A Bit More Photography

It’s been awhile since my last blog post, due to too many things to do like impending GDPR Rules (if you don’t know what that is think yourself lucky) and new websites for EDM Models. I have managed to keep up with the new photography interest and I’ll just visit the latest efforts in this post and then leave it to get back to trains.

Clare and I have continued with our BBC set topic challenge and I also went on a guided night photography walk around York which apart from being freezing was very interesting and also helped meet that weeks challenge topic which was `Star’ so this picture of the entrance to The Star Inn did it.  It was a 30+ second exposure and believe it or not someone came out of The Star, walked through the picture and stood at my side chatting but managed not to appear in the image!

Reflections in the River

Street Lights and Boats

River side of The Star

Ghostly Church

The next photo challenge was `Reflections’ which coincided with The Beast from the East Pt2 which meant it was freezing and snowing whilst these were being taken

The Beast from the East Pt 1 resulted in my not taking EDM Models to The Gauge 0 Guild Spring show in Kettering but, every cloud etc, it did allow me to attend a studio photo shoot nearer home that I had been invited to but had initially declined.  I had never done photography in a Studio using studio flash before so I was very much the new boy here and just following what the other three photographers did. They were very generous with their advice and George, the model, was very tolerant of all of us pretending we knew what we were doing.

All the photography tuition to this point had been about altering the settings on the camera to control the image that is captured so the studio work was a bit alien. The first instructions were, stick it on 1/125th of a second and F8 and leave it. From that point all the changes were made with the lights, background and model position.  Anyway here are a few of my efforts from that very enjoyable evening.

The next serious photo event was Pt2 of our photography course with Go Digital at Souter Lighthouse. Part 1 had dealt with getting to know what all the knobs and dials on your camera were for and then concentrated on aperture priority shooting. Part 2 was about capturing movement, using shutter priority, focus method and all sorts of other fun stuff.

The first exercise used the servo setting on the auto focus to keep the focus on the tutors body as she ran across the shot and then used shutter speed to control how much of the moving image was focused. We were aiming to freeze movement in the head and body and to a little blurring in the arms to give the idea of movement. Think of a bird in flight with the body on perfect focus and just the wing tips blurring slightly

After that we tried this with a spinning umbrella. In the first shot 1/500th sec shutter speed has stopped all motion and then progressively longer shutter speeds allow movement up to the point where at 1/4 sec its become a blur and is about to burn out.

One last experiment involved deliberately trying to alter the zoom during a longish exposure to get a swirling effect.

Apparently this is called ICM or Intentional Camera Movement. Well, now I know what to call all those wobbly pictures full of camera shake!

One last image for this post. This satisfies this weeks photo topic of `holes’ by drilling one and demonstrates what we learnt on the course by using a combination of shutter speed, aperture and ISO to get different pictures of the same thing

In the first image a fast shutter speed has effectively stopped the drill so who knows if its actually running. The other shots first allow a little bit of movement and then make it an absolute blur which is closed to what your eyes see as it was doing about 600 RPM.

That will do for this post. I have it in mind to get back to some trains with the next blurb but who knows what may happen

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