Posts Tagged ‘Abstract’


Merry Christmas

December 24, 2011

So, the kids are tucked up in bed awaiting Santa Claus and finally asleep, the presents are wrappedΒ and I’m now watching Gremlins and posting my Christmas blog. πŸ™‚ To me, the best Christmas photos involve lights, and Christmas lights tends to lead to beautiful bokeh shots. That being the case, here’s my contribution to this year’s collection of such photographs πŸ˜€

I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and hope you all have an enjoyable, safe and relaxing one. I hope that Santa brings you whatever you are wanting and that you don’t spend too much in the post Christmas sales πŸ™‚

As always, have a great week πŸ™‚


The Abyss

August 28, 2011

Two weeks ago my wife, kids and a couple of friends rented a lovely converted barn in Kent. This made a nice base from which to visit the local area where I finally got to visit Dungeness and, maybe more importantly provided me with no light pollution at night, which allowed me to get involved in some interesting photography. πŸ™‚ I get pretty bored taking photographs of scenery etc… what’s always been my favourite genre for photography is experimentation, playing with speed, playing with lights, creating an interesting setup for a photograph and it’s great to finally get back into doing these things.

Before I went away I bought a few fairy lights and the photo below was done using them. I got a lazy susan, arranged the lights roughly on the thing, focused, spun and clicked a long exposure (of around 5 seconds).

Have a great week… πŸ™‚


28 Days Later – Self Portrait

March 21, 2011

So, this month’s themed competition is ‘Self Portrait’. I’d gotten a few ideas for this but hadn’t actually produced anything. A self portrait shot can be as simple as looking in the mirror, but, I wanted to do something cool, something different. I failed to actually turn any of my ideas into photographs but, playing about a bit, I came out with this… I give you… me, 28 Days Later… πŸ˜‰

Have a great week


Explode – Original

January 12, 2011

So, the answer to the question in the last post… water flowing out of a lemon juice bottle. πŸ™‚

Below is the original image that I used for the explode photograph – see the previous post.

I filled an empty lemon juice bottle Β with water and hung it upside down with the cap on. Underneath it was a glass. If you plan to reproduce this photo make sure you set up so that the bottle contains just under a full glass of water otherwise either:

(a) – The photo won’t work well

(b) the water will overflow. πŸ˜‰

I set the camera to ISO 100, f13 and a 5 second exposure. The camera was on a tripod, and black card was behind the bottle. Β (I wedged the bottle into a sawing workbench and piled a variety of items under the glass to get it to the right height.

With one hand on a remote shutter release trigger and the camera in mirror lockup mode, I clicked as soon as I’d unscrewed the lemon juice cap with my other hand.

To light the photo, I had my cheap and trusty snake LED light with the bulb touching the base of the upside down bottle. This resulted in the bottle and water being nicely lit but unfortunately also resulted in the glass being lit green 😦

I put the photo into lightroom and converted to the whitish colour because it’s just… tooooooo green otherwise! After this, I rotated it and cropped it to remove the glass as I felt it made the photo more mysterious, more like an explosion as opposed to water flowing out of a bottle into a glass πŸ™‚

If you do plan to reproduce this, good luck, enjoy and please link back to this post.




January 10, 2011

Last week I spent around 3 hours trying to capture a particular photo from an idea I’d got whilst playing around with the camera a few weeks back. This was the second time I’d tried to reproduce the image and the second time I achieved nothing but a big mess and a lot of cleaning to do and nothing to show for it 😦

Eventually I figured… screw it, and decided instead to try something different. What I ended up with is shown below.

So, what do you think it is? Have a guess and I’ll explain it later in the week πŸ™‚



December 13, 2010

Right now, just the one photo this week. πŸ™‚ My other ideas are going to take more time than I have right now… (and that includes the mess clean up) πŸ˜‰

Thanks to Steve for lending me the dice…



October 18, 2010

Sometimes, you can click, click, click but, the photographs don’t come. Sure, a print appears but, it’s just not right. That’s how my weekend was. A lot of photographs but none that seemed quite right. Eventually, I managed to get 5 that I was happy with. A lot got junked (I don’t believe in storing photos unless I like them). Next week though, I have a week off work. Halloween week Β means lots of photo opportunities and, scary movies. Awesome!


From above

September 22, 2010

I’d been wanting to get a shot of a cola bottle and was trying to work out how to get an interesting shot. This ticks the odd box.


ds288 – Diagonal Lines – Red

September 7, 2010

Over the weekend, after a few days of no photos, I had nothing to post. I’ve got a buffer which I’m trying to not touch as I want to try to get at least 5 new photos per week instead. So, I went through the daily shoot themes and struggled to really get anything. Then, whilst perusing, I found one of my wife’s dresses which I figured would make an interesting variant for the diagonal theme. The actual colour of the dress is aqua, but a bit of playing was required to create this strong red which, in my opinion, works better for the photo… πŸ™‚



September 1, 2010

In general, I don’t manipulate the photos that I put up here. They’re pretty much straight out of the camera. This one I obviously did manipulate. It’s a cloud photo (as you can see) that has been played with for no good reason other than, it looked a bit boring and I needed a photo to post.