Here’s another one from the zoo. The baby elephant was sooo cute!
We visited Wuppertal Zoo last week and I got a some great new animal shots. I particularly like this one of the zebras - my zoo favourites! I was a bit disappointed at first that I didn’t have a zoom lens with me, but in the end I think it worked out quite nicely.
Really been neglecting this photography blog recently - after managing to Blip almost every day in February (imagine my annoyance at the end of the month when I discovered I had missed just one day!), it’s been a bit downhill since then. Not that I haven’t been taking any photographs, but it’s mostly been museum stuff so I’ve been writing lots for my museum blog. But now we’re on holiday for Easter, so managing to take some other material too. Here’s one from today’s walk through the woods with some great light and shadow play.
It turns out toys are a great photographic resource when you’re stuck indoors with the baby - you can get away with working on material for your portfolio while it still all seems like playtime to the wee one, and they’re great for practising DOF and close-ups. Still looking forward to better weather though, so we can get outside more.
It’s February already. Eek, how did that happen? Time to revisit those New Year’s resolutions me thinks:
I’ve managed a total of 16 Blip journal entries during January. There were 5 additional days on which I shot shots for the family album that didn’t make it on to Blip. Makes a total of 21 out of 31 days, or a 68% success rate.
Read the Manual
OK, so I haven’t read the manual, and that wasn’t the point of the resolution. But I also haven’t made much progress on learning more about my DSLR’s functions. I’ve mostly been shooting with the IXUS and the iPhone, though I did manage to take some pretty awesome baby pictures with the DSLR. And that did involve experimenting with depth of field and lighting, so I guess it could count towards this resolution.
No progress here. Everything is still in the box. Epic fail…
Conclusion: Must try harder in February.
This gorgeous wooden camera stamp arrived in the post today; a belated Christmas present from a dear friend in the US (thank you!). I’ll have to think of some nice things to use it for.
Pretty much does what it says on the tin: historical photographs pinned on to a Google map. You can search by location, theme, or date; explore the map or compare the historical photos against what it looks like today in street view. You can also help to develop the historical community by uploading you own vintage photographs.
During another one of my late afternoon walks, this window display in a local health & beauty salon caught my eye: skeleton with an electric blue wig - hard to miss! So I whipped the IXUS and iPhone out of their respective coat pockets (don’t worry, I put the brakes on the pram first).
This time round there wasn’t as much experimenting, it was a straight forward matter of point-and-shoot, albeit three times. I did find some time at home, however, to give the IXUS shot some treatment. I preferred the tight crops from the iPhone shots, so worked a similar crop on the IXUS shot. Then I applied the lomo technique, which I blogged about a while back, to frame the skeleton, which also was akin to the Hipstamatic and Instagram effects.
The result was three very similar shots but with different colouring and lighting, as well as the iPhone shots being more grainy due to the lower resolution. I think I prefer my edited lomo shot the best.
Babies Are Like Cats
Most cats I’ve met always pose, looking cute, up until that moment you get your camera out. They can smell the camera a mile off, I am sure, for faster than you can blink they screw their face into a hideous grimace - or stick their backside into your viewfinder! As soon as you put the camera down, there’s that cute pose again. And so the game goes back and forth until you realise you’re never going to win.
And babies are pretty much the same, I have been finding out. Our son recently discovered his arm muscle strength, and has been practicing his push-ups ever since. I was trying to get a nice shot of him with his head held high to send to the grandparents. But as soon as I raised the camera, his head flopped to the floor, and when I put it down again, up went those little arms. You get the idea!
In the end I got this cute shot of him anyway, even though it’s not quite what I was going for. You can tell by the cheeky look on his face that he knew exactly what he was doing^^