Peter Bargh

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July 31st, 2011

Photo365 – Day 212 – Abstract window

A view through the distorted window glass. I’ve been busy all day decorating so no time for photos. One of the problems with this photo365 daily photo project. So it’s a quick snap on the iPhone.

July 13th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 194 – Indigo

A vase which was as near to indigo as I could find, although the definition of indigo does vary wildly on the internet from a rich blue to a radiant purple. Is this your definition of indigo?  It’s an indigo subject to fit my rainbow theme I’ve been doing within my photo365 project. This is part six of a seven part series.

Taken with the Pentax K-5 and 16-45mm zoom.

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.


May 26th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 146 – Letter V

Letter v of my alphabet sub section of the photo365 project is the side of a perfume bottle photographed upside down. 10 marks if you know what perfume. I really like photographing glass at the lens’ widest aperture because i like the way the edges and textures reproduce. I recall back to my first experience of this when shooting 5×4 film of two wine glass bottles, the result I got from the Polaroid test was wonderful – one of my favourite photo experiences.

May 21st, 2011

Photo365 – Day 141 – The night time tipple

In one of my earlier photo365 blogs I posted a shot of my breakfast drink a small glass with a dissolved aspirin. Tonight I photograph my evening tipple, a glass of red wine. They say it does wonders for the heart, so I’m pleased about that.

Hope everyone’s having a good night.

January 14th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 14 – New Desk

After about 10 years of use I decided it was time to buy a new computer desk. The one I’d been using was an old second hand one of high quality, black inset leather, five draws, real wood type thing. At the weekend I spotted a walnut model with a sliding keyboard draw and a tinted glass inlaid top. Very attractive in looks and price.

So I bought it and five nights later finally got around to assembling it and replacing the old one. While the glass is new (it looks all lovely and reflective, but at the same time reminds me of the windscreen of some chav with his ice filled, twin exhausted, alloy wheeled 206) I decided to take some photos.

The first attempts included the opened out keyboard tray and tight crops of keyboard and mouse with reflected screen in the background. Then I spotted some old mirror glasses that had come out of the back of one of the draws from the old desk. I have a pile of stuff to redistribute as my new desk doesn’t have draws so you might see photos of other bits and bobs soon.

I positioned the glasses at a decent angle so the camera was in one corner and took a few shots. I then thought it would be good to include myself in shot so I went to my ePHOTOzine profile and had that as background, and positioned myself so i was large in the glasses reflection.

And here’s the result. All good fun!

desk and glasses

January 11th, 2011

Photo365 -Day 11 – Rim Light

I had good intentions tonight, but tv and cooking got in the way…so I did a rush job on this. My idea was to create a wonderful still life of a red wine bottle and glass with wine. I used a softbox with mask as a back light to create the rim light. And manual exposure shooting a few tests to get to the point that just the outline shows and not the bottle or label.

Glass and bottle

This is the best, but I need a more expensive glass to do the shot justice and I need to work on the balance of rim light and dark areas. I also need a better mask. I intended to get some black card today but the Worksop didn’t have any. Craft shop visit is on my to do list.

So a few excuses, but I’m still reasonably happy with it. Although it’s nowhere near what I’d intended to stick up, and I’m now too tired to continue and time’s running out…day 11 and my Photo365 has caught me out.

January 5th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 5

Today I took a trip down memory lane and photographed objects against a Venetian blind. The last time I did this seriously was back in the 80s in a terraced house I lived in. I shot them on Hassleblad and they were some of may favourite shots. So today I recreated that experience using a modern digital SLR and a 100mm macro lens.

If you draw the blinds closed and just allow a small amount of light through you get a great set of patterns reflected on the glass. Also the backlighting gives a rim effect so all sorts of shapes start to appear. It works well with wine bottles too.

glass bottle
I wish the right hand bottle had a similar base to the left. I could clone it, but this project is about the photographic experience not the post processing.

It’s a good test of the lens too. You can check for evenness of exposure into the corners (good), fringing (this one had a small amount of blue towards the edges) and distortion (this one is bang on).