Thursday, May 26, 2011

The day the rain came!

It has been VERY dry here for most of April and May. Today has been a series of thunder showers, which have delivered much needed rain for the garden.


The image is taken out from the upstairs of our house and tweaked with a bit of HDR processing.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Evening light

I am trying to do a bit of photography each day to get my eye back 'in'. Tonight I did some images of plants in the garden.







Monday, May 23, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Wind

The willow tree at the bottom of the garden was blowing around in the strong wind we had today.

The camera is my Infra Red converted Nikon D70.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Metal Working

I have tried producing multi image panoramas in the past, the results have been ok when I have produced images without foreground interest. The problem has been that the point of rotation of the camera had been around the tripod and not the exit pupil point.It is possible to buy kit that overcomes this problem, but this costs money and that is in short supply at the moment. 


Last night I went through my 'Bitsa' box and found a few bits that could be adapted to produce a solution.


Tonight I spent about an hour with a drill and some files.




A Metz flash holder bar was the main component. This needed drilling out to enable a Manfrotto tripod screw to be fitted to attach the camera. Next I needed to reduce the length and diameter of a another Manfrotto tripod screw to enable a Hex plate to be fitted. If I had a lathe this would have been easy, but as I don't, a little work with a drill and a file gave a good result.




When the diameter was reduced enough it fitted well. 



A little experiment with positioning will give good results. but a first test looks good.


The stitching was very fast in Photoshop and had no noticeable errors, so possibly I have got very close to the optimum position.

The panorama also shows why I have done little photography over the past few weeks. Gardening has been the main focus for me it may still look unfinished but it is much further on than four weeks ago.




Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Catching up

Although the weather has been great over the past few weeks I done little in the way of new images. My time has been spent doing major work in the garden. This is new coming to a finish. So here a couple of images shot over the past few days.