Weekly Photo Challenge: Magic

This week’s photo isn’t magical in and of itself, but the editing that I did to it feels like some sort of voodoo magic that produces amazing pictures. It’s for the WPC found here

I edited this picture with GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) a free program that’s just like photoshop. I know a lot of people probably already know how to do stuff like this, but this is the first time I’ve done anything so complicated and I feel really excited by the result! What do you think? Old hat or still a fun technique?

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It’s not a “true” color isolation, as there’s yellow in with the red, but I really like this effect.

Oops Button: Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare.

This is for the weekly photo challenge: Rare
So I found this actual key on a keyboard from an old computer at the Jim Austin Collection:

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Top row, fifth key across, unedited photo.

Let me know if you’ve ever seen this before or worked with a keyboard like this; I’d love to know more about it!!

How to shoot photos indoors

 

“John Loengard, the picture editor at Life, always used to tell me, ”If you want something to look interesting, don’t light all of it.”
– Joe McNallyThe Moment It Clicks: Photography Secrets from One of the World’s Top Shooters

As part of my ongoing series about photography, I wanted to talk about how to take a picture indoors.

Indoor shooting is relatively simple once you know how, because light levels tend to be more constant than they are outdoors, where clouds can cause serious problems with over or under exposed photos. I also have an article with more general info about setting up a shot.

  1. Lighting lighting lighting:
    Some people claim you can never light too much, but if that lighting is uneven, you will get a better shot by ditching some of the lighting and changing your camera settings to adjust for low light levels – you can do this by slowing down your shutter speed (1/30 will let more light in than 1/300), by increasing your ISO, or by changing your f-stop number to a lower number (1.8 will let in more light than 4.6, but check your lens, some don’t go down very low). If you do have access to bright, even lighting, you want to play around (left, right, and top are usually where you put them) to find the best positioning for your lights. Remember to adjust the white balance on the camera if you’re using artificial lighting or everything has a tendency to come out yellow.
  2. Tidy:
    Tidy the area in and around the shot, because unexpected things will end up in frame if you forget about them and move the camera slightly. I’ll never forget the time I’d done a set of photos for this website, and it was only when I was resizing them that I realized a couple of the pictures had a pair of old socks in the background!!
  3. Eliminate Wobble:
    Put the camera on a stable surface if you can, such as a tripod – this is essential for video. While you don’t need a tripod specifically, any stable surface should be fine, it’s easier to change the height and levelling of the camera with a tripod. For Youtubing, I put my camera on the wooden flat bit at the top of my headboard and I sometimes raise it with paperback books.
  4. Angle it:
    Playing around with angles is one of the fastest ways to improve pictures from sort-of-meh, or flat, to vibrant shots that will jump out at the viewers. Even the most boring of things can look totally different depending how you shoot them. Tilt your camera up or down, increasing or decreasing height of the camera to ensure the subject is still in the viewfinder, to experiment with different angles.
  5. Focus:
    If you’re using manual focus, you need to make sure you’ve adjusted it. With automatic focus, check that the key elements of the shot are actually in focus. I had one bridge camera whose autofocus had a terrible habit of focusing on the least interesting component of any given shot, which drove me to distraction because it didn’t have a manual option – this terrible focal problem was the entire reason I snapped and bought my DSLR.
  6. Snap it:
    Finally, when you’ve got your shot set up, take your picture. I always re-take at least twice to make sure I got everything right.

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Pink Snow: Weekly Photo Challenge: Pure

Pure as the driven snow, me.” – Me being sarcastic at some point in the past.

This week’s weekly photo challenge is ‘Pure‘ so I found some beautiful recent cherry blossom photos that I haven’t shared before, to spread the purity of pink snow:

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Pure Cherry Blossom
Pure Cherry Blossom May Blossom Snowfall Petals
Pure Cherry Blossom
Pure Cherry Blossom May Blossom Snowfall Petals
Pure Cherry Blossom

Sparkles and Cobwebs

So I’ve been very, very busy editing my next two books, which are coming out in quick succession this month by the publisher.  Titles and links and such shall be divulged once such things exist.  In the meantime, some photos:

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Strands of cobweb supporting lots of sparkling droplets of water.
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Shifted the focus a bit and changed camera settings. Shot with Canon EOS 700D with 18-55mm (EF 3.5-5.6) lens (can you believe!)
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A drop of drip. But not an April shower. Late May, actually.

Can you believe it’s June today???  It’s going to be my wedding anniversary in 3 weeks.  I swear it wasn’t 2 years since we got married!!!

Raindrops on Roses: Weekly Photo Challenge

I looked out at the ethereal water droplets bathing the garden and I couldn’t help myself.  I had to go out and get soaked taking these pictures. This is my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge since the theme is Spare and the sky had all this spare water in it (so it rained a lot):

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Raindrops on Roses
Raindrops on Roses invoke delight and inspire
Raindrops on Roses – tiny snail nestled amidst the petals.
Raindrops on Roses invoke delight and inspire
Raindrops on Roses
Raindrops on Roses invoke delight and inspire
Raindrops on Roses – an adamant ant.
Raindrops on Roses invoke delight and inspire
Raindrops on Roses
Raindrops on Roses invoke delight and inspire
Raindrops on Roses
Raindrops on Roses invoke delight and inspire
Raindrops on Roses – and leaves too!
Raindrops on Roses invoke delight and inspire
Raindrops on Roses – the drip is about to fall
Raindrops on Roses invoke delight and inspire
Raindrops on Roses
Raindrops on Roses invoke delight and inspire
Raindrops on Roses – screw the roses, give me the thorns (!)
Raindrops on Roses invoke delight and inspire
Raindrops on Roses – the water has turned this rosebud into a glimmering jewel.

Seen anything wonderful today?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Jubilant

The WPC this week was Jubilant. Which means really cheerful.
Well I’m stuck into editing my next book at the moment, it should be out in a few weeks time, I’ll let you know, but I did get some beautiful pictures of cherry blossom this week and I do always think the pink snowfall of cherry blossom is one of the happiest sights in the world.  It always reminds me of wedding confetti only you don’t have to be at  a wedding to enjoy May blossom.
In Japan they hold festival celebrations for it.

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A dandelion amidst the fallen petals.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth (Infrared)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

None of these are edited.

I took my camera out to do some more infrared photography last Sunday but since I’ve had very sick rabbits this week I’ve not had a chance to share them with you.  They really do encompass a small and more unusual portion of the beauty of the Earth so I  thought they’d fit nicely for the WPC this week.

Here’s my take on the weekly photo challenge then:

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Trees, left and right, are parted by a footpath (center), under a red sky in this infrared photo.
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A path, left, fence, centre, and trees.  A nice example of infrared photography.
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Trees, left and right, a path, front centre, leading to a stone circle, centre, under a red sky.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge was Abstract. Here, I am taking abstract to be synonymous with weird and random.
The flames of a bonfire, taken January 2016.

The flames of a bonfire on a long exposure, taken January 2015.  Not sure which camera this photo was taken by or the exact settings.

Weekly Photography Challenge: Harmony

(and second Liebster award in a week)
This was another tricky photo challenge, because I’m a perfectionist and wanted the picture to be truly harmonious, and I see imperfections in every photo I take.  I guess that’s where I’m at with photography. Here’s where I found the challenge: Harmony
I decided this picture of Jack Frost’s handiwork was the only thing that would fit the bill – the harmony of nature in frost patterns always looks visually striking to me:

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Frost patterns on the car windscreen taken with mobile phone (as no camera to hand).
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A few seconds later, none of this beautiful frost existed, as I had to remove it to drive the car.

I’ve also been nominated for a second Liebster by someone who I nominated.  I’m not sure that’s quite within the rules (lol) but it was very thoughtful, so I thought I’d go along with it anyway because someone did something nice and it would be mean not to pay it forward to other people.

So thank you very much for thinking of me Maricela at The Purple Realm 🙂

Here’s my answers to the questions:

Favorite color? Yellow!
Sneakers or heels? Depends on the event, but usually sneakers (trainers).
Anything you are currently obsessing over? Photography for definite!
Favorite TV show? Xena Warrior Princess.  Strong female lead (in every sense of the word), solves her own problems, solves other people’s, witty, great fight choreography… Can’t wait for the new series.
What old school song takes you down memory lane? Therapy?’s “Screamager” just reminds me of the beginning of my current relationship.

Dessert you can’t live without? Bananas. I eat them at least once a day.
Have you ever been to a concert and if so, who was it? So many concerts. Mostly metal bands and hard rock bands because they’re the best. I’ve written about them all here although I haven’t got round to writing about all of the ones I went to last year yet.
Coffee or tea? Tea.
Limeade or lemonade? Lemonade.
What’s your favorite candle smell? That one that they always call “the sea” or “ocean” or something like that – although it really smells like aftershave because the sea usually smells like fish lol.

And my nominations:
The Stylish Starlet
Lushious Blog
Following the Golden Quill
I already nominated 5 people last week so I’m going to keep it short this time.

Your Questions are:
1. What’s your usual fitness routine?
2. How many mascaras do you own?
3. What is your favourite foundation at the moment?
4. What do you like the most about blogging?
5. What is your favourite weather and why?

I look forward to reading your answers!