Birthday Photo shoot

A few thing have happened in the last couple of weeks and I haven’t had the time to deal with them properly as I have been really busy.
No it wasn’t my Birthday and I didn’t miss it mines not to the end of July. I gave up smoking a whole year ago last week, which was a monumental achievement for me a heavy smoker since the age of 12 – 13. When I gave up I was smoking in region of 40 a day and didn’t really have the worries of a bad cough or anything like that. I had 8 years earlier promised myself I would quit when my daughter Erin was born but I put it of and of until a Sunday morning on the 19th June I had just came in from a all night shoot in London and was going to bed when I just said that’s it when I get up I will be a non smoker so I did with the help of quite a few packets of Polo’s you know the mints with the hole.
I went went out on the Monday and bought myself this 50mm 1.4 and so its this lens birthday this week so I gave it a photo shoot last night with a couple of flashes I quite like the shot hope you do too.

My favorite Lens

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Sorry been away for a bit and didn’t fancy posting. I was back home in Ireland for my Aunty Margaret  funeral.

Since being back not done much photography so just started to get back doing a bit. Took a trip to Richmond Park for the Deer rut. Every where you went there were herds of photographers. The night before though the rut was mentioned on BBC’ Autumn Watch.

Well I managed to get some nice shots with my cheapo lens had to get in a bit close during the rutting which had my moving backwards a few times as they got a little to close.

Well Hope you like my shots.

Richmond Park

Visited Richmond Park yesterday for the first time in my life, Had a couple of hours to spare in the afternoon so was close by. The London Flickr Meet up group has an outing planned here for October so I thought I check it out. It is a place I will visit quite regular from now on. I will love shooting early in the morning and late at night and perhaps do a 24 hr shoot here if I can.

Well here Just a few of the shots of the Deer that I got. The Park has both Red and Fallow Deer.

A bit early for the rutting season this was just a little play around between the two stags.

If you get a chance to visit the park do it is a massive 1000 hectares of open space the largest in London apparently. I would need a good moth here to get the best of it. for each season. I’m looking forward to getting acquainted with this space and the wildlife it contains

Slan

Martin

Playing around with frames.

Didn’t have Erin this weekend and had no photo walks planned, So I was just having a mess around in Photoshop. Mainly was trying to come up with a new logo/watermark, then started messing around with making frames. I personally have never really liked frames on say Flickr or other sites always thought they distracted from the photograph, But I messed around seeing if I could make some frames like in the on one package and found it was quite easy to replicate their frames just with playing around, but still didn’t like them until I made a classic frame or what I would call classic contemporary which just comprises of a 50 px black border and an off white mount board frame of 200 px both with a shadow of 3 px on all edges. I saved it as an action and I think it shows of my B+W images  quite nicely if I can I will throw up the action for people to use if they want  but here’s a couple of examples.

If anyone would want the action drop me a line on the blog  until I find out how to put it  up for people to download. Or if you can tell me how to put it up for download let me know how.

Slan

Martin