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Well maybe not perfect, but it helps make you improve. The Sunday challenge this week is ‘High Key’, so I bought some freesia’s and had a go at some high key photography.  There are plenty of tutorials on the interweb but most involve studio lights of some description, but I don’t have any, so as there was a bright sun this afternoon (though it’s still cold out 😦 ) I set up in the conservatory with my trusty lightbox, the XT1 and 60mm macro on a tripod and had a go. Getting the exposure right in camera is most important and getting it right without over exposing the subject is the key to it all.  Which I guess makes it easier if you have a light to illuminate the subject. Still I think these came out OK for a first attempt.

Also I am quite impressed with the macro lens, I don’t think it’s as bad as the reviews I read make out, and I’m really happy I didn’t fork out for the mighty expensive zeiss lens and got the 2nd hand fuji at 1/3 of the cost.

lost a bit of detail in the  yellow petals on this one

lost a bit of detail in the yellow petals on this one

reasonably happy with this one

reasonably happy with this one

and this..

and this..

I think this is the best one of the lot

I think this is the best one of the lot

of course Skye had to sit in the lightbox so was hoofted out and she sat on the table to watch the goings on,

paws for thought

paws for thought

watcha doin'?

watcha doin’?

anyway tomorrow I’m off out on a photography trip to Prudhoe Castle with my pals Mike & Sophie, really looking forward to it 🙂

laters gaters


10 comments on “The practice makes perfect report

  1. Beautiful set of photographs! Wish they were ‘scratch & sniff’ though 😉 I think I like the top photo best, even with the loss of detail. A great bonus to scroll down and find cat feet.


    1. haha yes, she does have fluffy slippers worth a shot.

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  2. Francis.R. says:

    The second is, among all winners, my favourite. It makes me remember the scientist illustrations with watercolours I liked to see and read when child.


    1. thanks Francis I like that one 2nd best 🙂

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  3. I refuse to make a decision. I like all of them. May be a tendency to #4 because it looks as stolen from a beautiful alien world. But the difference is too small to make it the winner. 🙂 Reinhold

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    1. thanks Reinhold, my fave too.


  4. Very good! The high-key work with the plain background really makes the subject stand out – they look like illustrations for a book 🙂

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  5. Loredana Isabella Crupi says:

    Great High Key work – they almost look like water colours! 🙂

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    1. Thanks I think there will be more at some point as I did like doing them.

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