Skateboarding Composite

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This was a fun shot that took a bit of experimentation! I was searching for some interesting things to attempt blending multiple photos and Jeremy Karasavas provided the perfect subject with his skateboarding skills.

Technically this shot was a bit complicated due to:

  • Balancing off camera flash settings at night time
  • 1/200 shutter flash sync limitation
  • Burst photo to get the intervals of action
  • Trying to reduce motion blur

Not to mention trying to not blind Jeremy mid air or the other skaters with the multiple flashes.

I first tried to capture the action with a long exposure and multiple flashes to expose, but my flash wasn’t able to cycle fast enough. This left either under-powered (and underexposed) flashes, or large intervals between flashes (e.g. missing the flow of action). My solution at the time was to simply take separate shots and combine them in post-processing.

Kudos to Jeremy for the opportunity! I know you’re still cut the final shot wasn’t of you sticking the landing!

~bert

Canon Photo 5 2010: Eyedropper – Legoman & Snail

I see that my portfolio is currently biased towards photos relating to the Rail Industry, so let me shake things up with a photo I previously entered into a Canon Photo 5 Competition.

Back in 2010 the Canon EOS Photo 5 Competition gave entrants a small box with 5 various items of which we had to use individually in a series of photos with the associated theme or style of photography.

For 2010, the items included:

  1. Eyedropper – Close Up
  2. Bubble Gum – Portrait
  3. Incense – Black & White
  4. Confetti – Motion
  5. Inspired by Sound (a music file with the sound of falling) – Open Brief

This was my entry for the Eyedropper:

 

Canon Photo 5 2010 Entry:Eyedropper - Lego Man & Snail

Canon Photo 5 – 2010 Entry:
Eyedropper – Lego Man & Snail

 

My idea came from the 2009 bushfires where a photo was being circulated of a volunteer fireman feeding water to a koala who had had its paws burnt in the fires. I wanted to use the eyedropper to create a droplet of water that would be offered from a legoman to a small object or insect.

In preparation of this shot, I had to research snails (which taught me some snails like beer) before I went hunting the yard for an appropriate model.

This photo is still one of my favourites and required a lot of patience in setting up the scene and getting my kidnapped model to co-operate! I remember almost 200 shots were taken before I was happy with the composition. We had issues with the snail reaching up for the droplet, grabbing onto the leaf before pulling down the Lego man and climbing all over him. The scene would have to be reset each time and the lego man cleaned!

I can also report that the snails in that yard were not boozeheads, and the model was returned to the yard unharmed!

Also for those that are interested the Canon Photo 5 competition is still continuing though entries are very limited and the 2012 comp has finished. The 5 objects also come with a photography theme. e.g. Spaghetti with Portraiture.

~bert

 

TheRetrographer.com

Fellow photographer (or should I say Retrographer), Adrian Nurman has started blogging his pursuits at TheRetrographer.com.

Reading his entry into the world of photography in his My Gear page was an interesting insight into a colleague’s journey into photography and the eventual lust for technology and lenses.

Retro and Vintage inspired cameras such as the Leica M9 and Adrian’s newly acquired Fujifilm X-E1 have a simplistic beauty that is in stark contrast to the DSLRs I see around. Where DSLRs have become the flavour of the month, I believe cheap retro inspired cameras (and apps) have also had a resurgence especially with the  popularity of Instagram and lomography cameras.

The Leica M9 and others like it, bring to the table high quality images with manual controls in a stylish retro inspired and easily transportable body!

Be sure to check out Adrian’s pursuits!



Fuji X-E1

Fuji X-E1 displaying manual controls

Fuji X-E1 with Leather Case
~bert