Today’s image is another low-key image using a variety of techniques both during initial shooting and then post processing.
To create the original low key image I used my usual set up of a fixed 35mm lens, tripod and off camera flash with the added use of a soft box. Post processing then involved some sharpening and he creating of a number of layers in photoshop to create the reflection and fully low key background. Finally the rule of thirds was considered ensuring the central point of the photo was positioned on one of the cross points which often gives better perspective to an image rather than simply placing the subject in the centre.
Today’s image is an abstract shot of an office building in Edinburgh’s commercial district. The building itself is black but has entirely reflective windows and on a bright day the gloss creates an excellent abstract effect.
Again walking in Cammo Estate between rain showers I was able to capture a rare spot of colour in the generally brown winter landscape. The bending tree and piles of leaves across the ground created a natural tunnel cross the path.
Shot in the so called “golden hour” this sunset shot captures the fantastic contract between the shadowy forest and the setting sun. Shot with a low aperture using a fixed 35mm this image really captured a great range of colours.
Today’s image is a black and white shot of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Housed on the corner of the junction between George Street and Hannover Street the Society was established in 1737 and is Scotland’s national academy of science and letters.
Todays image is again a stop motion shot but this time without the “low key” element. The shot was created using my 18-105mm lens and an on camera flash gun which stopped the motion of the knife slicing through the lemon and also stopping the spray moving in the air and up the knife.
Utilising the assistance of a little helper, an off camera flash gun, fixed 35mm lens and a shutter release cable I was able to capture this stop-motion / low key shot of a bouncing tennis ball.
It is not simple to create this effect when you do not have sound triggers and essentially is a trial and error process coupled with a quick shutter speed until you capture the ball in motion within the frame.
Thankfully my little helper was not dropping the ball from much of a height 🙂
Today’s black and white image is of a church bell tower in Edinburgh. The main focus of this image was its desaturation and subsequent post processing using dodging and burning. Boosting the definition (as with this pictures) often crease a hall around the subject and this is something that can be rectified in photoshop.
Today’s image was captured with my camera phone and post processed on my macbook. Thankfully I was off today to recover from my trip to Hamburg over the weekend and went for an afternoon stroll up Calton Hill with Gemma. The most interesting part of this picture is not actually the monument itself, but if you look closely in the bottom left hand side of the image you will notice a couple (who looked like a bride and groom) dancing and being photographed by a friend.
Back from Hamburg with my DSLR in hand I was able to start shooting RAW again which obviously allows much better post processing. This image is of the old wooden staircase which runs up and over the River Almond walkway.
Still in Hamburg we attended the Imtech Arena to watch Hamburg SV take on the high flying Hertha Berlin. The stadium itself was sensational as were the Hamburg support however the team on the park were dreadful and lost 3-0. This image taken with my camera phone captures the scale of the arena itself which has a capacity just shy of 60,000.
I was visiting Hamburg for a great friends stag party this weekend. Didn’t want to risk taking the DSLR on the trip (for obvious reasons) but as able to capture some interesting shots with my camera phone. This abstract is an image of the roof in Hamburgs main airport shot while waiting to head through security.
This is another photograph which uses to techniques previously utilised in this blog – long exposure and selective colour. Given the time of night and a desire to keep ISO low i used a slow shutter speed to ensure correct exposure. The striking red of the door is then highlighted with some post process.
Today’s shot was taken with my camera phone and is a view from the upper circle of Edinburgh’s Lyceum theatre. I was there today to watch a performance of Eugene O’Neill’s “A long day’s journey into the night” – which was “intense” to say the least.
The interior of the theatre is as would be expected and is dominated by the huge chandelier which hangs from the roof.
Today’s image is a low key macro shot of an individual tulip shot using a fixed 35mm lens and an off camera flashgun. The low key technique works well for images of this nature where the detail of the subject is important and a coloured background would distract from this. The majority of the low key effect was created by the set up itself however some post processing is used to complete the effect.
Today’s image is a macro low key image taken with my prime 35mm at f3.5. It captures a light bulb in an otherwise dark room and creates an abstract image, which at first looks more like something in a science lab than your living room.