Friday, 30 December 2011

Image Of The Day - Beautiful depression

Another one of my Photo-manipulations, I created this using my newly bought Wacom Touch and pen graphics tablet. Its a breath of fresh air, as the increased work space and  flexibility of the unit makes it a must for any budding illustrator or photoshop geek.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Image Of The Day 2 - dead to right

Well as i was instructed to create an image for my sister, we have a second installment of the Dead to Right series. This time using a vampire type skull and a flame effect.



Images of the day - Dead to Right

Sorry but another day of really bad weather has kept me from going out and taking photos. Today's images are another set from my Photoshop library and are loosely based around the theme of death and decay, not the best attempt in the world but i like them.

This is a variant of the above image, just to show the effect of the skull and goat eye.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Image Of the Day - Caerphilly spacescape

Hi All this was done after a play about with some spacescape photoshopping, this is my first ever attempt so all comments and critique would be welcomed. Just some figures for you on the image

Time Taken - 4 hours
Layers used - 43
Programs used - 3 (PS CS5, LightRoom 3.6, Silver efex and colour efex pro)
and all done using a laptop track pad......

I hope you like



Image of the Day - Pen-y-Fan

Today's IOTD is taken opposite a great walking spot in The south Wales valleys, located in the Brecon Beacons nation park, the views from atop this mountain is spectacular. But with the poor weather we  have been having you cant quite make out the summit.

Information on Pen-Y-Fan can be found HERE

I am hoping to get to walk up there at some point in the new year to get some nice landscape photos.




Monday, 26 December 2011

Image of the Day - Happy Days

For Christmas yesterday we went to visit the No.1 man of the Family, my gramps. Funny just doesn't cut it with this old time RAF veteran, and there is laugh to be had every second we are in his company.

I Hope you like this Image of the Day as much as i enjoy the time spent with him.



Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas evereyone

A quick message to say merry Christmas to all my followers... Pics will follow soon, but first i must celebrate with the family.

Happy holidays everyone !!!!!!!!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Image of the day - Off to the pub

A quick image of a local church taken last night, nothing more to add other than its a church in the night...

hopefully something a bit more interesting over the weekend. Sorry readers, not one of my better attempts.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Image Of The day - Spray day

After a trip to the local skate park at Rhydycar tonight to get some shots of the nifty graffiti, this seemed to be the pick of the bunch.
 The tags are not fully complete, but they have managed to finish the word "games" along one ramp side.


Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Painting with Light - First Attempts

Well there is no image of the day today (hooray I hear you cry), i have tried for the first time my hand at something new. LIGHT PAINTING, why didnt i think of this sooner i don't know as it it totally addivtive and puts a different slant of the art of photography.

These are some of the un-edited, no post production pictures of what i managed to capture.

All of the below were shot with my Nikon D3100 with standard VR18-35mm lens, mounted on a tripod and wireless shutter activation device. All shots taken at f5.4 in bulb mode.

First ever go and stated by drawing some pretty basic circles.

Then i added a blue gel onto the torch and tried spelling my name...... A little more practice needed i think, you can just about make out the S, H, and a U... Must try harder

Then, because i didnt have a clue what i was doing i decided to paint my door. With the gel removed and armed with my wireless device i took this over a period of about 22 seconds. Sorry that i forgot to cover the one square, seems alot harder when you in complete darkness.

 And now we welcome the test dummy for the evening, this is my little brother (Hello HJ), i wondered what
would happen if, once again i put the blue gel back on and painted him over the period of 30 seconds.

As usual all comments welcome


Monday, 19 December 2011

Image of the Day - Drummer boy

While out the weekend we stumbled upon this old timer, propped up against various walls around town he was playing his little drum with one hand and fluting with the other (i so want to be him, just not in winter)

I had to catch a quick snap of him while there was no one around. I hope you like.


Sunday, 18 December 2011

Images of The Day - Big Pit

Well the there are 2 images of the day today, all taken on location at the Big Bit in South Wales. This is one of the last working mines in South Wales, and is the only one who has had been transformed into a public museum with underground tours. Please click through on the below to see what this prestigious site withholds.

Big Pit website

And a taster of images from there

"Scoob at the Pit"

"Portrait at 300ft"

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Image of the Day - Waiting for Santa

Today's image of our little jack russel waiting at the front door for Santa to arrive !

Some post production has been added in PS CS5 (levels, curves and high pass filter)

Hope you like


Friday, 16 December 2011

Image Of The Day - Natures umberellas

Sorry guys its another Fungi shot for the IOTD, I am hoping that I can get out for an hour or two over the weekend to take some other snaps of the local scenery.

This was taken by a run off stream of the river Taff in a darkened corner of a wooded area.

I hope you like.


Thursday, 15 December 2011

rubbish weather keeps us within

Sorry that there is no image of the day today. The weather has been pretty rubbish and with snow on the way in there may be a snowy theme for tomorrows IOTD



Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Image Of The Day - Twinkle Twinkle

As the weather is so bad out this evening the image of the day will be taken indoors, and as it is the season to be jolly what better that some Christmas stars.

Thank you


Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Image Of The Day - Dark Growth

Well this looks to be the first of many Images of the day.

Taken approx 6 months ago, i never did get around to processing it. From what i can see they are a rather large set of fungi growing on a fallen tree trunk.

Feel free to comment



Saturday, 10 December 2011

HDD Issues

Well bloggers, im trying to update this page but unfortunately i am having some serious hard drive issues. It has given up the ghost and taken everything with it. Photos, videos, movies, work docs. You name it, its been deleted.

Please bare with me while i sort this out

Thank you


Day trip to to Worcester

As it was the better halves birthday last week and we decided on a trip to Worcesters' Christmas market and cathedral.
 As I only too the VR 18-35mm lens with me some of the shots taken were not as close as i would have liked.

Here are the best snaps from the day

"Ring Of Fire"


"Thinking of you"

"Praise be"

Friday, 9 December 2011

Image of the Day - Lunar photography

I thought I would try my SLR out on some lunar photography this evening to see what the Tamron 300mm focal length lens could achieve.
 All photos were taken with a remote trigger to give the least possible amount of camera shake.

Take a look at these

Photo Stats
RAW, F8.0, 1/250 @ 70mm
"Big Cheese"
Photo Stats
RAW, F8.0, 1/250 @ 300mm

"Street Life"
Photo Stats
RAW, F5.5, 1/250 @ 100mm

Hope you all like

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Image of the Day - Reptile Macros

As an enthusiastic keeper of Lizards i find them so interesting to photograph. Using the D3100 as to get a couple of up close (macro-ish) snaps these are the results i got. these are just a few i have lying around, i will post better quality ones over the weekend.
 These were taken with the Tamron 70-300mm lens

This is my Leopard gecko Jasmine.

What you think


HI All, just wanted to start up a new blog to let you all follow my hobby of photography. I want to share some of the pics that i take, while out on my travels. All comments and critique will be welcome. I am in no way a seasoned pro but have been an enthusiast for many years, and hope that you are able to enjoy some of the photos that i have to share.

Current base set up includes

Nikon D3100
Nikon VR 18-55mm lens
Tamron 70-300 Di Macro lens

Some pictures to follow

Thank you all

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