So first up is an old Freecom 500gb drive which has all kinds of stuff tucked away so I've loaded some into a Lightroom Catalog and set about for a faff. When I look back on some of the processing I did..well..it is to my eyes now quite harsh, in those days the workflow was Bridge to Photoshop and off you go..use all the toys..spank that file until the pixels squeak. Well one things changed for sure and that's workflow.. Lightroom CC to Photoshop CC and saved back to Lightroom for a final once over before exporting...I was a late Lightroom adopter, version 3 I think and these days I never bother with bridge..time eh!! Still having it all on subscription means I'm always up to date...anyway these files are all shot with a Fuji S3 and it's buddy, the Tokina 12-24, delving into the files it wasn't such a bad combo, mind you I now see all the sensor dust...yikes....lumpy!! No wonder Alamy used to refrain from accepting some of the early stuff... so these shots are from Blackpool and Glasgow..mono conversions with my new found skills(?) on Wacom put to the test and its wafty brushing onto masks thingy. I'll be concentrating on the Black and White stuff for the next few posts and as I've just downloaded some screen recording software I'll give you the chance to see what goes on when I'm left on my own with some old hard drives and the whole of Spotify to amuse me.
Well all the new kit is here , locked and loaded and to coincide with that we have had 75kph winds, large dollops of rain and a general bleughiness....so besides teaching myself how to sculpt wire into insects and animals I've sat nere and been on the rather marvellous Wacom youtube site and learned all I could have done about this piece of kit, the Intuos A4 tablet that acts as a magnet for dust and biscuit crumbs. I've used it for a bit of painting and sketching but never really set it up to run with Photoshop and Lightroom. So for most of it's unboxed life it only really added to the desktop clutter. So now I have pressure sensitivity on retouching, masks, painting and cloning...run it without a dither or jiggle over 2 monitors and...yep ...it really is better than that old mouse. So here's one I did just now
An oldy but that is one of the reasons I wanted to fill up on the Wacom techniques. I have a drawer full of Hard Drives, things snapped over the last 10 years of Digital photography. Well I want to go back and see if what I know now could be applied to old files and how that would affect how the final image would look, I'd also be using up to date software and kit on things produced with an Olympus E-20 and the old Fuji S3 which had a tinpot collection of lenses. Idea is to produce some print books ( for me not any Blurb based production) Feeling a bit mortal after this last years 'Health Scares' and I want to make sure that there are some hard copies before the Interweb melts and everything vanishes. More about the books later.....
Experimentation with blend modes and a touch of Evil. You'd have thought Jimmy Saville would have been wiped off the internet but ..no he lurks..parental controls activated...advisable. Anyhow stack of 10 Jimmies but blended differently. Look away now if easily disturbed.
Right off for a faff with my new lenses...
Bacterial pulmonary lung infection....who'd have thought any good would have come of it! Almost measured up for a wooden overcoat and sent to Valhalla back in June, kept alive by the rather marvellous French Health system and nursed back to some semblance of normality by Diana, ( it appears a few brain cells went west but hey, I've never used all of them anyway...) But there was something odd,not connected to the bacteria, a large squishy lump in my throat, turns out there was a growth on my thyroid. Now here's the thing, although they'd skewered me and taken a sample ( no drugs, held down by a big male nurse, this may feel strange oh and don't swallow....once was enough thank you) they couldn't tell if it was just a benign growth or one of the more chilling variety. Only surgery could tell and if things were bad they'd whip out the lot and a life on pills would beckon. Good news they only took out half , first sighter no cancer but they sent the thing off to the lab and I'll find out begining of December if I'm clear. 2 weeks on and the dressing is off, the stitches have melted it dosn't feel like I have a bus stuck in my throat and life goes on. So hopefully my 'annus quiteillicus' is now behind me.
The only other thing to come to terms with is my old eyes...manual focussing is a bit of a struggle now and I'm trusting auto focus more and more so...I'm looking at adding to my lens kits about and that is taking up some time, well most of my time as I dither and procrastinate about what I need and what I'll use over the coming years...I've got my prime kit..20mm F2.8, 50mm F1.8 and 105 F2.8 but now is maybe the time to have an alternate kit made up of zooms...I know...zooms ....me....zooms...sheesh... I'll keep you posted and do some comparative stuff. One kit for the stock image stuff and one for the 'Fine Art'....fine art...feels like I have something stuck in my throat again... I'll leave you with this image of some old geezer wired and piped up coming around after surgery.
Billy Bob the rather large leather cockroach, my delerium hospital companion from before when things were really bad, didn't have the civility to come in for a visit...and I do miss him!
At the risk of causing an outbreak of yawning, slumping and general shoulder shrugging, I'll say again, 'I take an awful lot of normal images'...as in see, point , shoot, process...upload...off they waft into interwebland, clasping shiny new lunchboxes but in trepidation of having their heads stuffed down the toilet or even worse..their hat debobbled as they jostle about in the great playground of online image libraries. Now then that dosn't stop me having a photographic flex in other directions, you dear reader will have probably put yourself through some form of visual torture tackling some of the Galleries I've posted and without further ado...here is some new stuff. Now these are on the road to somewhere so not fully fledged yet but have a look anyway..tweaked the website a bit as well just to keep it all smelling a bit fresher.
.....like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel, a ukulele fave but this is supposed to be about photography and ( wait for it) here comes the link...I have a round eyepiece on the D700..staggering...there must be more, well I'd have one on the D750 but seeing as Mr Nikon under engineered a lot of the outside, all I have is a rectangular one that pops off once the over stuffed camera bag is opened. And continuing this thread where I hold the D750 by it's ankles and give it a botty smack...3, yes only 3 multi exposures available for one file...I'm shaking my head and popping my shoulders at that one, where was I ..Oh yes the D700 with the big round rubber eyepiece, and dear reader the ability to take 10, yes 10 multi exposures per image file, not sure about you but I'm losing the will to live on this one, lets cut to the chase. Old Skool D700 set up to take six in camera multi exposures, tickle of EV and auto gain switched on camera clamped to eye and rotated whilst the operator stands as still as possible, lets skim over the hands , arms elbows and things wafting about,but yes, as still as possible. Now what if we point the lens at Mother Nature and see if anything escapes from the delete pile...here you go then. Oh Eden Project down in Cornwall...
Boom straight into it, cool sunny days, clear nights and misty early mornings until the sun burns it all off. As I made a bit of a horlicks cleaning the D700 sensor (too much fluid)...I locked and loaded the 105micro onto the D750 for a wander amongst the wafting droplets of water on the afore mentioned early autumnal morning.... Red moon tonight and a clear night promised.
Fete du Buerre at St Herbot this afternoon, butter, bread, cider, tractors, music and cider...not forgetting the cider.
There are a few hotspots of street art I've stumbled across in Brittany, not a lot in the rural bits, Brest probably has an immense amount but I've yet to have a wander...but then I walked around Landerneau.
Now LeClerc , the big Supermarket chain has a large Art supply shop in the town and in it's well stocked walls lie a spray can/ street art section...yep it's all there including gloves and handy spray can, carry bags, books and stencil sheets... so here's what it looks like out on the streets of Landerneau
All snapped on an iphone 5 with just a lens correction in LR CC and a wiffle of clarity.
..of the Napoleonic kind. Appears that the old farmstead here in Brittany appears on ye olde Napoleonic maps,,so what's this got to do with photography...well. At the top of my field we have some very ancient Beech and Hazel trees that mark out the edge of our land parcel and which show up on the map of this area. Now as ever I've gone off my long run up and dived straight into the Marmite jar, these may be of limited taste, but as you know that'll never hold me back. So this has been rumbling around in my head so I thought I'd give it a whiz.
So these are multi off camera flash shots of varying colour balances tickled together as a stack of layers in Photoshop CC...I know..who needs to know..camera settings are Flash on manual full power, manual exposure to kill the ambient 20mm Nikkor and D750, Yongnuo 622N-TX and Yongnuo 586 Flash sitting on a Yongnuo transceiver..oh Iso 100 f8 at a 1/90th...someone may need to know. Anyhow I think I'll be using this technique quite a lot this winter as I have a big project in mind,,once I've mastered the one flash I have another to bring into the party and a set of colorful flash ...er...color gels. Could get messy and then there are the LED torches......
So first ones, look at them as experiments and on the road to somewhere rather than the product of a Swiss finishing School , knowing which one is the fish knife and walking with a book on it's head whilst reciting the Lords prayer.
As hard as I tried to shift Giacomettis as Fine Art prints back in the day I could never find any buyers...Monet, Gaugin, Mondrian and the like would be in, framed and gone...but Giacomettis would linger until sale time..but I liked them and would invariably sneak one or two in with a print order until their inevitable fate of being discounted and sold to anyone who had the gumption to haggle.. and on to Landerneau where the LeClerc foundation has put together an exhibition of the majority of his Sculpture and Images. 3 times I've been and it runs until October, chances are I'll go back. Now , over here in this here France a different attitude to viewing exhibitions is taken, want to take a Photo...mais oui, want to get so close to a painting your nose could touch the canvas..mais oui and so I took some iphone shots but soon realised that Bridge cameras and DSLrs were all out and clicking so here are some images
Here's a link Giacometti . Shot with the D700 and Nifty Fifty that seems to be my walkabout set up now.
Apparently there is nothing to get in a flap about, no sireee, all those Romanian Spambots are doing what they do and just get on with it and stop sending us emails about it as really there's no need to panic , no siree bob..... 'Don't Panic' okay so I'll ignore all the Eastern european Chat rooms and naughty site stuff then that seems to hanker after my feed page..not panicking , everything is alright , I'll just look through my fingers for a while and hope it all goes away.
So it seems I have a dollop of freshly cropped images waiting to be sent on their way to Image libraries and the ones that might frighten the Horses and give fragrant women the vapours onto here and flickr. So....shooting with the old and very dependable D700 as the D750 runs out of breath after 3 multi in camera exposures, another bit of under engineering there Mr Nikon, so this next lot are 4 shot in camera multiple images...autofocus on for a change, 50mm f1.8 ( new one, the other died of sand contagion,,,nasty) aperture priority and off we go. Oh next batch will be the Giacometti Exhibition shots, so good I've been more than once.
So all done in camera no crop but with a hefty wodge of clarity in Lightroomm CC...get out there...get snapping
..it may well be...lots of action on my feed page which is xtml and a lot of dodgy Romanian sites bobbing in including pills and ..ahem...chat sites...missive sent to my provider so we'll see, anyhow I've been busy. I don't have the technology to start filtering and excluding so we'll see what Weebly has to offer.
Still learning about the D750 so, looking at the difference between time lapse in video and interval shooting in the camera menu, so as the weather cleared yesterday it give me a chance to faff about in the top field with some scudding clouds and a bit of late summer sun, well, I got stuck in.
Final faff in Photoshop CC, played around with frame rates and quality in camera so not quite there yet but it's a start.
The wooden structure in the first part of the clip is an Iron age Hut I've cobbled together, just need to find some reeds to roof it and I'll have a rather unique garden shed up on the field...
This isn't a 'hi tec, whiz banger stuff that's in there but will never use' review of the D750 body, just a few impressions from unboxing to seeing how it's muscles flex when I try my style of shooting with it.
So coming from a D700, this is smaller and lighter and can I say it, dosn't have the 'heft' or tactile quality of finish to the outer black casing and I'm not sure if it will have the same bouncability as the D700 has. They eyepiece is square with a rubber cup that already has popped off once, not screwed to the body, my prefernce is for a deep round eye rubber cup in conjuction with a magnification eyepiece as I have on the D700 and what's this, no switch on the pentaprism to block out light getting in through the eyepiece when shooting long exposures just a little piece of plastic to cover things after you slide off the rubber eyepiece...night time shooters get a bagful of eyepieces from that amazon place as you and I will drop and lose them or they'll just fly off in your camera bag. Erm , Nikon, your USB cable is far too short, plugged in to a PC the camera has to sit on the floor or perilously close to the edge of the office desk...6" would be nice...where have I heard that before? Arggggghhh, Multiple in camera shooting menu, you can have 2 or 3...why when the old skool D700 has an option to shoot 10, under engineered or is my type of shooting residing in a diminishing niche?? So long exposures and multi image shooting remain as the D700s domain.
Ermmmm why not, when you have the camera in video mode have the shutter button as the record button, not a teensy little red blob on the top casing. Camera strap, not leather backed as per D700, quite harsh on the old neck , it will be changed but then it really can shoot in the dark with an f1.8 on and the ISO cranked to silly levels without chunks of noise breaking out, feels great in the hand and is lighter, has a squishy shutter sound rather than the mechanical thwack of the D700...oh no flash cover on the pentaprism. So i'll come back and tell you how I've set up the menus and customised the bits in there for my type of shooting next. I can forgive all of the above because the low level light shooting, video and time lapse really are something else.
Windows 10....hmmmmmm...maybe just letting you know that I have wound things back to Windows 8.1 may be enough...
Well for me it was all going so well, we met acrosss a cluttered office desk, Windows 10 all sleek and modern with a nice line in chirps, bongs and trills. Me, careworn and a bit tatty around the edges but with a G.S.O.H. , and I was going to need it. Things were going smoothly, windows, quick booting and slick. Me, sweaty palms and innocent...it was going swimmingly until I opened Lightroom CC and the cracks started to appear. Bong....no photos detected...what!!!! I can see your camera but there are no images on your card....what!!! Surely this is some kind of mistake...surely....so , with a tear in my eye I set off to the old Windowss 8.1 laptop and all was fine, images seen and downloaded...hmmmm maybe this Windows 10 character was not all it was meant to be, I made my excuses left and flopped into the bosom of dear old reliable Windows 8.1...no hang on I meant to say old Windows 8.1....reliable..hmmm but at least it works with Lightroom CC
So kids, if temptation strides across and takes you by the lapels, tells you everthing will be okay and it's from Windows and has a 10 in it...just be forewarned, this may not happen to you...but it just happened to someone.
Be safe out there.
I've not been well..... Pulmonary Bacterial infection and Thyroid embollism...chuck in a core body temperature of 42.4 C and I was a Gnats doodah away from being measured up for a wooden overcoat....still a bit loppy...high body temp may have frayed a few brain cells, they had me packed in Physio Ice packs one night, like a 'Catch of the Day' ....cracking way to spend your birthday, one I'll never forget...anyhow, back in the saddle next week, new gear to try out, trip back to England, more folk staying on the farm, all the wild flower beds we've planted are in full bloom so expect some of those as well. Landscape and Seascape may feature strongly for the rest of the year and I need to feed the online library monsters with 'local scenes of rural France'. Wilko Skipper, mission understood, smoke me a kipper I'll be back for tea.
Easing back in to it with a wander around the garden. Bit of that Breton rain that dosn't quite get to ground level followed by sunshine. If the butterflies hung about instead of using the place as a cut through then maybe they'd have been captured in all their flappy glory, waiting for the Buddleias to flower, that might tempt them. I'll post some of the wildflower beds we've put in tomorrow but until then....
..... I have a rummage around and see if there is another yet untickled batch of files lurking in a forgotten nest of folders...well there always is...when there really is nothing to do I'll set about applying some logic to this shermozzle of slipshod cataloguing. Well here is one from a soggy thursdays Lightroom tickling....and then shoved into Photoshop for a meaty spank. This was as flat and as grey as my current hair regime.
Cold grey flat wet day on the North East coast of England... one of those days when you think that nothing will be usable well if you go on my youtube channel you'll find an old tutorial that shows you how to dredge up all manner of stuff from the flatest of files here's a link Flat landscape ...eh will sit down and record a pile more soon...not much more work to go on the farmhouse now with July being my deadline to get back out and get snapping...properly.
As you, dear reader , will know, the Bugle Blog often stands proud, one hand on hip, the other holding a crystal cut glass of Chablis, resplendant in it's Burgundy quilted smoking jacket with gold brocade, Turkish slippers embracing it's feet and fedora with matching swan feather .......depositing nuggets of marmite flavoured images to those brave enough to look. These often cause the viewer to cock one eyebrow, sometimes have both corners of their mouth turned downwards or shake their heads and move on to those really funny Cat videos available on all good social media sites. There is a Yang to all this Ying, bare knuckles versus Marquis of Queensbury, Batman v Superman...although that looks a bit rubbish from the trailers.... yes it's a place where the images are unfaffed, realistic, representative and totally unbothered by that marmite coated image jiggery pokery stuff...it's work for Image Libraries. Cold shivers upon the mention of keywords, gasping and sobbing at the endless hours spent cleaning up dust, correcting vertcals wafting away chromatic abberations and the lonely hours spent uploading...the green percentage bar lighting the sweat stained sobbing creature rocking back and forth in the corner of the office crying 'Enough....enough....this is the highest resolution image you fiend...'
Anyway peel them back because this is what one gets up to when the rain here in Brittany has a breather...4 feet here on the Mont d'Arree..I didn't see that in the brochure. (All images available from your favourite online retailers...no agents will call)
People email me and say 'David , where....' sorry it's usually 'Oi ,old man, where do you get these marmite based image tomfoolery ideas from' well to be honest there is no thumbing through the great works of art and photography, it's usually a moment when I'm trying to eradicate another infernal internal earworm into silence or on another long trek through France on the off chance of nabbing some stock library images before it rains again. Now it was on one of these trips yesterday to one of my default shooting locations when that little spark, that zizzle of a thought turned up and poked me in the cerebellum
'How about if you locked on a point and rotated the camera whilst shooting multi-in camera images...how about that eh' Well I was trying to dismiss the Wurzles I've got a brand new Combined Harvester down the earworm exit chute so it gave me a chance to focus my few remaining active grey cells into some kind of plan of action...well....here they are. Oh , and to the gentleman from the Far East who keeps sending me emails asking me to 'fess up and say it's all done in Photoshop....well it's actually all done in-camera and Lightroom CC now...Lightroom CC I'll come back to that at some later point. So without the aid of Photoshop but under the influence of random tune based thought patterns, here are the latest in the production based marmitey tasting imagery process...thingy.
(eds note....I am in a study group looking into earworms and the control of tinnutis from Goldsmiths College, London)
So these are all 6 shot in camera multi images given a waft in Lightroom CC...lens correction bit of clarity and highlight recovery...dialed in one and a bit stops of EV underexposure when shooting iso 400 at F 10 and let the shutter speed take care of itself all on the dear old D700 20mm combo.. May tweak in Photoshop before they get their own Gallery on the Web pages.
Okay you may not want or have a multiple exposure option in your camera menu system...no problem as I'll show you how to take a set of shots whilst changing your viewpoint gradually and then putting them together. So I've taken six shots of this old galleon in St Malo harbor and moved the camera slightly for each shot. I've auto synced them in Lightroom by clicking on the first image then holding the shift key and clicking on the sixth frame. Any changes I make to the first image will be synced across all 6, I find lens correction of the Nikon 20mm is a must but I'm also looking for a histogram that has no clipping...okay finished faffing??? Now it's a trip across to Photoshop so as the images are still highlighted I right click on one of them and a contextual menu pops up and down the bottom will be one that says 'Open as layers in Photoshop' click it and Lightroom will load these files as a layer stack in Photoshop....the only tricksy bit now is to select the top layer and hold the shift key whilst clicking the layer above the bottom layer in the stack ...they should all be selected bar the bottom layer...go to the Blend mode drop down box and choose either Overlay or Soft Light...and kerching all done.... like this.
You might want to have a play in Photoshop or just flatten the layers and use the Save option which should load the image from Photoshop straight back into Lightroom where you can apply any changes you want there so here is one below that was all done in camera...6 shots multiple in Camera with a touch of EV to slightly underexpose and a lens correction in Lightroom with the merest whiff of faffery...give it a Go!!
What's all this then????
An unyeilding torrent of Photo babbel full of unconfirmed facts and manufactured photo drivel.. take from it what you like, it won't change the world but may leave you feeling nauseous...