Love your local patch

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This image has been published before here on nicklewis.net but I just wanted to use it to illustrate today’s post which is about getting the best out of your local “patch” and how to look for the things that aren’t immediately obvious. A theme that we shall revisit from time to time here on the blog. I would also like to let you know that I am currently scheduling a bundle of posts to leave the blog in “auto-pilot” for a little while. Today I return to work and nope I am not really up at midnight writing this and this is the first of a series of automated posts… Read more

Overcast day? Look down!

Italian deckchairs (click on image to enlarge)
Italian deckchairs (click on image to enlarge)

Overcast days needn’t put a complete dampener on your photography, as photo opportunities are still there to be taken. My best piece of advice is, look down and see what you can capture without showing the slightest hint of grey sky.

This was very much the case with the deckchairs I came across in Italy. We woke up to a heavy storm, the skies were menacing, the trees were swaying and it had rained heavily overnight. The sky was leaden and threatened to inflict us with more of the wet stuff. I didn’t let this dampen my spirits in the slightest and took a walk down to the bathing platform that lay at the foot of the towering cliffs of Sorrento.

The rain had nicely saturated the wooden decking and to a lesser extent the fabric of the deckchairs themselves. I took a low angle on the shot and cut the sky out of the equation. The heavy clouds heavily diffusing the morning light, to provide me with a very even exposure and absolutely no contrast issues whatsoever.

Later in the “digital darkroom”, I edited the image a little bit to enhance the saturation and contrast resulting in the image that you see here.

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How I use my Camera Phone

Ok I will get this bit out of the way first, I wouldn’t use a camera phone for producing publishable images, I just do not think that their quality is there just yet but in the case of some models, I am in fact, to be totally honest, quite impressed. I say that cautiously of course.

I can always recall someone telling me many years ago, when I was getting into photography that a good photographer, could get away with using anything to take a good picture. I believed it then and I still believe it now to hold true. I have come across some great work and have been stunned to learn for example, that it had been taken using a throw away camera from Boots. Read more

Food Photography

A little bit of team work took place here. My Wife prepared the food for me and I photographed it using a very simple setup – Comprising of Nikon D200, Tamron 90mm Macro, mounted on a tripod with a cable release attached. Lighting was simply natural coming from the Kitchen Window and the food was mounted on a china plate, on top of a tray that I could move around without interfering the food.