On Saturday I joined the ranks of the Paparazzi. I was asked by the Fraserburgh Herald to cover 'The Night the Light Went Out' a Halloween event at the Lighthouse Museum. As I was going anyway I could hardly refuse. The event was excellent. We toured the lighthouse and the keepers cottages and the Wine House being told ghost stories at suitable points. There are four ghost at the lighthouse
Although new to me taking images to sell to the news media and to specialist magazines is the main driving force behind some photographers and a couple in Fraserburgh Photographic Society. To be successful require a different skill set and way of thinking from the normal club photography geared as it is to entering competitions. Very little photoshopping is done, speed is of the essence, telling a story or linking the image to a story is as important as following the artistic rules of composition.
I'm sort of doing it again the Friday. Theatre Modo has worked with a lot of you people in the town and are staging a parade with all sorts of floats and street entertainment. They came to the FPS meeting last week asking for volunteers to take photographs for them. Volunteering is not in the vocabulary of the true Paparazzi. But at least I will be issued with a hi-viz vest. Perhaps that will help me with the other skill of belonging to the Paparazzi requires - the brass neck to barge in and organise people, to go where the run of the mill photographer wouldn't dream of going in effect to be a bloody nuisance.
I got another new toy in the post this week a ND filter. I haven't had a great many opportunities to try it out - no waterfalls round here, no gently lapping waves to blur into a milk cloud, no bright sunshine to tone down. But I did take a trip out to a couple of nearby wind turbines. Here is what I got. I feel it would have been a lot more spectacular if it had been bright and sunny - I'll just have to wait.
And here are a few photos of the week.
The big news of the week is my new camera - a Caonon eos 600D. It is a combined birthday and Christmas present (probably for the next few years!). It arrive on Monday and I have just about got to grips with it but there are a few odd problems I have still to fathom out. It came with a 18 - 55 lens and my old 70 - 300 lens fits the new camera.
Here are a few of the first images I took, the very first few were deleated.
You will see from these that there are a few problems to resolve. controling depth of field and getting the camera not to over saturate the sunrise colours. All of the above were taken with the 18 - 55 lens. At the moment the images from the 70 - 300 lens are a bit 'soft' it could be that the lens has not got image stabalisation, or that it just isn't a very good lens (it was given to me) or I just haven't got used to it, it is big and heavy and even on a tripod it seems to shake.
See what I mean. Perhaps it just needs to be cleaned.
Finally on my new camera - you will remember that last weeks blog had an image of lily stamens and stigma. I took the same image with the canon. Can you spot the difference?
There were other events in the area this week that I didn't get to notably the Scottish Power Buggy heat at Philorth beach. If you got some images of it let me know and I will put them up on to the web site.
Finally as usual some more of my images from the past week.
MacDuff Marine Aquarium
My sister visited at the begining of the week so there was an opportunity to go out and about. Our first visit was to MacDuff marine aquarium. This presented pots of photo opportunities but each one had its challenges that I am, not sure I have overcome. First is a question of white balance. In the main deep tank all of the images had a ghastly green tinge. I have tried to remove it in photoshop with some, but not great success.
The second challenge was reflections. It was difficult to get a composition that did not have reflections from the glass messing it all up.
Some potential images were not worth trying. The surface water reflections in the ray pool made it impossible to take any images.
However sometimes things worked.
On another day we went to Drinnies Wood and Louden Wood. The aim was to find the Louden Wood stone circle and we were armed with a map from Eric Watt so the mission, unlike previous ones, had every prospect of succeeding.
And to succeed we did! As a bonus we also were able to go up Drinies Wood Observatory and we found lots of fungi - mostly in the depths of the forest so difficult to capture on 'digital' ('capturing an image on film' has a certain ring to the phrase that the modern equivalent 'capturing a digital image' somehow lacks)
And again as usual a few more of this weeks images.
Perhaps the most exciting thing for Fraserburgh this week was the arrival of the 'Flying Dutchman' a square rig sailing boat. It was almost certainly the most photogenic
The other excitment for Fraserburgh Photographic Club was the monthly competition. Here are my entries
They were generally rubbished by the judge. But then what does he know hes only secretary of Edinburgh Photographic Society and Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and holder of the award of Excellence from the International Federation of Photographic Art.
However congratulations to new members Stuart Finty and Alistair Henderson who were first and second respectfuly and to Jim Gray who was third. Their images are on the Monthly Competition Page
This week I got my copy of 'Digital Photo' through the post (minus the free CD but they have sent that to me separately) and as it is my grandson Theos' birthday on Sunday I played about with one of the magazine tutorials and transformed an ordianary shot
Which isn't bad and was quite fun to do. I wonder whose birthday it is next?
Finally a few more of the images I took this week.
I'm Mike, I am the (Self appointed!) web master for Fraserburgh Photographic Society (FPS). I started taking photography seriously a couple of years ago and joined Fraserburgh Photographic Society