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Fast Car

I took this ‘fast car’ shot a couple of weeks ago but it doesn’t really fit the normal blog posts so got put to one side. I think it warrants an airing, so here it is. The technique for taking this kind of shot is something I picked up from the excellent FotoBuzz team.

Panning shot of car passing behind hedgrow, Seven Sisters, East Sussex

Car passing behind hedgrow, Seven Sisters, East Sussex

Any ideas on how fast the car is travelling?

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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A New Location

The recent quiet spell on the blog is partly the result of the dreadful weather, but also because we’ve been moving office at work to a more central location. I’ll still get up to Falmer on occasion, but I’ve been scouting new surroundings in a much more urban setting (a main road). There are green spaces, and being me I’ll make the most of them. Some better weather would certainly help, though the light drizzle today wasn’t enough to keep me from exploring.

And there are some interesting spots, including a ‘secret’ garden behind one of the main university buildings. It’s ‘secret’ in that it’s away from the main thoroughfares, at the rear of the buildings, so nobody goes there; but it has several sculptures including this tired easy chair made of stone.

Stone Chair in the Cockcroft secret garden, University of Brighton

Stone Chair in the Cockcroft secret garden, University of Brighton

There are insect boxes scattered around as well, so a focus on ecology is strong.

Insect house in Cockcroft garden

Insect house in Cockcroft garden

And squirrels… plenty of squirrels 🙂

Squirrel running

Squirrel running

Squirrel posing

Squirrel posing

Squirrel hiding

Squirrel hiding

I’ll miss being on the edge of the Downs, but I’m sure I’ll find plenty to keep me focused.

More soon…

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II. Squirrels with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens; sculptures with the EF 24-105 F4L IS USM lens.

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Experiments

I’ve been trying out something a little different recently as part of a FotoBuzz mission on taking black and white images. It’s not simply a matter of converting, but of taking images where the monochrome enhances what the picture is trying to say. I’m not sure if any of these will make the final cut (the boat can’t because I coloured it), but it’s proving an interesting project to work on.

The first (from today) is a standard shot of gulls on the pond. Fairly dull subject matter, but some nice contrasts. I’ve framed it to give it a slightly aged feel. I thought about adding some grain, but shied away from that.

Gulls on Falmer Pond, black and white with vignette

Gulls on Falmer Pond, black and white with vignette

The second is a sailing boat at Rottingdean. I’ve heavily increased the contrasts, and deliberately over-sharpened the image to ‘roughen’ it. I then added a colour filter.

Yacht at Rottingdean, black and white toned blue

Yacht at Rottingdean, black and white toned blue

The final one was a bland picture of Brighton Pier that I really couldn’t do anything with. It was taken in the middle of the day, the colours were washed out, and even in black and white it lacked punch until I turned it negative which gives this somewhat doom-laden, night-time feel to it. Of the three it’s the most dramatic transformation.

Brighton Pier (black and white negative)

Brighton Pier (black and white negative)

Apart from the colour tint on the boat (which was added in PhotoShop), all the transitions were carried out in Lightroom.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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