Tuesday, 31 July 2012

My Sweet Ride

I can't tell you how long I have dreamt of owning a QCD bodyboard for... its literally been years! When I found out that Cathryn and I were moving to Australia, where QCD are based, I knew I would finally be able to get my hands on my first custom board. It arrived in the post today and I am absolutely stoked on how it turned out.

I can't wait to get it in the water and find out how it rides, it's going to be a massive improvement on my battered old, Beau Day signature model that's for sure. I wonder how long it'll be before I'm ordering my next one?!

www.qcdboards.com

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Sunday, 29 July 2012

Creavtive/Portrait Photography

It has been too long since I last updated my blog, I've started work in the last couple of weeks though and that has been taking up a lot of my time...obviously. It has been good fun though and I'm settling in well already. The biggest problem I've found since starting the job is that I now don't have as much time to practice the techniques I've been learning through the Eyes Open Photography Course I'm doing.


We are just about to enter week 6 (the last week), so I took the opportunity to catch up on things that we've been taught over the past 2 weeks this morning, Creative Photography and Portrait Photography. As you will see from the following photos, I roped my wife Cathryn in to act as my willing model!


We had great fun trying to find creative ways to take interesting portraits. I really like the one that is shot through the chain-link fence, I think it frames her face really well and adds an extra dimension to what would otherwise be a 'normal' photograph.


I also like the ones where I've used a leaf or flower to add colour to the portrait, this is a great technique which I've learnt from the course, it's so cool to see what kind of results you can get and how it changes your photos, adding colour and a vintage look. I know that I'll be forever picking up leaves and flowers now when I'm taking photos!!!


I have also been announced as the winner of this week's give-away! Woohoo!!! I am the lucky person who has won a 1/2 hour private Skype lesson with Erin from alovesupremephotography. To say I am excited about this is an understatement...it is such an amazing opportunity to be able to ask her any questions I have, which will help me to develop my photography. 

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Shooting through a fence!

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Shooting through blossom.

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Blown out background.

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Detailed framing.

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Adding colour with a leaf.

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Adding colour with a flower.

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Shooting through grass & flowers.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Eyes Open Photography E-Course Week 1


Blurred Skater (slow shutter speed)
Roses (narrow depth of field)
Newtown Leaves (shooting at dusk)

So last week I started my photography e-course which i being run by Erin from Bluebird Baby. I have to say that both it and she are excellent. The way the course is structured and delivered is fantastic, Erin doesn't make any assumptions about your knowledge or ability and breaks all the individual parts down so that they are clear, informative and easy to follow.

We started by learning the basic skilled that are required to be able to use your camera in full 'manual mode' and to capture images that are correctly exposed, portray depth of field and capture motion. We did this by learning about exposure, aperture, depth of field and F-Stop and shutter speed.

Whilst I will be the first to admit that these aren't the greatest photos ever taken, I am still extremely proud that I have been able to capture them while using my Canon 600d in manual mode... something that up until last week I would have thought of as a daunting prospect.


Row 1 = Varying Depths of Field, Narrow, Medium and Wide
Row 2 = Over Exposed, Under Exposed & Correctly Exposed

As you can see I have been busy trying to get to grips with the basics and have been taking my camera out and about to various places and happily snapping away. I really cannot wait to see how my photography develops over the next few weeks and I can't wait to learn more and more tips and techniques from Erin.

Stay tuned for more photos from Lesson No. 2... lighting!!!