Anyway, not to worry. I’ve been up to a few photographic things lately which may very well be the subject of a future couple of blog posts.
Back to today though. As most people involved with photography know, there is an annual show at the NEC in Birmingham called “Focus on Imaging”. It’s not the biggest or most prestigious show in the world, but it’s one of those “must go to” things; well I always think like that… until I get there!
Every year, it’s packed, and I hate crowds. There’s always someone trying to sell me something that I don’t want; things I want to see but can’t because I can’t get near them and, oh did I mention… it’s packed.
And I go because…. I like it. I enjoy it. Every year I see something that gives me an idea, or I see a demonstration where I learn something new or inspires me.
Every year, like loads of other photographers, I take a camera along; just to record the day etc. Rather than take my usual set up in my back pack, this year i just took my D700 and 50mm 1.4D lens in a small shoulder bag. I also went today, Monday, as opposed to the opening day yesterday, Sunday, on the basis that it might not be so packed… well, it was. I can only imagine what it must of been like yesterday – hell!
Anyway, here’s a few images from the show (as always, click on the image to view full size etc):
Well, here we are: week number four; post number four.
Now ok, I’ve cheated slightly in that these images aren’t new; but they haven’t been published before either and that’s because I couldn’t get them to look right… until now.
And what is it about them now that I’m happy with? Simple: converted them to black & white. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how many adjustments are made to an image, it just fails to work. However, convert the same image to black and white and it takes things in a new direction, sometimes to the point where what would have been thrown away is now something useable.
Now before everybody panics; no animals were harmed in the production of these images!
The subject/model for the photos is a small soft toy who, even though I’ve had him for years, doesn’t actually have a name. I just refer to him as “Office Bear” as he’s usually sat on the shelf in my home office until I need him to be an occasional subject for when I want to practice some photographic technique or other, but for the most part he spends his days just sat there.
Given that the UK is experiencing some proper winter weather at the moment, I wanted to jump on the bandwagon and get a few “snow pics”. So like every man and his dog (or in this case: bear) out I went.
Office Bear got placed in the snow and patiently sat there with the same resigned expression that he always has whilst I messed around with some fill flash with a warming gel on it.
About five minutes later, with some shots in the bag we came back in and to prove I don’t take my models for granted etc; Office Bear was placed on a radiator to warm up & dry out before going back on his shelf until he’s need again.
As always, click on an image to view full size.
By the way, I don’t know if any one has noticed; but this is my third blog post in as many weeks. How long can I keep that up? – check back next week & we’ll see….
Well it was going to happen sooner or later! Now don’t worry, this will always be the D700 Diaries regardless of whatever camera I decide to use; but since my old Fuji S2 Pro “gave up the ghost” a little while ago I’d been trying to decide what to get as a replacement second body.
After doing a lot of thinking I decided on the D800; a sort of upgrade to my D700 rather than a second body (if I’d gone down that route then I probably would have got the D600 or even a used D700 etc). It has to be said though that the D800 is not really an upgrade, certainly not in my opinion, it’s quite a different beast in some ways and the D700 didn’t suddenly stop being a great camera when the D800 was released. I certainly intend to keep using mine along side the D800 for a long time to come yet.
With pretty much all the children now back at school here in the UK, it reminded me of one of the first things you did when you went back for the new term, when you were in the primary and junior schools was; write about on what you did during the six week break.
Now unfortunately, six week summer holidays are a long way back in the past but I have been doing things since my last blog post way back in May although I’ve not found time to write about them.
One of the things that I did was upgrade my Flickr account. I’ve had a standard one for ages but never used it much. The beauty of it is that I can put all my images for viewing on the web in one place rather than have loads of different copies stored on my hard drive etc. Furthermore, I’m now using Adobe Lightroom as the major part of my workflow which has some really cool features for publishing and managing images online.
So here’s a couple of links to some image sets:
The Black Country Living Museum – A great day out, and it does take a day to see everything, all about the history of The Black Country, it’s industrial past and what makes it unique & famous etc. More information can be found on their website: www.bclm.co.uk
North Devon – A selection of images, mainly coastal landscape, from the North Devon Coast.