I had some fun this weekend with Maya turning 8. Just being able to throw the background out of focus makes such a difference in directing the attention to the subject. This was taken with my Nikon 50mm (that is this month’s lens after all) with flash bounced off the ceiling.
I played a little with Color Efex Pro too.
I was out and about this weekend with my 50mm lens, quite a mixture of photographs resulted. It was very windy when I went out in the evening to my local golf course and I got some interesting wind blown flowers.
I managed some slightly sharper images on the Port Hills outside Christchurch with some New Zealand Flax, this is processed with the Color Efex Pro Hi-Key filter from Nik Software.
On the way back there were dozens of Kite Surfers out doing jumps and moving very fast on a breezy afternoon. Not the best time for photographs and the 50mm lens wasn’t really the right lens for the subject matter but I had to give it a go.
So far using one lens has been fun, I have tried a number of things I would not have if I had multiple lenses to hand, the images have been very varied but I have definitely learnt some useful lessons. For a start the image doesn’t have to be sharp to look interesting and by not being able to zoom in close to the action I had to look for different ways to capture the kite surfers. The images may not be great but they have made me think. The experiment continues.
Over the last month I have been reading numerous blogs, Mostly Lisa for example, and listening to various podcasts including This Week In Photography looking for ideas that I can use to improve my photography. One theme that has come up a number of times is limiting yourself to a single lens; often a 50mm prime lens is suggested.
As I happen to have a Nikon 50mm 1.8 prime and I already know that it is a lovely lens, fast and with good control of depth of field, I thought that I would give it a go. So this is it, for January I will use my 50mm lens only.
I have started this blog to give me somewhere to keep track of webpages, blogs and other resources I find useful while I try and improve my photography. I intend to write about techniques I am trying to learn, what I find useful and what I do not. Feedback and comments on the posts and photographs I upload (preferably constructive) are appreciated.
I currently use Aperture to catalog and process my photographs. I have been using it for a bit over a year and now have more than enough photographs to know that my workflow could do with some improvement. To that end I have purchased an eBook from Joseph Linaschke PhotoJoseph’s 10 Tips on File Management in Aperture. While this eBook is not quite as beautifully produced as those by David duChemin at Craft & Vision it has provided some really useful pointers on how I can improve my import process and the initial handling of meta-data within Aperture. It has also given me a much clearer understanding of the difference between managed and referenced master files in Aperture, that said I have not yet decided which way to go.