Wednesday, 26 December 2012

A Christmas Fireplace

A Christmas Fireplace
A Christmas Fireplace
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

Each year, Cindie decorates our fireplace at Christmas time - and each year, I have been photographing the result. Because of the size and shape of the room and the lenses that I have, there is really only one angle from which I can take the photographs if I am to include the whole fireplace. Even then, the photographs have to be cropped to remove extraneous detail. The photograph above is from 2012.

A Christmas Fireplace  
 Above is the fireplace as it was in 2011.
A Christmas Fireplace

This is the fireplace as it was in 2010.  Above it is displayed one of my photographs - it is now in the hallway.
A Christmas Fireplace

And here is the fireplace decorated in 2009.
A Christmas Fireplace

Finally, the first photograph in this series shows the fireplace as it was in 2008.  This is my second most viewed photograph on Flickr with over 1,500 views at the time of writing.

    

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Vertical Panning

 
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

I have been experimenting with panning during a long exposure. I visited the Watermead Country Park looking for a suitable group of trees. I set the camera on a tripod and used shutter priority. The shutter speed was 1/8th second. During the exposure I gently moved the camera vertically. It was a dull overcast day and of course the trees were not in leaf. As a result, there was not much colour in the images. I decided to convert them to black and white in Corel After Shot Pro.  I have edited two of the images so far.  Here is the other:


Tree Panning

I intend to try this again in a few months time when the trees are in leaf.  The results will be quite different.  Meanwhile here is another example of vertical panning with a long exposure.  This one was taken last December during a Photowalk organised by Leicester Peoples Photographic Gallery.  It shows the Christmas illuminations on Gallowtree Gate.

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