The impossible shot ??


This picture doesn’t look like much at first glance but it’s a testimony to how far digital photography has come and how it now surpasses film in many ways and for many purposes.

It came about when I was hurtling home down Inanda Road the other evening and saw a magnificent full moon rising through the skeletal  trees on the Camp Orchards Estate. Here was a massive photo opportunity but the conditions were so bad that I had little hope of getting a result.

It was getting dark, blowing a gale, I had a slow f/5.6 lens, I didn’t have a tripod with me and, to cap it all, the moon was rising pretty fast, as it does. I knew I’d need a pretty fast shutter speed to freeze the moon so the only thing to do was to wind the ISO up as far as possible, brace myself against a light pole for the shot, and see what happened.

It was taken at at 125th, f/5.6, ISO3200 and underexposed by 2.67 stops. I’m not kidding myself that it’s any good, but I am amazed that anything at all was recorded by the sensor.


Panoramas yet again…


I’ve been fiddling with panoramas again and came up with this one of Durban’s new Moses Mabhida Stadium on the night Nigeria were playing South Korea in the 2010 Soccer World Cup. We were on the old Mutual Building in the centre of town and looking north to the stadium and, past that, up the coast.

The picture is made up of eight shots stitched in PS CS3.

I have been trying out a number of different packages for creating panoramas and will be posting in the next week about a really cool free option I’ve found.

My previous posts on panoramas can be found here, including hints on how to shoot them.

** More of my stadium pictures here.


Making bad pictures

I went through a phase of playing lawn bowls but, although I haven’t played for a number of years, I have retained a piece of wisdom imparted by a grizzled veteran. He said that, no matter how good I got, I would still lose far more than I would ever win.

The same thing applies to photography, if you think about it, but there is the difference that your mistakes are preserved so that you can learn from them. Lisa Bettany made the point recently in her Mostly Lisa blog when she went through the photos in her collection and revisited some of her mistakes. She has put six of the worst up here, for us all to learn from.

The lesson we should take from all this is that it’s not bad to make mistakes. What’s bad is not to learn from them…

Lisa is not at all technical but she has a good fresh eye and there’s plenty of inspiration to be had from her pictures. It doesn’t hurt either, that she, in turn, is very easy on the eye. Check her out on her blog and on  Flickr.


Photo inspiration

Taken at Umgababa on a recent photo outing to the KZN south coast.

Today, I would like to bring to your attention Scott Bourne’s inspirational photo blog and podcast. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or directly from the blog. One of his all-time popular posts concerns 10 ways to Improve Your Photography without Buying Gear. The entire post is relevant but his sixth point rings a great big bell with me:

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