November 10, 2011

November 09, 2011

the stitch

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This is my first attempt at stitching photos in Photoshop. I went out last night with my camera, but forgot to take the kit lens. So when I came to this spot I realized there is no way I can use the 50mm lens to capture a whole scene like this, as this lens is, of course, not nearly wide enough. So instead I took several shots, and decided I will try to find out how to stitch them together in Photoshop. When I came home, it turned out this would actually be no big deal, as you only have to select an option from the menu, and Photoshop in fact does all the work for you! Awesome. I might do more of these. :D

November 08, 2011

just some leaves

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A rather boring autumn photo, I know. But I couldn't help myself, I'm really enjoying the stuff I can do with this lens DOF-wise, which I couldn't do with my kit lens...

November 07, 2011

spelt flour muffins with sour cherries

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This is one of my attempts at food photography. It's not particularly impressive, but then again, I didn't invest much effort in it either, so it wouldn't be. The thing is, I really don't have an inclination towards indoors photography that requires particular lighting set-ups (although, I actually went to the trouble of placing a white carboard to the side here as an improvised reflector, not that it did that much good...), well thought out background and composition, and stuff like that. And specifically for food photography, you need stuff like nice plates, and props: like, a jug of milk and a couple of glasses might have gone well with these muffins, just slightly visible in the background but enough to be seen that they're there. And some cherries in a bowl, and stuff like that. But I don't have the patience for it. I bought this pink kitchen towel to serves as a much nicer background than the boring white or brown that I might have used, and that's the most effort I'm willing to invest. I just find it infinitely more fun to be outside and take photos, than do this, so I don't bother too much with it. Although, as winter and bad weather approaches, I might end up doing more stuff like this as I'll probably be spending much more time at home, keeping warm...

Anyway, this was a snapshot taken to go with my recipe for spelt flour muffins with sour cherries, it's not going to feature in a cookbook, but for an amateur food blog I suppose it's good enough. :)

November 06, 2011

a couple

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Today is the only day of this week that I am free for the whole day (I was working yesterday, too), so I got up before dawn because I wanted to try to take some photos of the sunrise, and generaly catch the morning sun, and what did I find? Cloudy sky. Completely miserable light. And the scent of rain in the air. Yup, on the one day of the week when I'm free and I can spend the whole day outside, it decides to rain. Just my luck.

November 04, 2011

twilight

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This is a 25 seconds exposure taken just after sunset, two days ago. I don't have an ND filter or anything of the sort so I waited until it got sufficiently dark to do a long exposure shot. This is the first time I've done this, I quite like how it turned out. I darkened the sky just a little bit in Photoshop to make the clouds a bit more dramatic and to increase the contrast between the sky and the sea.

November 03, 2011

another macro

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This is the same plant as in yesterday's photo, also shot with the aid of the Kenko extension tube. Like I wrote yesterday, the tube is a rather limiting tool so it's not really a replacement for a proper macro lens. But it can still produce quite nice results in some settings.

November 02, 2011

teeny tiny snail

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This was taken with my new Ef 50mm f/1.8 II lens and a Kenko 25mm extension tube, which I bought used. What I didn't know before the purchase is that a 25mm extension tube, combined with a 50mm lens, produces such a tiny depth of field that it can be quite challenging to get something into focus and capture it if you're not, for example, leaning against something, or if there's a bit of wind, as even the slightest movement results in an out of focus shot. (Also, the thing you're photographing has to be really small and really close.) I'm not sorry I bought it, though, it will be useful until I can afford a proper macro lens...

This snail, btw, is perhaps 4 milimetres across – it's really tiny. In fact, it's so tiny, and so well blended with the surroundings, that I didn't even notice it until I attached the extension tube to take a close up photo of this plant. :)

November 01, 2011

colours of autumn #3

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I'm loving the autumn colours.