I need some photos for a waterways calendar competition, so I was out in the freezing cold on Sunday taking photos of the canals. The sun came out a little for this one, but there were still dark clouds. It’s a nice picture, but is it good enough for a calendar? I would have preferred more light and camera shake is also a problem when it’s that cold. You shiver! (more…)
I read a really good article yesterday about how to take night pictures. They say you should consider the exposure triangle to set your camera for this type of picture. That is set the ISO, aperture and speed. While I was doing all that and setting up a tripod, I would probably get mugged for the camera. (more…)
I went to Bilston Craft gallery this week. It’s not so much a craft gallery as a library and art gallery. The pieces exhibited in the photograph are by Jane Wilson from Shrewsbury and is called ‘Hitting the right notes’. When I am taking photographs, I look for interesting patterns and we definitely have patterns here.
Neodigital Art is about using digital cameras, scanners, computers and graphic tablets to create art. You can even use pencils and pens! I took a few photos on Sunday and have been trying to do something interesting with them in editing.
I used this picture last week and it was suggested that a colour version might look better. I did a lot of editing on this, cropping it and changing it to a watercolour image. I also edited out the cars in the background again.
This photograph was taken last weekend by Fei Ye, an International student from China who is studying at my local University in Wolverhampton. It was taken in Cambridge, where it rained all day. The shot wasn’t straight and so I straightened it a little and edited it to make it a little more artistic. It’s unusual and has lots of depth as the canal goes away from us.
I can’t remember when I took this photo. I think it was the summer of 2011. I do remember having to take it through chain-link fencing. I have edited it again using PhotoScape using a watercolour option. It looks quite artistic now. (more…)
We have more snow, here in England and so I thought I would cover editing snow pictures a little more. I edited this this one with PhotoScape and used the option to make it look like a pencil drawing and added some text.
I took this picture of the Milky yesterday, in bright sunlight. It’s not one of my better photographs. You can see how the colours are changing through Autumn though, they are slowly getting lighter.
I think this photograph is quite artistic, it was a good shot and then I edited it to try to get something artistic. This is the original picture:
At this time of year I like to record the changing colours as the seasons change. We’re are month into Autumn in England and so I expect all the colours of nature to change as winter approaches. You can see the colours better, when we have better light. In this picture you can see the first signs of winter colours.
I took this photograph last October on a sunny day. You can see the colours changing and reflecting more light. The light was better in Autumn last year than we have had in summer this year. We have to be prepared for whatever nature decides to throw at us and make the most of it.
My blogs with photos are always popular, but just lately it’s been almost impossible to take any new ones with the dark skies and rain we have been having. I took this photo on Sunday and it took a bit of editing to make it look worth using. The weather has turned cold and the usual winter illnesses seem to be beginning. It could be a good time to drink more vitamin C laden fruit juice.
I took this photograph last Autumn and as you can see the sun was bright and reflected well off the Autumn colours. The picture looks dull though and so I can improve it a lot with editing. I used Windows Live Photo Gallery, it’s easy to use.
As I write this I can see blue skies and sunshine. It wasn’t like that when we went out to take photographs on Sunday, it was dull and cloudy. It looks nice today, but the wind is a cold Arctic wind. I might still try to take a few photographs later. This picture is after I did the edit, take a look at the before picture, very dull.
I’ve started today with a photograph from July, that was the last time we had really good light in the afternoon for photography. The sun was bright that day in a Victorian Park. It does give a very bright picture though with contrasting colours.
Regular readers will probably recognise this stretch of water, I have taken photographs of it lots of times. I’ve got a rotten cold and sore throat and so I didn’t want to go far on Sunday. It looks like a huge lake, but isn’t really large enough to be called a lake. It looks bigger because I shot down the length of the lake and away from the sun. I had a blue sky and plenty of light, so quite a nice scene.
When I start a blog, I have to think of a title and then what picture to begin with. It’s not easy! This photo is of the Manor House in West Bromwich, it’s now a museum and open to the public on some afternoons. People overseas keep telling me they want to come and see the places that I photograph. Maybe the Tourist Board should sponsor one of my blogs!
At the end of a day taking photographs it can be frustrating when the sun comes out in the early evening, when you’re just about to give up. After a day of poor light, the sun came out a little and so I took this shot from a railway bridge. The tracks going away from us give the shot a lot of depth. (more…)
Unfortunately, I’ve had computer problems for a while that have been affecting my blogs. I like Google Chrome because it’s fast for doing research, but it was the cause of the problems. It kept zooming in, switching magnifier on and off and other things. The font on this blog looked about right, but was set at large, the font on my other blog looked the same, but was set on medium! I have now looked at them using Internet Explorer and this one looks a little big and the one on a zillion ideas too small! I have to choose. I have done a Neodigital Art blog with more pictures on a Zillion Ideas today, why not pop over and check that out? Google Chrome has been reinstalled and packed up all together now!
- Neodigital Art | Monochrome (mike10613.wordpress.com)
- Neodigital Art | Forge Mill (mike10613.wordpress.com)
- Neodigital Art | The Motor Show (mike10613.wordpress.com)
- This week – the sun came out (mike10613.wordpress.com)
- This week in blogs (mike10613.wordpress.com)
- Random thoughts (mike10613.wordpress.com)
- Neodigital Art | The Black Country (mike10613.wordpress.com)
- Neodigital Art | Transport (mike10613.wordpress.com)
- Neodigital Art | angles and depth (mike10613.wordpress.com)
- Neodigital Art | Light and colour (mike10613.wordpress.com)
I rushed around the historic vehicle show at the Arboretum that quickly taking photos, I didn’t have time to ask what the cars were or look too closely. I do know that this is a mini though, probably a Cooper. I paid to get in there and so I’m making use of the photos again this week!
On Sunday, Simon James came with me to Walsall Arboretum, to a historic vehicles show. I’ve used some of the photos that I took, on a blog on a Zillion ideas; so I’ll use some of Simon’s recent photos in this post. His pictures are more widescreen than mine. (more…)