Saturday, February 26, 2011

Family visits Japan

My Mum and neice Lauren are over in Japan visiting us at the moment. So have been taking some time off work and playing tour guide visiting various spots around the island. Luckily the weather has been cooperating nicely giving them some nice days at the beach etc.. More pics to follow.

Beach 51 (click to view large)
A pano shot with the Canon 5D mkII at one of our favorite little secluded beaches on the island. I forgot to take the PL filter off though so was left with a dark part of the sky and some strange tilting on the left side of the panorama. Guess I need to buy a pano head for my tripod.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Whats in my camera bag? (For Weddings)

I get a few questions from people asking me what kind of gear I use to shoot weddings with. So thought I would try making a little "Whats in my camera bag" video.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Dropping stuff in water

I had been wanting to try taking photos of thing dropping in water for quite some time so I bit the bullet and forked out a whole 1500yen on a fish tank and some fruit to get me started on my photo project. I had a basic idea of how I was going to set things up for the shoot.

I kept it pretty simple and just used one Canon speedlite with a small reflector on the other side of the tank and some light absorbing black background material.

Here's a few of the results from my first test. 

 What am I doing dropping a camera, right? Actually Its a money box that looks like the Canon EOS 550D. I bought it just to try this.
 Dropping some Capsicums then flipped the image 180 degrees.
 Its amazing the detail that can be captured with the Canon EF100mm 2.8 macro.

Dropping ice. Black & While conversion done in Nik Silver Efex Pro

Tandem droppage flipped sideways (yes I made up that word)

Here's a behind the scenes shot of how I shot it.  I used the Canon 5D mkII with 100mm macro f2.8 attached. To fire the flash I used cheap radio triggers I bought from in Hong Kong.

Usually someone always wants to know about exposure so I shot at iso200 50th/sec at f8 if I remember correctly. How did I manage to freeze the water splash at a 50th/second? The flash was in manual power set to about 64th/1 power. It was pretty dark so the flash acts as the shutter speed freezing the action at a crazy high speed.

I think it worked out alright for a first attempt. Its pretty good fun also but just have a few towels handy to clean up all the water that will get splashed on the floor if you try this for yourself. Happy Shooting!!