Twenty Five

This is one of my entries for a school photo competition run at my school. Can’t decide whether to enter it in the portrait section or enhanced as it is a bit of both.

Superman 1

Another photo using the Nikon D610. I also used a few videos on YouTube to work out how to do some of the effects. For example, the head was made a bit bigger than normal. I also added the old fashioned wallpaper. I really like the way it has come out. It took a long time to put together but worth it. And finally, the model. Well superman is my super dad!

Broadway Polo #2


Well, you’ve seem a busy hat shop, now here’s a busy shirt shop. It’s the same shop as in my last post.

Broadway Polo #2

Each wall was covered with shirts. Not the best composition but, for me, a fun holiday snap.

Broadway Polo


Hats for the last post. This time it’s polo shirts. This time my mum was on a shopping spree. This was during one of our night time trips into Broadway. I also have a photo of the actual racks head on so it looks more like my hats shot. However, I liked this shot as it was full of people. In fact, the shop was very busy even though it was about 10 pm.

Broadway Polo

This photo, like my last Broadway shot, was taken with my dad’s Olympus camera with the fish eye. Great for tight spots like this shop. Thinking about posting at least one more proper Broadway shot. I’m quite busy at the moment as exams are coming up. So at least it easier not having to take photos at the moment and having so many holiday photos.



One of the things on my shopping list was snap backs, or as my dad calls them base ball caps. What does he know?!


I knew what I wanted but still found it difficult to find. It was a particular Miami Heat snap back. This was one shop that was recommended to me (I can’t remember the name now). As you can see they had lots of hats. One wall was just hats and the opposite wall was just trainers. Didn’t find what I wanted but the amount of stuff was impressive and I think made for an interesting photo.

Another one with the Nikon D610.

Not a Snowman…

Project 52: Week 46

Not a Snowman...

Since it is coming to the end of the Project 52 competition I decided to try something new. I had previously seen photos where a face has been transformed by making it look as if it was made of plants and other stuff like this. So I searched for YouTube videos to find out how to create this effect. This is the video that I used:

I watched the video on the iPad while working on the computer editing my photo. The instructions weren’t too difficult to follow but I did have to experiment a bit to make the effect work for my photo. You can look at the video yourself to find out what to do. I will say that I needed a portrait and another photo which would replace the texture of the face. For this second bit I photographed a wall and some ivy growing on our wall at the bottom of the garden as I wasn’t sure what would work the best. In the end I didn’t even use the ivy. I liked the effect with the bricks plus it took so long I had no more energy to try the ivy.

At first I thought that I would use a self-portrait but that was difficult to do. So I asked my dad [again] if he would agree. He did. Plus he had more skin area on his head… to make the effect stand out more.

I had no ideas for a title so I decided to call it “Not a Snowman”. I suppose I could have called it Brickman. Anyway, I think it’s quite a fun title so I chose it.

This week’s photo(s) was taken using a Nikon D200.


Project 52: Week 42


I was really keen to post something really different. Not long now before the 52nd week of Project 52. So I wanted my photo to stand out.

How I got to post this photo is a bit of a story. About a week ago my dad showed me a magazine with this technique being used. I then forgot about it. On Wednesday my dad went over to our neighbour who enters a photography competition every month with his work. They took some laser painting photos and also used this oil on water technique. When Dave (my neighbour) e-mailed some of the photos I thought the oil on water shots were really cool. So yesterday (Thursday) I got the magazine, read what to do and had a go. Oh! The photo also fitted with what we have been learning about in science. It looks like a solar system.

It’s an interesting technique because the bubbles change shape as do the colours as they move around. It was also hard to take clear photos. Focusing was really tricky and I couldn’t use a tripod because of the angle of the shot. I took over 70 shots. Some I didn’t like because they were not in focus. I also kept taking them because as I moved the camera lens new interesting images came onto the camera screen.

I didn’t do much to edit the photo except to crop it a bit and I also sharpened it. Hope you like it. Let me know what you think.

Moonlight Mining

Project 52: Week 41

Moonlight Mining

This Friday was my birthday. I am officially a teenager.

Saturday came and I had not yet posted my week’s photo blog. Then I had a brain wave. At school we are reading Holes by Louis Sachar. The relevant bit that gave me the idea was of a group of kids [in a teenagers type prison] having to dig holes in a hot desert. Anyway, our bathroom floor has tiles which are sandy colour. I thought if I could get some little figures I could put together a desert digging or mining scene.

I only had Lego figures from when I was a kid [remember I am now a TEENAGER]. However, I knew that my neighbour had some ‘little people’ which he used for a photo competition he had previously entered. So I borrowed them and here you go.

I used my dad’s Nikon D200 with a 50mm lens set to wide aperture. With the help of a piece of crystal I already had and a torch which I put on the floor to the left pointing at the centre of the scene I took a number of photos either moving the figures, the torch or both and then chose my favourite photo.

I didn’t really change anything when editing the photo except to sharpen the central diggers and to take some of the colour away to make it look more like a moon lit scene. Even though I say so myself, I like the final effect.

Destination Christmas

Project 52: Week 37

Destination Christmas

Yesterday [Sunday] my mum, dad and I went to London for a spot of shopping and generally looking around. We went to Trafalgar Square, Parliament Square, Whitechapel (mum remembered going to a nice restaurant there and wanted to go back and yes it was nice) and then we finished off walking the length of Oxford Street.

Although I took the camera as I thought that this would be a good opportunity for this week’s photo I didn’t actually take that many photos. I decided on this one because it summed up the day. Lots of crowds pushing and shoving on the pavements and in the shops all because it is coming up to CHRISTMAS!

This shop was so lit up that I did not notice what its name was. Mum told me later that it was one of the most famous department stores – Selfridges. I used my dad’s new fish eye lens to take this photo. First, it let me get a lot more of the shop into the photo. Secondly, I like the effect.

Hot Pepper Sauce

Project 52: Week 31

Hot Pepper Sauce

A whole week off and another last minute photo. But then if you are with friends or off with parents there’s little time to get out with the camera. So, another Saturday photo taken between coming home from having gone shopping in Swindon and before a certain program on ITV. That is why I am messing around with it on Sunday.

I got my inspiration for this week’s photo from a similar photo I saw of a Tobasco Sauce bottle. Sadly, mine is not as good. It was very hard to get the smoke coming out of the bottle. The only thing we had in the house were incense sticks. The problem was that they didn’t give off much smoke. My dad suggested putting some baby oil on them which helped a bit but not much. Plus, the effect only lasted for a few seconds so I had to take the photo quickly. I had the camera ready set up on the tripod.

For the background I used a dark sheet. However, I still had to darken it further in Elements to make it really black. This has slightly affected the look of the edge of the bottle on the left. With better lighting I might have got a better effect. There is only so much you can do with a lamp in the bedroom on a desk.

But even though the photo is not perfect I am pleased with what I have achieved. I like the illusion that I have created. And in real life I love hot food. My friends can’t handle most of the spicy food that I like to eat.

I used the Fujifilm x10 again. Thanks for viewing.