m still loving it.

The camera is renowned (from reviews that I’ve read anyway) for being between utterly average and really poor. These definitions are, of course, subjective. After a few weeks of use, I would prefer to call the camera “idiosyncratic”. It behaves with quite a mind of its own.

So rather than going through the camera’s interface (that can be found elsewhere), I’ll talk more generally about it.

Let’s begin by letting this Flickr gallery do some of the speaking for me. Adjustments made to these photos range between none at all, to drastic. Most of them were done ‘rough and ready’ in iPhoto.

I’ll be tagging photos with “E71” for a while, so feel free to see what else I have taken over on my Flickr pages.

The phone that the E71 replaced was the 3 Skypephone, whose camera really is utterly, utterly awful (in the 1st generation phone at least). Bear that in mind when I say that I actually think that the E71’s camera is reasonable. I probably say this because I’m used to editing photos, and I don’t mind a bit of camera noise. I like to take arty (in the loosest possible terms) and unusual shots, and for the odd snap with friends, it fulfills those needs entirely.

I sometimes find that it takes an abnormally long time to take a photo, and often when this happens, it is very overexposed. However, in some of the occasions when this has happened, I’ve loved the results! In a way, since the camera is a bit of a novelty really, I love this unpredictability.

The Boot Inn

In low light conditions, there’s lots of noise, which according to some renders it unusable. I prefer to ignore that and use it to my advantage. I’ll make grainy and gritty photos instead:

Salisbury Gasometer II

I’m finding that the limitations of the camera is making me think more about composition, that’s for sure!

In the next post I’ll focus on some of the software that I have thus far installed.

A walk in the country
“A walk in the country” – The only adjustment was a slight desaturation. The lens blur is from the optics.

Flickr introduces Collections

At long last, Flickr users can finally have “sets of sets”! Requests for this feature have been repeatedly been made for at least 2 years, but at last our patience has been rewarded. Flickr call this feature “Collections”. Head over to the Flickr Blog to read the full news.

Flickr Collections