Bits of Autumn So Far

Here are a few stills from Autumn so far – not that many but there you go.

Though it looks pleasant this was taken last Saturday before the storm which swept in on Sunday/Monday morning and it was pretty windy. The cliffs are Ballard Down and Old Harry Rocks. Canon 60D, 70-300mm, processed from RAW in DXO Optics 9 (which is superb by the way!).

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Postbox Dorset Ballard Down Old Harry Rocks

Here’s the RNLI Lifeboat making headway against some heavy seas – a small enlargement from the centre of the frame, taken from the cliffs at Durleston.

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Lifeboat RNLI

Next a quieter day – but some nice colours through a Zuiko 50mm f1.4 on the 60D. I say the 60D, but there are now two in the camera bag. As the 70D has come out the 60D is really cheap – at least by comparison to it’s price three years ago. I really like this camera’s balance and features, so rather than upgrade, I just got another one. With results this good it seemed like a good idea.

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Canon 60D 50mm f1.4 Autumn Bench

Finally a bit of an odd one and I’m not sure if I really like it or not – a Dorset cottage path with some fallen apples. Zuiko 50mm f1.4 again – this is rather an addictive lens…

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Canon 60D 50mm f1.4 Cottage Autumn

So, a vague Autumn theme. The next post should have something a bit more coherent!

In the meanwhile thanks for looking, hope you like them.

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Tree Tuesday Part Seven

Four more images from last Autumn, posted as a change from bare winter trees. All taken on the same (very good) photographic day!

All taken on a Canon 60D, 15-85mm and post processed in Canon’s DPP RAW processing software.

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This one was post-processed in DXO filmpack (one of the creative filters).

Finally a ‘vintage’ treatment for this ‘one side of the road’ avenue of trees.

Thanks to Jeff for the idea, – as always these are taken for the book cover market, and all comments, critiques and questions are welcome.

Thanks for looking and hope you like them.

Autumn Leaves (and Playing with Colour)

Just when you thought you’d seen enough pictures of autumn leaves someone else decides to post some!

I’d spotted this avenue of trees a while ago, and had a free day to return just as the colours were about right and the light (eventually) was perfect. After a few weeks of shooting 35mm film, this did seem too easy, and as a result I ended up taking way more shots than I do with film. Which is fine until you come to edit them…

While I was post-processing these I also ran them through DXO Filmpack to see the results as rendered by different types of film (now mostly discontinued). It’s surprising how much of a different feel the different film profiles give. I’ll do a properĀ  comparison between the different film types in another post (someday), but for today I’ll just post the pictures as I didn’t really make any notes as I went along – just went for a good effect.

All shot on a Canon 60D in RAW mode, with a 15-85mm, a 70-300mm lens or a Lensbaby Sweet 35.

More muted colours and a slight green tint give this a completely different atmosphere, almost like it was shot early in the morning.

The light was just getting better for this shot, and the shadow of the cloud was advancing towards the camera giving a darker foreground.

This shot at a low angle and the lens set to a wider focal length.

Virtually from the same spot with a Sweet 35 Lensbaby.

And another…

On to a different location – some beech woodland with some low sunshine filtering through the trees.

The light on the branches was so good a shot from closer in seemed to work.

Finally a shot I’ve been trying to take for years and not succeeded, but this time the light and colours seem just about right.

So a really good days shooting and some shots for the agency as well.

Hope you like them and they give you some creative ideas for your photography.

Shooting in Autumn Fog

Some days, photography is hard work. On others, the light and weather are truly magical and images present themselves so frequently you can hardly keep up.

One day last year I was lucky to have a free day when really heavy fog covered Dorset and Wiltshire. Photographs of foggy scenes sometimes seem a bit disappointing – there’s never as much fog in the shot as you saw (or at least percieved there to be) and the results aren’t quite what you wanted. However this day was very foggy, lit by some weak sunshine which made all the difference as it filtered through the gloom and gave an eerie diffuse light.

Heading (slowly) up onto the downland with a Canon 60D and the 15-85mm standard zoom, opportunities were everywhere. These are some of the best ones divided into two post processing categories. All shot in raw (as always) and converted with Canon software.

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