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Photography Travel and places

What do you think of this: Tel-Aviv beach trip

We were on vacation recently. It was more of a stay-cation – we are new to Israel so it was a perfect time for some local tourism. Instead of renting a car and heading to some holiday resort, we slept at home and took day trips. We spent the afternoon of our third day at a terrific beach in Tel-Aviv at the Tel-Aviv Port. It was my first time in the ocean here and I couldn’t believe how warm the water was. I’m not usually a beach person but I think that could change.

We left the beach shortly before it closed and moved up to the boardwalk where we had something to eat and took some photos. I like how some of these came out and I’d love to get some feedback if you have any.

Busy Tel Aviv beach

I had my 18-55mm kit lens and my f1.8 50mm lens with me and I shot this with the kit lens. I’d like to buy a f1.8 35mm lens for the wider angle stuff but the kit lens works pretty well in good light. I like this shot mostly because of the way the beach line almost takes your eyes out to see. This next one does a better job of that and the curvature from the zoom adds something to the shot that I like:

This next one was an experiment with a slower shutter speed. I usually shoot in Aperture priority mode and switched to Shutter Speed priority. I like the effect on the waves but I think there is probably too much motion in the photo to save it. I don’t usually shoot much with a slower shutter speed but I get the feeling a shot needs more prominent, static reference points to prevent the motion from just looking like a blurred shot:

The sun was setting so I spent a bit of time taking photos of the sunset. I like the railing in this photo which I took with my iPhone 5 and debated whether to switch to my DSLR and my 50mm lens with its shallower depth of focus to highlight the railing. That said, this photo didn’t work out too badly:

It sometimes amazes me that my iPhone can take such great photos. I use the VSCOCam app which is a great photo capture and editing app. Here is another photo that I took with my iPhone which came out nicely:

When I looked at this next sunset shot to add to this post I thought it was from my DSLR but its actually another iPhone photo. This kind of quality is why camera quality will always guide my phone choices:

My full set is on Flickr if you’d like to see more. In the meantime, I’d appreciate feedback on the photos, technical or otherwise.

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People Photography

Motion

The Flickr blog has a blog post linking to a gallery of photos that capture people in motion using different styles, which I really like:

Capturing movement in our photos can be challenging, but it’s a great way to convey emotions. Here is a selection of some wonderful shots that capture motion in creative ways. To see more photos and share your own images, visit the full gallery on Flickr.

Here are two of my favourites:

summertime by Aurora Demasi

https://www.flickr.com/photos/aurorademasi/4897330846/

and

Ipanema Beach by Oliver Astrologo

Ipanema beach

 

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People Photography

Inspired by Basti Hansen

I noticed Basti Hansen‘s Tel-Aviv Gay Pride 2015 Parade Video on Facebook a few days after the parade and just watched it. It is a fun video and it prompted me to look up more of Hansen’s work:

He shoots a combination of video and still photography and his work is pretty dynamic and leaves me just a little envious that he gets to do this work for a living! I am just a little more inspired by Basti Hansen. Here is another video titled “Dust Dance” which was shot near the Dead Sea, Tel-Aviv and the Negev:

As if that wasn’t enough, here is a little camera porn in his video about a Dead Sea road trip:

Worth checking him out on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

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Photography Travel and places

Bicycle handlebars

I love virtually everything about this photo of bicycle handlebars titled “Kalverstraat” by Lucas ():

Kalverstraat

I really like using a shallow depth of field in many of my photos. My favourite lens is my f1.8 50mm lens although I am still learning how to capture as much detail as I need at those lower f-stops without getting too caught up in using a shallow depth of field just for the sake of it.

I also really like this photo titled “Red street” by the same photographer:

Red street

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People Photography

James Day ruined wedding photography: “I did what everyone else told me would be impossible.”

Australian wedding photographer, James Day, just ruined wedding photography for everyone else with one of the most ambitious projects I’ve come across: delivering the finished wedding album on the day of the wedding!

I knew I had to do something absolutely insane for Michael (Gray) & Jane. With Jane being my wife’s identical twin and Michael being one of Australia’s best wedding photographers… I just had to go all out.

I wanted to surprise Michael & Jane with something that they’d never forget. We also had to deliver this surprise before the end of the wedding day.

I can only imagine the stress he and his team were under on the day to do what everyone else said would be impossible but the expressions on the bride and groom’s faces, alone, was probably worth it. This video will give you an idea of what went into making this happen:

Wow, just wow. I love this story.


Photo credit: James Day

Story via PetaPixel.

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Photography

Tips for back- and frontlit photography

One of the things I enjoy about my photography is learning how to take better photos by taking ones that tend to go into my virtual filing cabinet, marked as learning experiences. Fortunately there are loads of guides and tutorials online for photographers and I just came across a simple, though really helpful tutorial video featuring photographer Corey Rich titled “Getting the Shot with Corey Rich: Backlight vs Frontlight“:

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Photography

Colours and contrasts with flowers

I went for a walk the other day with my camera in my neighbourhood and came across some beautiful subject matter. I’m not sure whether I really ever do subject matter like this justice when I shoot it but I feel compelled to capture it as best I can regardless.

Two things stood out for me while I was taking these photos and when I edited them afterwards. For starters, the photos I take with my iPhone 5 (edited with the VSCO Cam app – my favourite after the standard photo app which does a better job with HDR for the most part) are pretty comparable to the photos I take with my DSLR for the most part. The iPhone certainly takes great looking photos and each phone takes better images than the previous model. Here are some examples:

The second thing that stood out for me was just how much clean black and white images appeal to me in contrast to a common grainy effect you get when you apply many black and white presets to images. There are times when the grainy effect can add to the image but I tend to prefer minimal grain with stark contrasts in my black and white images if I can achieve that.

Little pink flowers - black and white

I like how most of these images came out. I used a combination of the No. 1 VSCO Film preset collection I have (I’m lusting for No. 4 – slide film) as well as more stylised presets I picked up along the way. I go through phases when I prefer the VSCO Film presets because they are much closer to actual colours and times when the stylised stuff just seems to work better. On a related note I notice that images published on 500px tend to emphasise the heavily edited and stylised images and they look beautiful. I’m just not sure whether I like that approach as a general rule although it is a matter of degrees once you started editing your images beyond some sort of quick auto-tone correction.

Here are some of my highlights from my photoset:

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Photography

Not so easy shooting Jasmine

I spent some time shooting a Jasmine bush today and I found it tricky taking decent shots. My style seems to be pretty focused when it comes to flowers and Jasmine bushes are really busy plants to shoot.

I think I captured a couple good ones, at least photos I like. I’ll see how they come out when I process them.