Wednesday, 12 August 2015

iPhone 6 camera and Photos App for editing

I was in York last weekend and came across the York Scooter Club displaying some of their Mod style Scooters.

As I walked past I grabbed some shots using my iPhone 6. I then edited these in the Photos App on my iMac just to see what it was like.

As a simple quick photo editor is works well; I used the enhance function and then applied a Chrome filter and a bit of cropping. In one image I used the Healing Tool.

iPhone 6, edited in Photos

iPhone 6, edited in Photos

iPhone 6, edited in Photos

iPhone 6, edited in Photos

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Canon G10 Powershot

I Fancied a camera I could take with me when I ride my motorcycle. I ride a Triumph Street Triple R and its not the type of bike for which panniers or luggage is made. I do though have a smallish case designed to mount on the pillion seat which holds enough for an overnight stop, maybe a weekend if you really cram it full. This means that its impossible to take my Canon 5D2. I could get the Fuji X-Pro1 in if I didn't pack any trousers, but that is a little inconvenient. 

So a small compact; I'd always liked the look of the Canon G series and came across a nice condition G10 at MBP Photographic for £109.

I've only had a couple of hours to play with it so far but was really impressed with the Macro mode and how nice the images look in B&W when passed through Nik Suite.

I'll write more once I've had a longer play with it and shot some better images, in the meantime here is there Macro shot I was impressed with.

Canon G10 in Macro mode, processed in Nik Suite

Monday, 15 June 2015

DPR photo challenge 4th place

My best result so far in a DPR photo challenge.
Very pleased with 4th place out of 100 entries.

This image was taken on my Canon 5D2 with a Canon 20mm USM f2.8 lens.

It was further processed on Ps using a photo of a rusty baking tray as an overlay.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

York and Manchester with Fuji X Pro-1

This week I had cause to go to Media City in Manchester.

I took along my Fuji X Pro-1 just in case there was time for a bit of photography.

As it happens it was raining and Hailstones in Manchester (yes,  Hailstones in May!) so I didn't do as much as I would have liked.

I got a few more in York whilst waiting for my train.

I had the XP1 set to jpeg+RAW and the film type as B+W+Red Filter, I like this as it gives me a representation of the image in B+W in the EVF.
I don't use the B+W jpegs but process the RAW files.

All images taken with Fujinon XF 18-55mm, processed in Lr, Ps and Silver EFX Pro.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Fuji X-Pro1 18-55mm portrait

Decided to take some portraits today with the Fuji X-Pro1 and the 18-55mm XF lens.

Processed in Lr CC, Silver EFX Pro and Ps CC.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Canon 100mm f2.8 USM Marco with Canon 5D2

My wife bought some Tulips yesterday and I noticed they were starting to open and being caught in the afternoon light.
I quickly grabbed my Canon 5D2 and attached the 100mm f2.8 USM Macro and grabbed a few shots before the light vanished.

Processed in Lr CC, Analog EFX Pro2, Colour EFX Pro and Silver EFX. I really like this Canon 100mm Macro, its a lovely lens.

Canon 5D2, Canon 100mm f2.8 USM Macro, 
Analog EFX Pro2

Canon 5D2, Canon 100mm f2.8 USM Macro, 
Colour EFX Pro2

Canon 5D2, Canon 100mm f2.8 USM Macro, 
Silver EFX Pro2

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

La vie en gris Lightroom presets

I updated to Lr CC this evening. Adobe have added a Panorama function, a Grad Filter brush and HDR functions, which might be handy occasionally. They also added face detection, which I doubt I'll ever use.

Lr also now uses the GPU (the hardware that provides the computing power for the display on your computer) to do some of the heavy lifting, Adobe claiming great increases in speed for Lr functions.

My MacBookPro is pretty fast anyway, and so far I've not noticed any difference.

Whilst I was in Lr I installed a set of presets I found here they attempt to replicate the B+W style of some well known photographers. I'm not sure how accurate any presets of this type are as I'm of the opinion that there are far too many variables to get a really accurate replication, but I do like these.

They look good on first click, and of course you can fine tune them to taste. 

Daido Moriyama preset

Daido Moriyama preset

Michael Kenna preset

Nick Brandt preset