Ice & Green (A Winter to Spring Photoshoot)

Hey guys how are you all? Today I’m back with another photoshoot… it snowed and hailed in the UK this week and because the snow is so scarce in the UK, there was still so much green in the grass and trees after the mini snow episodes. I loved the contrast in textures, colours and shapes captured in the gardens and walls around my residence.

I definitely think I pushed my DSLR to the max this time and the closeness of the composition made it painfully obvious that I was reaching the limitations of my basic Nikon D3100. But alas, the prices for full frame DSLR cameras are out of this world and I don’t see myself getting a new camera any time soon… The sigma 17-70mm macro lens did a great job capturing all the finite details of the webs but focusing was a challenge because I actually used an extra macro x10 filter to get in REAL CLOSE with my subjects. The few pictures of the squirrel were last minute decisions because it took quite a bit of creeping up to my fuzzy friend before I got the shots I wanted. My photos with the squirrel made me really want to try wildlife photography one day…

Here are my best and favourite pictures from the shoot. The shoot itself was unplanned but as I shot more and more, a coherent theme for the pictures emerged through the artistic composition. The pictures feature sharply defined subjects and splashes of colour over the UK’s grey  landscape. I shot each subject at least two or three times to get different angles and lines as well as different sources of lighting. I’ve only edited brightness and contrast for some pictures. Others are raw ones just watermarked for artistic copyright purposes. There’s an overall sense of transition in these photos; from winter to spring, wet to dry, light to dark, empty to full. I hope you enjoy.

– Cloudy

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Spring Light Outdoors Photo Shoot (Nikon D3100 & Nikon1 J2)

Hi guys, today I wanted to share with you a new and fun little photo shoot I did outdoors. Spring is quickly turning into summer but I wanted to bring out a lovely spring green foliage kind of aesthetic. For this shoot I chose anime figures with colours features that both complimented and offset the bright verdant shades of the outdoors. I brought two cameras with me this time – the Nikon D3100 with a Sigma 17-70mm lens and a Nikon 1 J2 with the 10-30mm lens.

Lately I’ve been trying to figure out if I want to invest in more lenses in the mirrorless series with the J’s and V’s of Nikon so I wanted to see how it compared to the usual DSLR I use. Naturally the DSLR proved to be a lot more versatile in all settings and technical respects however I found that the J2 was able to give me some really nice shots as well. I would highly recommend you take a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with you for light travel photography. For the shots from the J2, I found that I had to edit a bit of lighting in every photograph while the DSLR almost always gets the exact lighting and metering I want. I used a Manual mode for the J2 and continuously swapped aperture and shutter settings according to the lighting in each environment. For a mirrorless, the J2 handled the shooting reasonably well.

Shots from the Nikon D3100 (absolutely no editing done on photoshop; only text was added) There are a lot more shots with the D3100 because when I do any sort of photo shoots I move at a lightning fast pace and only a DSLR can keep up with the lighting conditions and the speed at which I shoot. I really enjoyed a lot of Lacus’ final shots because her pink hair really pops against the green background. As well, her character has one of the most natural poses and expressions which makes her a great model for lazy spring afternoon settings.

Shots from the Nikon 1 J2 (edits include contrast and curves on Photoshop CS4) The hardest photos to edit were the Miku Vocaloid ones because all the green in Miku’s hair and the green around her reflected and bled into the light giving some of the shots a greenish hue which was difficult to edit. However, the greenish hues in the lighting reflected beautifully with Saber’s green eyes creating a pleasing balance to the overall composition. Any sort of mirrorless camera will end up flattening a lot of the colours and shapes – I felt that really challenged me as a photographer to find and create depth by changing the positions of the subject along with the sun.

 

Canadian Winter 2013 Ice Photography

Hey guys, it’s been a really busy two weeks catching up on reviews and other otaku features. Today I felt like winding down with some classic landscape outdoors photography. For those of you who don’t live in Canada, this is just how cold it can get…

Taken with my trusty Nikon 3100, Sigma 17-70mm macro lens and a lot of strange photographer positions on the ice and in the snow. Even for Canada, it’s pretty rare that everything gets ice-ified outside so it was a good opportunity to take some interesting pictures.

– Cloudy

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2013 Canadian Tulips Festival

Hey guys, so recently, my dad and I took my mom to Ottawa for the Canadian Tulips Festival in honour of her birthday. It was a really great weekend and I got a lot of photography done because I don’t usually get to do a lot of free photography shoots  the school year what with work and extra-curricular activities. Here are some photos taken from my weekend excursion, I’m really pleased with how they turned out.

Tulip Festival

Hope you guys enjoy these pictures!

– Cloudy

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