White Rose

One of my very first photographs I took with my new Canon SLR camera...  A bunch of white roses bought in memory of our Anabelle.


Taken using a Canon EF-S 18-55mm MkII F3.5-F5.6 lens @ 37mm
ISO400, 1/8th/sec @ F5.0

Rusty floor


Taken using a Canon EF 50mm F1.8 lens
ISO200, 1/100th/sec @ F1.8

Icy Finger

Continuing with the theme of our current climate...


Taken using a Canon EF-S 18-55mm MkII F3.5-F5.6 lens @ 55mm
ISO400, 1/400th/sec @ F5.6

A Cold & Lonely Porter...

Late post, bad weather, nuff said...


Taken using a Canon EF-S 18-55mm MkII F3.5-F5.6 lens @ 18mm
ISO400, 1/1000th/sec @ F3.5

Angel, or other...?

An early (or late depending how you look at it) post, just because I happened to be up. A shot of a statue in the high street of Newport town centre, at night. Digitally 'developed' in Adobe Lightroom 3 (my first one). Loved the drama/mood of this end result...


Taken using a Canon EF 50mm F1.8 lens
ISO200, 1/20th/sec @ F2.0

Gloomy Silhouette

It's surprising how a few little adjustments 'after the fact' in a photograph editing package on a computer can completely alter the atmosphere of a photograph.  It may (or may not) surprise you to know that the photograph in this post just below was taken during a sunny, bright autumn afternoon...


Taken using a Canon EF-S 18-55mm MkII F3.5-F5.6 lens @ 37mm
ISO200, 1/3000th/sec @ F4.5

Touch Up

Here's a look at some things I've been learning about in Adobe Photoshop CS5.  The young lady in the picture is a colleague in work who kindly agreed to let me use some images of her for my coursework (I had her images because of an impromptu photo-shoot I did for my employer actually, quite proud of the result too, so I may post that one day).

Take a gander at the 'Before & After' image below...

Click the image to see a larger version for closer inspection

 A few things that have been changed in the 'After' image then :-
  • Altered the overall white balance
  • Maintained the original colour tone of her lips
  • Tidied up all the 'fly-away' hairs
  • Touched up several small skin blemishes
  • Whitened the white parts of her eyes
  • Enlarged her eyes by 5% (Hollywood eyes!)
  • Altered overall lighting tone (via a layered blend in 'Soft Light' mode)

Well, what do you think?  Were all the changes worth it in the end?  Is the final image believable and/or pleasing to the eye?

Friendship

No posts over the weekend sorry, due to feeling poorly/sorry for myself...  Hope you like this one.


Taken using a Canon EF-S 18-55mm MkII F3.5-F5.6 lens @ 37mm
ISO400, 1/60th/sec @ F5.0

Welsh beauty...

Taken in the hills and mountains somewhere in the vicinity of Newtown, Mid-Wales...  Also, this is my very 1st HDR (High Dynamic Range) photograph, processed with (if memory serves) Adobe Photoshop CS4.


Taken using a Canon EF-S 18-55mm MkII F3.5-F5.6 lens @ 18mm

Big Break (Nope, wrong balls)

Taken inside a Riley's club in Plymouth while experimenting...


Taken using a Canon EF 50mm F1.8 lens
ISO200, 1/60th/sec @ F2.5

Slow falls

A shot of Melincourt Waterfall in Neath, South Wales...


Taken using a Canon EF-S 18-55mm MkII F3.5-F5.6 lens @ 18mm
ISO200, 1/3rd/sec @ F11.0

Father & Son

Taken indoors during the meal which followed his christening...


Taken using a Canon EF 50mm F1.8 lens
ISO800, 1/60th/sec @ F2.8

Morning Sun

Shot about 9am at Westonbirt Arboretum...


Taken using a Canon EF-S 18-55mm MkII F3.5-F5.6 lens
ISO200, 1/200th/sec @ F9.0

Rockin' Robin

As Christmas is approaching, and because this image is being used for my employer's corporate Christmas card (among possibly others), today's post is of a festively themed robin I captured very luckily on the walk-a-round trail at Devil's bridge, Aberystwyth.


Taken using a Canon EF-S 18-55mm MkII F3.5-F5.6 lens
ISO100, 1/60th/sec @ F5.6

Poppy! (That's her name...)

Check it - posts will be from now on named after the photograph in the post (which means I have to think of fancy ass names for some pictures that don't lend themselves easily to being named - please excuse my ostentatiousness on these occasions!)

Also, I'm currently digging through some training videos right now for Adobe Lightroom 3 too.  I'll share the results in a few weeks...

Anyway, on to another photograph:


Taken using a Canon EF 50mm F1.8 lens (the nifty fifty!)
ISO800, 1/6th/sec @ F4.0


3rd December

My brother-in-law and his fiancĂ©e shortly after their engagement.  Shot at Melincourt waterfall, Neath.


Taken using a Canon EF-S 18-55mm MkII F3.5-F5.6 lens (kit lens supplied with camera)
ISO800, 1/25th/sec @ F5.6

2nd December

Short & sweet - just a pic...  Taken while visiting Westonbirt Arboretum in October.


Taken using a Canon EF 50mm F1.8 lens (the nifty fifty!)
ISO200, 1/250th/sec @ F1.8

1st December - Blog created and 1st post

As I'm sure it will say on these pages very soon in a 'description' or 'about' box somewhere, I've created this new blog simply as a new place to post examples of my photography (wordy posts such as this will probably be few and far between). I'm currently enrolled in a City & Guilds course to gain academic knowledge of the craft, and I experiment regularly to gain practical experience.

I chose the name Imagery Inspired because of the way in which I have ended up throwing myself into this new hobby / craft / passion of mine : put simply, because of the loss of my 1st daughter, Anabelle...

So she is my inspiration for the work that follows and the reason I now find myself looking at things in this world with renewed eyes.

Appropriately then, the very first photograph I post to this blog is of something special bought for Anabelle by my wife Caroline (Caz - After Anabelle) for this Christmas, her first...


Merry Christmas Belle... x