Day +401: Bokeh

Bokeh is basically the term for the blurriness of the background in a photo, and mainly applies to portraits. When photographing people, you don’t want the background to be sharp, because, it will distract from the person in the photograph. It will also make objects behind the subject very obvious, and create horrible things like […]

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Day +241: Learning Light Pt 1 (fill light)

Whether you’re on vacation, taking pictures of your family, or just doing photography in general, you will be confronted with different lighting conditions. Learn what to do in different scenarios, and your pictures will be a million times better. For most of my early photographic journey, I avoided flash- because I was scared of it. Back […]

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Day +234: Christmas lights

In what has become a traditional for our family, we went to see Christmas lights. There is a street in Castle Hill (Grandoaks Place) where the residents create elaborate displays every year. The street is usually packed, but being a Sunday night (school isn’t out yet), there was hardly anybody there. It made parking much easier, but […]

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Day +227: Going Wide

The Canon 16-35/2.8L ii lens represents the widest wide-angle lens I’ve ever owned, the previous being the short end of my 24-105. I’m sure that this is going to be a great lens for landscapes (I consider Disneyland a “landscape” too :-)). 16mm is wide, given that I shoot with full-frame cameras. Most people own […]

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Day +220: Skies, Exposure

We’re at the end of November, which means Christmas is just around the corner (is that a good or bad thing?)! So this weekend has been Christmas shopping (and then more Christmas shopping). I think online shopping is the way forward because the shops are packed. And to make it worse, customer service in Australia […]

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Day +213: Macros & Panoramas (see post :-))

42 degrees on Friday- thank goodness it cooled down for the weekend! Today, I did 2 things: took some macro shots, and I tried to do something totally new (see below). MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY Macro photography looks easy, but believe me, if you want to do it well, it’s not. First of all, you need a […]

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Day +171: Flowers & bees

I’m trying to get my daughter interested in photography, and so far haven’t had much luck. She’s not so patient right now, and I think she was over-photographed when she was little. But anyway, I’m trying. It’s better than sitting in front of the television or the PlayStation! We took a short walk up our […]

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Day +165: Back to work tomorrow :-(

Annual leave, it was nice meeting you. And thanks for the weather the last few days- not! Being 35 degrees outside, we were pretty much restricted to indoor activities. Leaves fell shrivelled ( I did not realise until now, but I’ve created an optical illusion below- looks like the picture is sloping downwards). Wow, maybe I could […]

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