A Break in the Weather…….

At last on the day before I am due to go back to work there seems to be a break in the incessant rain we have been having here in the South Wales Valleys.

I decided to just set out with the Olympus E-PL1 just in case I got caught in a downpour.

All of the shots here are using the ‘Art’ filter… Pinhole, as I shoot Raw all the time selecting the Art Filter writes a Jpeg with the selected effect and an untouched Raw file incase the effect was not successful.

I really like what the Pinhole filter does to the images even though you do lose some of the detail and sharpness.

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Morning walk with Instagram……

Went for a nice bracing walk yesterday before going to shoot the Rugby game and intead of dragging my Dslr around I just took my iPhone4 and used Instagram to snap some random photos for a change.

It was very liberating just using the phone camera but I did feel like I was missing something by not taking along my regular camera.

I was pleased with what I captured even though they were pretty random stuff and will not be winning many awards………..

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A Nice afternoon stroll……..

Its half term in school and I have a week off work so I have been decorating since the weekend and as the sun was shining late this afternoon I took a break and went out for a stroll with my camera.The Autumn colours are great but I decided to take a 3 shot bracketed shot of the Lake just to see if I could show the full range as I saw it.

I don’t think it looks too over cooked, comments appreciated……..

Nikon D300s,  Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 VC

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Film shooter in the Garw Valley…….

A self portrait shot with my Lubitel 166 medium format using kodak Portra 400.

I realised that landscape photography was not this cameras strong point as most of the photographs were very soft indeed.

It may have been my fault as I shot them on infinity stopped down to f11 to f22 thinking that would give me the best results but obviously not, unless the camera has a fault.

All the closer shots were far sharper and contrasty, well you live and learn and I really like using the camera so I will pick my subject matter a little more carefully next time.

I have loaded some Fuji Neopan 400 next so lets see what that brings…….

Cardiff Harbour Festival…..

Visited Cardiff Bay this weekend and it was in the middle of its Harbour Festival, loads of interesting characters and various food and craft stalls.

Because of the cloud cover I decided to try and take a photograph of the Tall ships moored up with the hope of creating a HDR to enhance the clouds.

After various tweaking I decided to convert the final Tonemapped image to mono…… comments very welcome.

I will post the colour version if anyone is interested, let me know.

Nikon D300s,  Sigma 30mm f1.4      1/400sec  f8  iso 200

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A Garw walk after the rain……

Went out for a little walk tonight after the rain with the hopes of catching the last rays of sun before it disappeared behind the mountain.

I didn’t want to take out the tripod so I bracketed 3 exposures in camera and shot on continuous high and hoped for the best.

Processed in Photomatix.

Nikon D7000,  Tamron 17-50mm f2.8      1/160-320-640sec  f7.1  iso 400

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Along the cycle path……

Taken a little further down the cycle track near Pontyrhyl new stone walls erected with what looks like railway tracks(not 100% certain) with embossed writing referring to the Garw valley ( I am going to find out the actual story about this monument).

Nikon D7000,  Tamron 17-50mm f2.8      1/60sec  f5  iso 400

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