On the cheap.

As you can see from my blog that I love landscape photography but I also love to play with macro as well. This post is about doing it on the cheap. All the images shown are taken with a cheap Canon EF 30-85mm lens with the focusing glass removed, yep that right, by simply popping out the focusing lens of a EF 35-80 lens you end up with a lens that can produce pretty decent images if I say myself. I would however recommend placing a clear lens filter on the end to protect the insides of the lens.

The real bonus in using the 35-80 is that although the focusing doesn’t work the autofocus squares will detect when the image is in focus, you just have to move in or out until they beep. I have used manual focus lenses with extension tubes to also but it is a little harder to get things focusing correctly.
Crusader Bug

Lit with harsh light

11/30 - Water drops

A new year a new beginning

Today seems a fitting day to get back into this blog of mine, the date is 11.01.11 which is binary for 55 or if you are American then 01.11.11 equates to 39 which is the age I turned last month.

On a sad note today is also the day where people in Queensland have had to deal with devastating floods across 75% of the state, I wish them all the best.

I have been taking a few shots of late, the first is my very first of this year also matching the number 39 as it was taken on the 01.11.11.

There is something about the way that no two sunsets are the same, the colour, reflection and lighting is always changing, a shot every few seconds would create a different shot.

First sunset 2011

The second shot I am posting is an attempt to emulate an old film photo the image isn’t in focus there is a fair amount of blur and vignetting.
Vintage

The final image was talking as I was setting out to take my beautiful dog Kodi for a walk, I spotted a Cockatoo sitting on a street light looking towards what looked to be a storm heading our way, I thought it might make an interesting shot as light seemed to sit well on the street light and cockatoo. So I whipped out my trusty point and shoot, Canon EOS 5D and took a happy snap.

Watching the storm

Feel free to add advice or comments you can obviously see some of my work here, twitter or on flickr

Forced photography

17/30 - Take me down to the ball park

So I keep complaining abou the lack of inspiration I have had
recently, I’m tired of hearing it and I am sure you are too, so to
remedy the situation I decided to start a thirty day challenge.
Yes I know people do 365 challenges but baby steps first, the
other anomaly is I haven’t chosen a theme, I just have to get
out and take a shot. This shot is day 17 and my favourite so far,
you can catch the rest of this challenge on my flickr stream
here.

Loss of inspiration

As the heading of this post says recently I have had none, six months ago I would carry my equipment with me as if it was another appendage. So what now? I have decided to try and get back on the wagon starting with a month of images, everyday I will push myself to upload an image for each day. Today is no exception so here is my first shot and all the following will appear on my Flickr page.

1/30 - Floriade 2010

don’t pass up an opportunity

" A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work"

So many times driving to work early in the morning I have look out at the sky and thought I should pull over and capture that, sometimes I have but the majority of times I have just kept driving, today was not going to be one of those days.

I was cruising along listening to This week in Photography on my iPhone, I looked out to my left, looked in the revision mirror and decided to that now was the time to swerve off the road onto the rough on the side and hit the anchors, jumped out and shot several different bracketed shots, not too back considering this was hand held.

simple images…..

"The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face."

This is one of those times you see something, it looks interesting, you take a shot and when you see it, it does nothing for you. After a couple of hours you go back to it thinking how can I make it more dramatic or move it away from being a photo. On this occasion I thought I would go more for the artistic look. I achieved this by changing the photo to greyscale and adding more black levels to darken the reflection. The image was also cropped top, bottom and slightly on the right side to get away from it being dead centre of the image.

See for yourself and feel free to comment on which of the two you prefer.

close to work…

"Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind."

I work in the Parliamentary Triangle, Parkes in Canberra I would say that it is the most looked after area in Canberra with maybe a few exceptions. The trees, grass and flowers are beautiful and make it worthwhile to get out of the office when possible and enjoy the fresh air. All of these locations are within a 10 minute walking radius.

Where's Jack the Ripper?

Lake Burley Griffin – My personal favourite of all my images

"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."

Queen Victoria Terrace. Forward: Old Parliament House. Right: Australian Electoral Commission.

"If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place."

The Magna Carta. Forward: My morning walk to beautiful coffee @ Coffers Cafe.

"Be yourself. Who else is better qualified?"

Department of Finance.