13 October 2015

On the Edge of Focus

ON THE EDGE OF FOCUS Playing with extreme marco, focus and depth of field can be a lot of fun. Here is how I shot these individual Hydrangea flowers using two lenses. First my 85mm was set at 1.8f and mounted to my camera, the second lens, my 50mm 1.8f was then manually opened and reversed and hand held in front of my mounted 85mm lens. Holding both lenses together focus was preset meaning I had to move ever so slightly to obtain focus within the set area, like the stalk or the leaf edges.  As I was hand holding the camera and lenses I had to ensure my shutter speed didn't drop below 1/160. To ensure my shutter speed didn't become too low, and I was still able to work with just enough light, I increased my ISO setting up to 400. 

Have a go.... its fun....

26 June 2015

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1 June 2015

Hello June

PLAYING WITH ILLUSTRATOR.. Taking inspiration further and learning how to create simple vector images in illustrator has been both a fun and frustrating experience. Mastering a new program is always a divided experience but I'm slowly picking it up and getting the hang of it. Building on the inspiration that drives my photography I'm now starting to create designs and illustration ideas that open up a new level of (instant) creativity for me.  I'm still in the early playing stage, working on random ideas in order to learn techniques and establish my own workflow. I have no idea where this will take me and look forward to seeing my own unique style emerge. 

My simple watercolour flowers and textured floral photography made their way to New York's Surtex last month. Sadly, I was unable to attend in person, but my work was represented by the lovely ladies at Sundance Graphics, booth 342. I experienced Surtex from a far and have been totally inspired and drawn into a new world of possibilities for both my photography and design work. Looking forward to the rest of 2015 and discovering where the next 6 months will take me.