This afternoon I bought the Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM. Earlier this week I also purchased the 430EX II speedlite. I have spent a diabolical amount of money in the past few weeks, of which I am trying not to think too much on! And I have yet to really test out my new additions. But I will say that my camera is now incredibly heavy and I’m hoping to build up a bit of muscle in its use!
Yep, well, I’ll post the results of my new purchases once I’ve used them a bit more! But for now… no more money-spending. Hopefully. 😉
So I attempted HDR. OK, so it looks nowhere near as amazing as the pro’s stuff does, but I thought it was OK for a first go (I’ll probably look back on it in a year or so and think ‘dear God! What was I on?!’). I took the three bracketed photos last night around 9:30pm:
…and ended up with this:
Guess I could have taken a few more risks and done a bit more… oh well… =P
I’ve been playing around with low-light photography, and after a few changes in Lightroom, I was quite pleased with how this turned out, too:
I shot my first (hopefully not last!) wedding on the weekend. And it was probably one of the most amazing, exciting, nerve-wracking (in a good way) and fun things I’ve ever done! It was for a family friend: someone who’s known me all my life. And after unofficially shooting my friend’s 30th birthday the weekend before, they asked if I could come and take some photos for their wedding. I totally jumped at the opportunity! The week leading up to it went SO slowly, but I was just on an endless adrenaline rush the whole time the wedding was happening! It was held in a restaurant called “The Italian Village” which was right on Sydney Harbour. As we got there, a massive storm erupted and gave me a few frights! But it seemed to set a cosy sort of mood.
The wedding was really nice, and people seem to give you a particular type of “space” when they realise you’re the photographer. LOL. I’m not sure how else to quite describe it.
Honestly, I had the best time. I hope it wasn’t my last! I can’t thank Claire and Russell enough for letting me come and take pics and for giving me that experience. It was just amazing!
A bit grainy, but I very much like this.^^
One thing I am coming to realise about being a photographer is that unless you’re shooting photos indoors with few people around, you look a little strange. My 9-5 job has absolutely nothing to do with photography (I got it on the basis of having some sort of writing skills (because writing is what I’ve always loved to do)), but I’ve had my camera with me everyday. I’ve been going out in my lunchbreaks and taking random snaps around the area. North Sydney isn’t the most inspirational area. And if you’re walking around lunch hour with nothing but a fat DSLR, rich business people look at you as though you’re some sort of weirdo that just happened to spawn out of the ground to kill them, as opposed to just taking pictures of the surrounds. But that said, I’ve humiliated myself in so many different ways this year that I’m starting to not care what others think of me, which I guess helps when you just want to go around taking pictures (even if people suspect you of being some sort of spy).
This picture on the left is a little… nook, I guess you can say, that’s next to a place that makes some of the best hot chocolates I’ve had. And it actually made for a few OK pictures. I just stood on the street snapping away. Dunno what I liked about it. I guess it’s just an eclectic scene of different sorts of people in a tiny area that features a second hand bookshop (I love that shop!), something Japanese and the tiny little Italian cafe. Compared to the rest of North Sydney, it’s not really a common sight to see little spots that you’d be more likely to see in Melbourne.
Also, I have been very inspired by the APPAs. There is some amazingly amazing work featured on that site, and I can only dream of getting to that sort of standard! Although it’s very inspiring, and during our (almost) nightly jog tonight, I came up with (what I think) would make for a good photo (or series of photos) featuring my husband. I think the most difficult part will be convincing him to take part!
I am also blogging here now to say that I’m gradually going to add to this here album. I don’t have my own website, per se to act as some sort of portfolio, so for now I thought I’d make use of Picasa and “upgrade” myself to a nicer website if/when I ever get better at this photography endeavour!
And with that, methinks I will go sleep now!