Peter Bargh

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May 29th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 149 – poppies

Lovely field of poppies but they were blowing too dramatically in the wind, and I only had the iphone with me so here’s today’s photo…the best of a bad bunch.

 

January 31st, 2011

Photo365 – January Set

Here is the first of 12 sets of pictures from my photo365 project. This one covers the month of January 2011

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See the individual pictures each day on my blog

January 25th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 25 – A cracking lens!

I’ve been out on a meeting today and the time didn’t allow me to take any pictures during the day but I am in the process of testing the new Tamron 18-270mm superzoom. And I have an Olympus EP2 that I’m enjoying the company of, so what better to shoot a product shot in the form of a still-life using a lens that might not be best considered for product photography.
An interesting slant to my Photo365 Project.

I can do that in the evening in a gap after tea and before Holby City – which I’ve grown to enjoy. I had 30mins to set up the dining room as a mini studio and arrange and take a still life.

I spotted some Hessian placed it on the table, and angled the camera on top. It looked boring and then I spotted some pot-pourri which, by pure coincidence, was a similar colour to the Hessian and would work well. It’s amazing how easy things come together sometimes and on other occasions you can be fannying around for ages.

I arranged the bits over the Hessian, any gaps would look red thanks to the Hessian. I then placed the camera on top and arranged bits around it to look natural. I moved the light around so the softbox reflected in the shiny surface (above and slightly behind the camera) and gave a wonderful sheen. I placed some kitchen foil as a fill round the front so the silver lens trim had a glow all the way around.

The shot was taken from above hand held with the flash ensuring everything was frozen sharp.

The lens has really proven itself. What a belter! The detail is incredible for a lens with this super focal length range. I’m well impressed.

January 7th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 7

Today I have been playing around with an Olympus EP2. It’s the new rangefinder style comapct with interchangeable lenses, much smaller than an SLR. I don’t know about you but the first day is spent fiddling around with the features, and i was eager to try the ART modes. They need suitable subjects and a I though the black guitar and keyboard suited the Grainy Black & white film effect of ART 5. So that’s what I took. The items where in my music room no arrangement made. I placed the camera on a stack of DVD cases to raise it off the ground and set the 2 second delay. I normally shoot in RAW, and the ART mode switches this to RAW with JPG (Jpeg being the shot the ART effect is applied to) The image on the LCD looked fine with good moody tones.

When I downloaded to the PC I saw that the ART shot was a bit too rough, grainy and contrast was a bit ugly, but the normal shot converted to black & white in Lightroom is really good.

guitar

I’m liking the camera already!