Flickr Friday – My Light Painting First Attempt

I have noted in a couple of posts I have an interest in light painting. Sometime last year I did have a go after being inspired by some light painting spirography I saw on Digital Photography School (there’s Darren Rowse with the inspire part of his mantra again…it really does work). Here are a couple of the pictures I took.

Light Paint Spirography

Light Paint Spirography

DPS Life Competition – Week 2

Doh, I missed week one. So here is my entry for week two…

Digital Photography School Contest: Life - Week 2 Entry

Digital Photography School Assignment: Show Us Your Camera

Here it is then. Tried to get a star bokeh hood to work but it didn’t quite do what I wanted.

DPS Assignment: Show Us Your Camera

Camera: Canon 450D
Lens: EF50 f1.4
Shutter: 1/200
Aperture: f1.8
Sensitivity: ISO100
Program: Manual
Flash: Yes, off camera

Digital Photography School Assignment: New Beginnings

I wasn’t going to enter this week, but I shot this yesterday and thought it fit with the theme. When I looked at the image on the camera screen I thought the subject looked like they were floating out of the lane and into the open street.

DPS Assignment: New Beginnings

Camera: Canon 450D
Lens: EF50 F1.4
Mode: Aperture Priority
Exposure Bias: +2/3
Aperture: f2.0
Shutter: 1/15

Christmas Pic for DPS

Here is a little Christmas pic for the Digital Photography School ‘Share Your Best Holiday Shot’ article.


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

DPS Assignment: Machinery

DPS Assignment: Machinery

Originally uploaded by inlina

Here is this weeks DPS assignment picture for the “Machinery” assignment. It is, of course, the chain (and back end of the chainstay) on a BMX bike.

DPS Assignment – A Mistake

OK, plenty of mistakes in my catalogue, but not really anything good. I like this one though that came about when messing around with exposure levels and auto bracketing. I was shooting the sunset over Melbourne from my balcony.

It is a mistake because it is too dark, grainy and perhaps too silhouetted, plus there is lens flare. But I like it for the color, the definition of the clouds, the details such as the cranes and the landmarks I can identify by their silhouettes!


Camera: Canon 450D
Lens: EF-S 55-250 IS
Shutter: 1/250
Aperture: f/14
Sensitivity: ISO100
Focal Length: 214mm

DPS Assignment: Ghetto Lighting

This week’s assignment at Digital Photography School is ‘Ghetto Lighting’. The idea is to use cheap light sources for you photo rather than a flash, speedlite or pro lighting.

For this one, I used 4 glow sticks…2 blue, 2 green. As you can tell from the image, the blue is to the left of the manequin and the green to the right. I still had to run a long exposure and I intentionally underexposed it slightly. The back drop is the backing card I have in my homemade light box.

I really just wanted to highlight the right side in green and the left in blue. The background transition and shadows are a cool side effect.


DPS Assignment: Ghetto Lighting
Camera: Canon 450D
Lens: EF-50 Macro
Aperture: F/4.5
Exposure: 20 seconds