Shops

black and white

I didn’t get out until late afternoon yesterday, by which time the sun was already setting. I thought I’d try for some street shots using shop windows as a light source.

Victoria Street

These two men were in a deep conversation in French as they walked past a well lit tartan shop. With the boulangerie / patisserie behind it seemed quite fitting. Shot @ 1/60, f/4, ISO 1000. I should have gone a bit faster with the shutter. While there was a good balance between the still head and moving feet of the gentleman on the right, the gentleman on the left was obvioulsy moving his head a bit more.

West Port

This shot was a lucky grab. I was crossing the road and just grabbed the camera at it’s previous setting. 1/125, f/5.6. Thankfully ISO was on auto! It was a much darker environment, with a weaker window light. ISO went to 16000, so the shot was a bit grainy.

This was my first outing with the Canon 80D. It certainly gives a lot more flexibility than the 30D. I suppose 10 years of product development count for something! I don’t think I’d have got these shot with the 30D – or if I did, they would have been too grainy.

Backlight in the street

Blogging, colour, street

Christmas is in full swing in Edinburgh. Princes Street has the smell of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts about it. I did a few in my usual style street photographs, thinking about black and white images. But I also wanted to try something different.

I was crouching against a bike stand, thinking about Digital Photography School’s Weekly Challenge on backlighting. At this time of year the sun is low in the sky, and it can provide some interesting backlighting. I noticed this person walking a line that was going to pass right in front of me. In this picture the backlighting is quite subtle but I liked that the tones of her scarf complemented the tones of the buildings.

Princes Street

Taken on a Canon 30D with an EF 50 lens, 1/800, f/8. Exposure on the person was increased 1 stop in Lightroom.

Morning Leaf

Woodland light

Blogging, colour, landscape and nature

I’m struggling with my photography this week. There’s a lot going on with other important things competing for a share of my mind. It’s at times like this something like photography can really help – if you can get into the zone. But when you struggle to get in the zone it can be frustrating. Experience tells me that this will pass, and I just need to find the place where my mind can settle. Given this photographers block – I thought I’d go back to something fundamental. A single focus on light. I’m not going to fret over composition or narrative.

These images were taken just because the light looked interesting. The two in the woods were simply down to the sun. The leaf was backlit, for the colour, detail and edge light to show. It’s quite fun having the Manfrotto Lumimuse!

Morning Leaf

Early morning, with a touch of grass frost.

woods and light

Dappled lighting on Corstorphine Hill

woodland path

A morning woodland path