Peter Bargh

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October 7th, 2011

Photo365 – 280 – Paint abstract

A tin of purple paint with the lid off. The light caught the rime and scattered across the paint creating an interesting abstract pattern that I thought was worth recording.
Pentax K20D and 100mm macro lens.

August 23rd, 2011

Photo365 – Day 235 – blurred vision

I bought a Micro 4/3rd to T2 adaptor to use on my Olympus E-P2 the other day. I was messing around with different lenses and added a El Nikkor 50mm f/4 enlarging lens on the front. I just held it in place and it provided a very close focus. Infinity was way out of focus. I could move it forwards to blur even more.

I started to experiment with the out of focus views and wandered around the house looking for interesting abstracts.

This was one of them…a reading lamp.

There’s a skill to getting out of focus subjects looking interesting. I hope you think I achieved that here.

August 8th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 220 – abstract

I was experimenting with the Olympus EP2 by placing a Pentax macro lens in front. Not connected just butted up to the body. It gave a fairly decent shot with little loss in contrast. I then turned the lens round so the filter thread was flush to the lens mount and by accident picked up the light from a reflection in some chrome. It created a circle due to the lens’ round aperture blades, so I adjusted the distance of the lens from the camera so the circle became bigger. I Also noticed lines from the leg of my computer monitor so I moved that to the right and ended up with this abstract. I do like shapes created by shadows and out of focus elements.

They may not be award winning photos in ePHOTOzine world but they are interesting for me to build upon.

July 5th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 186 – Yellow

The third in my rainbow colour series following on from red and orange is yellow. An abstract shot of a patio umbrella taken through a patterned glass pane in a kitchen door.

I’ve always been fascinated with how patterned glass distorts shapes, in this case the focus is on the glass itself and the umbrella behind just provides the colour needed for the theme. It’s an abstract with detail in the imperfections in the glass.


April 11th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 101 – camera obscura

The good thing about my photo365 project is I will post stuff that I wouldn’t normally post. I tend to post technically good pictures to be viewed by the gallery viewers, but with a blog I’ve pushed in more obscure directions. So you will get to view an alternative side to my photography. It’s this type I did in the early days, working with shadows and light, shapes and patterns.

This is a faint reflection of my in the LCD computer monitor. I noticed that one of the iphone apps enhanced the shadow and gave an almost posterised edge. I experimented with position, angle and framing and ended up with this version, straight out of the camera, using a retro camera app.

I like the noise that’s been added and the exaggerated fringing. My shape is on the right. It reminds me of an album cover of one of the industrial type bands I listened to in the early 80s. Not everyone’s cup of tea I imagine!

April 7th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 97 – blade of grass

This is what you get if you lay down on the floor and poke a macro lens (set to a wide aperture) through the grass. I moved around to find the most pleasing view. A single blade of grass with its companions totally out of focus thanks to the shallow depth of field.

It’s a technique I use often and you can have loads of fun poking the lens around.

March 24th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 83 – Through the door

was trying different lens combinations on a Nikon D700. I was using an unusual adaptor that used to be made by BPM that allows a male and female mount to be attached back to back. With the adaptor and suitable mounts you can attach any lens to any body. I tried enlarging lenses using a Leica 39mm adaptor, then screw thread lenses using an M42 adaptor, then an old Pentax 135mm f/3.5 lens using a K mount. It was at this point that I took the photo that will be today’s photo365 picture.

It’s a really simple shot but I like the way the light hits the surfaces creating a really striking abstract. It’s a door frame with the light on the edge( the vertical line), and in the background is an out of focus open curtain. and window. This was the first shot I took and lead me to do a series of abstracts all featuring simple designs of interiors, all abstract and all bold like this.

It’s out of the camera with no editing, full frame, no exposure adjustments, no colour change.

February 7th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 38 – Headspin

Some days my head does feel like it’s spinning, but not today, so I made it spin!

I’d always intended doing some spinography – where you set the camera on self timer and throw it into the air spinning as it falls down the shutter fires and you get a revolving shot. My first attempts today were average so I started to rotate the camera in my hand and the results were smoother but still too erratic and not too interesting. That gave me the idea of using a Lazy Susan (rotating platter)

I laid the camera on it back down, lens facing upwards in the centre and set the timer to 2 seconds. I then triggered the camera and set the platter spinning, the shutter fired and I got a 360degree turn and half before the shutter closed.

It’s a self portrait (I was looking down into the camera) and you can see the ghost-like person blending in with the circles.
A ceiling with more going on would give a different pattern.

January 12th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 12 – out of focus pattern

I was in Poundland and saw a gadget that I thought might come in handy for photographers. I decided to buy one, try it and write a short review. The item was a Camping LED light and the review is here Camping LED Light

I got a few decent straight pictures from it but nothing suitable for my Photo of the Day for this Photo365 project but I did stumble across an accidental pattern.

I set the light up on my desk to photograph the item for the article and pointed the macro lens at it. The lens was set to infinity and when I looked through the viewfinder I saw big blobs of out of focus lights. So I decided to frame up and adjust focus to get an interesting set of circles. I then flipped the circles, merged the two and adjusted contrast and exposure to get this abstract art.