Photography

When I first left school I trained to become a photographer and after 3 years  I decided it was not for me.

I have still had an interest in photography and I plan to start up again, so this is where my photos will be for everyone to see, lets hope they are OK.

Luna photography – second attempt

So way back in 2014 I tried my hand at taking some photos of the moon take a looa at: Luna photography for an idea of what I was doing.

Tonight I thought I would give it a second attempt and I think the photos are much much better with quite a bit more detail to show.

To see a larger version of the image please click on the photo.

Hastings by night

So some fun tonight in Hastings with long exposures.

I need to bring the time down quite a bit as they are a little too light in places and the images are suffering as a result, I will go back to the spot and play again in a few evenings times and hopefully the outcome will be better.

The nice thing about mistakes is the ability to learn a little more.

Water droplet photography

So after an age I have been able to start with doing some water droplet photography, this is my first try and a few lessons learned.

Firstly the boring bits:

  • Shutter speed: 1/250
  • ISO: 400
  • F-Stop: f16
  • Camera: Cannon Eos 700D
  • Post editing
    • With the exception of cropping there was no post editing, so what you see if what you get.

 

Lessons learned

Focus:

I need to work on the focus a little more, the water is fine but the droplets are not as clear as they should be, perhaps I need to move the focus up a little.

Background:

While black is doing the job I may need to have a play with other colours but we will see for next time.

Lighting:

The lighting is not as simple as it appears to be, I need to work on that quire a bit.

 

Star trail photography

I have loved star trail photos for quite some time now so I thought I would have a play.

This image of from a set of images taken last night, not the best night for star trails as there was a almost full moon but I needed to try out the theory.

The image below is a composite image from 55 photos stitched together, each photo was taken with a Nikon D5100 using the inbuilt “interval timer shooting” option.

The camera was mounted on a tripod and set up to take images with the following settings.

F-stop : 5.6

Exposure time : 15 seconds

ISO Speed : 1600

Focal length : 22mm ( I was aiming for 20 but hay ho)

The images where then stacked using StarStaX a fantastic little freeware application.

This is the resulting image:

StarTrail-Try1

Now there is lots wrong with this image, there is too much light pollution from the street lamps but it was able to prove the concept.

The next time I do this there will be no moon in the sky and I will be in a more remote location without street lamps and with a bit of luck it will be a lot nicer.