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playing with photoshop filters…

Posted by MWPA on June 16, 2009

Using photoshop elements and a self portrait, I came up with this ‘art’ I think the overall effect was made better, by the lighting I used fo rthe selfportrait, giving the picture good shaddow and depth.

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An Important Day

Posted by MWPA on February 12, 2009

Two Weeks ago Will came home from work saying he needed to borrow my camera, and that he needed me to teach him how to use it, I asked him why and said its taken me a year to get to know my camera, and I still have lots to learn. He explained he had been asked to help photograph a promotion ceremony for one of his colleagues. Well it turned out that the day of the promotion was my day off, so he said GREAT, you can do it then…So I agreed.

I went in the morning of the ceremony to the rehearsal to find out exactly what I was up against, the lighting was terrible, as I fired off a few practice shots, I was informed that I would be up in front of about 40 people taking these pictures, so it was like I would be on display too. I was extremely nervous about messing up, I had never taken pictures like this, I wasn’t sure how the whole thing would work, but I was up for a challenge. I went home and looked at my test shots, and became even more nervous, I wasn’t sure my lens would be up to it or my flash powerful enough without being to harsh.

At three o’clock people started arriving and the ceremony was soon underway, I used a short zoom lens-the 18-55 kit lens, so I could be close and still gt everything in the shot, and I angled my flash to the ceiling so it would bounce a soft light to the subject, I turned my camera ISO up so I would not underexpose, and I ended up being happy with the pictures. I took about 60 photos and 28 of those were good enough to be printed at 8×10 if they wanted.

The whole thing was very nerve racking, I had to remind myself to breath in front of all those people, of course I know they were not looking at me, but it didnt make me feel any less uncomfortable. I think if given the opportunity  I would do another ceremony, although maybe I would charge instead of doing it for free as it took up a lot of my time, I spent the whole day going between base and home and then a few hours processing the photographs.

Here is one of the photos from the ceremony, I wont post the others, as I don’t have any model releases.

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Turned out to be a chilly one…

Posted by MWPA on October 28, 2008

After my new windows were installed, I eventually made it out with Ember and her friend Cortney for a photo shoot. There was not much light left by the time we arrived at Oyster Point City Center, I had a few ideas in my mind what I wanted to do, and achieved two of them, I wanted to get a photograph of one of the ‘models’ leaning on the railings and another spinning round the lampost.

Even though the sun was shining and the morning was warm, as the day came

to an end there was a bitter wind with an icy rain falling, so it ment while we were doing the photographs we were all freezing, my hands got so cold holding my camera that I lost all feeling in my thumb-which has never happened before, so it looks like I will be investing in some gloves or handwarmers…

These are four of the best pictures from last night-spinning around the lamp post, leaning on the railings and some head/shoulder shots. (click to enlarge)

Eventhough it was dark and cold, I am glad I got some practice with my flash, although its still pot luck if i get a good shot or not with it, I have to keep adjusting my settings for the flash.

Ember and Cortney-Thanks for coming out!

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A its a rainy day….

Posted by MWPA on March 7, 2008

As its a rainy day I thought post a little blog to let you know how my week is going. On the left is a picture of Scarlet she is one of the kittens from the shelter, she is doing exactly what I want to be doing.

At the beginning of the week we started off with beautiful weather, Monday was a beautiful and in the 70’s, I spent the whole day being lazy and not doing much!

Tuesday Ember one of the volunteers from The Cat Corner came around to practice practice her photography skills with me and learn how to make carrot soup. we spent the afternoon trying to perfect our water drop techniques, this is the best shot that I was able to get. We were using a big bowl of water which had been coloured with red food die, this seemed like a great idea until later in the day I found Mellow had a red chin because he had been drinking from it. Ember also let me take some portrait shots so I could practice my photo editing techniques. here is one of the pictures, I gave the picture a digital make over, I added a new back ground and even a touch of make up.

On Wednesday I decided it would be a good idea to sort out our clothes closet, I ended up making a big mess, with clothes and shoes every where, it was worth it because now the closet is organised and tidy. Wednesday was also a good day because my work permit arrived after 6 months of waiting!

Yesterday (Thursday) I tried out a new burger bun recipe, this is probably the first time I have ever found a recipe from the internet that I didn’t like, the buns were heavy and dry, I ended up throwing them away and making fresh buns with my old trusted recipe that I have listed on my blog.

And that brings us back to today, its cold and rainy, I have a pile of laundry to sort and the weather has turned the Mellow into a crazed hyperactive cat, that is running around pouncing on anything that moves. I think the plan of action is to do the laundry and then make some shortbread biscuits, ill probably dip them in chocolate to make them extra bad. and for dinner, well I think I will be lazy and grab a pizza, that way i can take the left overs to eat for at lunch time at the shelter tomorrow.

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