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Journal

OMG! Earthmonster Ink Awards!

EMI So much talent, such a fabulous year of art, writing and collaborating.

Thank you so much to Mark and everyone at EMI!

Happy New Year everyone!

I’m offline more than not for the next few weeks, cya all soon!

xxx

Silvershotz folio 2009

Those of you who’ve been lucky enough to have received their copies of Silvershotz folio 2009 will have been able to see how my images look in print.

Hope they look good, cos my copy hasn’t arrived yet, and since I’m leaving early in the morning I won’t see the magazine til I return home in a month’s time. Christmas strikes have been causing some strife, apparently!

I subscribed to the magazine online a couple of years ago, however, it should be available in good bookstores if anyone is interested.

My images were chosen because of the impact of Lean on Me and Study Twelve amongst others.

Thanks so much to my friends TOTS, ~Ademac and Paul for posing for me! Other images entered included a selection from my study of scars and aging skin.

AfterCapture Magazine

A nice Christmas day surprise, my honorable mention image The Humanitarian has been featured in the December/January issue of AfterCapture Magazine as a part of the prize from the 2009 Photography and Digital Imaging Competition, run by Double Exposure Magazine.…

Thanks so much again to my good friend Dick Colby for making me known to the people at Double Exposure Magazine which then led me to entering this competition!

Thanks also to my generous and patient bestie Paul Vanzella for posing for me as I fumbled with my camera trying to work out how to use it for portraits…..This image was taken in one of our very first shoots together, a LONG time ago!

Dick, Paul and Nick Lagos have been very inspiring mentors for me in the last couple of years, I’ve been blessed to know them, thank you guys

Talk wordy to me

Here’s a blog that might interest some of my wordsmith watchers…..

The second article “Oh my aching brain” explains pretty much how I feel at the moment….heh

Enjoy!

Here’s a photo of one of my gorgeous nieces, reading….it must run in the family…

Passed on by @Strobist

Ken Duncan has a spray about bureaucracy

Tone has journaled about Ken Duncan having a spray regarding the rules and regulations confronting photographers in Australia at the moment…as Ken states, there’d be much less tourism without the photographers….

This is a very interesting read….especially to those who are being accosted more and more by self righteous worriers who seem to think we’re all there to photograph their children, and paste them all over the internet….or dare to show off the beauty of our country…

Not too sure about this!

Good Photography rarely comes from snap decisions!

Just read this on my twitter feed….and it started me thinking about how I take photos….now I’m not saying I take good photos, but I would refute that all good photos are planned! In fact the majority of my best work came directly from snap decisions!

What does everyone else think?

An interesting concept

Here’s a page that might interest those who love music for music’s sake….I don’t even have a sound card in this computer at work, or if I do I don’t know it’s there, cos there are no speakers….so I haven’t tested it. It does look very interesting, however!

Knock yourselves out mixing and matching

give me some feedback on how you enjoyed it too….I won’t be able to listen till I get home from work, another 4 hours from now!

Straight from @LeighSales

X & Y mag is following me?!?

Must be cos I’m the pinnacle of fashion and retail, eh?

Find the mag here and stay up to date on everything…..that matters….

BIO Girl or boy, X chromosome or Y, X&Y magazine is an edgy free online lifestyle hub for all your fashion, health, beauty, entertainment, sex and career needs

More lensbaby goodness

It might be too late for those who are lucky enough to win a lensbaby, but those of you who own one of their gorgeous little lenses should take the opportunity to enter their work here

Thanks so much to John for reminding me

Get Published

I’m not involved with lensbaby in any way, shape, or form, other than being an enthusiastic owner of their lenses…..just sayin…

Lensbaby fisheye optic

Well, I couldn’t do a lensbaby review and not add some extra info on the new optics, especially now that I’ve had a go with one of them!

The fisheye drop in optic is connected to your lensbaby the same way as all the other optics, only you need to insert any aperture disk before dropping in the optic. It’s a 12mm fisheye, so with my camera it produces a full circle effect. Mostly sharp from the edges all the way in too, even without an aperture disk! Lovely bit of chromatic aberration around the edges as well.

I was wandering around this abandoned site yesterday, and couldn’t resist trying the lens on the old Ford, and inside the caravan….

I’m working with my laptop at the mo, since my puter has died again…hopefully these images look ok….

New av

Well, in my classes we sometimes have models, and sometimes not. For this class we all brought in some props, and all of us had a go at being the model. I went first, with borrowed sunnies and scarf, and a gorilla hand on my shoulder…..

The props that were provided included three different coloured wigs, scarves, hats, masks, and of course, a gorilla suit….as you do! Steve wore the suit, Dylan wore a couple of wigs, and Tanya, Kerrie and Marilyn wore masks, sunnies, wigs etc….we had a ball!

This shot was taken by Tanya, who tried hard, but I didn’t stay still enough for the low light situation, so we all learnt a lesson :) Thanks for this image, Tanya!

The frogs are croaking!

Wow, it seems like forever since I last heard frogs croaking….we’ve had a couple of days of rain here, and all of a sudden, they’re out and about…..gotta love the sub-tropics!!

soz, I’m excited

and I’m also looking for ways to be distracted from doing the taxes…..

Lensbaby Lenses

Lensbaby lenses allow you to discover a new way of seeing, and recording what’s all around you.

(Composer and Muse Lenses)

They attach to all well-known SLR cameras, and are light and easy to carry around. These SLR lenses allow you to achieve a variety of creative effects in camera, and you can change the effects by swapping one optic out and dropping another one in.



I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to play with lensbabies for a few years now, I bought my first one in 2005. Being able to tilt and shift the lens to produce less or more blur is a joy. I love playing with shallow depth of field, and with the addition of their macro add-ons I can shoot close-up shallow depth of field at very little extra expense! They also produce an amazing wide angle attachment for when you want t

Ron Mueck at GOMA

Ron Mueck’s work is always show-stopping, and trying to capture it in a way that’s a little different was my aim.…

I used a handmade lens that Scott built for me, using the instructions that Matt supplied in his journal. Unfortunately the bendy boots we sourced were not quite the same size as the originals I’d received from Ran, so we have been trying to find a new way to hold the loupe in place. My temporary solution is to use duct tape, but Matt has come up with a couple of other suggestions to try. Hopefully we’ll get it working soon.

Here’s another one I shot, which I’m quite happy with, cos Ginge HATES having her photo taken :)

Of course the biggest problem is finding bendy material that will do the job…no one makes bicycle fork rubbers anymore….another challenge for me :)

You shou

Good news on downloads

Further to my whinge about video being embedded, I just want to let everyone know that the lovely people who do all the coding have fixed the problem, and now any embedded videos should NOT auto play…..giving those of us who are too lousy to spend hundreds of dollars a month for unlimited downloads a chance to stick to our paid for limits.

Thanks so much to Russell and the team! Love yas all :)

Downloads

Video embedded as comment is becoming way too prevalent here, I have a download limit, and don’t appreciate the extra downloads these give, especially if I didn’t know it was there until I’d gotten to the bottom!…

I’d like to choose whether or not to take the extra megabytes, so am now going to be looking more carefully at journals and images to check for video, if I see one, I’m out, don’t expect to hear from me

Having your speed throttled back to 64k is NO fun…..so please, consider those of us who don’t have unlimited downloads, before you embed videos and other large flashy gifs and images…

Just to explain further, I looked at an image the other day, the video downloaded, I faved the image, the video downloaded AGAIN, and when I left a comment, it started downloading a third time….

sigh

Time to beat the drum

As some of you might know, I have been attempting to teach people how to use their cameras, and, as usual, I get a little taken up in trying to teach people how to get creative too….

Thought some of you might like to see some of my students and their work. Please make them feel welcome, they are all very talented people.

These are the ones who’ve made themselves known to me here at Redbubble, or at least the ones I can remember….we must keep in mind I’m a little old grey haired woman with memory problems :)

Click on their avatars to be taken to their portfolios.

Avatar changes

Well, after another complaint about the skeleton, I thought I’d better change my avatar again….

and who came to the rescue, none other than Earthmonster who just can’t stop fiddling…..LOL!!!

Thanks Mark, I like my new Bertie look, and had no complaints since I changed over….heh

:)

Now waiting to see what Stuart Chapman comes up with…..hehe

Matt's loupy lens

As some of you may know, I’m a bit of a blur freak, and have used lensbabies for a couple of years. Last year I bought a couple of hand made bendy lenses from a lovely gentleman in the US, who is even more bendy mad than I! These lenses were made with bits and pieces, very low tech, and very difficult to use.…

I struggled with them for a few months, but then was distracted by something else shiny….can’t remember what now…anyway, to cut a long story short, I spoke to Matt Penfold about bendy lenses, since he said he might try and make one. I mentioned that I had a lensbaby travelling the country, currently with Adriana, but that I also had these Melholga lenses that he might be interested in.

I posted one down to him, he did his Mcgyver thing on it, and all of a sudden I have an amazing lit

Soz

It’s against RB etiquette rules to publicly name people who “may” be breaking copyright rules, so the previous journal has been depublished.

RB will be doing what they can to check the claims of myself and others who have reported that person, and will be taking appropriate action….

I apologise for breaking the rules….

I’ve just been told the user has been deleted….yay!

Gobsmacked!!

My work has been accepted for the 2009 Silvershotz folio!!!!!!!!!!!…

Thanks so much for your support everyone! I’m just totally gobsmacked….now I have to prepare the images, AND organise an artists statement….(that’s the hardest part).

The images I submitted were mostly from the Study of scars and aging skin that you’ll find on my halftone arty farty portfolio, although the one that will probably get pride of place in the publication is Lean on me, an image of TextureoftheSin and ~Ademac. Thanks so much you two!!!!

The magazine will be sent to 1200 galleries and museums around the world! How exciting!!!!

I’d just like to extend personal thanks to Kristi for telling me about Silvershotz a couple of years ago, Pilgrim for loving my halftone work, to Paul for his constant support and encourag

Wow!

Should see what Earthmonster has done to my image of Paul

Thanks so much for the beautiful work you’ve done on this Mark!

Echo Thieves

This awesome group has just agreed to buy one of my halftone images for their new EP. Click below to see their myspace site, including some tracks!

All the best for your new release guys!

Go share the love people, support our local music industry, please?

Last Gasp

My camera drowned today. The surf was wild and I went too close to the edge…

This is the last image it took before it stopped working

At the moment it’s sitting quietly in a bag of rice, hopefully having any excess moisture soaked up…..

Wish me luck….

Today's funnies

  1. It takes your food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.
  1. One human hair can support 3kg (6.6 lb).
  1. The average man’s penis is three times the length of his thumb.
  1. Human thighbones are stronger than concrete.
  1. A woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s.
  1. There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.
  1. Women blink twice as often as men.
  1. The average person’s skin weighs twice as much as the brain.
  1. Your body uses 300 muscles to balance itself when you are standing still.
  1. If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.
  1. Women reading this will be finished now.
  1. Men are still busy checking their thumbs.

The new car saga - continued

AND FINALISED!!!!!!!!!…

If you’re in Brisbane, and you’ve had a bad experience with car sales people, go see Will Walker at Zupps Capalaba! 07 3843 8130

I will be picking up my new (Ok, demo) Subaru Impreza RX on Thursday. None of the salespeople I have spoken to offered me a hope, and none rang back when I mentioned a figure…..Will gave me the result I wanted, at a price I was happy to pay, and did it with style and skill!

Thanks Will!

Just as an aside, my beautiful friend Simon (aka p3rpl3x) took pity on me, and sent me a car in the mail….

Inside the box with the car was this:

@Melbrackstone This car is much more your style! Will always run, as it doesn’t have an engine, price is well within your budget (you got change from $3!) is a convertible, so you can ditch the “Mum’s taxi” tag

Procrastinating.....as I do

I’m supposed to be doing the books, or working on my outlines and teaching curriculum, or even (if I were well enough) actually teaching, but as always, I find ways to distract myself.

I posted some images to the lensbaby forum yesterday, and received a few comments. One was from Ollie, a VERY talented young man from Austria, who works as a social worker, and he documents a lot of the people and places he sees with his lensbaby. He mostly uses lensbaby original, (or used to) and nearly always works with black and white or sepia.

Here’s his website for those who are interested in seeing fantastic photojournalistic images shot with lensbaby.

He has an amazing gallery at lensbaby.com too.

The new car woes

I thought I’d explain the steps I’ve taken so far, lets see if I’m doing the right thing.…

Day one, I decided which car I wanted, make, model, colour, and I logged onto an aussie site where I can “apparently” make my needs known to all the dealers in my area. After hitting the submit button I only had to wait a short time before the first email arrived…

Ding I am currently out of the office for the next three weeks (from the closest dealer) I will NOT be dealing with this company, who is so out of touch they don’t have another salesperson checking emails and following up leads.

  1. MAJOR FAIL

Ding Hello, a representative will be in touch shortly….the phone rang, the dealership is over an hours drive away….refuses to talk over the phone, I must front up for a test drive before any figures are

Pastel Dawn

I posted this yesterday, something I had played with a couple of days earlier, because I’m constantly inspired by the amazing work around me, here on the bub.

Matt Penfold mentioned he’d been tinkering with a screen dump of it, so we had a bit of a chat, and I have sent him the jpg. The quality of the images out of the 5D have constantly blown me away, going from the 20D as I had….and the 5D Mk II is another step up again!

Meanwhile, I have been playing with it again….


in warm tones


in cool cross processing tones


Pretty much as is from the camera, with a bit of lightening in the rocks area

And not one of these look anything like the one Matt sent me….LOL!

There are so many ways to interpret an image…..

At TED

We are very fortunate here at the bub to have been represented at the TED Global by our very own Pilgrim (Martin)

Martin has journaled about his vist to Oxford, and gives some highlights.

I was also honoured to have been chosen to share some of my work from my halftone arty farty portfolio, along with Toasted Ghost, AshLeShelle, Nathalie Chaput and Rob A Johnston

Check out the conference, and take a look at some of the artists, we are a very talented community, and we all should be proud of this fabulous bubble! How lucky we all are to have such a fabulous resource to share!

Thanks, Martin!

OHAS

Occupational Health and Safety……..…

My bitch for today….

I went to “History Alive” today, at Fort Lytton, in Brisbane, and of course raced over to the fort itself, to grab some new shots. Imagine my dismay when I discovered that most of the area had been cordoned off, and the best places for light and shadow had been totally ruined because plywood had been cable-tied across all the railings.

Some of you might remember “Last Man Standing” where the light and shadow play made for an interesting composition. The light can’t get through there any more.

The trip through the tunnel was turned into a nightmare by shoulder height plywood instead of an open railing where you could see into the other rooms, as shown in these two following images from last year.

How can we appreciate the difficult

He's my brother

Compliments of my friend Alie…

Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of tampons and proceeded to the checkout counter.
The man at the counter asked the older boy, “Son, how old are you?”
“Eight,” the boy replied.
The man continued, “do you know what these are used for?”
The boy replied, “not exactly, but they aren’t for me. They’re for him. He’s my brother. He’s four. We saw on TV that if you use these you would be able to swim and ride a bike. Right now, he can’t do either.”

Having the right equipment

AND USING IT!

A couple of weeks ago I went out on a shoot with my buddy Nick, and managed to leave the holder for my Lee ND grad filters in the back of his car. I didn’t get a chance to get it back before I left for the roadtrip, so being the lazy person I am, I decided I’d just hand hold the filter if I needed to use it.

pffft…

Both of these images are straight from the camera, since I shoot med jpg and raw.

This is what happens when I get too lazy….handling camera bag, tripod, camera AND filter, on a rickety pier…..I decided it was just too hard….
So here’s the image without the filter….and most of the other shots I took that evening were as useless as this….also because I’d upped the exposure to +0.67! Sheeesh….check your screen Mel!!!

Since I managed to settle into one position for a

Handling stress

I finally (after 8 weeks) have my IBM computer back, and now I have to get used to it all over again, as well as swap all my images and work over from the macbook…..going to take awhile….and THEN, I have to do the taxes….so here’s a little bit of wisdom that came my way today……

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience,
raised a glass of water and asked,
“How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.

The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn’t matter.
It depends on how long you try to hold it.

If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem.

If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance.

In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it

Leaving on a jet plane

Actually, more like chugging along in a pie van….

Hubby and I are off on an adventure, first thing tomorrow….he wants to run in his new Van, so we’ll be driving lots, and hopefully stopping lots too…

be back in a week….thereabouts!

More self indulgent behaviour.....

Just been notified that I managed an Honorable Mention in the 2009 Photography and Digital Imaging Competition, held by DoubleExposure.com

Wow, have a look at those winning entries, and the showcase as well as the other honorable mentions! How chuffed am I to have snuck in????

This is my entry The Humanitarian. Thanks to my best buddy Paul Vanzella for being my model, and thanks also to my good friend Dick Colby for letting me know!

Dick was instrumental in my joining DE, because he suggested to the editor that I’d make an interesting(?) subject for their interviews. Here’s the interview in full

I’d have to consider myself to be one of the luckiest people alive to be able to count such fabulous people as my friends and mentors…..thanks guys!

Self indulging....

Today was a beautiful, bright, sunny, windy day….so, being the mum that I am, I decided to wash the sheets.

Tonight we’ll sleep on sunkissed, fresh, white, 100% cotton sheets….

Oh joy….

(It’s the little things)

Size isn't everything

Especially when you’re trying to understand focal lengths with your digital camera!

Here are some interesting details on how your camera might be tricking you into thinking you’re getting the length you’re being told.

Entitled Angles of View………thanks to B&H!

Enjoy, Stuart!!! (there are lots of numbers and things….)

A polariser experience

I was out and about the other day, and spotted something from the top of the Gateway Bridge that I wanted to photograph, so I looked for a spot to take the photo I wanted. Needless to say, I couldn’t find a way to frame it, but discovered that the bridge looked pretty interesting against the sky. The new bridge is being built on the other side of the one you can see here….20 years later……

The whole point of this ramble is the differences noticeable in my images shot with the polariser I had on my lens. I bought a Singh Ray warming polariser last year, but haven’t used it much because I don’t like being out in the middle of the day. Too hot, and tooooo sunny here in Qld. I used the polariser for this first image, but not turned to its correct position.

When I checked the image on the back

End Game

That’s the title of the student’s exhibition at Brisbane Institute of Art.

Friday night 26th June, 6.30 opening! Come along and see the entire BIA building chock-a-block with photos, prints, paintings, sculpture, sketches, jewellery, ceramics, all sorts of amazing art!

Open from 26th June to 1st July, opening night costs $5 (wine and nibblies), every other day is free.

Brisbane Institute of Art
41 Grafton Street
Windsor

Ph 3857 5377

And don’t forget, this is art, so there may be some nudes…..

Today's contribution, brought to you by ColorRight

I have to give my thumbs up to this product that I am beginning to rely on totally…..…

I’m a lazy photographer, and have tended to forget about getting everything right in the camera, all the time, however, I think I’m improving.

One thing that has eluded me is the correct white balance, even choosing the “right” one doesn’t always give me a decent result, and I can spend way too much time trying to correct it in Adobe Camera Raw.

ColorRight came to me as a prize from photographycorner.com, and now that I’m using it for every shoot, I can’t imagine how I got by without it! It’s a simple matter of taking a reference shot with the product against the front of the lens, it reads the light, you set your white balance according to that image, and hey presto, you have correctly balanced images,

Lensbaby and teaching

I had to share my good news. I won another lensbaby on Shutterbugs last month, and asked for a Nikon mount so that I could show my Nikon owning students how to play with the lens. My Canon owning students have always been able to have a go with mine, up till now.…

The lovely lady at lensbaby.com wanted to know why I wanted another lens, after having bought 4 already. When I explained that I wanted to allow more of my students a chance to use one, she asked for more details…..and the upshot of that little conversation is…..

They sent me a new lensbaby composer!!!!!!!! And threw in the optic kit!!!! So now I can demonstrate the new lensbaby as well as the older ones….and as an added bonus, they’re going to advertise my classes and workshops on their website….

Don’t tell me all obsessions ar

The Party to end all parties

Had a lovely weekend in Adelaide with Shazza and managed to meet quite a few bubblers while I was there. There were two people who constantly bugged me to join Redbubble, and Sharon was one of them, so, any complaints, please see her :)…

So, here are a few happy snaps that she and I took with my lensbaby original. Only the best of the best shots have made it here, soz if anyone missed out.

  1. The lady herself – Sharon Hammond, the loveliest, happiest, most funnest person on the earth (after 9am, says Pete) heh. Happy birthday Shazza!
  1. Shaz and Djcynta, daughter extraordinaire
  1. Lizzi – no visit to Adelaide is complete without a new picture of Lizzi
  1. Scarlet – trying to give us all that look that says “Please take this $#$^&**!!# bucket off my head.” She’s had a knee reconstruction…
  1. A beaut bunch of f

Hello from Adelaide!

Shazza has been playing with the lensbaby…..what a quick study she is :)

This is me, trying to look serious……

Happy birthday darling!!! Thanks for inviting me :)

Identify that font.....

This was just passed on to me by my good mate Nick…..don’t know if anyone is interested or not. It seems you can upload the image with unidentified font, and the program will give you a name….sounds like magic to me!!

So….here it is

Any complaints about it, feel free to contact Nick and tell him…..

This page has not been tested by me and does not in any way, shape, or form have a guarantee that it will work for you….

THE CITY - My impressions - $21.95 - available now!

For sale from the Redbubble store

The book arrived wrapped in plastic, and with a close fitting sleeve, so you know it’ll be able to be kept dust-free (an important consideration if you’re a slob like me.)

Black satin-finish cover with the title in gloss, beautifully presented, as we’ve grown to expect from the experts at Vanzella Design.

Quality is (to my inexperienced eyes) exceptional, the thick pages feel smooth and the prints look wonderful!

There are some stories in amongst the images, my favourite would have to be kandelaarsstraat by bellmusker. Bell’s writing always gives me pause.

Only a couple of paintings are included, but are both exceptional!

Snowy Day by J Anderson (which appears to have been cropped slightly, unfortunately,) and

The Future by Rebecca Roberts.

The rest of

Wanted

As some of you may know, I’m now doing a bit of teaching at the Brisbane Institute of Art. I have an intermediate class for digital photography, and we’re looking for a model who will give us an hour or two on a Wednesday morning…..possibly sometime in May/June.…

The model we’re looking for needs to be animated, expressive, and have a good sense of humour. I have 4 students who would LOVE to shoot some portraits, poses…anything, really. No need to be nude, and no need to even be female…..just able to follow direction, and able to stand still for long enough for 5 shutters to go….

It’ll be at my studio in Sumner Park, and I’ve got costumes and props, but if you have your own, please let me know what you’d like to bring.

Contact me at melbrackstone at gmail dot com with a photo or two of

Mark German's fantastic photographic techniques

Mark has offered some outstanding and informative journals on photographic techniques and data care.

These offer an insight into the kinds of things that you can learn by doing, over and over and over…..so having Mark put them all here for you to take in is an absolute boon!

I can’t emphasise enough the need to get OUT there to practice, the ones listed here, and every other technique you’ve picked up over time. You will never take good photos if you don’t pick up that camera and use it, and use it regularly.

So anyway, enough of the rant…..here are some of Mark’s words of wisdom:

Candid Street Photography

Casual Portraits

Exposure for beginners/intermediate photographers

And one that just needs to be said

Your Data, Computers, and not so common sense

Infrared tips and important information

I’ve been a fan of digital infrared images from the first time I saw them, and worked with filters on the front of my cam for a year or so, before finally succumbing to a fully converted camera. Had the camera converted here in Oz, however the company doesn’t appear to be operating anymore.

There’s an Infrared group for those that might be interested.

Anwar Salim has written some amazing journals on infrared with digital cameras:

Journal 1

Journal 2

Journal 3

Journal 4

Journal 5

Naomi Frost has produced a great tutorial on how to get beautiful colour from your infrared camera:

How to do INFRARED

Making smoke photos....

I’ve been banned from using incense in the house, from my last foray into trying smoke photos….lol!! However, if you’d like to give it a go, Lance has produced a tutorial telling how he does it.

Go forth and stink up your garages and studios, peeps!

Neutral Density Filters

Here’s a 2 minute video on ND Grads

I can’t talk about these filters in any sort of technical way, but I can explain what I bought, and how good they are at allowing you to shoot dawn and sunset without losing all your sky detail.

I started off with a set of Cokin P filters. The filters sit in a plastic holder, that attaches to the front of your lens by way of an adaptor ring. The ring needs to fit the front element of your main landscape lens. When I used the Canon 20D the Cokin P was fine, with no vignetting, but once I bought the full frame Canon 5D, my lens had to be closed down to 24mm wide. This was unacceptable to me, since I like wide landscapes.

Looking into various other filters meant spending quite a bit more money, however, all the reviews showed Lee filters to be ideal. Ther

Tips and Advice

I’m really pleased that so many of you have been able to use the info I posted in my previous journal.

I’ve also added it to the All Seascapes Group forum where we are hoping to get more info from the photographers who have something to share. Thanks for the suggestion, johno

Would be wonderful, if you’re a member, to add your own insight, suggestions, or links to that list. If you’ve been able to produce a better shot because of this help, post that too, and give us all some feedback on whether you’re doing better.

If you’re not a member, why not join and have your say.

My co-host John Conway will happily help with any questions regarding the forum.

Some hints on shooting at the beach

I typed all this out for Ben, who asked for some help, since he doesn’t live near any beach, and didn’t want to waste his time when he finally made the long trek.…

Thought others might appreciate the info.

I use my Canon 5D with Lee ND grads, mostly the darkest ones, for sunrise. I dont like to shoot the ocean much after an hour or so after sunrise, and not been all that successful when I have tried, unless it’s a cloudy day.

You’ll need a tripod and cable release. The tripod just needs to be stable, and the cable release working. Then I set my camera on AV and start shooting with aperture at around f/8 or so while it’s dark, and closing it down as the light gets stronger, with ISO mostly 50….. There’s no formula I use, other than using AEB, to see if I can snag one that gets the sky right

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