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Higher ISO settings #photography

Now winter is here I am using higher ISO settings to compensate for the poor light. Higher ISO settings make the sensor more sensitive to light and are essential when we are shooting landscape or indoors when we don’t want to use a flash. I mostly shoot on aperture priority with my Nikon D3200. That is the A setting on the camera dial. I set the aperture, how wide the shutter opens and the camera sets an appropriate shutter speed.

LITTLE STATION STREET

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Low light events #photography

I photographed the Remembrance parade on Sunday. It was freezing cold and low light and my shots weren’t the best I have taken but in difficult conditions, I’m lucky to get even reasonable shots. One professional photographer asked if I had got some good shots so maybe he struggled too. Low light events are more difficult.

REMEMBRANCE -low light events

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Raising the ISO #photography

Quite often there isn’t enough light and you don’t want to use your flash. The answer is to make the sensor on your camera more sensitive to light. This is easier with my DSLR than my bridge camera and it can help you take sharp shots indoors or when there are dark skies. I went to the art gallery this week to collect a picture that was in an exhibition and wanted a few shots of a tablet honouring Boer war participants. Raising the ISO on my camera to 400 did the job and I didn’t need to use a flash.

ART - raising the ISO

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Sharp images #photography #art

I usually go out on the weekend and do landscape photography but my plans didn’t quite work out this week and so for today’s post I have had to look through the archive. My first photo I have converted to grey scale to show what a photo really is, an image made up of light and dark. Sharp images have a sharp difference between light and dark.

New Street West Bromwich

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Objects of desire #ramble #art

It’s Sunday morning again and so once again I share my thoughts with you. This is what I do, I write and I also do social media and photography. I produce content and many of my friends who understand social media will know why content is king! Interaction is important on social media. People interact with their friends and on Facebook pages, they interact with the admins. I had to ban a couple of people from one Facebook page I am admin of yesterday and it was with deep regret. They waged a vendetta for over a year against me. If I have a disagreement with someone, I try to forget it and move on. Life is too short and hating people consumes you. Anyway, moving on, I have photography and art on my mind this week.

Considering objects of desire

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Looking for the perfect shot #art #photography

I’m looking for the perfect shot now for my art project but what is the perfect shot? I’ll know it when I see it. I think it is an image that people can relate to and I have split the subject into three parts, people, places and things. I photographed some interesting places on Sunday and then tested out the best of the images on Facebook and Twitter to see if people did relate to them.

central sixth

Central Sixth, West Bromwich

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Weekend photography #photography

Last weekend, I went out looking for something unusual to photograph. We think of landscape photography as being woodland or picturesque fields out in open countryside but there are interesting landscapes in our towns and cities too. Last weekend, I found myself sitting in the car watching cars going around a roundabout and took some shots with a 55 – 300mm lens.

weekend photos

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Thinking about composition #photography

“In the visual arts, composition is the placement or arrangement of visual elements or ingredients in a work of art, as distinct from the subject. The term composition means ‘putting together’ and can apply to any work of art, from music to writing to photography, that is arranged using conscious thought.”

good composition

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Choosing a location #photography

Last week, I was going shopping and I happened to be going near Bescot station in Walsall and so decided to make that my location for a photo-shoot. The motorway runs alongside the station with the river in between and so there are lots to photograph.

BESCOT Station a good location for a photo-shoot

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Getting out of Wednesbury #ramble

Here we are again, it’s Sunday morning and once again I give you a VIP pass into the labyrinth that is the neural network of my mind and share my thoughts with you. What’s going on in mind this morning as I listen to the rain drip into a puddle outside and drink my tea? Well, I would like to go out today and take some photographs while there is a lull in the traffic chaos we experience in the Black Country every other day. I was even thinking of venturing out of Wednesbury.

Model train in Wednesbury

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Exposure compensation #photography

Most photographers know the photographer’s triangle is shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Exposure compensation confuses people new to DSLRs but it is simple to understand. It’s cloudy this morning and the light is poor and I intend to photograph an event. I’ll probably shoot with a wide aperture on aperture priority. Aperture priority means, I set the aperture and the camera sets the shutter speed. What if the shutter speed is too slow for a sharp image? I can set the ISO higher and so the sensor is then more sensitive to light and I get a faster shutter speed. When I take the first picture, if it’s a little bit dark then I can adjust the shutter speed slightly using exposure compensation. On my Nikon D3200, the +- button is pressed and then the exposure compensation is adjusted using the thumb wheel. I can adjust it slightly for a slightly slower shutter speed and my picture will be lighter.

exposure compensation

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The autumn colours #ramble #photography

It’s Sunday morning again and so what is going on inside my head this week? The neurons are buzzing but I can’t decide what to do with my day. There is a car boot sale in the marketplace so I might go and look at that. The trees near there are turning to autumn colours so they might make a good photograph. I definitely need to go to Teddy Gray’s shop and stock up on herbal tablets now the colder weather is coming. The autumn colours are beginning so this could be the best time to take photographs. What shall I do?

Looking for autumn colours

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Trying a different approach #photography #art

It was the Tipton Canal Festival at the weekend and so a great opportunity for me to continue my development of photography into art. The historian will look at finance from a different perspective to a mathematician. An artist will look at the creation of images from a different perspective to a photographer. I want to try a different approach and look at my photography from the perspective of an artist rather than thinking just about the technical aspects of creating an image. My project involves photographing people, places and things with a zoom lens and I want to zoom in quite close up. The people are easy and now I’m getting an idea of what things I want to photograph. I couldn’t park my car anywhere near the canal festival but I still got some shots from the bridge near the Barge and Barrel with the 300mm lens.

Different approach

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Developing photography into art #photography

I want to start developing photography into art with a series of images shot with a longs lens. I have in mind, people, places and things. This weekend I went to West Bromwich Manor House to a medieval re-enactment where I could photograph people in quite unusual roles and I used my 55 – 300 mm zoom lens.

MANOR (30)

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Developing your art #photography

It has been about 10 years since I decided to take up photography and only 4 years with a DSLR so I’m not an expert but I think of myself as an artist now. I strive for images that will inspire others. I know now it isn’t the camera that decides whether an image is inspiring or not. I have taken prize-winning photographs with my cheap bridge camera and I have some great photos I’ve taken with a DSLR. I want to do more than taking snaps, however. I want art. I want big prints for people to look at and be inspired by. It costs money and it also costs money for expensive lenses. For now, I just try to recognise the shots and experiment with different lenses. I like to shoot with a wide aperture now to get my subjects into sharp focus.

An image to inspire

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Looking for something different #photography

I was looking for something different on Sunday and decided to use my 55 – 300mm lens to give me more reach. I have an art project in mind but haven’t quite decided on what kind of shots I need. I’m getting closer to what I need, though. I need something quite different from my usual images and I want to zoom in with a 300mm lens.

looking for something different

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Shooting wide open with a long lens #art #photography

I’ve had an art project in mind for a while and I want to shoot wide open with a long lens. I would like to shoot with an 18 – 300mm lens but I make do with what I have. At the weekend I took some pictures at our 40s event in the park. I wasn’t too well and carrying lots of equipment was out of the question. On Saturday I used my 18 – 105mm lens which is very versatile for events. Then on Sunday, I had an idea that I could practice for my art project and shoot wide open with my 55 – 300mm lens. It also saved me walking around so much! Wide open with a long lens worked out well.

BLITZ B (3)

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Experiments in art and photography #photography

When I’m writing sometimes I imagine a particular person or group of people and write for them. It can mean I am writing with local people in mind or writing for an international audience. I have a great-nephew, Jamie, who I have never met, but he has recently taken up photography. I have him in mind today. So how do I go about my experiments in art?

BLUEBELLS IN THE HEDGEROW - experiments in art.

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Creating a sharp image #photography

Usually, I am trying to create a sharp image when I take a photograph but not always. I have been known to use a filter to soften an image. To get an image sharp I try to shoot wide open with the widest aperture I can and often zoom in too. This creates a focal plane where everything is in focus. The objects nearer the camera and farther away then tend to be out of my focal plane and out of focus. This image of pound coins demonstrates that perfectly.

Coins as a sharp image

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The Oak House #photography #art

I’ve been thinking about art this week. Many of those early photographers were artists and were fascinated by the new medium. Now many photographers specialise in fine art photography. I want to do an art project but I’m not quite sure what I want to do. I know that the images that I produce must elicit an emotional response from the viewers. I have a photograph printed on canvas on display in Wednesbury Art Gallery and that does produce a response. That artwork is called “Bluebells in the Hedgerow” and is in the Sandwell Art Trails exhibition. I hope you’ll vote for it if you visit the exhibition. I now want a work that is more than one image and I want more of a response than people simply liking it. I want people to relate to the images. I went to the Oak House at West Bromwich to take a few shots on Sunday and to get ideas.

THE OAK HOUSE BARNS

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Photographing groups of people #photography

I photographed the opening of Hill Top Youth Club yesterday evening. I don’t normally use photos from these events for my blog but this one gives me an opportunity to write about photographing groups. This particular type of photography has all kinds of problems. I did take a couple of test shots before I started. The room had off-white walls and so reflected plenty of light. There was some natural light but still needed the flash. For this type of shot, I usually shoot wide open using my 18 – 105mm lens and try to zoom in for a fast shutter speed of 1/100 of a second or better. There wasn’t too much room to manoeuvre so I did my best!

groups of people

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Shooting with low-light at events #photography

I did a few photo-shoots at the weekend and needed to cope with low-light conditions. The first event was part of the Birmingham and Sandwell Jazz Festival and was a performance by Chickenbone John playing an amazing guitar made from a cigar box.

JAZZ (20)

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Conveying a mood #photography #art

There are always interesting things to photograph and photography isn’t just about taking snaps. I look at photography as an art in itself and I look for unusual things to photograph.  I found this little chapel down a side street in Bilston and took a few shots early in the evening. The art of photography is imagining what mood an image will convey and I thought this chapel looked cold and lonely.

what mood does this image convey?

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Out at the weekend #photography #art #Wednesbury

I was out at the weekend taking photos. The Sandwell Arts Trail was supposed to be launched and I have a picture in that so I popped down to Wednesbury art gallery. The exhibition wasn’t launched and so I wandered around photographing the gallery with a particular interest in the design of the gallery. I like diffused natural light for my photographs and I think the paintings in the gallery look better in diffused natural light too. The light on the landing comes in through frosted glass skylights and makes it look great. It is perfect light for photography too.

the weekend

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