Monday, 28 January 2008

Exciting Photos (I Hope)

I'm really excited. This weekend I finally managed to go to the weir near me to take photographs of it and the surrounding area with my 35mm camera. I am excited/nervous about the shots as I tried lengthening the exposure on some of them. I am going to put my film in for development soon and see what comes out, so watch this space! In the meantime, here is a photo of the weir taken on my N95.

Weir From an Old Watermill, Chesham

I really like this area of Chesham. There are a couple of lakes nearby with various birds in them. Further on from that is the Chess Valley Walk which provides some wonderful scenery. Now that I've found my tripod, I'm sure you will be seeing more from this area soon.

Thursday, 10 January 2008

Mind Blowing Photographic Opportunity

The Cloud Gate, Chicago

One of the greatest photographic opportunities on this planet must be the Chicago Cloud Gate. It is a highly polished piece of stainless steel. Last summer I was over in Chicago on business and was able to go and see this installation on the north west corner of Millennium Park in downtown Chicago.
The thing I like about the Cloud Gate, or "Bean" (as the locals refer to it), is that no matter where you stand, there are the most amazing reflections of the sky, buildings, people, and and everything else around it.
If you are in Chicago, you would be a fool to miss the Bean out on your sight seeing.

Clicking on the photo will take you through to my Picasa album where you can see a map of where the photo was taken.

Friday, 4 January 2008

Macro Apple

Just before Christmas I sent off some old films I had lying around to be developed. You know the kind, you put it aside to get developed, but moved/forgot/etc. The picture below is from when I was testing my old Dynax 2xi body to see if the rewind motor was truly dead (which it was). Do do this I ran a film through and took a load of handheld macros just for fun.

I think this photo came out fairly well. The lighting was from a desk lamp which accounts for the orange tint to the highlights on the rind. I do own a filter to adjust for bulb light, but did not have it on at the time. Still, I think it is quite nice despite the lighting.

I think I will repeat the exercise this year, but with more preparation, and a tripod. I really quite enjoy macro photography.

Watch this space!

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Happy New Year!

While watching the neighbours attempting to burn down their houses in celebration of the New Year, we attempted to write 2008 with sparklers.
The better pictures (I hope!) are in my 35mm camera, and so will have to wait. Instead this picture will have to do. Note the car.