Thursday, 6 February 2014

Night Photo Reflections

Last night I went to a Meetup night photo shoot at Darling Harbour, Sydney. My previous efforts at night photography were a bit hit and miss and I wanted to know more about photographing at night rather than at dusk, including how to get water reflection shots. BTW Meetup is an internet site where you can find interest groups on just about anything and I was delighted to find a few photography based groups among the list.

This was a tutorial as well as a meetup and the tutor, Richie Lwin was very good. We had an hour of tutorial then an hour of practice, with his help. So not only were we in this beautiful place taking photographs, there were fireworks! Darling Harbour is fabulous at night regardless but they are holding a Month of Love festival, and also two weeks of events to celebrate Chinese new year.

Here are links to the sydney Photography Meetup Group and Darling Harbour Month of Love page. Scroll down for more fireworks dates, if you are a Sydney sider!
The meetup group was so much fun that I will probably go to some of Richie or Brent's other tutorial sessions in the future.

Who knew that setting your white balance for tungsten works really well on neon lights? Not me but I do now...

The purple things in the water are the neon lights on little row boats that couples can hire.

Fireworks, taken from the footbridge.

There were ten of us in the group with our cameras and tripods and for some reason wherever we went we seemed to draw a crowd.

It was a good night.  Linking to Weekend Reflections

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Storm Bird

Dear Photo Bloggers,

My trio of favorite Norwegian bloggers (see sidebar) have recently been posting a lot in monochrome, or what I in my old fashioned brain think of as black and white. I remember black and white from the days of film in my childhood camera and even further back to the first camera I had ever seen, my brother's Kodak box brownie camera.

Some of the foremost art photography from the 20th Century is in black and white. The works of Margaret Bourke-White and Man Ray spring to mind and there are professionals and hobbyists out there right now doing stunning things in black and white but it's not an area I have thought about much.

In this age of digital cameras and electronic storage prints do not fade. Storage is not an old shoe box on a shelf somewhere. It is easy to remain enraptured with color but I suspect that thinking in black and white makes you look for contrast and detail and sharpness. So I begin to experiment with a new age of monochrome.

My storm bird was probably a casualty of some high winds and rain that we got a few weeks ago. Sea birds are as camouflaged in death as they are in life and in death they literally become part of the landscape just as in their lives they flew and fished and breathed over it.

Back home I found that black and white isn't just black and white but endless variations of fade, tint and tiny bits of color left in ... or not.

The monochrome setting gave a lovely old world feel to this shot of the lady in a spotty swimsuit.

But for now my most effective shot still ended up being in color.

Rest in peace, storm bird.