Statue of Liberty

Twenty Two

I suppose almost every one recognises the Statue of Liberty. So this photo does not really need a title.

Statue of Liberty

When we set of on the ferry it was quite hazy but warmish. But as the day progressed the temperature warmed up nicely and visibility improved.

Taken with the Olympus.

Brooklyn Bridge

Twenty One

A view of the Brooklyn Bridge from a point of view that we don’t always see.

Brooklyn Bridge

I wanted to focus on the cables and Manhattan. I might post one with the main columns another time.

Taken with the Olympus OMD.

Empire State Building Night View

Thirteen

Another view from the Empire State Building, but this time at night. The ticket we had allowed us to revisit the building in the evening. As the morning queue was to long and slow we had decided not to return. But when the evening came, we hoped that the queues would be shorter. We got there about 9pm. Yes, the queues were better and faster but we still spent well over an hour waiting.

Empire State Buiding Night View

However, we decided that this was probably the last time we would go up (even if we returned to NYC) it was worth the effort. And I guess it was. However, it ha got really cold and my hands got cold holding the camera. I took a good couple of dozen photos and then my dad had it for the rest of the time!

Home of the Spies

Five

Moving on from Tate Britain, crossing the road, looking over the Thames and you will see the MI6 building. I tried to take a long exposure to smooth the water. I used my dad’s neutral density filter to do this.

Home of the Spies

This is the MI6 building taken after we had crossed Vauxhall Bridge. We were on the same side of the river.

Apart from cropping there is hardly any editing with these photos.

Looking Up, Looking Down

Three

Another couple from Tate Britain. This one is of the glass ceiling in the main entrance.

Looking Up, Looking Down

And another spiral staircase. I really like the sweeping curves of these types of staircases… as you can probably guess by now.

Possibly a couple more from Tate Britain to come.

Forest

Project 52: Week 51

Forest

Something very different today. I took a photo of some dense woodland. When I looked at the photo on the computer I thought it looked a bit boring. However, I have seen woodland photos where the trees have been blurred to give an eerie and abstract look. I found out that this can be done by smearing Vaseline on a lens. Well, I did not fancy doing this to my lens [plus I had taken the photo anyway]. My dad suggested trying motion blur. I hadn’t used this before [neither had he but just knowing about it helps!]. Anyway, that’s what I did and this is the result. Do you know, I quite like the effect.

Now that I look at it I wonder whether it would look good in black and white….

So like I said, something very different today.

Camera used: Nikon D610.

University Architecture

Project 52: Week 50

University Architecture

What can I say? I am delighted to have won Project 52. This is my first blog since the win and my first blog using the Nikon D610 which I won.

Wow! What a great camera. The clarity of the photos are superb. I haven’t really had time to use it so was determined to get out today and take some photos. As I had other things to do I went to the university campus which is near. I thought that I would take some architectural photos.

The only thing I did to edit the photo was to try and blur the clouds to give it that long exposure look which I am currently liking.

It leaves me to thank Photography Monthly for picking my blog and photos as the winner of Project 52 (and in particular to Jade who was always encouraging) and of course Nikon for supplying such a fantastic camera and also Adobe for not only giving me a copy of Elements but upgrading it from Elements 11 to Elements 12.

And finally well done to all the other competitors who kept going to the end. It was a motivation to look at their blogs. I’m glad you are still uploading.

I’m adding two more photos this morning from yesterdays trip to the uni. More buildings. The same photo but one colour and one black and white. Which do you prefer?

University Architecture: Colour

University Architecture: Colour

University Architecture: Black and White

University Architecture: Black and White

The End

Project 52: Week 48

Exitus

I was surprised to learn that this week’s photo blog would be the last in the Project 52 competition run by Photography Monthly. It’s a shame because I had a few photos planned which I hoped would show some new techniques that I have been trying to learn. However, it also means that I no longer have to think of photos to take within the week’s deadlines. This has sometimes been very hard and I haven’t always been happy with the photo that I have posted. On the other hand, sometimes I have taken a few shots that I was very happy with. But the strict rules of the blog competition stopped me posting these. Bah!

The style of photo which I have taken today is one of those which when you first do it you think WOW! I have done it a few times but probably nearly two years ago when I used to go to my old school’s photography club. I always find it easier to show than to explain how to do things with computers. Basically, you take two photos of yourself. In each nothing changes except where you are in the photo. I put the camera on a 10 second timer so that I had time to sit down before the shutter clicked. We have Photoshop Elements 9 at home which I use to edit photos. When editing open one photo with the second on top. I then simply rub out part of the top layer using the eraser tool to reveal the hidden figure in the layer below.

The theme of the photo is obvious. It’s the end of this particular project. But not of my photos nor the blog. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, it’s a shame that Project 52 didn’t go on to the end of April as we are going to New York for Easter. There will be some great opportunities for photography there.

As I have said above this project has been a challenge. But it has also challenged me to try and be better and to try new techniques that I probably would not have done. I have picked the brains of both the internet and my dad who has always encouraged me and helped me sometimes to work out how to achieve a technique. Looking at my blog I can see that I have certainly developed at a photographer. Thanks to Photography Monthly for running this competition and special thanks to Jade from PM for her encouragement. And it’s been great having some of my photos feature in the magazine.

I will certainly keep up the blog but I might not post a photo every week. Although there might be quite a few New York shots towards the end of April!

Tulips

Project 52: Week 47

Tulips

This is not the photo that I planned for this week, which is my half term week. I was going to do an architectural based photo but the weather has spoilt my plans. Maybe I’ll squeeze this in on Sunday.

Instead, I have taken a still life. I used some tulips which were still alive from Valentine’s Day (which my dad bought for my mum). What I wanted to achieve was for the flowers to have a pitch black background which I was pleased to get. I’ve seen this done before and it makes the flowers stand out really well. In fact, if you look at my Flickr site I took a similar photo for my schools photography club: http://www.flickr.com/photos/37141712@N06/7190253251/in/photostream/. To do this I put a dark sheet up in front of the window. I also got a spot light to light up the flowers. The main lights were turned off. Finally, I used a tripod to keep everything still. I took a lot of photos and this is the one which I liked best. Actually, it was tough choosing a photo because many were very similar. One thing I wish that I’d change was to pull off that large centre leaf. Oh well! Never mind!

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

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT_lTKxP9ck&feature=youtu.be

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.