Spring Bokeh

Spring Bokeh

THE PHOTO: This is a spring-onion flower (so I’m told!), and this is some of the nicest bokeh I have taken in a while – hence “Spring Bokeh”. POST PROCESSING: Lightroom – auto tone, Photoshop – crop, sharpen, noise reduction, levels. EXIF: Aperture: ƒ/2.8 Camera: NIKON D700 Taken: 8 December, 2014 Focal length: 150mm ISO: […]

Suspended Bokeh

Suspended Bokeh

THE PHOTO: An interesting display at the Melbourne International Flower show held over the last couple of days at the Royal Exhibition Building. This shot of suspended glass baubles made for a great macro/bokeh opportunity, and I do like bokeh opportunities. POST PROCESSING: Preprocessed in LightRoom – crop/rotate, levels, clarity, vignette. Additional curves and sharpening. […]

Catching Bokeh

Catching Bokeh

THE PHOTO: Taken during the last batch in the garden, this is the same spider and web that appeared in ‘Crosshairs‘, but at a different angle. If you’re not familiar with the word ‘Bokeh‘, i’m linking to the wikipedia article for you. POST PROCESSING: Sharpen, Curves/Levels. EXIF: Aperture: ƒ/2.8 Camera: NIKON D700 Taken: 20 March, […]

Brick Bokeh

Brick Bokeh

THE PHOTO: Neighboring brick structure from a couple of shots ago, but of a different angle and composition – as interesting a brickwork a photo I can take methinks. POST PROCESSING: Rotate, crop, Levels/Curves, sharpen. EXIF: Aperture: ƒ/1.8 Camera: NIKON D700 Taken: 30 January, 2011 Exposure bias: -2/6EV Focal length: 50mm ISO: 100 Shutter speed: […]

Bokeh Bloom

Bokeh Bloom

THE PHOTO: I used to take a lot of these types of shots, but now – being a city dweller – it’s rare opportunities that I get to take a flower shot. I had to raid the archives to November last year when I was enjoying the beginning of summer in Daylesford for this image. […]

Bokeh People

Bokeh People

THE PHOTO: Of all the shots I took at the annual Australia Day rubber-duck race on the Yarra River, this is the only shot I liked – any not one rubber-ducky in the frame. Shallow DOF shot of another ‘photographer’ and the crowd lining the river in the background. POST PROCESSING: Sharpen, Crop, Curves, Duplicated […]

Blue in Bokeh

Blue in Bokeh

THE PHOTO: I LOVE the bokeh in this shot. Uniquely created by the cheap and fast 50mm 1.8 lens, the light-creep off the edges of the aperture blades adds an extra dimension to this image. THE LENS: Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor POST PROCESSING: Sharpen, Velvia Vision, Levels, Dust and Scratch removal (my cheap and […]

Mysterions

Mysterions

THE PHOTO: Small glass globes suspended by string filled with tiny plants… Actually this is archive raiding and a shot from the series that produced this earlier shot. POST PROCESSING: Fun with filters! This was my first with the new Tiffen DFx v3 set of filters for Photoshop/Lightroom. Since the original image retained it’s natural […]

My Top 5 Photos of 2012

For the last three years, i’ve published my top 10 photos that I took during the year (see Top-Ten 2009, Top-Ten 2010 and Top-Ten 2011), however with a number of new changes in my personal life, i’ve only managed to publish 47 photos in 2012 so I have had to reduce this year’s list to […]

Petal Cluster

Petal Cluster

THE PHOTO: More flower blossoms from the recent spring. Going for a heavy 50mm bokeh effect and soft glow with this shot. POST PROCESSING: Crop, levels, contrast and sharpen. EXIF: Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D700 Taken: 22 September, 2012 Focal length: 150mm ISO: 320 Shutter speed: 1/1600s

My top 10 photos for 2011

In the tradition of the last two years (see Top-Ten 2009, Top-Ten 2010), i’m attempting to round up my top-10 favorite images that were published during the year. This year was dominated by travel photos from Belgium and France, and then New Zealand.

Impressionist

Impressionist

THE PHOTO: Another floral shot from the Royal Greenhouses in Brussels – this being a macro shot of the Fuchsias that adorn the ceilings of the Geranium-walled glass walk-ways that connect the larger greenhouse structures. This would have to be one of my favourite floral shots as the blurred background bokeh is reminiscent of the […]

Sparkle Backdrop

Sparkle Backdrop

THE PHOTO: I often forget how cool the bokeh produced by the ‘nifty fifty’ 50mm f1.8 lens can be – this is an example with the water drops from the fountain in the Carlton Gardens as a backdrop for the surrounding flora. POST PROCESSING: Crop, Velvia Vision, Levels, USM, Curves, Dodge/Burn. EXIF: Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: […]

White Stripe

White Stripe

THE PHOTO: Taken looking down a quaint city alley-way at the south-western end of the Melbourne CBD. I love the bokeh/blur that the 50mm f1.8 delivers – it adds a real substance to the normal blur of a narrow-focus background. POST PROCESSING: RAW Preprocessing, Levels, USM, Shadow/Highlight. EXIF: Aperture: ƒ/1.8 Camera: NIKON D2X Taken: 13 […]

Expressionless

Expressionless

THE PHOTO: A semi-random snap-shot taken as I was walking past some of the more higher-end fashion shops the last weekend. These almost androidal mannequins caught my eye, and while they were behind glass (not the best to shoot through) I knew I could capture at least one snap. I was lucky with this one, […]

Flaxible

Flaxible

THE PHOTO: The remarkably interesting Flax bush, obviously a savior of mine when there is nothing else to shoot. In these types of shots, it’s never the subject that interests me, it’s the way the lens interprets the interaction with the light and the subject. In this case my 50mm f1.8 was used, which produces […]

Pinecone

Pinecone

THE PHOTO: A pinecone on the forest floor of yesterday’s shot. I actually like the bokeh in the background of this shot more than the texture of the cone, but had to crop a lot of it out to remove other interfering elements in frame. POST PROCESSING: Crop, LAB curves and sharpening, 55mm Filters Vignette. […]

Shroom

Shroom

THE PHOTO: As I was driving out my driveway today I noticed a whole bunch of overnight mushrooms/toadstools/whatever had grown amongst the dead leaves on the side of the drive. Unfortunately, upon my return it appeared someone had driven over 95% of them. I did get this one survivor however. There are several things I […]

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