Monday, 14 July 2014

Gizmodo Four Round Photo Challenge: Round 4 (Final)

So then, final round of the GizmodoUK shooting challenge where I've really got to aim for a 1st place to have a chance at a win really.

It's been a tough week balancing work/family and social commitments so have had to stick to 'studio' work for the most part with one exception where a "mostly" clear night became available mid-week where we stayed out significantly later than we should have on a work-night

My short-listed shots that were taken between 00:01 Monday the 7th to 23:59 Sunday the 13th(Literally the last shot was taken at 23:59).

UPDATE: So I entered the "red spiral along the decking" shot and got myself a third place leaving me at an overall joint second place at the end of the contest. I'm quite happy with that. Would've been nice to win but it's cool to have done so well next to other great photography, head over and check out the other great entries here.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Bright Nights at Lulworth and the Studland Plan B

Very simple trip out today down to the south coast.

The weather was NOT promising so I was not optimistic of too much but a view of the Milkyway would've been nice, sadly an almost full moon ruined that plan. (Forgot to check Stellarium again)

I did bring some extra gear with me though, inclusive of a glass ball I wanted to experiment with.

The run was a little bit of a fail but see below my experiments with the ball. (It would've been nice to get the milkyway in it.)

After ruling out that location due to it being far too windy we decided to move on down to another spot which also had a Milkyway plan attached to it, which we'd written off, but I wanted to see what I could do with the decking that forms a path over some marshy boggy area before the beaches at Studland.

I cracked out the glowsticks, it's been a while...
It was clear that i'd gotten my focusing a bit wrong here so I moved and refocused and got the next set of shots...
I was quite happy with the spiral I got out of this shot.

The lighting, provided by the moon, with a little help from my torch, was really nice this evening but it was incredibly late,(for a work night) so we headed home.

Finally this is a shot I got of Shaun getting a shot of glowsticks reflected over a pool of sea water on the beach. We spent a while on the beach but I wasn't happy with any of the shots I got excepting this one, which I quite liked, probably because it's made more interesting by someone else doing something in it.
Head over to his site to see more of his work.

Gizmodo Four Round Photo Challenge: Round 3

My short list of contenders for Round 4 of Gizmodo's shooting challenge.
I've already posted about these shots in full separately. UV1, UV2, Jar.

I picked the last Jar shot as it is sharpest and most vibrant I thought.
I got 2 Points putting me at joint second place at the end of Round 3. Only Round 4 to go, wish me luck!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Blacklights, Tapes's and Powder-Smeared faces,

Just a quick update today as I have two new bits of equipment to experiment with.

These aren't great shots, i Just couldn't resist the urge to see what I could do with them.
First up was some "El Tape", much the same as the El Wire I've been using recently, except this tape is flat and broad, like a ribbon shape, it is also firmer. One problem I have with El Wire is it likes to curl up more than i'd like, this stuff however you can whip about in more intentional directions.

These are just a few experiments in my lounge, there's no attempt at keeping the camera level or doing anything specific with them, it's just an exercise to work out how the light paints itself in difference to the wire.

Next up is some more blacklight experimentation. This time instead of paints I found you could get the powdered stuff before it's mixed into a paint. You get slightly different effects using it and it's much easier to capture some details/textures using powder than it is a liquid paint that will find crevices/wrinkles/etc.
I only spent a short while on this and had problems with focusing again but I could see well enough the effects I can get using the powder.(Much as I'd like)
These are the best shots I got, which is not to say that they're good. 

... and the obligatory, in normal-light shot.
... I don't really smile much.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Pandora's cookie jar...

The weather is still not so great here and I've still got an itch to shoot something so I decided to follow through with what I said in my past blog post where I tried out a new tool for light painting called 'EL Wire' which is electroluminescent wire.

It's neat stuff that is exactly what it sounds like. Wire that is luminescent when electricity is run through. Pretty simple really.
As I said before it has a nice sort of misty feel to it and I've been wanting to do some smokey type effects with it but my attempts at using it on my night time sites have been hit and miss so I wanted tome practice to see what I could get in a controlled setting.

The top image was an early shot using just 1 blue El Wire. The next few shots are experiments trying to mix two different colours. (green and blue)

The next shot involved some slightly quicker, wavier movements.
The effect looks a bit like that of a greeny/blue fire exploding out of the jar, not very well composed though.

Returning toa  single colour for a while...
As you can see you can get quite a few different effects depending on how you move the wire.
I found by this point however that the wires that i bought(cheaply) were not of the greatest quality, i'd had lots of problems previously but the connections are so loose they're constantly just switching off and sometimes requiring lots of adjustments to switch back on again.

After a short break I broke into multiple colours again.

... And finally a bit of solo-green wire.