It’s been a long time since I last posted. I’ve been focusing a lot on college and work for the past few months that I didn’t have time to relax! Well I got the chance this week to really get back into my photography so I took a trip down to Stratford – Upon – Avon. I managed to get loads of great pictures at the butterfly farm which is a mere 10 minute walk from the shakespeare theatre. Before that though we needed to get something to eat. So we decided to give this place called No.37 Café a try. This cafe is one of the best cafés I have been to, and the customer service is amazing! Definitely worth eating here if your passing by!
37 SHEEP STREET STRATFORD-UPON-AVON CV37 6EE
Have you ever watched Bear Grylls and seen the kind of stuff he does? Im not even going to talk about the food he eats let alone what he drinks when he cant find water. Anyway I thought I could at least try one of the things he does on his show, and that was trying to light a fire with a flint and steel. So I purchased a magnesium flint and steel striker from Ebay and as soon as it came through the mail I went straight to the garden to give it a go. 1 minute later I had a fire going….. Ha! 1 hour later more like. Its so hard for the sparks to catch onto the tinder (dry grass). In the end I grabbed a tissue and wow how quick it took then! I bet the boy scouts and people who go to summer camp are probably laughing right now. But the time was worth it. It kind of feels like I gained half of a achievement I guess.
This shot was taken shortly after I managed to cheat my way into lighting a fire. I then opened the shot up in Adobe Photoshop, added a black and white adjustment and masked out all colour but the flame itself.
I dont think this spider was expecting the paparazzi to be taking pictures of him. This little fella was found by my little sister aged 8 who started screaming at the site of the spider and ordered me to “Kill him”. I thought thats pretty cruel as the spider was in its own environment and was doing no harm. I ran inside and grabbed my camera and then disembarked on a quest to find the now scared spider who had decided he didn’t want to stick around any longer. In the end I found him and got some great shots before returning him back to his web safely and not as my sister ordered: “kill him”
May was a great month for me with my photography. I managed to get tons of great macro shots but I just haven’t had the time to edit and upload them yet but I’ll get onto it.
“Life isn’t always amazing; there will be times of trial and times of struggle along the way but don’t give up, be strong, believe in yourself and show life that you are going to make it no matter what it throws at you”. ~ Unknown
– Salim Willshire
While on holiday at devon I was given some old photography gear by a great man called Alan so thanks a lot for that Alan, I really appreciate it. Although the lens’s were for a Contax SLR, I purchased a Contax to Nikon mount off eBay. These lenses work great for macro work with extension tubes like the shot above. I had to use a rolled a piece of paper attached to the top of the lens to bounce the flash light onto the tiny fly. I don’t actually own a flashgun yet but plan to buy one soon. I just use my popup flash which I have learned, has it’s limits. If anyone else has any other methods on how they light their subjects in macro work, please comment as I love learning new tips and tricks that will help me progress my knowledge of photography. Thanks
This is my first car trails shot taken with the Nikon D3200 and the 18 – 55mm kit lens.