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My first light box

Since I’m asked to photograph jewellery for commercial purposes I have to invest in a light box and other equipment. But first let me experiment with a homemade light-box and as soon as I have some experience with it I can always buy a professional made one but than I know what I want. Maybe a new one is not even needed (I hope). Anyway in this gallery the not yet fully ready homemade light-box plus the first shots (made in the shade without artificial lightning …). Not perfect at all but there is hope … 😀

 

Aircraft

It’s not easy to make pictures of birds if your equipment is limited to a maximum of 300mm. An 800mm lens is the least one should have to shoot wildlife including birdlife. But these lenses are from a budgetary point of view out of reach for many of us; especially if you want good quality. So simple souls like me have to stick to a bit of luck and cropping in photo-processing software.

Anyway, this week I gave it a try, in-between shooting a spectacular sunrise. Tomorrow (next posting) “More Aircraft”; part of it grounded….

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Some elements

For decoration of pictures I started  a library with ‘elements’ and one with ‘mainframes’. Some of these elements and mainframes are in this composition and regular readers of this blog might recognize quite a few of them. Others still have to find a way into an imaginary. Virtually all are from our village (Stanford, South Africa) and a few are sourced from our road trips. Two or three of the elements are shot with a Sony Snapshooter (Cybershot 7.2) but for the rest all with the camera-equipment as listed in the page ‘My Gear’.

Portrait of a Hottentots God

This nice poem about the Hottentots God inspired me last week to picture one but than if you search it takes long so I took my chance and did the search like a Capetonian (very, very, laid back) and yes it worked (this time….). The insect suddenly landed on my hand and I had to hand-over to Yvonne’s hand for the picturing. After some photoshopping and adding some elements this came out of it. The featured one is with Clarissa. ‘Clarissa wants to have a ride’. Personally I go for the second one below (with bird) and the bottom one also is a nice composition. And for the rest; see for yourself. Fascinating insects; ET was modeled after it.

And yes; still practicing to master the equipment and especially the Adobe software. We’re out for a few days. See you back this Friday!!!