Peter Bargh

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December 22nd, 2011

Photo365 – Day 356 – Sunset Guitar

If you’ve followed my photo365 you will know I’m a fan of shallow focus, and bolting things on the front of a camera that weren’t designed to be bolted on. My latest purchase is an 85mm f/1.8 Canon FD lens. You can buy lenses of this type on eBay for far less than the modern versions. And this one is much lighter too. I’ll eventually get a Nikon or Pentax version (as I don’t like the FD lens mount) but this was such a bargain I couldn’t let it go.

It’s attached to the front of an Olympus Pen E-P2 with a cheap Chinese adaptor. I added a 15mm extension tube to allow the closer focus. The shot is taken with the lens wide open.

I was photographing the neck then I saw the out of focus highlight and adjusted position so it sat in the dip of the guitar’s body. It reminds me of a sunset. I focused on the thicker E string. I’m going to have fun using this lens. I just wish the EP2 would have the magnified view when focusing manual lenses as it’s quite a challenge to focus using the screen at 100%.

December 20th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 354 – Stand still

I went to Yorkshire Sculpture Park for a few hours today. Took a bag full of Pentax kit and the iPhone. I love using the iPhone. If only you could control focus and exposure – it would be even better.
I came back with just short of 400 shots. I saw some new sculptures today by Joame Plensa – I’ve uploaded one to the gallery – Spiegel, 2010. His work is fascinating top look at, and photograph. Well worth a trip over if you like sculptures.

This one is by Chinese Artist Sui Jianguo, it’s a representation of the tunic worn by Chairman Mao.

As I approached I spotted a robin perched on top looking at me. I took this photo with the iPhone and then proceeded to get my Pentax out. It had the 12-24mm on and I needed to switch to the 80-320mm as I unmounted the lens (quietly) the robin flew off. Missed a good one!

September 15th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 258 – baslow edge

As the sun looked like it was going to be around at sunset I decided to take a trip out to Baslow Edge to photography my favourite rock. As I approached the cloud was minimal but as the sun sunk lower, some cloud appeared to give me just the right amount of atmosphere. I took some from the usual spot and got some decent sunsets. But for my photo365 I’m going for this one from the side.

It’s taken with the Pentax K20D and 12-24mm zoom with Lee 0.6 ND grad.

August 29th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 241 Cornish wall

This was taken on a coastal walk to Bedruthan Steps (29 August 2011). I went over to photograph the sunset but hadn’t done my research and the tide was fully in so I couldn’t get on to the beach. It’s at a spot on the way back to Mawgan Porth. I won’t take full credit for this one, my lad influenced the shot. I’d taken some photos of the wall and separate ones of the sunset and he’d been watching and said why don’t you take a shot from an angle and include the sunset. I could have kicked myself for missing an obvious opportunity.

It was taken with the Olympus Pen EP-2 and is a 5 frame HDR merged in Photomatix.

August 27th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 239 – catch-up time

I been away for the week in Cornwall. I didn’t have great access to internet so decided to leave the blog until I got back. So now, after catching up with all the work stuff, I’m going to catch up by posting photos I’ve taken each day for the photo 365 project.

The first one was taken on the night I arrived at our destination after an afternoon in Newquay. It’s a sunset on the beach at Mawgan Porth..

I decided to go light this holiday and just took the Olympus Pen EP-2 with 14-42mm and a vintage miniature but fully expandable Dia Tripod. The beach didn’t have a lot of interest so I’ve gone for the mirror effect on the still wet sand. And cropped slightly to elongate the result.

June 13th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 164 – Into the sun

“Never shoot into the sun” was something you were always told not to do.  That was in the days of standard coated lenses with minimal exposure control. The modern cameras are pretty good at coping, as can be seen here with the Olympus EP2 and its 17mm f/2.8 lens. I took this tonight when I decided to break routine and go for a cycle along Worksop canal. This is around lock 23. It has a pocket of warm light on a clear evening and the light is golden. After walking or cycling on a path that’s relatively dark and sheltered from sun, reaching this bit is quite magical.