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Howdy all,

yes it’s that time where I’m going to waffle a little bit about my Project 52 and the suggested themes from Google+ and I’m not going to break the mould as it works for me.

The suggested theme this week was Spring/Autumn and as I mentioned last week I didn’t really want to just share an image of a daffodil, so despite the fact that I took some pictures of daffodils this week I’m not going to share them with you, instead I’m going to share two images that take the term “spring” a little more literally than was perhaps intended.

The first image is of a motorcycle of unknown provenance stripped back to almost its component parts attached to a Swallow Side Car which just has fantastic patina.  For those of you who indulge my geeky tendencies the Swallow Side Car Company morphed into Jaguar Motor Cars after the second world war when their initials became unacceptable in polite society.

Spring has Sprung

Because I like to spoil you I’ve got a second picture to share with you this week again taking the interpretation a little bit too seriously its of the high lift spring underneath a heavily modified Suzuki/Range Rover Hybrid.

Spring has Sprung again

Next week the theme is Planes, Trains and AutoMobiles, I wonder how badly I can stray away from that seeing as I’ve stuck them in this week.

Until the next time

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

Good Leap Day to you all dear readers,

today I’d like to talk about the contents of my Camera bag and my uses of those camera’s as well as talk a little about some of my inspirations.

look ma there's a tree

My current camera collection consists of the excellent and versatile Fuji film HS20EXR for those of you who are unfamiliar with it I’ll go into a little detail. It’s what is commonly known as a bridge camera, taking the convenience of a compact camera (no interchangeable lenses) and adding in features of a full-blown D-SLR with full manual controls and an incredible zoom extending all the way out to 30x or 24mm to 720mm in old money. It has many fantastic features that I wanted when looking for a camera to replace my much older stolen Fujifilm S5000 a fantastic little camera in its own right. I could go into huge amounts of detail about all of the things that I love about it but I think it would be more prudent to point you towards the review that initially persuaded me that it was the camera for me. The only other thing I will add is that one of the most powerful deciders for me was the fact that unlike many other camera’s today it still makes use of AA batteries meaning I can have a couple of sets of fully charged high power 2500MaH batteries with me and still be able to just buy disposable’s pretty much anywhere in the world.

Bunny Chow the invincible

The camera that you have seen the most from recently on this site is a fantastic cheap little compact from Canon called the IXUS 107. Technically this is identical to the IXUS 105
in every way except for the fact that it was a limited edition colour (baby blue) and happened to be what was in stock when I was shopping with the insurance vouchers from the earlier mentioned robbery. I have to confess that I didn’t put much research into this camera before purchase, and whilst I am more than happy with the image quality it produces when you consider it’s price and pocketable size it has no manual controls and is happiest if you leave the settings along and let it figure things out for itself. The only thing I tend to adjust is that when I shoot at night I’ll invariably put it into black and white mode as this seems to reduce the noise common to shooting at high ISO in low light.

Lastly but I guess by no means the least I use the camera that is always in my pocket the some what ubiquitous iPhone4. I have been forcing myself to carry the little Canon most of the time but no one can deny the sense behind the quote “the best camera is the one that’s with you” I’m not a die-hard iOS man in fact I’m hoping to jump over to the Android ship as soon as my contract expires but there is a reason why the most used camera over on Flickr is the iPhone, it’s convenient, it takes great snaps right out of the box and there are dozens if not hundreds of Apps for making your pictures look arty without trying too hard. I for one am going to hugely miss Hipstamatic which at the time of writing at least is an iOS exclusive app which uses software to replicate dozens of retro films, lenses, flashes etc. I adore the random nature of what it captures although you can if you choose individually mix and match these elements to exacting specifications I actually like the hit and miss nature of its shake to randomise function.

The Monkey Boy

So there you have it, the contents of my camera bag laid bare for derision and ridicule.

snowlights

Anyway continuing my ramble about camera’s and photography I’d like to make mention of some of the people and websites that blogging has exposed me to. First on the list absolutely has to be the incredibly talented but approachable Nick Mayo of http://nickexposed.com/ he posts pictures and the stories behind those pictures on a daily basis. I’ve learned a lot from him and look forward to learning more.

Next up I’d like to talk about Bellamy Hunt and his incredibly fascinating site http://www.japancamerahunter.com/ Bellamy as you can probably guess from the name of his site runs a business out of Japan seeking out camera’s for clients. He specialises in old film camera’s but the main reason I want to talk about the site is the incredibly fascinating posts Bellamy and his guests write about all aspects of photography and Camera porn in general. They do reviews, suggest idea’s and just speak about their own experiences of what they love with such passion and incredible knowledge that you cannot help but be inspired. 

The last person I’d like to talk about is the incredible Mike Shaw who is not only a blogger over at http://mikefshaw.blogspot.com/ but more importantly for me at least he’s a huge personality over on Google+ you can find his profile here. Mike is an incredible man and incredible photographer, his portraits strike right at the core of human emotion and his landscapes are just beautiful. Mike suffers from depression and shares openly an honestly about this both in his stories and pictures. I really do wish I could understand how someone so compassionate and talented (he has over 700000 followers on G+ at the time of writing) can find the time not only to share his own stories but interact with someone like me. He was even generous enough to share my name amongst others as upcoming inspirational photographers. Wow what an honour, I can tell you that my email and google+ streams nearly exploded on that day, how he keeps up I’ll never know. I will continue to admire and support Mike through his troubles and hope that many of you join me.

This is turning into quite a ramble but I’m not going to apologise it’s what I do I’m afraid, I’ve been thinking about my photography a lot recently during quiet times when I’ve been out walking the dog, I of course would love to throw lots of money at it and buy copies of Photoshop, lightroom etc to go with the Leica rangefinder collection and big professional standard D-SLR with f1.4 prime lenses but of course I know that this won’t improve my eye one jot it will just make me lazy. Why bother chasing fantastic shots when I can just edit them later. Sure if I had the money I might invest in some of the above but I don’t so it’s irrelevant even thinking about it.

technology for the children

Something that I would like to do though is try shooting with lots of different camera’s especially older ones so if any of you out there have an old camera of any description lying unloved in a drawer that you’d like to donate to me I’d be most grateful. I have no prerequisites in this blatant begging process, I don’t care if it’s film or digital working or not, I’m sure that whatever it is I can learn something from it even if it’s just in the taking it apart and seeing how it all works inside because it’s beyond economical repair.

Otherwise how are you my friends of the blogosphere, are you keeping well?

I always love to hear from you and am getting pretty good at being interactive both within these pages and over on my google+ profile where you can not only interact with me but see lots more of my photography than I share here. I tend to post most of my pictures publicly so you don’t even need to sign up until you’re ready.

Thank you for taking the time to read this far.

Take care and until the next time

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

P.S.

The photo’s within the post are a few of the ones of which I’m most proud, and play no real part in the narative, I just like them. If you want to use any of them for personal use then please feel free, I’m happy for them to be published on personal blogs etc. as long as you provide a link back and credit.

another week seems to have flown on by and once again I’m sharing with you a photo from my project 52.

This weeks suggested theme was “in the workplace” and not wanting to take any clichéd shots of my desk and work station I tried to think outside of the box, as many of you know I work for a large car dealer group so could easily of taken shots of the showroom or the mechanics and their tools in the back but I didn’t really want to have to go through the explanations.

Instead the shot I have chosen was taken again using my little Canon IXUS 107 in the dumping ground above our parts department. I really like the mixture of textures and tones achieved.

What do you guys think?

In The Work Place

Next Week the suggested theme is depth of field so I’m going to have to put my thinking cap on.

 

Happy Day to you all,

my challenge from the Google+ world this week was to photograph a fellow photographer/sucker a willing model into posing for me whilst I dicked about and thankfully an old friend who I’d not seen in years responded to my Facebook pleas and agreed to stand about in the snow whilst I dicked about.

So please give a big shout out to the beautiful Ms Webster (that’s not her real name but in the interests of maintaining some sort of Anonymity I’ve done what I did myself and named her after her dog)

For the photo geeks the picture was taken with my Fujifilm Finepix HS20EXR at F/5 for 0.003 sec (1/320) and ISO speed 400 and a focal length of 31.5mm.

Portraiture is not something I’ve done a lot of in the past so I’m actually quite please with how this picture came out but as ever would love to hear what you think of the picture.

other Photographers

Until next time

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

 

LightBox Tutorial.

this has got to be my next project.

Many thanks to Nick Exposed, you really should check out his blog and some of his daily photo posts.

He’s way more talented than me.

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

 

 

 

Those of you who pay any attention to my admittedly still developing photographic style will have realised that I have a passion for Black and White and also taking pictures of gritty urban signs preferably ones that have gone a bit rusty around the edges.

I was obviously really excited then when I saw that this week the suggested theme from the Project 52 group on Google+ that I’m loosely following through this project was signs. It got me thinking though and whilst I could cover old ground why should I.

I realised whilst I was wandering around my home town late at night walking the dog and looking at all of the cool and interesting signs that I’ve already photographed all of the ones that I like or find interesting, and the whole point behind this project for me was to do something new.

So my submission this week is not actually a sign but I liked the gableing around the sign-writing and the drip lines where the roof leaks a little.

I’m also going to give you five alternatives below which more closely match the brief, please let me know your thoughts.

project 52-6 signs

 All of these pictures were taken on my little Canon IXUS 107 and then edited in either google+ or picasa I’m still not brave enough to do anything other than play with GIMP and can’t afford Adobe’s Creative Suite or any of its components at the moment. 

 
Vespa

week 6 alternatives 1

 
Danger of Death

week 6 alternatives 2
Mini Tuning Bay

week 6 alternatives 3Running Foxweek 6 alternatives 4

Fools

week 6 alternatives 5

Good Morning all,

as you’re no doubt aware by now I’ve been loosely following my personal 52 week photography contest by following some of the suggested themes on Google+ and this weeks suggested theme was eye’s.

For once it’s not an iPhone picture either but one taken with my small compact Canon IXUS 107, it’s a very small, cheap and simple point and shoot but does capture some brilliant pictures if you play with it enough. I’ve also set it to only take pictures in Black and White, partly just because I like black and white photography and partly to make myself focus more on composition than whether or not I like the colours etc and invariably changing it the black and white in post later anyway.

Below is some of the photo data if you’re interested, I also fiddled a little with the contrast and exposure levels using the Google+ photo editor.

Camera: Canon IXUS 107
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/5
Focal Length: 15 mm
ISO Speed: 500
Flash Used: Yes

any way without further ado here is my eye photo.

 

I know I know I said I’d break out the big camera whilst in Wales but spending time with family got ahead of us and I never got around to it, so you’ll have to tolerate another Hipstamatic shot taken whilst out dog walking.

The suggested theme for this week was “UP” which I hope this captures, what do you guys think?

you can also see more pictures from this walk here

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

Below is my second submission for my 52 week long photo project, it is again an iPhone shot using hipstamatic.

We’re off to Cardiff in Wales next weekend so hope to break out my big camera and take some different style shots.

Any guesses as to what this picture is of.

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

Well I’ve managed to stick to at least the first week of my two resolutions, I’ll be posting about the culinary experience on www.mrbunnychowcooks.com but I have managed to take a new and unique photo to share with you here.

the picture was taken using Hipstamatic on the iPhone 4 and I further lowered the exposure using the creative tools on Google+ I’ve gone on a bit of a dark and dreary bender for really underexposed black and white at the moment so I suspect quite a few of my early pictures in this series will have a similar feel. 

Project 52 Week 1

Please let me know what you think of the picture and let me know if you’d like a copy sans the amateur watermarks.

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow