Photos of Phones and Phonographs (occasionally)
Stu’s Tuesday Challenge was a bit tough this week, and I think this is as close as I’m going to get, and to be honest, I think I’ve done pretty well!
It’s missing a few elements (The chair, the steps, the picture in the frame and the water), but I’m too knackered to do all the furniture moving that a reshoot would require (let alone the post work!), and won’t have another chance before Monday.
I’ve really enjoyed planning this one, and now that I’ve built the easel, I might return to it when I’ve got a bit more time and energy…
…and once the cat has stopped sulking.
I shot this as a backup “food photo” for this weeks Tuesday Challenge. Unfortunately I was a little sloppy with the presentation, and my cloning skills aren’t *quite* up to cleaning that plate up – So I’m sticking with the muffin.
Double Chocolate Muffins
4 oz Butter
6 oz Golden sugar
2 Eggs, beaten
8 oz Plain Flour
6 floz Milk
4 tsp Baking Powder
2 tbsp Cocoa powder
1 big block of dark chocolate
1 big block of milk chocolate
Preheat oven to 250C/500F/Gas 9
Cream sugar and butter together
Beat in the eggs
Combine with the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder
Add the milk a little at a time, beating until smooth
Break chocolate into small pieces, and stir into the batter
Divide mixture amongst 12 muffin tins, and bake for 12 minutes
Extreme white balance miscalculation!
I went back to the raw file, in an attempt to correct away from the jpg, but it looked even less natural. I think I need to go back down there with a grey card and do the job properly. (or gell all the lights!)
Severn Bridge Sheep
Today, J and I went out to the Severn Bridge(s) with the intention of walking across one of them, stopping half way to take a photo of the river for the Tuesday Challenge.
Unfortunately, the visitor centre was closed (seems they’re moving it to another country) and without being able to go via the visitor centre, we couldn’t see an easy way to get from the river side path up onto the bridge. So we went for a bit of a wander instead, and found this sheep.
I think it was lost. It was on the English side of the bridge.
My Biggest Fan is a Travelator
Looking down from the top floor of the Sainsburys carpark in Clifton Down, Bristol, you can see these aircon units.
Within the shopping center, there’s a set of staircases with landings that overlook these travelators. I’ve done a bit of perspective correction to straighten things out (I wasn’t directly above them!)
Both of these are more than the required 30′ above the subject, but I’m hoping to shoot something else this weekend.
Another roll of film
Two more photos from another roll of film I shot that weekend. A bit of detective work seems to suggest it was probably July 19th/20th 2008 that I shot these. Honestly, a year of shooting mostly digital made me really sloppy about archiving negs!
Some London Station
I can’t remember which London train station this is, any ideas? I *think* it was taken from the upstairs window of a Burger King (or possibly KFC) last time J and I went to London. It’s not quite 30 feet up though, and I didn’t take it this week (although I did scan it just now, but I don’t think that really counts)
I think this roll was shot on my Holga, but I can’t quite tell, it could have been my Duaflex. Either way, it’s pretty much the only usable shot from that film. I really should put a bit more time and effort into working out exposure on my crap cameras.
Edit: Apparently it’s Waterloo Station, thanks guys!
This is the most photogenic of my runner bean seedlings, I had hoped they’d be a bit further on in time for me to shoot them for the Tuesday challenge – but this turned out ok.
Lighting info: Two Vivitar 283 flashes, one on 3/4 power through a shoot through umbrella high camera left, and the other on 1/2 power through a grid providing the backlight. There’s a piece of black board casting a shadow on the backdrop to deepen the shadows.
I do have a shot straight on, but it’s not nearly as interesting.