Tuesday, 27 May 2008

The Sands Of Time


The Sands Of Time
Originally uploaded by Ben Mottram

Another shallow depth of field photo produced by the 75-300mm lens. Jason's hand dripping a little of what sand there is on the beach. This is a candid - he was completely unaware that I was taking this picture.

Harriet in a see through dress


Harriet in a see through dress
Originally uploaded by Ben Mottram

I had to blog this picture. It is my favourite one of Harriet so far which isn't a portrait. The reason it is over exposed is that I have been messing with the metering on the camera. I was spot metering this one on Harriet's dress... which being black rather than 18% grey meant that her bikini bottoms show through rather well.

Fern - why is it wet?


Fern - why is it wet?
Originally uploaded by Ben Mottram

This shows the shallow depth of field achievable with the telephoto lens. I could get used to this lens - thanks Dan and Harriet for the loan. If you are wondering why the fern is wet.... well I had been drinking beer all afternoon :)

Mouldy Nail


Mouldy Nail
Originally uploaded by Ben Mottram

Here is the most successful picture taken with a reversed nifty fifty and the 75-300mm Telephoto. The vignetting is due to the rather odd lens arrangement - it is like taking a picture through a cardboard tube. Giles has a mouldy toenail, so this is a close up picture of it. I think that a reversing ring is calling out to me... at least then I will be able to use both hands to hold the camera rather than using one to hold the nifty and the other to steer the camera.

Davide the Sicilian at sunset


Davide the Sicilian at sunset
Originally uploaded by Ben Mottram

Well, Davide loves having his picture taken, though Long Exposure shots seem to confuse him. Not everyone sat still for the required 4-10 seconds, but only Davide managed to move in such a way as to make a better picture than a straight portrait. Wonderful.

Loveday in the sea


Loveday in the sea
Originally uploaded by Ben Mottram

This is Loveday Littman in the sea... She grew up with Dan and has just visited him and his family for the first time in 20 years. What a star (she is as well... Emmerdale, heartbeat, Corrie, Caberet, Return to Forbidden Planet, Mousetrap the list goes on and on)

She was swimming here in a bikini. Hmmm. I had suggested that a wet suit would be a bit soft and she believed me.

The afternoon after this photo was taken she walked up smugglers path, which considering that she is really not very good at all with heights, was a massive achievement.

I hope to see more of Loveday in Dorset and of course her dog Ash.

Sunday, 11 May 2008

Gardening

This movie is something I meant to do last week, before the bank holiday weekend.

I wanted to show just how much devastation I can wreak in my garden at one go. However I didn't get a round tuit, so here is the "Gardening II - after the disaster" movie. There is a bit of hanging up the washing as well as mowing the lawn action.

You will note that my garden is GM free - at least it is now I have pulled up the oil seed rape which got there somehow

video

Hope you like it. It is curiously empty to my mind, but then I am used to a bit of meaning. Perhaps I should go back to stop motion animation as I used to do on real film when I was 12...

B.