Entries from August 2009 ↓

2009 UCI BMX World Championships – Racing Day 2 (Gallery 1)

Yes, I know, the Worlds were over a month ago and I am still posting pictues. I got a little busy with my day job, shooting photos for fun and other life matters this month so I haven’t been working on processing these images and posting them. But here they are, racing day 2 with the older 20″ categories. This first gallery is motos and I have finals to come. Then (maybe) I will get onto the elite classes.

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DPS Assignment: “Mixing Elements”

Here is my entry for this week’s DPS assignment – “Mixing Elements”. Water and air…what more can I say.


Assignment – “Mixing Elements”
Camera: Canon 450D
Lens: EF50 f/1.4
Focal Length: 50mm
Shutter Speed: 1/200
Aperture: f/2.2
Sensitivity: ISO100
Flash: Yes (off camera so not in EXIF data)
Date Taken: 16th August 2009

DPS Assignment – Album Cover

Here is my go at this weeks assignment for Digital Photography School. The topic for this week is to do an album cover, and the theme I chose (ie. album name) is “Canned Heat”. I left a fair bit of negative space up the top so the name of the artist and album could be placed there, but chose not to add it myself given my average graphic design skills.

It took a while to set this up. I cut the bottom out of a large can and inserted a cardboard snoot in which I could insert my flash. I had some red cardboard and red cellophane to create the reddish/purplish hues. I was trying to get it redder but I think I needed a darker or more robust filter. Obviously I ran my flash off camera, with my cheap Ebay remote set-up, in manual mode at 1/4 power.

The lid of the can was then used as a bounce to light up my model’s face. I also had her wear sunglasses to reflect the can in the lens. I also had a black piece of material about 80cm behind the model for the background.

After taking a tonne of shot that were all almost the same, I finally settled on one to crop and do some post processing in Lightroom. The PP was to up the contrast and drop come of the shadows out as well as drop the exposure on the lid and can opening by 0.80 selectively using a brush.

So here you have it, my album cover, “Canned Heat”.

(Click the image for a larger size)


Camera: Canon 450D
Lens: Canon EF50 f1.4 USM
Focal Length: 50mm (duh)
Shutter Speed: 1/125
Aperture: f/3.2
Sensitivity: ISO200

2009 UCI BMX World Championships – Racing Day 1

The first day of racing the the BMX World Championships was for the 14& under challenge classes. Unfortunately I didn’t get to shoot much as I was too busy trying to keep the boss calm while she stressed about trying to make sure our little rider was OK. My mind wasn’t really on the job either when I was snapping, so what I did get wasn’t great. Fortunately the photos from the second day of racing are better, so keep an eye out for them.

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2009 UCI BMX World Championships – Aussie Practice Day 2

Here are the last of the pics I got of Australian practice from day 2. Mainly the 8 and under classes and then a few from the classes that were on after that. I will get into the racing action that I took in the next post. Enjoy this for now though…
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2009 UCI BMX World Championships – USA and Candian Practice Day 2

Here are a few pics I got of the Americans and Canadians at the second day of practice. I figured since camera was in hand, I may as well put it to use!

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