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Breakfast 366 project – October 2012

Normally around this time of the month I am linking through to my Flickr account. Usually, it’s a link to a slideshow of images from the preceding month in my 366 photography project. Normally, I’d click a bookmarklet to share the slideshow automagically.

Only this time I am using WordPress and not Posterous. WordPress seems to want me to individually add each image before I can think about adding them to a post.

What?!

Sorry. Life’s just too short to spend half an hour futzing around with the upload and text editing interface. You’ll have to make do with just a plain old clickable URL instead. Enjoy.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/snaptophobic/sets/72157631664757692/

Holy cow! Even pasting a straight URL doesn’t work! Try clicking here instead!

It’s everywhere! | Flickr – Photo Sharing!

 

It’s everywhere! | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

I spent the day being driven around south London by a client as we worked on getting photos of their operation for their new web site. Almost everywhere we looked, there was the Shard, looming over everything. It looked just like a spaceship had just landed right there in amongst all the other buildings. Even in the rain, it was an impressive sight.

September Dawn – a set on Flickr

One of my infamous Dawn Raids occurred this morning. It so happened the weather was forecast to be clear, and there was a high tide coinciding with sunrise, give or take a few minutes. I headed out to Hoo St Werburgh, which has rapidly become my local sunrise location of choice.

Swapping lenses on a DSLR always increases the possibility of dust and grot getting into the camera body. Only when I got home and downloaded the images did I spot a small hair in the bottom right corner of many images, caused by my holding an uncapped lens in the crook of my arm while swapping them about. At wider apertures the fibre was all but invisible, but stopping down meant it became clearer and clearer. I’ve had to do a bit of selective cropping and cloning to tidy things up. I was lucky, really, it only encroached in a corner. It has now been removed from the camera body.

For those without Flash, here’s the direct link to the set on Flickr.

Common Blue Damselfly | Flickr – Photo Sharing!

I don’t do much wildlife photography, let alone macro stuff in the field. However, while photographing various species of heather, calluna, erica and daboecia, I was taken by the antics of several damsel flies. Some were hunting, but one couple were busy working on the next generation.
I was using my Sigma 28–300mm ƒ3.5–5.6 on the Canon EOS 7D for the plant work, and had been pleasantly surprised at the macro capabilities. When my colleague pointed out the damsel fly pair, I was initially sceptical I would get anything worthwhile. I was, after all, working handheld, and I wasn’t really convinced the lens would give me good results on something so small.
I perched on a small stool, rested my arms on my knees, and zoomed right out to 300mm. The camera was set at ISO400, and I’d been working in Aperture Priority mode. The insects were quite small in the frame, and the AF couldn’t quite latch on to them. I should point out I’ve adopted the back-button focus system now, leaving the shutter button for exposure reading and capturing the shot. Once the AF locked on, I took my thumb away from the button and kept shooting.
The shot above was 1/500th at ƒ/11, and I seem to have dialled in a negative third of a stop. Aside from some mild detail and contrast enhancement on import in Aperture, and a crop to home in on the critters, this shot is the best of the bunch. I am amazed at the crisp detail in the wings. Such a relatively cheap lens, and it still surprises me.