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Posted 20-03-09 at 12:38 AM by Patrick

This is the first time I have ever participated in a blog anywhere I hope this is the sort of thing that will interest people.
Last weekend was one of the twice yearly photo club visits to North Wales, we found ourselves in Anglesey most of the time. An area we have neglected in all the years we have been visiting North Wales.
I went armed with my Canon 40D, my newly IR converted 10D and the not long acquired G10, the latter two cameras being used to any extent in anger for the first time.

My attempts at IR were rather disappointing, but to be fair it’s a little early for IR photography just yet and I was shooting rather indiscriminately pointing the camera at anything just to see what happens. I am finding my feet as it were with the converted camera.
The G10 I was very happy with provided high ISO settings were avoided, 100-200 is fine 400 OK anything higher best avoided. I also had to get used to the extra depth of field this type of camera inevitably has.

We found the most amazing copper mine, the colours are truly extraordinary and is capable of giving up photographs to match anything from the most exotic places. What’s more on the Sunday we had the light.
The main trouble was I found myself snapping away in my excitement and not considering my shots enough, thus not getting the best out of the situation. This will be addresses on my next visit, with more care being given to my shots.
Yes we old hands still make novice mistakes, when discipline goes out the window.
We happened on this guy who it turns out worked on the mine in the 70's when it was being considered for re-opening, Jerry was his name and he was from Canada, he stayed and now works in the power station. Small World.
No doubt I will add more to this subject.

Patrick
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    Ian's Avatar
    It just goes to show that one good way of getting some great pictures is to get out there and explore. I'm sure a lot of people may find themselves a bit jaded because they have exhausted much of the photogenic potential of their home turf. But by making a conscious decision to find a new and interesting location, you can rediscover your photography.
    Posted 20-03-09 at 09:30 AM by Ian Ian is offline
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    The two IR shots are a treat Patrick, you surely must be pleased with them. They are not the usual somewhat clichéd style.

    Hope you will add more to this blog
    Posted 20-03-09 at 09:43 AM by Stephen Stephen is offline
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ian View Comment
    It just goes to show that one good way of getting some great pictures is to get out there and explore. I'm sure a lot of people may find themselves a bit jaded because they have exhausted much of the photogenic potential of their home turf. But by making a conscious decision to find a new and interesting location, you can rediscover your photography.
    I very much agree with this principle Ian. My best photography has happened when I have made a real effort to get up early. Having someone to go with helps a lot, but basically its a case of no pain no gain
    Posted 20-03-09 at 09:47 AM by Stephen Stephen is offline
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    kennykodak's Avatar
    i like them, well done.
    minor tweaks, clone out small rock in center of #3.
    crop off some foreground with boats.
    great shoot. good eye for composition and treatment.
    john
    Posted 20-03-09 at 10:14 AM by kennykodak kennykodak is offline
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Stephen View Comment
    The two IR shots are a treat Patrick, you surely must be pleased with them. They are not the usual somewhat clichéd style.

    Hope you will add more to this blog

    Thank you Stephen, yes I am pleased with the IR shots as fare as they go. I can't help feeling I could have got the same from the unconverted camera with the appropriate manipulation. I can test that out with the evening picture as I have the same shot made with the 40D.

    Patrick
    Posted 20-03-09 at 11:59 AM by Patrick Patrick is offline
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kennykodak View Comment
    i like them, well done.
    minor tweaks, clone out small rock in center of #3.
    crop off some foreground with boats.
    great shoot. good eye for composition and treatment.
    john
    Hi John

    I shall look at the crop you suggest and see if I like it better.
    These were all processed in Lightroom and other than being resized were not manipulated in Photoshop.
    Posted 20-03-09 at 12:58 PM by Patrick Patrick is offline
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    Autumn's Avatar
    Wonderful set of shots Patrick. My favourite is the sepia beach/bay sunset/rise? Or is this one of the infra red ones. Lovely.
    Posted 20-03-09 at 05:58 PM by Autumn Autumn is offline
 

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