42 Evidence of Action

The objective here is to produce one photograph in which it can be seen that something has happened.

Equipment used Nikon DSLR, 105mm lens, tripod, flash and diffuser.

I worked through a number of possible options here, breaking/broken glass, toppling glass of wine, amongst others, some where more action than evidence (after the event) of action. I finally settled on the one below:


Split milk….

Though a simple shot… I took many shots before I was happy with the final image, in the end casting the tripod aside as I was finding it to constrictive. The image above is the last of about 40 shots and one of the last few taken with the camera off tripod.





41 A narrative picture essay

Tell a story in a set of pictures.

Originally for this exercise I took a number of images that to be frank where just too ‘static’ which never made it into the final cut for the exercise. The images I have used are ones I have tried to liven up with movement either by freezing or blurring the action in the image! I don’t have any DTP software so have had to lay them out using my limited knowledge of WordPress. The subject of my photographs is making pancakes..

Equipment used Fujifilm X-pro 1 and 18-55mm lens. Nikon DSLR with 105mm lens, Nikon Speedlight flash. Processing with Nikon NX2 and DXO.



The star ingredients


Place about 100g of flour into a bowl


Then add an egg into the flour


Whisk the flour and the egg together with a splash of milk.DSC_6388_DxO

Heat up a pan


And pour in the mixture and cook till golden 


Add some sugar


And some juice if you wish…


But most of all … Enjoy!

I deliberately went down the path of excluding people in the images, as I considered it would de-tract from the story. I have consciously kept the text brief below each image brief just enough to give context to the proceeding image and action, wanting it to be more about the pictures than the words. I feel there is more to explore here in my approach and intend to come back to this at a later stage.

33 Cloudy weather and rain

This exercise is in a number of parts; the first to take the same scene in sunlight and under cloud, of two or three different subjects; the second to take three photographs on a cloudy day that make good use of the shadowless cloudy day; the third to take two or more images in rain. These tasks were completed over a number of days, waiting for sun, cloud and or rain.

Equipment used Nikon DSLR, 35mm, 105mm, 28-300mm lenses and a rain coat..

Sun & Cloud

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In the two images above, you can see the contrast is considerably increased in the top (sun) image, with the light highlights and dark shadows, the colours also have more contrast. The sun shot was taken at 1/125 f5.6 and the cloudy shot was 1/60 f2.8 meaning the is three stops difference between the two shots.


In the images above the left (sun) shot has considerably more contrast than the image (cloud) on the right. You can see that the shadows are very soft on the cloudy image and the overall tonal range and colour are flatter.



This image would normally be covered in various shadows from all the trees around the area. However under a cloudy sky you can see the tractor, field and stream without harsh contrasts.


In sun light these flowers would have harsh highlights on their tops and dark loss of detail in the shadow. Normally you would expose for the highlight loosing the details below, under a cloudy sky the contrast is much more even and the detail easier to capture.


During a sunny day it would be very difficult to hold the detail at the top of the building whilst holding the detail in the narrow alley way.



Rainbow over the Melbourne CDB, which can only be created by rain and sun at the same time. A good example of being in the right place at the right time.


In a seemingly never ending shower, these raindrops were beading quite nicely on some reeds nearby. It was so dull that I had to use flash to make them stand out from the reed.

I found this exercise a little difficult due to the disjointed nature of having to use different conditions over many days.

31 Light though the day

As the title implies a dawn till dusk assignment taking the same scene throughout the course of a day. In my case this was from my office window, with an ever more busy schedule this is the closest I will get to the exact requirements of this particular exercise.

Equipment used Nikon DSLR, 35mm lens, tripod. All processing in Nikon NX2 and DXO. I have a limited view through the windows (none of which are very clean) I took a number of test shots to try an find a good angle for this exercise. The camera was setup with its  interval timer to take two shots on the hour and every hour from 6am till 8pm a total of 15 shots are show below:

6 am




Shame the windows were so dirty! but I still love the look of this light cutting across the grass and sides of the buildings.

























The effect of the sun going behind a cloud here is clear, look at how diffused the light is compared to the previous shot.



You can clearly see the movement of the sun throughout the day and the move and angle of the shadows that it throws. In the foreground with the people and trees, but also noticeably in the tower blocks in the background. At and around mid day the shots look flat, with little to show or enhance the three dimensional properties of the scene.

Of all the shots my preferred images would be the early morning with the long shadows and the warmer light of the lower sun. The early evening images start to become overshadowed by the buildings.