Today is a grey, wet, day. And last night had some of the heaviest rain I’ve seen for a while. But it was a good photo opportunity!
I don’t think star photography is something I’m really going to pursue, amazing as some of the pictures I see are. I see Nikon has produced a version of the 810 specifically for the purpose, so it’s clearly a popular subject. I was having a play around in the back garden, which is not the best place, due to light pollution. But I did find catching planes going over rather fun.
I was up early this morning to watch Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria sail up Southampton Water and into dock. They are in Southampton to celebrate 175 years of Cunard. Difficult photography conditions. Low light, rain and a reasonable distance from the ships.
This is Queen Victoria
This photo started off with me testing coloured gels over my flash. This was against my grey background. I’m getting some great colours, so I think I’m going to end up with a versatile set-up.
This was the result. I then went a bit overboard in Lightroom with one of the pictures, but I kind of like the effect.
This time I tried with the kitchen clock that hasn’t actually worked but has been sitting on my kitchen wall for the last four years. The clock was layed on the floor with the camera positioned above (using a unstable microphone stand), and then a number of shots were taken round the sides, and the clock face. When I processed them in Photoshop Elements, I applied a colour filter to each layer.