Power of the edits..

While I always like to process images as little as possible, if at all, some times it’s a requirement of every shot.

Here, for instance this shot taken from my Spark. It lacks depth and colour. Visually, it just didn’t stand out.

However, a little time spent in the Google Photos editor tweaking exposure, clarity, saturation and blacks improve things.

Shadows have a bit more depth, the colours are less muted but still hold the autumn setting.

You don’t take a photograph, you make it

Ansel Adams

So, don’t be afraid to play with the sliders, just don’t overdo it, and keep it realistic and you’ll do just fine.

New Camera

So I recently got a VIRB camera. I had wanted for a helmet camera, but there are a few things up with that. One, is that this is a very heavy camera, and quite large. Mounting it to the side of the helmet makes it very noticeable in the lean due to the weight, I tried mounting it on top of the helmet, but finding an area on the helmet that stops the shake is hard. I have a Kask Mojito helmet, which has no flat areas at all. It does work, it is just quite wobbly.

Example image from VIRB
Example image from VIRB

The other issue I have, is that the camera over exposes quite a lot. When compared to the GoPro Hero I have mounted to the handlebars, its very noticable. I can live with that, just about. A Lot of it could be dealt with in Post Process, but there is not really a massive need. I only plan to use helmet cam when something happens, it will pretty much be throw away footage. It seems to be mostly when leaving shaded areas, and the GoPro can have issues with this too, it just seems to deal with it quicker. VIRB does overexpose consistently through the frame however.

Example image from GoPro Hero
Example image from GoPro Hero

In other ways, this is a good camera. I think I’ll be keeping it around, and find away to helmet mount it at some point.

I also got hold of a repair stand. This is a massive help when working on the bike, as having it elevated, and off the ground saves my back and makes drive chain adjustments so easy. No more tipping the bike over and working on it upside down. Probably one of the better purchases I’ve made recently..

Despite what Simon at VeloHeads says (I have no reason to doubt him, and he has been repairing bikes for god knows how long, as he likes to point out) however, I don’t like clamping the carbon seatpost, so I have to swap it out for an old aluminium one when I have it in the stand.

Hunting the Hunter

Thats a better hold!
11000 • f2.8 • 50.0 mm • ISO 100

I really enjoy catching other photographers in the act. The moment the eye is at the view finder, nothing else matters. Hundred things rushing through the mind. Is it in focus? Is it at the right shutter speed, aperture? Then the gentle squeeze on the button, and that glorious clack as the mirror flips. The world could be ending around you, but it does not matter until that mirror slaps up. Looking through that view finder, you are no longer part of it, you are simply a viewer, an onlooker looking at the subject, distant. It’s a strange mindset.

I am very guilty of judging people with their cameras. I see another photographer and I instantly look over their gear. I just can’t help it.

All sorts of people are out there with their cameras. Some big DSLR users, photographing the Minster, with the DSLR, and the in built flash pops up, and they have the same kit lens and uncomfortable next strap on the camera as the day they bought it. I have a want to help these people, show them what they, and their camera is capable of, but that would be so wrong of me.

04082013-DSC_9460So hears to everyone with a camera. Go out, use your cameras however you see fit. Enjoy it, use it, love it. Live for that clack.

Dont worry about other people, just enjoy your photography. 🙂

More photographers in the act: http://www.ipernity.com/doc/mikethompson/album/486729

Snapping the snapper

I enjoy, for some unknown reason, when I see people taking images on the street, I have a urge to photograph them.

Its turned into somewhat of a mini project. Its quite surprising to see the amount of Canon DSLR‘s as opposed to Nikon. It does seem that Canon is the more popular brand. Alot of people are also using camera phones. I’m seeing less and less compact cameras.

Anyway, here is a selection of my favourite Photog on the street images. Maybe out there somewhere, is a image of me, taking a image 🙂

Untitled by Michael Thompson (mikethompson) on 500px.com

shh, canon user by Michael Thompson (mikethompson) on 500px.com
shh, canon user by Michael Thompson

Smile Please! by Michael Thompson (mikethompson) on 500px.com
Smile Please! by Michael Thompson

Another Canon User by Michael Thompson (mikethompson) on 500px.com
Another Canon User by Michael Thompson

Your In My Shot! by Michael Thompson (mikethompson) on 500px.com
Your In My Shot! by Michael Thompson

Always one that always looks. by Michael Thompson (mikethompson) on 500px.com
Always one that always looks. by Michael Thompson