The spotlight on Missy Higgins performing at TEDx Sydney was so bright I had to underexpose 3 stops to record the highlight detail I wanted, which has caused the shadows to disappear, but that’s fine. Hardware: Olympus E-P1, 17mm f/2.8 Exposure: ISO1250, 1/320s @ f/2.8 (-3EV) Post: Crop, Sharpen, Black Point adjustment (Aperture 3)
The sharpness of the leaf in the bottom left corner of the frame shows you can get shallow depth of field with a fairly basic, inexpensive lens. It helps to be close to the subject, and shoot wide open. Hardware: Olympus E-P1, 17mm f/2.8 Exposure: ISO400, 1/100s @ f/2.8 Post: Cropped.
This small crab was hiding in a cave above the ocean waterline, well protected from predators. Surprisingly, the combination of his dark colouring and the white rocks meant the correct exposure was just what the camera’s meter indicated. Hardware: Olympus E-P1, 17mm f/2.8 Exposure: ISO200, 1/250s @ f/2.8 Post: Crop, sharpening, increase contrast.
A little patience and capturing a Bee inside a flower isn’t too hard: getting one in focus is a bit tougher. Go high ISO. Hardware: Olympus E-P1, Zuiko 4-1150mm f/4-5.6 Exposure: ISO 400, 1/1500s @ f/5.6, 150mm Post: Cropped, selective burn, selective sharpen (bee), selective blur (rear flower).
Getting moving water to blur is easy: just select a long shutter speed. Doing so without a tripod requires image stabilisation, which is what’s helped here. Hardware: Olympus EP-1, Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 Exposure: ISO100, 1/3s @ f/14, shadow white balance Post: Cropped, Reduced exposure, Increased contrast, black point, desaturated slightly, sharpened.
The Eiffel Tower at night is a spectacular sight, but it’s difficult to photograph without a tripod. I managed to get this image by loding my camera against a pole and gently releasing the shutter. I probably should have set the self timer and then composed, but this works for me. Hardware: Olympus EP-1, 17mmContinue reading “Eiffel Tower at night”
This Frenchman was playing near the Louvre, Paris, in an alcove of a stone building. The alcove’s acoustic qualities gave his music a surreal feel, and he was obviously enjoying his work: his eyes are shut in concentration and pleasure. I wanted to give a feeling of movement in this image, so I deliberately slowedContinue reading “Thonged busker…”