While out early one morning touring around bored looking for something to create images from, I came across this scene.
The road was soaking as it had been raining hard all night. the sky looked incredible, lit up by the pre dawn light (This was 4-30am) the stormy skies were perfect.
The reds and yellows with the black cloud ready to engulf the sun as it rose up over the horizon.
The mist over the valley to the right of the image lit up an orange red all showing the poor weather was still in control.
My camera was placed on the tripod, I set the white balance and exposure took a couple of tests shots.
The camera timer was set and I ran up the road, why the stance is as it is I don’t know, but I liked it.
I managed a few more shots and the sky turned drab,dull and the rain poured down again, good old British weather.
Taken with a Nikon D3X.
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|1.||a prophetic disclosure or revelation|
|2.||an event of great importance, violence, etc, like the events described in the Apocalypse|
When anyone searches the Internet for such terms as Apocalypse, Revelations, or Book of Revelation, what they probably are thinking about is a more scriptural or biblical result than any scientific forecasts.
The word Apocalypse actually means, lifting of the veil or revelation.
Many use the term Apocalypse in the context of the end of the world.
This common usage could be a result of the historical use of the title Apocalypse of John for the last book of the New Testament, the Book of Revelation, which does depict the destruction of the last human governments on earth.
Seems appropriate at the moment with all the weather related disasters and the monetary system seemingly collapsing around failing governments ears.
An extract from “The Apocalypse Of Saint John (Revelation)”
“ He that hurteth, let him hurt still: and he that is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is just, let him be justified still: and he that is holy, let him be sanctified still.
 Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to render to every man according to his works.
 I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
 Blessed are they that wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb: that they may have a right to the tree of life, and may enter in by the gates into the city.
 Without are dogs, and sorcerers, and unchaste, and murderers, and servers of idols, and every one that loveth and maketh a lie.”
So this image is my take on it, shame I couldn’t get the three horsemen to co-operate…
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I really wasn’t going to weaken and buy a new camera, but I am a sucker for new tech. The D800E is a 36 megapixel camera with a modified Bayer filter so I thought this just had to be good.
Well for me yes and no, I am very used to the D3 series of Nikon cameras and the balance and weight of them feels right in my hands while shooting.
The D800 is a lot smaller and lighter and without the seriously overpriced battery grip it just doesn’t feel right.
I miss the portrait mode shutter button and having the controls where I need them so I will have to get a grip. (Pun Intended)
Also the multi selector on the back of the D800 seems to stick out further and when I am shooting the focus point
dances around the viewfinder as my face brushes against it. Some of the controls have been shifted and focus mode button has been changed.
But I am sure I can get used to these things in time.
The files created by the D800E are really good though so the change could well be worth it.
Fortunately I have had no problems with the focusing system as has been reported on many of the forums and no buttons have as yet fallen off.
The new autofocus system seems very snappy and also the auto white balance seems improved over the D3 series.
Something else I need to get used to is the sound from the shutter it doesn’t have the solid thunk I expected to hear after years of using
I haven’t really shot the camera in earnest yet so won’t try to go into an in depth review until I have.
but suffice to say this is going to be an interesting transition.
This photograph of a hoody was totally unplanned I went to York early one morning, for no other reason than I couldn’t sleep.
It was a typical wet night here in the UK and the rain had been falling enough to flood the river again.
The street looked wet and the street lights cast shadows, making the street look a bit menacing.
I took a few photographs of the street itself and thought to myself something is missing.
So I put the camera on my tripod set the shutter and aperture as I wanted it.
I fitted the remote shutter release and walked up the street.
I fired off a few shots as I walked around to different positions.
For some reason I liked this one the best.
As usual the Police passed by at the wrong time and took too much interest in what I was doing, so it was time to move on and find another
location for some useable images.
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I love drama in an image,drama created with light and dark. the sun provides such drama at sunrise. (not so much this summer in the UK, rain prevails ad-nauseum )
The model provides the peaceful serenity of being alone on the beach watching the sunrise over the sea.
This image was taken around 4-30 am. I was hoping for a less clear sky as the sun rose, but as everything else, nothing happens on demand.
As usual it was a rush to get on the beach, after setting off early (too early) we arrived to find the sunrise happening happening already.
The pre dawn light had disappeared and was already giving way to the full blown sun. Most of the red sky was turning blue
and just leaving a strip of red orange glow on the horizon. I managed to get a few frames and poses before it
all turned blue. I hate a solid blue sky, no atmosphere at all.
I had planned to light up the subject with off camera flash, but the wind was blowing and gusting unexpectedly, and with time against us
that didn’t happen.
I used the sun to light the red Parasol and the red cloth panel which obviously left the model in
Still I like the way the image turned out. It was then back to car for sandwiches and a coffee from the flask, not the best but great after being on a cold windy beach.
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Wireless TTL Flash Trigger – for Canon -Nikon Coming Soon
This info is from Hahnel.ie website
Whether you prefer to be outside capturing the wildlife or inside the studio shooting mood photography such as portraits, the Tuff TTL wireless flash trigger will prove to be a very useful piece of kit for both professional and amateur photographers alike
The Tuff TTL is exceptionally well-made. Designed with durability in mind, the product has been constructed using resilient tough rubber giving the photographer peace of mind against any accidental impact.
Special attention has been given to the strength of the housing and in particular an additional reinforcement collar on the neck of the transmitter which gives additional durability.
The transmitter and receiver are covered by a silicone rubber case to protect against wear and tear and to absorb some of the energy created on impact, thereby preventing damage to the product.
The price seems good at around £99.99 a set.
A strong ISM 2.4GHz wireless transmission control ensures reliable & dependable triggering of the ﬂash with a range of more than 200m.
Digital Channel Matching provides reliable TTL connections & eliminates the risk of interference from other wireless products within range.
Full TTL with most TTL ﬂash guns
Powered by the most convenient power source – 2 x AA batteries
Easy to use controls – Plug & Play!
Large “Test” button, to test the ﬂash on the transmitter & receiver
The transmitter is ﬁtted with one simple Menu button “M” to switch between Normal, High Speed Sync & Second Curtain Sync
ON/OFF slide switch
Additional Mini USB allows optional external power
Removable heavy duty protective cover on both transmitter & receiver
• Single TTL Flash trigger for Canon camera/ﬂash gun & compatible models
• ISM 2.4GHz digital transmission (more than 200M)
• Full Flash Exposure compensation
• Digital Channel Matching
• Single control button“M”
• Mini USB socket – For software upgrade or additional external power
• Powered by 2 x AA batteries (each on transmitter & receiver) for approx 120Hr
Currently available for CANON DSLR’s
Nikon version to follow shortly!
Info From Hahnel Website.
Its amazing sometimes the little gems you can come across while driving to a meeting or visiting people,
I always keep a camera with me for just these occasions.
I find this image appealing not only because of the pre sunrise sky, but also
the quaint little church itself. I was driving down a country lane early one morning
and saw this scene of to side of me. I was in unfamiliar countryside so had never seen this small Church before.
I stopped the car and took a photograph or two. I didn’t
want to stay there too long as the road was only one car wide with passing places, and I was of course
blocking said road. The monkey puzzle tree to the right seemed to help make the image also.
I drove on and and followed the road round to the small village the church served and got some nice images from closer up
but by far my favourite image of this little church and bell tower was this one.
This image is part of my Portfolio
Stormy Morning is an image that was created on the fly without planning one morning.
We had headed out to the coast looking for locations to shoot some mysterious looking images
with the Red Cloak as the main focus.
It was unfortunately raining quite hard and the sun was hidden by ominous dark clouds.
The image I was wanting to create was one at Sunrise with the typical red sky and sun rising out of the sea.
It was decided to have a look around and see if there was a cafe open to get a cup of coffee and maybe a bit of Breakfast.
A sign for a cafe pointed down a small road that turned to a track on approaching the cafe building.
Unfortunately the cafe was closed but the rain had eased and a break in the clouds allowed some sunlight to show through.
I quickly set up a single light on my Elinchrom Quadra Ranger, took a light meter reading from the ambient light,set my flash to light up the subject
as I wanted the red to be stark against the darkness.
I got my poor suffering subject into position and managed to fire off about 3-4 shots before the rain returned and
the black clouds closed back together.
The cafe didn’t open and the rest of the day was a washout, ah well can’t have it all…
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After much consideration I am selling my Nikon D3 and probably my Nikon D3X, depending on how well my Nikon D800 performs.
I decided to buy a Nikon D800 E and will be posting a review of this camera after some serious testing.
Probably a bit late after all the reviews out there but most of them seem a little biased to me.
My Nikon D3 is up on Ebay and is a UK auction only.
There are no real visible signs of wear and the screens have been covered with GGS glass covers since new
I am selling my used Nikon D3 Body. The shutter count (Actuations) is very low just 14,227
Blood On The Cross
Blood on the cross is an image mainly born from rainy days here in the UK. I usually like to get out
to do most of my Photography, but unfortunately I hate getting wet.!!
The monks outfit is a costume I purchased a long time ago for exactly this kind of image, but I never got round to using it.
The rain was pouring down, I was up early so I decided to make some images indoors.
Although I do sometimes photograph still life images, it is not my favourite genre.
So I dug out the Monks outfit and set to work creating an image.
The background is a canvas multi coloured hand painted thing I bought about 12 years ago from a seller at Focus on Imaging .
The background is lit with a red gelled Nikon SB910.
The overall lighting was supplied by an Elinchrom Ranger Quadra gelled with a 1/4 CTO.
A second Quadra head with a snoot attached was used to light up the hands,cross and blood.
The blood was made in kitchen with some food colouring,treacle and corn starch.
A dark vignette was added in post to create more drama and place the emphasis on the subject and this
is the completed image.
Blood on the Cross
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