So much rain...I know it's not snow and photogenic opportunities for rain are quite limited, especially when it's tied in with the howling gales we have here up in the hills. It's all a bit frustrating, I have all my Cyanotype negatives and paper sorted, no sunlight so they are just lying around, went out video shooting at Meneham the other day and the wind was causing the tripod to shake so that was a waste of time and although I've managed to secure a lot of DP paper for the 10 x 8 pinhole camera the complete grey fug out of light and aforementioned howling gale /driving rain combo puts that on the back boiler as well...so...looks like it might be a full session of thinking up keywords..now one of the good things...no great things about uploading clips to Getty is that they only want a maximum of 8 keywords for video clips...then they add all the rest, which I think is a good deal compared to uploading photographs which can cause intense brain ache/ despair/rsi and the even better news is that I'm almost up to date with all the video stuff I've shot, so click on the image above and it will whisk you over to Getty where you can just roll over to get an idea of the motion in the images...180 and rising......better use of time than standing on a sand dune, howling gale in your face and soggy camera equipment to pack away for a sunnier time.
I've made my eyes bleed and head hurt by watching (almost) every training tutorial on the merits of After Effects and Premiere...there are things in there that I would use if I was film making rather than clip producing...that's what I do at the moment 10 to 15 seconds of somewhere at sometime that might be of interest to someone... so Photoshop...there is a 'Motion' workspace available for one to take the bat to imagery and beat it into something desirous but as I have over...I can't believe this 25 years of acronym based image bashing in Photoshop ... how can this be as, if I don't look in the mirror, I'm only 26...so I stick with the 'Photography' workspace and add Timeline from the 'Window' drop down menu...then you can save it as a 'New Workspace' with whatever tabs , bells and whistles you like, and that is the workspace you see above...Home, comfy, somewhere to put my feet up and bask in the glow of flaming jpegs..
So I've slung together some timelapses and one bit of slo-mo (60 fps taken down to 25fps) with some more tinkling from Barryvan off of that free music archive site... cobbled up in that comfy Photoshop window that I call home.
It must be getting near Christmas around here because the barking mad stuff has started...I love what they do at Chateaux Trevarez each year..it's usually LEON which of course is NOEL backwards and that's the slant they apply to it. This year we have Alice in Wonderland, okay not really Christmas but fits in with the general celebratory ethos here...What no Boxing Day !!! you bet cha...back to work and no messing so why not adopt Alice as a Christmas theme. I've got to say it really is quite impressive as most of the exhibits are constructed from rolled up corrugated card and papier mache. So here is a selection of photo ramblings from this non festive yuletide festivity.!!!
Tech notes..Nikon D750, 50mm f1.8 at between F2 and F3.2 1600 iso hand held a wafty Lightroom mono conversion(could have done it in camera I suppose) and cropped 16 : 9
You may have got the impression that I'm always at the seaside slip sliding, time lapsing and generally trying to not get wet feet...now that's partially true..there is so much material around this quite magnificent coastline to keep me occupied until my eyes really fade and a comfy chair and daytime TV become the mainstay of my waking hours...but there is also a great deal of undiscovered country, especially around where I live in the Parcs d'Armorique in Central Brittany. So above is a selection of my clips off of that Getty images and they all happen to be from this patch of land I have and am grappling nature with for dominance...equal on points at the moment but getting there. So I've linked the above image to the web page and you can roll over and they'll play or click on them and just press play.
Overhauled my new slider as there was far too much play in the auto tracking doohickey but now everything is as tight as tight can be...whether this will blow the stepper motor I'll find out in a few minutes as I'll do a bit of testing...onwards...ever onwards
So I've spent a crazy amount of time learning as much as I need to know about Adobe Premiere and After Effects...and then....and then...I realise I can do all I need to do in Photoshop.. DOH!!!!!!
Still it may come in useful at some point...so here is a little set of clips mainly from October from up on the Northern Breton coast, the crop is in a 24 to 9 proportion, you've got to be so careful on the mono conversion as you are dealing with teeny tiny non raw files so if it's blown it's blown but the D750 does a good job on the tonal range EV. Music is from freemusicarchive ..some mad stuff in there but if you kiss enough frogs you'll find a Prince. This is rendered out as an H264 mp4 HQ 1920 x 720 and should look okay as long as you are not trying to stick it onto a 60" monster TV
It's been, as ever, a good learning exercise...oh and TFI friday yet again everyone...see you on the other side.
Now as well as a lot of video clips I'm doing time lapse, all kinds of subjects, chuck them at the barn door see what sticks...now in the Nikon D750 you have the option of taking a time lapse in the 'old' fangled way of a great run of images which you then cobble together in your favourite programme to produce your clip ...and you can sit back and be aghast at all the faults that pop up..the one above is a case in point...variance in exposures and color balance...all is not lost because there is a programme that sorts this out and I've just downloaded a trial to see how well it does it's called LRT timelapse
I'll give it a go in that 5 minute window of nothingness that I'm still trying to find...now back to the D750...it lets you record a timelapse but as a movie, which having peeked into a few forums gets some raw munching folk a weency bit hot under the collar...but for me it's a perfect dovetail joint fit...it allows exposure smoothing, auto iso and all the other doohickey tricks that are tucked away in your D750 menu system and you can shoot in aperture or shutter priority not locking everything down in manual so here is one I made earlier, well yesterday in fact, the very one where the 2 blokes with semi automatics stopped by to say 'Bonjour'... So this was shot in Timelapse Movie mode in aperture priority, auto iso and left to do it's thing...just a waft of levels in Photoshop and ...here is the real kicker..a file size of 6mb not 450 stonking Raw files...
Okay first batch of Digital negatives printed out.. only a couple of initial errors...invert and flip.......nitwit.....still I printed onto paper first to check...handy hint for those of you that might want to give this a go.
Negatives are printed onto Permajet Digital transfer film
Now I'm printing using a Canon Pixma 9500 mk 111, the printed area being 10 x 6.5 inches centered inside an A4 sheet
Now what this will do is enable me to register the negative onto a coated A4 piece of fine art watercolour paper without having to provide registration marks and use an A4 piece of glass, in or out of an A4 frame to keep the negative and paper in close proximity. Easy to scale up to A3 DNT film and do the same kind of thing but I'll stick with the A4 size first
The chemicals I'm using are from Jaquard and all the way from the US of A even though I ordered of amazon uk although it did take 12 days to arrive from order date..
So all I need is a bit of UV, I'm sure there is some outside but as it's sheeting rain I think I'll give it a miss until tomorrow... I'll post when the deed is done.
Update on the video front for those who have a passing interest. Stuff going on to Getty as I type and also have a lot of clips going on to Pond 5. Getty for the 'exclusive 'stuff and Pond 5 for the not so ....anyway. I seem to have my brain wrapped around what specifications are desirous and am jaunting around Brittany recording all the stuff I've had locked away in my head from these past 3 years. This clip is from this morning's misty sunrise over the village shot over 15 minutes and then reduced to this little clip....Cyanotype chemicals arrived (finally) this morning but the weather looks like it's going to be grey and miserable so codecs and keywords look more likely to be on the menu... TFI Friday out there in Photo land....
Ah dear reader you are probably thinking...' Haven't you got enough on your plate, what with the slip sliding, time lapsing video doofering about...old man...' ?? Heck no, clock change this weekend means the darkroom (downstairs loo) becomes far more usable and with the leaves a falling project Pinhole will be swept into action...Pinhole...yes the 10 x 8 stuff, Harman Titan Ilford DPP that I hornswoggled from any site that had it and now sits boxed and cool, ready for me to be standing around in bare branched woodland for possibly hours and hours...or at least until the sun sets by 4 ish... try finding some...like gold dust, DP Paper that is...
Digital Negatives, keen eyed visitors will probably have noticed that I really don't post anything to photo sharing sites anymore...let's not get into the likey sharey please love me thingy again...but most of my image making is geared towards Image lIbrary work, Video stuff has been accepted so the hundreds of clips polished and primed will be heading off to their collective new existence v.v. soon...so Digital Negatives...this time I've started so I'll finish...I'm now more interested in prints for what can best be described as 'Personal Work' and for printing that will be Cyanotypes, most likely toned with Tannic acid. Now this is where the Digital Negatives come in...as you can see from the image above I have set up a template using guides and then created a stack using groups which can be toggled on and off...the images prior to printing on Permajet Digital Transfer film will be inverted and also coloured orange...I know colour negs onto a single tone image....it's all about the UV and as Cyanotypes mainly react to light in the UV spectrum what better way to boost the negative than hop onto the opposite side of the colourwheel to give the negative some density....you'll be the first ones to see...oh and they will be on sale exclusively through a rather upmarket gallery...time to crack on...
The ability to shoot video with your Dslr is a pretty straightforward thing...switch to manual..check..turn the screen to video...check...shutter speed twice the frame rate you are shooting at... press the tiny red button instead of the shutter button...check.... spend hours on Youtube on all the tricks, tips, cheats and what nots to do whilst wading through adverts for men of a certain age losing belly fat to become irresistable to bikini clad women...check...and like when the first day of primary school is upon you..no safety net of parenting and a whole host of new experiences to survive...and with a strong tailwind and the ability to chuck the duffers into the bin you have...I have, some usable video footage...or so I thought...
Now I'm shooting Video clips for one reason...Stock Image Libraries I have still images out there on the big 3, Getty, Adobe Stock and Alamy but to increase my sales base (trying not to laugh too hard at that bit) I thought 'Lets give it a go...' and I have some slidy, panning, still, motion, walking clips...and then we come to codecs...as I write my head is shaking but not in a positive fashion...In this video clip world I am still young and foolish , led on by the ease in which you can 'edit clips in Lightroom and Photoshop with the ability to Export and Render....but not into the codecs needed by my Stock libraries..here is the definition
First turn down the volume...I've not deleted the howling gale/jet engine noise that is attached to this.... so putting the technicalities into a practicality context...still juggling with soot one handed at the moment but getting there, learning more about stability and set up whilst tying in some correct framing and frame rates....ND filters definitely needed in bright sunny conditions as running at 25fps which equates to a shutter speed of 1/50th and I don't want to shut down to F22...makes sense to someone I suppose...right off out again....
The Autumn/ Winter season of creativity is now in full swing, if you missed it the last blog post Leftfield and gallery Maison du fromage well , they are up and running, my Video/ timelapse slider finally arrived, lithium batteries giving customs a bit of a tizzy fit apparently so played with that all day yesterday and now on to something I've put off for a while...Emulsion Lifting. There are many a fine video tutorial on that Youtube and there is a whole stack of duffers so here is what I've learnt...
I don't cut anything, just peel apart and then ease off the gluey edge surrounding the image area with the back of a brush
I use 2 trays of tepid water, first to get chemicals off the back, (dried white stuff) but using a very soft brush so not to scrape the emulsion and the second, very shallow to ease onto the paper
Finally I use an Ikea egg flipper to hold the image onto the paper when lifting out of the tray
by not cutting around the frame of the Polaroid the lovely Impossible Polaroid edge remains intact. Excuse the photo as it's an iphone in grim light. Ooofff lots to do, this image above was just for experimental reasons to see how the technique works but I quite like it...we'll see where this one goes to...TFI friday everyone (Lawks it's nearly October)
Nothing to fear but fear itself...okay paraphrasing FD Roosevelt is probably leaning on the 'Too Heavy' button this early on a misty autumnal weekend but like the attitude of Millwall fans 'No one likes us we don't care' the Like or Fave or Please , please comment and share has become part of the fabric of Photo sharing on the Interweb. Okay back in the day I've got to say I was sometimes(lots of times) slightly miffed that another crowd pleaser had had been gently rolled into the recycle bin of solitary confinement...but I was younger and eager to get my way of seeing out to an audience that was wider than my cat and some close relatives..but then....
Things have changed for me, maybe age is helping as testosterone levels recede to be replaced by the need for comfier slippers and 'Something decent to watch on the Tellybox'...maybe it's because now, I really don't give a monkeys chuff about what folk think about my imageneering/photography and the only audience that really matters is , well me, me actually creating something that I can say...'Hmmm Yep....' to So I present to you dear reader , a batch from leftfield, there is no depth, angst or wrenching going on, just a production of some new images that I quite like.....(please press as many fave /like buttons you can find on this page as I'm really really quite shallow and need the reassurance that a fave strike will give me...................)
The Swallows gathered in a huge group on the telephone lines yesterday...and were gone...see you in April. It's that time of year again, damp and misty, birds migrating, the bird feeders in the garden needing to be topped up every day and me wandering about in my Wellies shooting against the sun with wide open apertures......nothing changes.
So shooting with Mr Dependable, the old D700 with a 70-200 keeping the aperture around f5.6 not only trying to capture some decaying web laden nature but if you look closely, moisture droplets fluttering about in the gentle breeze. Into lightroom and a bit of white balance...er...balancing quick waft in basic, some clarity and lens Correction applied which seemed to make no difference here's some more
Went out to Chateaux Trevarez for the exhibition of images by Julien Geradin which are placed throughout the grounds of the Chateaux He has a collection of 6500 autochromes, a technique pioneered by the Lumiere Brothers. Okay you might have to do a bit of google translate on the pages but basically...the birth of colour photography I'll post some images below ......but just a quick heads up on the image above. Because the light was so strong and I was on a walkabout with the F1.8 ,I was able to freeze the motion of water coming out of one of the Chateaux fountains...1/3200, f 1.8 at iso64
So...images taken into Lightroom where I just synchronised a mono conversion, lens correction and a square crop..opened them as a layer stack in Photoshop..top 5 layers selected and dragged into a group, opacity of the group dropped to 30% a very soft mask to bring back some of the bottom layer detail and I used Color Lookup, an adjustment panel, to add some color to the mono conversion..here are the images used in the stack. As ever...less complicated then it looks written down...
So here are a few images from the collection of Julien Geradin and his influence on the birth of Colour Photography
Still at base camp on this video learning curve, plugged in to The University of Youtube and Adobe TV and chasing up and inwardly digesting all manner of guff and gobbledygook..some will stick others destined to slide slowly down the retentive barn door of memory. Mind you it's good to keep the grey cells ticking over and here is something that popped up on the radar. I've been looking at Gimbals and stabilisers only to find that to get that icing on the cake super smooth and not lumpy and bouncy is to use After Effects or Premiere Pro and get some warp stabilisation smeared onto your clip...looks great but at the moment the budget doesn't swing far enough to accommodate either one of them...so a bit of googling and this hove in to view Microsoft Hyperlapse
Very straight forward interface but really for action cams so I put some hand held macro video files through it to see what it could do...it's free to try but they stamp their logo all over it so you have to cough up for a clean version first up the hand held unfaffed piece
So you lose some of the frame to cropping and the software is designed for hyperlapsing your footage...but it does a half decent job on smoothing hand held stuff
Some serious rain action yesterday...so time to fill the remaining grey cells up with some more photo waffle...but this time video. So a day spent on youtube, adobe tv and vimeo getting my head around frame rates shooting modes and the like, not only getting a proper understanding of the Nikon D750s video capabilities but also what can be done with Lightroom and Photoshop...well quite a lot it seems..it may also mean stuffing another 8gb of ram into the 'puters nethers but we'll see how it goes.
So if you are my frequent visitor...well done btw....you'll know I have a penchant for trying to capture motion in a still image..so ...how about capturing motion in a moving subject...yeh I know...finally cracked...I know where I want to go with this so let me fumble and bumble my way through this first date, develop a steady relationship and then see it all blow up in my face after yet another minor indiscretion...we've all been there
So the image above is a test piece , just 4 layers..lightroom to Photoshop to here, let's hope the rain stays away for a while so I can get serious with this or I may get distracted by the likes of youtube and adobe tv and who knows where that will lead to.
...not like Kylie of course but underneath the dome of The Trafford Centre parked on the outer edges of Manchester. Having a poke around in to all my hard drives with a big feather duster and brush and dustpan binning unusable files as i go...1000's destined for digital heaven.
Anyhow this is a stack of 15 images shot with a 20mm on the D750 as I gently shuffle rotated underneath the Dome of Retail Joy....
The space opened up on all the drives will hopefully give the scratch disks a bit more ooomph when used with Photoshop, bumped up the Ram to 16gb as well in preparation for this coming winters image processing winter sojourn...next up animated Gifs
Fete weekend but someone forgot to book the right kind of weather..so the outdoor Portrait Studio had it's own little gazebo although the wind meant it had to be tied down to 2 cars....Breezy.
So it was a simple set up, Yonguo 568 11 with a Yongnuo wireless trigger set up shooting through a white brolly..with the camera on manual at 200 iso and F5.6 at 1/250th using a Nikon 70-200 F4 on a Nikon D750 shooting tethered into Lightroom. HSS used to kill any of the overcast fuggy drizzly ambient light, Flash above head height just off to the left facing downwards..giving a hint of Rembrandt shadowing across the face.
The laptop was set up in front of the sitters so they had an instant view of what the wacky english bloke was up to...had a rowing boat chain and anchor to hold down the flash stand as the wind was whistling at this time....eeeeehhhmmm black sheet as a backdrop and as a novelty for me...Autofocus on...I know....autofocus....
So here is a selection of images of the good folk of Kernevez, a weekend of food, drink, breton singing and some bloke with a flashgun , a camera and a boat anchor..
At this moment in time I should be outside with the rest of the Villagers doing a bit of French Chuckle brothering 'A moi ...a vous'...with the Marquees for this weekends Village Fete, so some of us will be up at 6 in the morning getting them up and striking a lot of damp matches getting the barbeque flaming in time to get this little pig the send off it deserves...meh....it really is raining, this is Monts d'Arree rain, it takes no prisoners and laughs at the challenge of a parapluie ...and the forecast is even worse for Saturday..still I've copied and printed village maps, old photos blown them all up to A3+ and with the help of the current wife have white painted boards and attached aforementioned printed items to them, even set up the Photo Booth with added tethered shooting into Lightroom so folk get to see what their rictus gurning appears to other folk, before relaxing and /or laughing at themselves as I catch some quick unguarded moments...then scuttle off to print them...so all set up , what to do????
I know , I'll have a trawl through some long forgotten Hard Drives and have a concerted faff so...here are some never before seen snaps from the coast at Blackpool...exported as layers from Lightroom Into Photoshop ..a wiffle of Photoshop flim flam and done...no, I'm not here to waffle along in Photoshop bollocks today, just working out which one of the Chuckle brothers is me and which one is my 'voisin, Serge.
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...