CVP Returns!

After many an exam and tense wait for the results, CVP returns to, well… CVP! Due to my being back, there’s a bunch of stuff that I’m hoping to do this summer, photography-wise.

No, not me. My brother and his mildly startling red suitcase make an appearance. Also, bright orange shoes.

First thing, eyes. Specifically, macro of eyes. I had tried this before with mirrors and a tripod, but had too many problems focusing to do it effectively. However, I now have a field monitor, which means I don’t have to mess around with mirror shenannigans. This should make the task of focusing much simpler.

Sadly, this flowerbox is no longer here. I sometimes wonder where it’s gone. Flowerboxthieves.jpg.

In addition, the summer has yielded another job. I’m not yet at liberty to say what exactly it is, other than that it involves some varied photography, including portraits and possibly a bunch of still life. Rest assured though, I’ll be posting about it if and when I can.

Stained glass at night. Unfortunately, not the most stable shot, and I suspect in-camera sharpening has ruined it a bit. I might try again some other time.

So, what about video? Currently, I’m not entirely sure. I now have the resources I need to feel at least reasonably confident of putting out a good quality video, but I’m not quite sure what kind of video to do. That said, a friend of mine might have a collab project for us to work on, so if it comes through, I’ll let you guys know.

On a side note, Valve recently began beta of their Source Filmmaker software, and that’s looking pretty interesting. I might try something with that, if I can.

Better than burgers produced by any other bodily appendage.

Finally, photography/AfterEffects tutorials. Ergh. I had wanted to do some up during December last year, but things got busy, and I had no idea where to start. I figure I should probably start drafting some plans for tutorials soon if I have time, but I fear things will get busy again and it’ll just be swept further down my schedule yet again.

I wish wandering around rail lines on foot were more possible. There’s often so many good shots to be had there.

Anyway, I have a fairly large number of photos I’ve accrued over the time I was free enough to photograph stuff but not free enough to type up blog posts. I’ll put them up as and when I can. I hope you enjoy them.

Happy New Year!

Those chairs are actually incapable of supporting a reasonably sized human being.

Just thought I’d just wish everyone a happy new year. So, happy 2012, everyone! Here’s hoping for a year of great light and awesome photos. I wasn’t in Central London to witness the fireworks close up, but it wouldn’t be much of a photography blog if I didn’t bring you at least -something-. So, here’s a token photo of the fireworks from my balcony with a 300mm Sigma. Enjoy, and once again, have a great 2012.

Oooooh. Aaaaaah.

Aurora Borealis – The Revengening

Merry Christmas – I’ve been busy (yet again), but Day 4 brought Aurora. Everywhaer.

There are actually faint red sections that were brought out when I messed with the curves. You can see it more clearly in the next photo.

Shot in RAW, the ground illuminated with a little light painting. All the photos I took were shot at the wider end of my 16-85mm, at the widest possible aperture, ISO 800 and a shutter speed of 30 seconds.

Car was lightpainted with a headtorch I borrowed.

Also, I’m switching back to the cornermark again, with a simpler mark.

Trying out a new cornermark. I've just realised it's a bit big, but it'll probably roughly look like that.

SUDDENLY, NORWAYS

I’m in Norway now, and I’m hoping to catch the Aurora Borealis tomorrow. But just to let you know I’m still alive, enjoy this:

10 second exposure, from in town. I can't wait to get into the mountains.

Edit: Yes, I know the new watermark is a pain, but certain people have been stealing my photos without acknowledgement. And that’s just not on.

On the books, but never too busy for photos.

Busy days are busy. With two essays on the books and a number of other commitments, updates are going to be pretty intermittent up until December. However, I’ll bring you photos when I can, and maybe even a LTA post. Meanwhile, enjoy some photos I took walking around during what free time I had.

White balance set to flash for this one.

England finally decided that it might be a good idea to invest in road grit for the winter.

BLOW OUT ALL THE SKIES

I would have liked to remove the sign and posts, but I think that might have been a bit more trouble than this photo is worth.

One of these days, I'm going to find a white-barked tree to take this photo. And it'll be awesome.

Yet more from the HD, and a bit of news

So here’s some more random photos I took the other day. And, as the title reads, a bit of news.

Crop from a 90mm photo, since I didn't have my 300mm with me at the time. I think it's not too bad, but I might retake this photo later at some point.

I’m thinking that instead of just dumping a bunch of photos from my HD and leaving you with them, I’d take these opportunities to talk about stuff. I’m going to be posting them under a new category called “Let’s Talk About”. The topics I’ll be talking about will really vary depending on what takes my fancy at the time. However, if anyone reading wants to see some discussion about other things, you’re welcome to leave a comment or write in to vertigo.photoblog@gmail.com and I’ll do my best to accommodate. I’m going to be avoiding discussion of things that I feel that I don’t know enough about, however – sometimes, incorrect information can be worse than no information at all.

The strings of my violin are quite the motley assortment.

Anyway, I might be heading over to a butterfly park in the next week or two, so stay tuned, and I’ll hopefully bring back some colourful macro photos for you guys then. Stay tuned. 🙂

Photos, and a change of hosting

So yeah, after some looking around, I’ve decided to start hosting on Picasa instead. As much as I love Photobucket, Gigapans aren’t quite as nice when they’re squashed down to a fraction of their intended size. I’ve also decided to start uploading photos at higher resolutions, so if image links start breaking, it means I’m messing around with it. Anyway, here’s three pics for today:

Taken some time ago at a fish wholesaler some way out. I can't remember where though. :<

"I AM NOT GOOD WITH TREE", so I can't tell you what tree this is, I'm afraid. Taken in Oxford.

The front of a building sitting in Oxford park. If I ever have a house that size, I want an epic creeper tree for it just like that one.