Challenge #15: Same Routine, Different Take

(It’s not this picture, but I do love this one!)

I am not ashamed to admit that this week I attempted to multitask with my challenge, because it was either that or sacrifice The Challenge!! 

The Facebook Live video of me squinting into the sun and explaining the whats and whys of the challenge can be enjoyed here

(This wasn’t the location I was planning to do the video from, but about 7 people had just watched – and heard – me scrape the underside of my car over the kerb as I attempted to hastily park. So I went and hid round the corner…)

Yesterday was actually my 26th time photographing at Bristol Lilliput Concerts!

The trouble with photographing the same kind of event at the same location 26 times, is that you inevitably end up with some similar pictures!  (Obviously the faces and instruments change – but from a photographic point of view I end up standing in the same places and getting the same angles).

At the last concert I was very proud of myself for finding a different angle that I’ve not used before, and I wondered if it was possible to do the same again this month.

You’ll need to scroll to the end to see THE picture. 

(Not this one, but I’m loving the teamwork)

So the main part of the challenge was to try to find something new in an “old” routine.

The other part of the challenge came more through necessity: I’d already prepped my kit for a wedding I was photographing yesterday afternoon and evening, so one of my camera bodies was already tucked safely away.

I usually shoot with two cameras (with different lenses) at these concerts, as the performance isn’t that long and stuff tends to happen fast.  So by approaching it with only my prime camera and two lenses – knowing that (a) I’d miss stuff and (b) I have to choose good times to swap lenses, I was a bit nervous.

Challenge #15 was about trying to find a new take on something I photograph every month…and with only one camera   

(It’s not this picture either, though I don’t think I’ve caught a father-and-son jamming before…)

Techie Details:
Camera: 5D Mark iii
Lenses: 50mm f1.4 and 70-200mm f2.8

I tried to approach it logically, and reduce the number of lens-changes.  I started off capturing whole-room shots, and a few nice portraits form close in with the 50mm, before switching to the long lens to capture shots from a bit further back.  I switched back to the 50mm at the end to capture the meet-the-instruments part.

(Nope, not this one. Although it’s the first time I’ve photographed a mbira being played.)
HOW DID IT GO?

Interestingly, I found that just using one camera – and constraining myself to the lens I had on that camera at that time – resulted in more photos I was happy with, rather than fewer.

I’d expected to be frustrated at missing the opportunity to take photos of things that were happening around me because at that particular moment I’d have the wrong lens on to capture it. But in reality, it gave me more of a chance to concentrate on the things happening that were within the scope of the lens I was using at that instant.

This has lead me to seriously reconsider how I approach photoshoots in general, and I think I’m now more likely to rely just on one camera, apart from during the crucial moments in ceremonies (such as weddings & Christenings), where I really do need to try to capture everything.  

As far as finding a new angle to take photos from – I did in fact succeed.  To an extent.

It might not look a whole load different, but by standing on a pew, I managed to capture more of the ensemble in the frame.  (Ok, so I’d have preferred it if I’d captured the shot just before the didgeridoo player turned the corner and was facing away).  It’s not massively, earth-changingly different, but sometimes very subtle differences can be quite significant.

This is it. Subtle, not groundbreaking. A partial win that opens the door for opportunities at future concerts.

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Challenge #14: The Devil’s in the Detail

Today we managed to catch the tail-end of the Bristol Doors Open Days weekend, and made our way to Underfall Yard (which always has something to hold the interest of Little Whirlwind and Long Suffering Husband, and provides me with plenty of photographic inspiration!).  

Today’s FB Live video can be seen here, but may well be a good demonstration of why I should think through what I’m going to say before launching into it!!  

I absolutely love the effects you can get when playing with depth of field (where the subject is in sharp focus and the background is all blurry).

In a nutshell: Depth of field (DoF) is controlled by setting the aperture (how wide open the lens goes when you click the shutter button).  The wider the hole, the more light is let in and the shallower the depth of field (ie less of the image is in focus).

Slightly confusingly, a large aperture is denoted by a small f-number. The lower the f-number, the larger the aperture.

I’m fortunate to have a small arsenal of large aperture lenses, because a lot of the shoots I do require me to capture as much natural light as possible. My beloved 50mm lens goes down to f1.4, for example, but you don’t need to be able to go that low to get a good depth of field.

Ok, ok, enough of the techie stuff… 

Challenge #14 was all about detail and depth of field.  

I’m quite confident with getting the camera set-up correct to give a good depth of field when photographing people and often use it to create interesting effects. But I have made mistakes when taking photos of objects close up.

Techie Details:
Camera: 5D Mark iii
Lens: 24-70mm f2.8

Until now, I haven’t actually set about to experiment with DoF and getting in really close to things.

The problem is this:  it doesn’t really matter how low you set the f number, if you stand waaay back from the subject, pretty much everything will be pretty much in focus.  As you get closer and closer to the subject, the aperture setting plays more and more of a significant role.

So when I photograph people, I’m usually stood a little way back. But when I get close in to photograph objects I’m standing much nearer. Using the same f-number will result in a not-very-good picture for the close-up shot: probably just a thin strip in focus, and obvious lines just before and just after that strip where everything goes blurry.

Here’s an example:

Example where the f-number is too low (f-4) given how close I am to the subject, resulting those sharp lines and a narrow band that’s in focus.
HOW DID IT GO?

Having never properly experimented with aperture settings for detail shots before, I learned a huge amount today.

For example, standing really close to a brick wall I learned that (a) passers-by will give you funny looks, and (b) a whopping* f-18 is needed to give the right depth of field. No wonder I’ve made mistakes, as I’ve never gone up this high (I’ve occasionally gone up to f-11 for huge group shots).

Most of the photos taken here used an f-number of around 5 to 7.1, which really surprised me. So all-in-all, I’m really pleased with how this challenge went, and what I learned is seriously going to help me with detail shots in the future!

*whopping as in: very small aperture

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Challenge #13: All About What Little Whirlwind Saw

LW definitely, absolutely, wanted a photo of the weird cat cushions. He even posed for a photo with them. I took the picture from his eye level, where they looked even weirder.

Today I managed to go LIVE on Facebook from somewhere else in Europe. Ah, the amazingness of modern technology and an inclusive data allowance! You can watch my video here

As we’re away at the moment, I’m obviously having a bit of a break and…well… taking even more photos than I normally do. However, as I didn’t really want to lug all the computing equipment with me, I’m saving the fun of taking the photos off the camera for when I get home.

So this week, the only way I can get the Challenge photos into the wider world is to take them on my phone and post from that.

LW loves grapes and was delighted when he realised he was sitting under a vine.

Now, this IS the second challenge to involve my phone (you can see the results of my first phone challenge here), but this time I wanted to focus more on family. Because, after all, we are on holiday together. So I gave Little Whirlwind free reign to tell me exactly what to take a photo of, and then I tried to capture it.

Challenge #13 was all about What Little Whirlwind Saw.  

To clarify: I took these photos, but LW told me exactly what to take.

There were a lot of images like this: views through holes approximately 90cm above floor level (LW’s eye-level!)

It was interesting to slow down and take some time to see part of our holiday through our three year old’s eyes – to find out what interests him and what captures his imagination. However, for the most part he was keen to tell me what he’d spotted, but was adamant he didn’t want me to take photographs!!

Little Whirlwind does have his own basic camera, and I love looking through the photos he’s taken (mostly they’re of his feet, blurred, but occasionally there’s an absolute gem). I’m very tempted to borrow his camera for a Challenge – and that really will be interesting!

Techie Details:
Camera: iPhone 6

Being creative and taking photos isn’t just about the fancy kit you have. Taking a nicely composed, interesting shot can be done with the most basic of cameras. I think the trick is to keep it simple, and know the limits of your camera.

Or, in this case, phone.

A huge bell in the Cathedral in Carcassonne. LW was extremely taken with it.
HOW DID IT GO?

Little Whirlwind definitely enjoyed being in charge, but I was met with a firm “NUFFIN'” every time I asked what he wanted me to take a photo of.

And because of this the Challenge took longer than I’d anticipated.

I tried to take all the photos from LW’s eye level, to give the best idea of how he sees the world. I do often shoot from a low angle, but never normally quite that low down, so it added an extra dynamic to what I was doing. Everything around me seemed VERY tall!

LW liked what he called the “baby” on the side of an old fountain. Because he was under it, LW spotted the spout in it’s mouth (I’d missed it completely and just thought the figure was decorative)

LW (very) critically reviewed my photos afterwards – and I knew better than to put any into black and white (which he really doesn’t like at all!!). I’ve only included photos here that he approved of!

I have to say I’m not entirely happy with how the Challenge went today, but I did give it a go and stuck to the rules, even when LW really kicked off!

Ok, there has to be one dodgy family selfie!

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Challenge #12: Looking for a bit of Stucture

Today, because we braved Weston-Super-Mare on a Saturday afternoon in holiday season, I ended up having to post my video while we were waiting for lunch at the very busy Weston Museum during its re-opening celebrations. You can view the very awkward (and quite noisy) video of me here.

(Yes, multiple points of failure there.)

I’d never been to Weston Museum before, and it was surprisingly good – but was also very hot and packed full of people!

We were in Weston on various last-minute missions, so were already stressed, hot, tired and ready to get away from the crowds. So I figured: hey, why not do my challenge as well!

Pretty much all my work is about photographing people, and I’ve covered some nature shots in my challenges. Today I decided to go for the exact opposite: Architectural Photos.

I’m a huge fan of architecture shots when they’re done right. But I’m very fussy. They have to be simple and striking, and show off the beauty of the building in the right way.

Challenge #12 was all about architecture and structures*

I’ve never set out on a mission to look at buildings and photograph them before (although obviously I do take the odd picture of structures as part of my general adventuring-and-camera-ing. I took one or two in last week’s challenge, in fact.).  I was a bit nervous I wouldn’t be able to do it justice.

Techie Details:
Camera: Canon 5D Mk III 
Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f2.8

I’m going to be using only this set-up for the next two weeks, so wanted to get a head-start!

HOW DID IT GO?

Due to epic multi-tasking and the difficulty in simultaneously wielding a camera, shopping bags, and a 3 year old, I actually took fewer photos than I’ve ever taken on a Challenge. By at least three quarters.

But this surprisingly turned out to be a good thing. Because each shot had to count (just ask Long Suffering Husband how many times I can get away with: “Here, hold this while I take a picture…”), I took quite a few photos I was really pleased with.

It was really refreshing to do something different and look at my environment in a different way. I usually walk along either looking down or at head-height, glancing upwards occasionally.

Today I walked whilst looking mostly upwards at the structures around me (and only walking into 3 lamp posts, and tripping over Little Whirlwind a couple of times 😉 ).

During the day (before looking through the photos) I was mentally writing this post, and it was going to be full of excuses… but it turns out I really did surprise myself!

*(Incidentally, what is the inclusive equivalent for “man-made structures”?  people-made structures?? unnatural structures???)

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Naming Ceremonies and Christenings

Have you ever tried to take a photo in a church, or a celebration venue, and find that all your photos are blurred, grainy, oddly coloured, and generally rather disappointing?

That’s the trouble with these kinds of rooms. Our eyes naturally adjust to the low light, so even rooms we think are bright can in reality be very dark and difficult to photograph in.

Added to that the issue of other people’s heads getting in the way, and the fact you can’t really leave your seat to get the best shot…

And then if it’s a celebration to welcome your newest addition to the family, you’re going to be involved in the ceremony itself, and can’t really whip out a camera/smart phone/iPad and start snapping away.

So what’s the answer?

Well, there are many reason’s to hire a professional photographer to capture your child’s special day being formally welcomed into the family – whether that’s a social family, or a wider, religious family. 

Firstly, let’s tackle the subject of low light.

For photographers like me who specialise in family events, it’s important to know how to harness the little light there is. The main way is to use special lenses and cameras that can capture as much light as possible.  (In technical terms, this means using a full-frame DSLR that operates brilliantly in low light – like the Canon 5D Mk III – coupled with wide-aperture lenses, like my 50mm f1.4 or one of my f2.8 lenses).

And getting the right angle… 

Have you noticed how pro photographers can pretty much wander about anywhere and take photos?!

Ok, this isn’t entirely true. But during a ceremony, we can go where the congregation aren’t allowed to. We can move about to get the best angle, and (because we’ve done our research and chatted to the celebrant beforehand), we know the best vantage points to use.

This means that we’re not getting shots of the back of people’s heads (unless it’s intentional, of course!).

While you get to relax!

Yes, you’re right, I’m stretching this a bit. You’ll still have loads on your mind (like how long will the beautiful new outfits stay clean with a baby around, and is there enough food for everyone at the post-celebration gathering?!).

But having a professional photographer there will take a huge weight off your mind: You know that you will end up with beautiful, high quality photos of your child’s special day. (And also that your mum’s Christmas Present is sorted in the form of a photobook of the celebrations!!).

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Challenge #11: A Different Perspective

Today posed multiple challenges… from having a glass (or two) of wine during a meal out, to the weather threatening to tip it down any minute.  You can view the video of me in the drizzle here.  

But none of these were deliberate challenges I set myself!

We’d been on a mission to scout out a venue for an up-coming wedding near Tormarton (yup, I roped the family in, but it involved a really lovely meal so I think I’m forgiven). We decided to head over to Dyhram Park for some adventuring after lunch.

I have a thing about landscapes. It’s rare that the photo does it  justice, because so much of what is being experienced are the sounds, smells and feel – not just the view. Telling the story of this in a photo is hard. So I try to avoid landscapes much of the time. Here I’ve tried to give the feel for sheltering under a tree on a bit of a drizzly, windswept day. I also shot it in portrait, because I’m a rebel.

One of the biggest problems that people who take photos seem to face is to see what’s actually there, rather than what they want the scene (or photograph) to look like.

I know that I don’t really experience this during post processing – I find it quite easy (although often disappointing!) to weed out the photos that “should” be good, but just missed the mark for whatever reason.  (Sometimes it’s rectifiable by some minor editing, sometimes they have to be binned.)

But I know I’m definitely guilty of sometimes not paying enough attention to the overall scene, and I do miss things – although I’m now much better at spotting overhead power cables and rubbish in shot!  (And it’s been a long, long time since I’ve taken a photo with a pole growing out of someone’s head, so that’s progress!).

Some of the weaknesses in a scene can be more subtle, though. And sometimes those weaknesses can actually be turned into a feature. But you have to spot them first. And to do that you need to slow down.

Challenge #11 was all about finding a different perspective. 

The idea was to slow myself down and think about the scene a little more before taking the photo; to think about how I’d normally take the shot, then find a different way of doing it.

Techie Details:
Camera: Canon 5D Mk III 
Lens: Canon 50mm f1.4

Yes, I was lying on the floor. This isn’t unusual in itself, but I don’t think I’d have taken this shot in this way. It allowed me to get the amazing Orangery roof in, though.

The afternoon was spent with me switching between lying on the floor (something photographers everywhere are familiar with), standing on tiptoes (they frown sternly at you if you stand on the furniture in a National Trust property – rightly so), and looking behind me.

This is a great trick to remember: always remember to look behind you, as the scene you’ve just come from looks entirely different when you look back on it. (It also helps you spot weird stalker types.)

The light on these stairs was amazing – streaming in through a window at the top. But I wouldn’t have spotted it if I hadn’t turned round on my way down. My first thought was to shoot the whole staircase, then I thought again..
HOW DID IT GO?

Well… this turned out more interesting than I’d anticipated. Quite a lot of the photos I took didn’t feel like “my” style.

I love geometric patterns and symmetry, so I’m drawn to patterns like this row of trees. I adjusted the depth of field and focused on a nearby leaf to get an alternative view.

That doesn’t mean I don’t like them – far from it – but I am quite nervous about sharing them here, because they do feel different to what I normally do.

It was fun to look at the scene and think about how I’d normally take it, then not take that shot, but choose an alternative view.

I came down to an odd level for this – an ungainly crouch – took the shot off-centre and kept the image dark (to try to give an ageing, dusty feel). I like this photo, in a weird way.

To be honest, it felt rather luxurious to be able to take more time over my photos. Usually photoshoots are quite fast paced and I need to be reactive, so it’s nice when I get a chance to slow down. In a way, it’s what these series of challenges are designed to do – to make me think a bit more – and hopefully I’ll learn stuff and remember some of it when I’m working!

Restoration being undertaken. I would normally have taken a detail shot of the stitching being done – probably focussing on the needle. But then I realised the work lamp being used was creating some wonderful lighting.

The only regret I have from today’s challenge is not taking the shot as I normally would AS WELL as the different perspective – then I could have done a proper retrospective comparison.

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Challenge #10: M’Biggest Lens

After a slight hiccup where I went live on my personal FB page, I’ve now changed the privacy settings and re-posted it to my worky page!  You can view the video of me crazily squinting in the sunlight here.  

We had extra “parenting” support today, with Little Whirlwind’s Big Brother Ben joining us at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm.

With actually having TWO free hands for much of the day, I decided to roll out the Mega Lens which only usually gets used during photoshoots as it is large, heavy and unwieldy…especially when I also have to parent.

Challenge #10 was all about the under-used 70-200mm f2.8 lens, aka The Mega Lens… the largest lens in my collection. 

I knew that I didn’t really want to focus on photographing the animals. Although I think zoos do play an important role both in education and conservation, I struggle with the fact the animals are in enclosures that are many, many times smaller that their natural environments.

This isn’t in any way a dig at Noah’s Ark or any of the other zoos I’ve visited in the UK. The animals I saw today seemed healthy and happy and very well looked after, and I relish the opportunity to teach Little Whirlwind about animals that we often only see in books.

Techie Details:
Camera: Canon 5D Mk III 
Lens: Sigma 70mm-200mm f2.8

The trouble with photographing animals in a zoo is that everyone ends up with the same set of photos, and usually it’s blindingly obvious that the animals are in a zoo environment (i.e. “where’s the challenge in that?!”).

So I was looking to take photos of something other than the animals – keeping an open mind as to what I might encounter.

And I’m glad I did as we were in for a treat. We went on the day of the African Carnival (ok, this sounds a bit more grandiose than it was, but the entertainers were absolutely brilliant!).

HOW DID IT GO?

I did end up getting a few photos of some of the animals, because they made me smile.

(And animals don’t have to be “exotic” to be quirky…)

But the highlight for me was definitely the African Carnival entertainment. I could have photographed these energetic and colourful performers all day!

The main purpose of the challenge however, was the lens. I don’t often lug it about on family trips, so once I’d accepted the fact I’d have to put some serious physical effort(!) in today, it was actually quite a treat to play with this lens. The photos have a different look than ones taken with the 50mm, and it was fun to investigate this while we were out & about!

I’d like to say I’ll take the lens on more family excursions, but it weighs just shy of 1.5kg, and that’s WITHOUT the camera, which weighs almost 1kg in it’s own right. The other issue is that when it’s just strapped over my shoulder, the lens dangles at Little-Whirlwind-Head-Height – and he tends to run into it at least once every three minutes…

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Expectation vs. Reality

Sometimes, as a photographer, I get an image in my head about exactly what the photograph is I want to take. It can be crushingly disappointing to not get that shot – for whatever reason.

The Bristol Balloon Fiesta is on at the moment, and I look forward to the mass ascents every year.  Each year I hope to better the photo I took of the balloons over the suspension bridge (it was several years ago, with an old camera – many, many models inferior to my current one).

I’d hoped to be able to make it up near the Observatory at some point over the weekend for one of the mass ascents… but the weather’s looking dodgy. We were near there (through a series of re-arranged plans and coincidences) last night, but with two critical hitches: I had the wrong lens (it was an impromptu diversion), and the balloons didn’t fly.

Further research indicated my best chance of photographing the mass ascent was going to be this morning… with clear-ish skies and the lowest windspeed forecast.

But there were several problems:

1. The balloons fly early. I mean, proper early. Like before 7am early.

2. We live about 15 minute drive away from our nearest viewing point of Bedminster Down, and a much further drive to the Downs or any of the other spots which would have afforded me my ideal photo

3. It’s a Friday, and Long Suffering Husband had to leave for work at about 7:30am, which meant I’d be solo-parenting a Little Whirlwind

4. I am not a morning person.  I repeat.  I. Am. Not. A. Morning. Person.  Unless it’s approached from the other end (i.e. forgetting to go to bed because I’m writing a blog post I wasn’t planning to write, just because…)

Nevertheless, I packed a picnic breakfast last night (please don’t be too impressed, it involved jammy dodgers and an apple), and set my alarm for 5:50am so I could constantly hit refresh on Twitter and get the updates.

By 6:30am LW and I were heading off up the road with picnic and camera and jumpers. As excited as I was to be sharing this with my game-for-adventure 3 year old, there was also a feeling of resignation that although yes, I had brought the right lens this time, there was no way I was going to get the shot I wanted.

As we came over the hills on the A38 and saw the sprawling, peacefully drifting mass of balloons across Bristol, LW and my excitement grew. We had our picnic on Bedminster Down and watched for over half an hour as more and more balloons took to the skies.

On the drive home, feeling the paradox of being happy to spend this special time with my son and sad that yet again this year I wouldn’t be getting The Photograph, I pulled off the main road on a whim.

That’s were the photo at the top of this article was taken. It’s nothing like the shot I wanted to take, and I simultaneously hate it for not being what I wanted and love it for it’s tranquility, depth, and…well…those incredible clouds.

I guess this basically sums up what being a parent is all about.

We KNOW we’re missing out on stuff, but we also know that there are also really special moments to be had and enjoyed. And that maybe we sometimes need to accept reality for what it is, instead of sobbing over our missed expectations.

So the Photographer me is somewhat disappointed today, but the Mum me is proud and happy that she could spend an early morning with her little boy, chatting about everything from why people litter to how balloons are made and how they fly.

Challenge #9: Something About Light

Well, I think it’s fair to say that nothing really went according to plan today. My Facebook Live video (which explains a bit more about what happened) was 12 hours late, and shows me more in Exhausted Mum mode rather than Enthusiastic Photographer mode.  You can check out the video here!

Today was a day where The Challenge was nearly abandoned. I could definitely see Long Suffering Husband’s point that I didn’t really need to do it, and as everything kind of went pear-shaped, I could just abandon.

The only problem was, I couldn’t just abandon The Challenge.

It’s a point of principle. If I can manage to do it on a day when I don’t feel in the least bit creative, I can sure-as-whiskey do it on a day where things don’t go as planned.

So, I set out with an admittedly half-formed, but still present, idea in mind and I just went with it.

Challenge #9 was all about light.

Ideally, I wanted to see if I could get some natural backlighting going on. I wondered if I could get some funky silhouettes. And once we hit golden hour, I adapted the challenge to try to get some of that beautiful glow and those stunning skies into my photos because WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY!!

(That’s the benefit to leaving the house many hours late – there’s chance for a spot of snapping during the hallowed golden hour as the sun starts to set and the light is truly perfect.)

Today, after a last minute change-of-plans, we ended up at the festival to celebrate the re-opening of the Italian Gardens in Weston Super Mare. At first I was a bit dubious about it all (there wasn’t much going on when we arrived), but in the end we had a fantastic time, and the performers were really good.

Techie Details:
Camera: Canon 5D Mk III 
Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f2.8

Remembering what happened last time with my Golden Hour Challenge, I took my flash along, but ended up not using it because I was playing with silhouettes.

HOW DID IT GO?

The real challenge of today was more about parenting and life in general than photography. I suspect that most people will look at my photos from today, and think that perhaps they’re really not much different to my normal photos.

So I suppose the challenge was more a point of principle. Of getting my camera out and completing the challenge against the odds… when I didn’t even have 5 minutes to do a Facebook Live.

But that said, I did it. As all our best laid plans fell apart, I still managed to get a set of photos that I’m happy with. AND the best part of all was that the light this evening was absolutely superb! If I’d have abandoned The Challenge, I would have missed this….

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Challenge #8: Urban Wonky

This week’s Facebook Live video descended into utter chaos, but I think I still managed to outline the challenge fairly well… and you also even get a kiss from Little Whirlwind at the end.  

BANANA.

(Seriously, if you want something a bit light-hearted and need a chuckle, take a look at the video!)

Today we headed to Upfest, the international Urban Paint Festival held every year in Bristol. I look forward to this event as there’s always loads going on, and LW enjoys it too.

Challenge #8 was to get some good urban-style photography going, and… most significantly… get just ONE photo at a jaunty angle that I’m happy with.

There were several techniques I decided to put into play.  The first was getting that epic depth of field.

The second was shooting from different heights.  I usually shoot from low down (kneeling, and sometimes even lying on the ground. Yes, my clothes get worn out quite quickly. Lots of holey knees.)

The third was wonky angles. Which I’ll be the first to admit, I haven’t been that successful with in the past. For the most part I tend to have very neatly lined-up shots (which I make sure of in post processing). Occasionally I’ll find a photo really works with a jaunty angle, but when I try to contrive it, it just ends up looking wrong. Which is why this formed the main part of today’s challenge!

Techie Details:
Camera: Canon 5D Mk III 
Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f2.8
(Because this lens offers the most flexibility, is more portable than the 70-200mm, and isn’t the normal choice for portraits, so can give an interesting look to close-up pictures of people). 

How did it go?

I tried. I really did try.

In fact, I was fairly certain I’d got some cracking decent wonky urban type shots. Then I got home, looked at them, and immediately started trying to straighten them all up.  🙄

My efforts did pay off. I happy with my final set of images, and some of them even have that funky tilt!

But in summary: more work needed.