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50mm Goodness

It’s been quite a while since I’ve used a prime lens. I think the last one I used was on my Canon AE-1. Even on a 1.6x sensor body it’s still quite somthing special to be shooting at f1.4, and what better place to start than with flowers 🙂

80mm is quite constrictive and you have to be a fair distance from subjects to get everything in, but once you get used to it and the small depth of field it really starts to work it’s magic. I can’t wait to go full frame, and maybe a macro len.

Blurb Book

What is the point of taking pictures if you don’t get to enjoy them, and what better way than via a simple coffee table book. I’ve been spending a bit of my spare time recently creating a photo book which is just about finished.

It will only contain about 20 images, I say ‘about’ because there are 20 large full page images, but quite a few smaller ones as well.

I’ve been using their downloadable book software over the past few months to create my book, The software is quite good (booksmart) and very easy to use, allthough not perfect.

I can’t wait to see the results.

Tranmere

Tranmere Foreshore, originally uploaded by BrendanDavey.

Sometimes I think a big component of photography is being in the right location at the right time. The sunset I managed to capture from the Tranmere foreshore was quite nice last night. Not the best I’ve seen, but with some post processing it matches the orange rocks quite nicely.

I’ve added a few of the pictures taken to the store. (Even a few shot in landscape) If you would like to see more visit my flickr page.

Mayfield Moonlight

I’m currently in the process of creating a Blurb book, and I’ve decided to use this image as the last one in the book.

This image was taken about 9 months ago at Mayfield Bay Coastal Reserve, just south of Swansea.

It was taken at night with moonlight and campfire glow and it’s a 30 second exposure. It’s quite grainy and I’m not sure how well it will print above 8×10″. If the results are good I guess I’ll add it to the store. Because of the moonlight and campfine glow I think this looks great as a sepia.

Tessallated Drama

4:19 Soundly asleep.
4:20 Abruptly awoken by alarm.
4:35 Start driving to Eaglehawk Neck for sunrise.
6:00 Arrive at the tessellated pavement, setup equipment.
6:10 Start shooting sunrise.
8:00 Depart.
9:10 Arrive at work.

End result, grumpy, tired and frustrated with nothing more to show than a couple of sepia shots. Why? For some unknown reason all the shots turned out extremely red. From some reason I’m still yet to explain or replicate my new hi-tech filters caused the sky to turn red, resulting in nothing more than b/w usable images. *sigh*

MOO Cards

Moo I hear you say?

Moo is a company in the UK that converts your flickr pictures into business cards. The process is very simple and relatively cheap for 50 business cards delivered to your door.

Moo allows you to design your cards via a web browser, then submit your order electronically. Once ordered my Moo cards arrived in a little over a week. The flexibility is great, they even allow every card picture to be different or all the same or any combination in between. I decided on 12 unique cards.

The overall quality is excellent with nice thick card, a semi flat finish (satin) and a very good resolution even though my pictures were relatively low DPI directly from my flickr account.

I can’t wait to give them all away so I can order some more with newer pictures 🙂

Planet Snow

Planet Snow, originally uploaded by BrendanDavey.

I decided to head out again this afternoon and take some more snow picture, after the last filter disaster.

Winter this year has been really good in Tasmania. There was so much more snow than normal, in some places they had cut through 2 meters of snow to uncover the road.

The new hi-tech filters I purchased are working great. This shot was taken with my 16-35L. I really wish I had a full frame body…. soon maybe… 

I’ve added this picture to the store, in A3 and A2 format.

Cost Effective Printing?

One of the biggest costs to photographers aside from the initial purchase of your camera and associated equipment is printing costs. Should you purchase a large format printer? at what point does it become cost effective? How will it compare to commercial prints?

All these are very good questions, currently I own an Epson A3+ printer, as well as an A4. Both print fantastically. However the A3 does not use individual ink tanks, and subsequently costs me a lot of money to run. Should I upgrade to a new A3 printer at the cost of over a thousand dollars, or should I just take advantage of fairly cheap commercial printing?

In my quest to find out I decided to check commercial quality and price. The simplest solution seemed to be a quick trip into my local Harvey Norman (HN) store. HN were able to print quite a number of my shots at 12″x18″ with excellent results from their commercial printer for only $9.95 each. I also had an A2 print done on their Epson large format ink jet printer, again with excellent results for only $39.95 (I got a discount, only $30).

Results: sharp, accurate color, very high contract compared to my home printer, in fact some prints I had bumped the contrast up for home printing came out too contrasty. Cost effective? Taking into account the ink and initial printer costs I should have to print hundreds of prints at A3 or larger to get ahead. Until I’m printing very large quantities of A3+ prints it seems the best solution is local commercial printing.

Commercial printing also offers me other benifits as well, like A1 or A0 printing, A wide variety of papers and media, long life inks or traditional darkroom style prints, not to mention I don’t have to worry about ink or printing errors.

Tahune & The Huon

Had a great day in the Huon Valley today, eating apples, bushwalking and photography. Took quite a number of shots (see my flickr link), this was one of the better ones I took on the way home just short of Huonville.

The Tahune Airwalk is about 30 Km’s out of Geeveston, run by Forestry Tasmania. There were lots of tracks, swinging bridges and of course the Airwalk. Personally I found the swinging bridges more interesting than the Airwalk. Overall it’s not a bad day out, and provided the weather is good, it’s great for photography.

I may be adding this picture to my store. Not sure at this stage……

Wellington in Winter

I was suprised to find that there was quite a bit of snow still on the mountain, Mt Wellington is the schenic backdrop to Hobart in Tasmania. Mt Wellington recently had a good dumping of snow, and I thought it was about time to head up from some sunset shots.

The weather had only just cleared over the summit, and it was 50:50 if any good shots were to be had. This is one of the better usable shots I took.

I tooks some other good ones as well, but I have since found out after blowing them up that the Sigma 10-20mm lens and Cokin P series ND grads don’t mix 🙁 

I’ve added this shot to my shop should anyone like a print.

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