We are in Lock Down again. what is a photographer to do? There are of course opportunities for indoor photography, and garden photography but the weather is not great and on cold wet grey days it is much nicer to stay in the warm. I find that when it is tricky to get out I can continue learning by reviewing my pictures. Such a review needs some constraints, so I decided to review my Long Lens photos. This is my summer lens really because I like to try and photograph butterflies and flowers with it. So what have I been doing with my 55 - 300 mm lens?
Happy New Year! This is the time of the year for retrospection and resolutions. Of course 2020 was challenging for many photographers because travel has been restricted and social gatherings largely banned due to the pandemic. Photographers all over the world have been confined to their local neighbourhoods. However, in many cases this has resulted in people discovering opportunities that they had previously overlooked. I have come up with my Good, Bad and Ugly photos from 2020, and looking back over the year, many of my pictures were taken in the local woods.
My main interest in photography is getting outdoors into the landscape, and I came across the idea of using a Super Wide Angle lens which enables you to get the big picture. I bought the Sigma 20-10 mm lens for my crop-sensor Nikon SLR back in February. My wide angle plans were almost immediately thwarted by Lockdown. I just managed a quick trip to Berrington Hall.
This strange year that we have had with the Covid-19 restrictions has made me appreciate my photographs as a record of freedom. In the past I have been relaxed about getting photos of Autumn colour but this year the possibility of imminent lockdown has spurred me on to try and capture the colours before they are gone, and before I have to remain in doors.
The Lockdown Gallery has been created so let us see what photos you have taken during lockdown. A maximum of two shots per club member should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org There is no need to resize so nothing could be simpler for you. I just need a title for each photo. Check out the Gallery to view submissions thus far.
Some of you may know that I am a bit a fan of old film cameras - I buy them, check them over and service them and maybe put a few rolls of film through them before selling them on. I do this mostly for fun, but it also helps fund my hobby. I have been reducing the count and am now down to only two "proper" film cameras.
A recent acquistion was a Mamiya 645 medium format camera dating from about 1980 and made in Japan from solid metal (judging by the weight I think it might be lead)
I hope everyone is managing OK in the lockdown - it's dragging on a bit now and maybe we've started to run out of jobs to do around the house. At least B&Q are reopening, so we can get the DIY and gardening necessities.
I just noticed that the final tally for the April on-line competition was 35 entries ! Brilliant - well done to everyone who made the effort to enter and good luck !
After reading the post by Peter I checked what facilities are available on my camera.
Multiple exposures is my option. This allows me to take two images. Following the instructions on my camera screen I am able to place the first picture on top of the second. Keeping the stems of the Teasels in line I moved up the second image slightly.
Try it out and have fun with your images.
Something you could try in the lockdown is ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) or multiple imaging.
A few images taken in this way by Lin and me are shown below,
One of the Blurb books that I have just completed is "Street Art in Valencia". Street and graffiti artists from all around the world have created a living art gallery in the old quarter of Valencia. Although I appreciate that I have photographed "other peoples images", I wanted to record the variety of artistic styles and the intense colours that bombard your eyes as you walk down the streets and narrow alleys. Often a number of artists will have added their extra touches to an original piece of work. It was fun to research the artists although many unfortunately remain unidentified.