Apocalypse

Apocalypse (Stock Image)
Apocalypse (Stock Image)

Apocalypse

apocalypse  (əˈpɒkəlɪps)
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)”

[11] 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.

 [12] Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to render to every man according to his works.

 [13] I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.

 [14] 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.

 [15] 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…

This image can be licensed through

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Key And Candle

Key and Candle
Key and Candle stock image

Key And Candle

This image was taken as part of a series of still life images for my stock portfolio. i was not really well versed in still life imaging at the time.

This image although it looks simple was quite difficult to produce with my limited knowledge of still life setups.

My first problem was how to get the background light to stop lighting the candle too much as I wanted the lighter parts at the bottom and the top.

The overall lighting was provided by an Elinchrom Quadra head, the two other lights used were Nikon speed lights.

One being a SB600 and the other a SB900 (both of which were destroyed on a windy location shoot).

The background is a painted canvas roll up which I use a lot now for a creating sombre mood in the image.

One speed light was gelled red and snooted for the effect behind the candle, the other was gelled with a 1/4 CTO for the  warm look at candle base.

I left the key in shadow to add a bit of mystery to the image.

The Key and Candle holder were both bought for a few pence at a car boot sale local to me.

All in all I am quite happy with the way it turned out.

Infra Red Image

Infra-Red image
Image taken In Infra Red

An Infra Red image

uses a spectrum of light invisible to the human eye .

Light with wavelengths from approximately 700 and 900nm (nanometers) is called infrared light.

Infra red photography can be very re-warding and sometimes very frustrating. I started taking infra red images with film cameras and an infra red filter,

this made the exposure times very long as an infra red filter is almost opaque. Focus and composition had to be done previous to either screwing the filter onto the lens or

sliding it into a holder fixed to the lens.

Now with the advent of the Digital camera IR conversions are the best way to go. When I was ready to move on from my Nikon D200

I had it converted here in about 2006.  At the time my conversion was done there were few places to be able to get the job done.

Life pixel were very quick and professional in the conversion they did for me even though it was around the Christmas period.

I had a colour IR filter placed in front of the sensor of my D200 and have enjoyed handheld IR photography ever since.

To get to the scene above  some editing has to be done such as white balancing and channel swapping.

An IR image from initially starts it’s life as all red (surprise surprise) and white balancing can be quite tricky.

On a lot of cameras the white balance can be set in camera by taking a shot of green grass in daylight and using that image for the white balance.

Unfortunately the Nikon D200 can not get a decent white balance in this way, but playing around can get you pretty close.

More information about IR white balance and Processing can be found here

I created an IR profile for my camera and Adobe Labs DNG Convertor and Profiler which makes life easier when it comes to editing.

Nikon Capture NX2 is also usefull if using converted Nikon cameras or indeed and IR filter on a Nikon camera.

A snippet of what can be done is

demonstrated on this page

All I can say is if you fancy having an old camera converted and start enjoying IR photography is, go for it. It’s fun

Nissin Di 866 Mk2 Flash

Nissin Di866 Mk2
Nissin Di866 Mk2

Nissin Di 866 Mk2 Flash

The Nissin Di866 flash for Nikon is the most powerful in the Nissin Range of  flash units with models compatible with Nikon Digital Cameras.

In the professional flash unit choice between the expensive Nikon SB-900 and Nissin Di866, The Nissin is a second choice; it is as powerful as Nikon Version, and also cheaper.

Cheaper is always good, but does this flash live up to it’s supposed specification. Well in my opinion no it doesn’t. I bought

mine from Harrison Cameras and they were superb with their customer service. My first Nissin arrived

faulty making a noise when switched on akin to a chip fryer happily cooking away, I phoned them and they arranged at their own cost to send a new one

and collect the faulty one next day, even though it was a Saturday delivery.

Well the second one arrived and it was much better although the noise from the flash was still there albeit much diminished in volume. After checking around the internet I found

that the hissing noise is a “feature ” of these flashguns, i.e. they all suffer from it in one degree or the other not good methinks.

Anyway the second flash

served well for a couple of months and just died whilst out on a shoot. Again I phoned Harrison Cameras and spoke to a lovely lady who’s name

unfortunately escapes me at the moment, but anyway she asked if I would prefer to upgrade to Nikon Flash instead.

I should really have paid the extra and taken the offer instead I opted to try another, which was sent out next day delivery and the old unit collected at the same time.

Again this was under warranty.

The Nissin Di 866 Mk2 constantly underexposes in iTTL and is not really that consistent in its output in manual mode either.

All in all I find the Nissin to be a poor replacement for a good flash unit and I should have stuck with the  Nikon flashes.

The firmware is supposedly upgradeable via USB but it seems to be a dealer upgrade only (correct me if I am wrong here.)

All in all the flash is useable but it takes some getting used to its fluctuating power output, so no recommendations for the flash from me.

I have read and heard that the Metz 58 is a far better product but it is a bit more costly. Oh the noise can be annoying also but used off camera it can’t be heard.

The firmware must be completely different from Nikons units also as it is not compatible with the Pocket Wizard Flex5 units although some control

can be had using the unit in iTTL on a Flex5 and an AC3 controller.

Saving up now for a Nikon SB910 and use the Nissin Di866 as a fill flash when using small flashes on a shoot.

Specifications

  • Usable camera : CANON digital camera, NIKON digital camera
  • Guide Number (ISO100) : 60m, 198ft. (105mm), 40m, 132ft. (35mm)
  • Focal length Coverage : 24~105mm (18mm with wide angle diffuser)
  • Power Source : 4 x AA battery
  • Recycle Time : 0.1-5.5 sec. (Alkaline, NiMH)
  • Number of Flashes : 150-1500 times
  • Flash Duration : Manual mode 1/300 (Full Power) , TTL mode 1/300-1/30000 sec.
  • Energy Saving : Auto power off  Off, 10, 15, 30, 45, 60 mins
    Stand-by mode  30 sec.
    Display off  Display screen switch off
  • Color Temperature : 5600K
  • Flash Power Control System : Full Auto  E-TTL, E-TTL II (for Canon), i-TTL (for Nikon), Ev compensation adjustment on camera
    TTL  E-TTL, E-TTL II (for Canon), i-TTL (for Nikon), [Advanced] Ev compensation, Manual zoom, Sub-flash allowed
    Auto Aperture Flash  F1.4-F16 (ISO100), 1/3 Ev steps, [Advanced] Manual zoom, Sub-flash allowed
    Manual Power  Full-1/128, 1/3Ev steps, [Advanced] Manual zoom, Sub-flash allowed
    Multi-flash  Frequency-90Hz, 1-90 times, Power 1/8-1/128
  • Wireless Remote flash Slave:
    Slave  Digital Slave / Film & Studio Slave, [Advanced] Sub-Flash Allowed
    Wireless TTL  Master / Remote, 4 Channels,  3 Groups (A, B, C), Modes: Off/ TTL/ Manual, TTL Flash Ratio Adjustable
  • Ev Compensation on flash : -0.3 – +3.0, 1/3Ev steps
  • My TTL setting :  -0.3 – +3.0, 1/3Ev steps
  • Bounce Function : Upward 90 degree, Left 90 degree, Right 180 degree
  • Sub-flash: Manual Full – 1/8, 1Ev steps
  • FE/FV Lock : [FEL] OR [*] Button for Canon, [AE-L] OR [AF-L] for Nikon
  • Rear curtain sync. : Yes
  • High speed sync. : Yes
  • Red eye reduction mode for Nikon: Yes
  • Slow sync. mode for Nikon: Yes
  • Red eye reduction mode + Slow sync. mode for Nikon : Yes
  • AF assist light distance : 0.7-10m
  • Operation Control mode : Color Display (Auto Rotation)
  • Firmware Upadate Terminal : USB
  • X terminal : Yes
  • External power pack socket : Nissin Power Pack PS-300, Canon original pack, Nikon original pack (except Nikon SD-9)
  • Accessories : Soft Pouch, Flash Stand with Tripod screw
  • Dimension : 74(W) x 139(H) x 113(D) mm / 2.91(W) x 5.47(H) x 4.45(D) inches
  • Weight : 380gr. w/o battery