Pirate Ship under flash

Pirate Ship

Had a bit of spare time to play and decided to get a bit more experience at using the off camera flash. The subject of my attention being my son's pirate ship. I tried a few different lighting combinations like bring the flash through the back to light up the sails and over head before going for a side view to get an even rather than moody look.

I tried with a light modifier to soften the light but that just didn't give enough shade to emphasis the form. The resulting shot was taken with flash on 1/4 power to the right side with a large white card to the left to fill in the shadows on the left side.

Equipment Details Flash: HVL-F43AM fired in wireless mode using on camera flash as trigger. Camera: SONY A65 Lens: Tamron 90mm Macro

Autumn Water

Took this picture while at Center Parcs in Longleat, UK. I didn't have a tripod but there was a post on the bridge across the water so manged to hold it against that for a 2 second exposure to give some movement to the water.

Post processing on this was limited to a bit of dodging on the dark rock faces on the left and right, a little extra warmth in the white balance (it was quite a dull cool day) and a vignette to focus the eye and add to the feel of a darker wood.

Spotting the image

I had spent the previous hour painting a cardboard volcano with my 3 year old son.  Not one for brush discipline he just uses the same brush for every colour.  While clearing up I noticed what an interesting pattern this had made in the paint pots.  I quickly got out the camera placed the paints on one of his white chairs and this is the result.

I added a multi-colour border in Aperture using BorderFX to pull together the feel of the image.