Posts Tagged ‘Macro’

The Salamander

June 7th, 2010

I caught this salamander when I was visiting my uncle at his farm in Normandy, France (it had snuck into the house).

I figured it’d make interesting shooting material. So before releasing that beautiful amphibian into the wild again, I grabbed some white paper, placed the salamander delicately upon it, fitted my macro lens to my camera, setup my SB900 flash and, well, here are some of the results.

It was remarkably difficult to shoot as the salamander l decided it would be a particularly petulant model and refused to sit still for a moment.

It was constantly shifting this way and that, occasionally making a dash for the edge of the paper and freedom from the apparently terrifying glare of my lens.

More coming soon!


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The One Ring to Rule them All

September 29th, 2009

The ring

For my thirtieth birthday I decided to offer myself something I’d been thinking of for a long time: a ring.

Not just any ring, mind, but something special. So when a great friend of mine suggested I take a look at Namu‘s work, I fell instantly in love.

Something about Namu’s work resonated strongly with me, in part due to my passion for all things swords, and he has a line of products that tapped directly into that – he incorporates damascus steel into many items, and in particular: rings!

Here I am

So I ordered one made special for me, which arrived shortly after my birthday and early in the new year.

The story of how it slowly made its way from the US of A and into my waiting hands is a tale for another day.

Fading in a White Sea

A few days back I decided to have some fun shooting the ring. Here are some of the results.



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Photography Books

September 19th, 2009

People often ask me what good photography books there are out there.

So I decided to put together a little list of good books I own, or have come across, and have found particularly useful.

Here they are in no particular order. Click the links below to finds out more about the books:

General How-Tos, Why-Tos, Tips & Techniques

  1. The Digital Photography Book
  2. The Digital Photography Book V2
  3. The Digital Photography Book V3
  4. Michael Freeman’s Top Digital Photography Tips
  5. The Moment it Clicks: Photography Secrets from One of the World’s Top Shooters
  6. Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera
  7. Understanding Shutter Speed: Creative Action and Low-Light Photography Beyond 1/125 Second
  8. How to Photograph Absolutely Everything: Successful Pictures from Your Digital Camera
  9. Waiting for the Light
  10. The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos
  11. Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision
  12. The Digital SLR Handbook
  13. National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Secrets to Making Great Pictures
  14. National Geographic Photography Field Guide: People and Portraits
  15. The Complete Guide to Night and Low-Light Photography


  1. The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light From Small Flashes
  2. Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Location Photography
  3. Master lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers
  4. The Nikon Creative Lighting System: Using the SB-600, SB-800, SB-900 and R1C1 Flashes


  1. Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography

Lightroom 2 Guides

  1. The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers
  2. The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers

Macro Guides

  1. Closeup Shooting: A Guide to Closeup, Tabletop and Macro Photography
  2. Macro Photography Workshop
  3. Understanding Close-up Photography: Creative Close Encounters with or without a Macro Lens

Guide to Filters

  1. Digital Photographers Guide to Filters: The Complete Guide to Hardware and Software Filtration


  1. Wisdom: 50 Unique and Original Portraits
  2. A Photographer’s Life: 1990-2005
  3. Annie Leibovitz at Work
  4. Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs
  5. Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Celebrity and Editorial Photography
  6. Ocean: The World’s Last Wilderness Revealed
  7. Portraits
  8. Earth from Above
  9. The World’s Top Photographers: Portraits: And the Stories Behind Their Greatest Images
  10. National Geographic: The Photographs
  11. 100 Photographs That Changed the World


  1. Photographer’s Legal Guide
  2. New Epson Complete Guide to Digital Printing *Note: This book may be useful to you even if not using Epson equipment. It’s that kind of book.

The above is by no means a complete list.

FI haven’t put up any Photoshop books as I don’t use the software and am not familiar with it. Another notable absence from the list are books tackling aspects specific to film photography.

If you think there’s a great or essential photography book that’s missing from the above, by all means do share. See also here, for a top 10 list that mentions a few titles that aren’t listed in the above.


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September 15th, 2009

Elegant Pose

A while back, I posted a series of pictures of faces.

Today, I’d like to share a few snapshots from a work in progress, also people-related – Hands.

The Royal Flush

Hands can say so much about a person. They can be neglected, pampered, elegant, busy, active, tense, lazy, relaxed, cheerful, graceful, playful, angry, violent, sexy, gentle, strong, quiet, soft, intense, manic, sensual, artsy, old, young, satisfied, or any manner of other things…

Play it again, Sam

I was started on this path at a brunch a while back. I noticed that one of my friends there had such beautiful hands, and I couldn’t resist not shooting them. The rest is history…

I need a break...

I hope you enjoy these few shots. More will follow soon.

The discussion

A certain effortless grace


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Up Close and Personal

September 5th, 2009


I’d been looking to try my hand at the world of close-up (macro) photography. So a few days ago I added a new piece of glass to my gear: a AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED.

If you’re interested, you can find a review of the lens here.


I took it out for a test run after purchasing it. I must say, it’s rapidly becoming one of my favourite lenses – and for portraiture, too.

Here are some of the results from my first shoot with the lens.

Brown Leafy

Shed leaves and root


Shark-Fin Leaf


Eye Am Watching You


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