Archive for May, 2012

Another lazy/busy week from me means that I’ve once again neglected you my loyal readers and have little to share aside from my Project 52 shot and a couple of others that I liked from the week. Thankfully I can’t even use illness as an excuse anymore as touch wood I seem to be through my illnesses with just a minor sniffle remaining.

As a bonus I’ve even managed to lose 15kg’s over the last couple of months.

Anyway moving on the theme this week was flowers and I decided that I’d play around with some macro shots and see how I got along.

summer colours

This is the picture I ultimately chose, more for its aesthetic qualities and bright summery colours than any sort of technical brilliance as ultimately I’ve not had time to break out my tripod or even wait for the wind to stop blowing so it’s not perfectly focused and the 7mm spacer I was using also creates incredibly shallow depth of field which also push perhaps more of the photo out of focus than I would have liked. Still I really like the picture so I used it anyway.

I’ve also been thinking about my long exposure collaboration project with Nick over at Nick Exposed and Shannon at Seeing Spots Photo and for pretty much the same reasons I’ve not broken out my tripod but have been thinking and playing a little and thought you might like this shot.

ooh look shiny spinning lights

Sadly the sky is massively overexposed and I was unable to pull it back using my I’m lazy 30 seconds max rule for post production but I think the shot ultimately still works well.

the next group of photo’s are just a few more that I liked from the last week and hope that you will enjoy gawping at. Please let me know what you thing about posting them as a gallery as opposed to inline as I have in the past. (clicking on them should make them bigger)

Next week’s challenge is self-portrait so I may have to subject you to seeing my ugly mug unless I can come up with some sort of thinly disguised artistic excuse to avoid taking my own picture.

Hope you’re all keeping well

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

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Posted: 25/05/2012 in Uncategorized

this is another project that I’m getting involved in does anyone else out there fancy joining us?

SeeingSpotsPhoto.com

How are everyone’s Long Exposure photos coming for this month’s community project? Anyone stuck and looking for ideas?

To me, it seems like the hardest thing about doing this project is the creativity aspect of it.  Taking a concept and making it your own can be intimidating sometimes.  If you’re anything like me, you want it to be good…no…great if you’re going to put it out there for the world to see.  But remember, my creative friends, we are in the tree of trust!  We grow through experimentation.  Don’t be afraid to try!  Sometimes our biggest inspirations comes from improving upon something that didn’t live up to what we envisioned.

I promise, your ideas have potential.  Don’t be afraid to push yourself to realize that potential!  Nick and I encourage you to make this project your own.  Learn the skills for long exposure (did I mention you’ll need them for the awesome-ness…

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how has another week passed by so quickly, Mrs BC and I are both still fending off colds and sniffles although the kids still seem to be managing to avoid any sort of disease so we should at least be grateful for that small mercy.

Photographically I’ve had a fun week playing with my 50mm f1.8 and the incredibly shallow depth of field that it’s capable of creating. My suggested theme was contrasting colours and I could have chosen any one of dozens of shots that fit in with that but the picture I have chosen amused me mainly because it makes no sense.

contrasting colours

Yes it is what it appears to be a 20 pence piece stuck to two partially sucked boiled sweets sitting on a fence post. I’d love to hear your guesses as to why as I’m clueless.

I also had a photo session with my friend Chuckles Les Paul and managed to get a couple of shots I liked.

how shallow can you go?

next time I’m going to up the ISO for these shots

and my final session of the week involved my dog Bunny Chow having a play session with Chuckles dog April, some of the shots look pretty aggressive but I assure you they were both very happy, if exhausted dogs at the end of it.

just Bunny

I can get your whole head in my mouth, in reality they held this pose for a fraction of a second and it was purely burst mode that ensured I captured it.

quick cuddle

and we’re off again

Next week’s theme is flowers so be sure to check in as well as popping over to see my father over at http://www.birdingzimbabwe.com

Until then

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

 

My father is dragging himself into the 21st century,

for those of you who don’t know the back story he semi retired after many years working in IT a few years back and set himself up as a handyman come maintenance man with the real intention of earning enough money to pursue his true passion which is bird watching. Having established his little we’ll fix anything business he has at last been able to settle into a management role and get on with what he really wants to do which is guiding.

He has now passed his Zimbabwe learner guides exams (in reality a formality as he’s a very experienced and competent Bushman anyway) he’s now licensed to take paying clients into Zimbabwe’s still excellent national parks and having now led several succesful expeditions he’s looking to establish his brand and start finding some more clients.

This is where the 21st century bit comes in, he’s joined Facebook/google+ and now even WordPress with his shiny new blog www.birdingzimbabwe.com now up and running his business is there for the world to find. He’s able to put together custom itineraries for people seeking the ultimate birding experience across Southern Africa.

Please pay his site a visit and even better get in touch and find out if he could take you on the holiday of a lifetime.

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

P.S. he didn’t even ask me to write this gushing post, but following his lead I as a non birder have been incredibly privileged to experience some of the most incredible site that the African continent is able to deliver.  Thanks Dad

 

 

 

Posted: 17/05/2012 in Uncategorized

another collaborative photo project for me to get my teeth into.

does anyone else out there fancy joining us?

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

Posted: 16/05/2012 in Uncategorized

I just wanted to quickly share this great photo from the lovely people over at seeingspots

SeeingSpotsPhoto.com

Which isn’t quite the same as “I’m on a boat!”.

You’re waiting for a train. A train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don’t know for sure.

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Nick of the newly relaunched Nick Exposed has got the gallery from his quotography project up and running please pop by and have a nosey.

http://nickexposed.com/quotography-gallery/

Hope you’re all well

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow