All I Want For Christmas . . . . . . for H & G

Day 357 / 365

I’m guessing congratulations are in order guys so here you go. Cons, butterflys and a little Christmas sparkle.

This shot is a slight follow on to this shot from earlier in the year.

5D2, 50mm, homemade butterfly bokeh template and a gridded speedlight.

So the story behind the shot?
Well the Love holding hands shot was found and somewhat loved by a delightful young couple from Derry, Northern Island. It seemed to strike quite a chord with them, enough for Helena to contact me to see if they could use the photograph for their wedding invitations. A deal was struck and along with that I said I’d try and put something together for the 365 photograph on the day of their wedding.
So here we are.
This is for you guys Gareth & Helena, I hope you had a super day, wishing you both all the very best for your future together.

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Two Squared



Two Squared, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 356 / 365

On a further note tommorrows post is one I’ve had in the planning for a little while. Well I say in the planning, I mean I’ve planned something special without actually thinking about what I’d do. I just say this in case a certain couple of people are wondering if I’d forgotten, no I haven’t and I think I know what I’ll do.

Good luck for tomorrow (23rd) H&G. 🙂

Well Hung?



Well Hung?, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 353 / 365

Did it jump or was it pushed?

Olympus PEN e-p2 20mm

So although I thought I was pretty much done work-wise for the year it seems not to be the case. Plus I’m planning my January shoots so I’m still busy, busy, which is nice. It was nice to get a few fellow photographers I work with together for a little festive get together today though. Good food, good ale and good company, what more can one ask for.

Route 66



Route 66, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 352 / 365

Thought I’d shot this window before but apparently if I did I never used it. Luckily for me.

Yashica MG-1, Fuji 400h

I’m having a strange relationship with the Yashica rangefinder. It’s great in that it is mostly aperture priority exposure, in order to compensate for exposures you can fiddle with the iso setting and force over or under exps. The lens is a fixed 45mm f2.8 which is a great focal length and I guess pretty fast, it’s fairly compact, light enough to carry around all day etc. etc. etc.
What bugs me is it isn’t the camera I want it to be. I admit that for £20 what more can I ask for right, and the camera I want it to be is about 30 times as much.
I think the other thing is that shooting digital for so long has made me pretty lazy exposure-wise. How easy is it to shoot in low light now? simple right. Just bump the iso up and fire away without a worry of camera shake. The MG-1 loaded with portra 400 (rated 100 to give a little magic) even shot wide open at f2.8 struggles. The little low speed warning light comes up more than I’d like as I brace myself against something sturdy and breathe in pre tripping the shutter.
Maybe I should just alway shoot Ilford Delta 3200 in it then I’d be bumping the other warning light of over exposure.

River City



River City, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 351 / 365

M’eh.

Olympus PEN e-p2 20mm

Don’t let my opinion of this shot taint your own feelings but I really don’t like it that much.
I had decided to photography a riverscape type thing but the weather and light were against me during the time I had. Still I’d set myself a challenge so made this shot despite my better judgement.
I guess that’s one thing that you learn as a working photographer, sometimes you just have to make the most of what you have to work with. Sure correct planning and such can help to eliminate the variables for some jobs but others are very much on the fly. The ability to adapt your vision is one which needs learning early on in ones career.
I guess that’s all part of the fun though.