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In Gentle Recognition of Love and Death

As Samhain approaches, it is a time to remember that there is beauty in endings as well as beginnings and that endings and beginnings are not always separate occasions. Memories drift like smoke, present but seemingly impossible to grasp hold of. Hopes and dreams drift similarly.

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I shot the photo with my Sony Alpha a550 dSLR and processed it with Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5. I used one light with a honeycomb grid and barn door to light it, the smoke came from two sticks of incense (the room smelled amazing!) and the rose is just a rose.

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Night Landscape and Astrophotography Guide By Lisa Row

I’ve seen so many stunning photographs of the night sky and they always leave me in awe, partly at the beauty of our universe and partly at the skill of the photographers who shoot those amazing pictures. How to photograph the stars, moon, and Milky Way: a beginner’s guide to night landscape & astrophotography is a really easy to follow yet detailed and comprehensive guide to creating those incredible pictures.

The full guide is over six thousand words long but it’s broken up into sections so you can immerse yourself in the whole thing in one go or investigate it bit by bit as you have time. Within each chapter, the content is broken down again into logical steps and illustrated with inspirational examples of night photography. Over five chapters, it covers…

  • Weather, light pollution and smart tools
  • Choosing the right camera equipment & gear
  • Crucial camera settings and tips
  • Ideas for composition, focal points & external light
  • Best camera settings for night photography to start with

Although night photography is a pretty unique discipline, Lisa’s guide talks you through it and the gear that can help you do it well without ever suggesting spending tonnes of money. If you have a dSLR, a wide angle lens and a tripod, you’ll already have what you need although there are some other bits and pieces you can get to enhance your photos further.

A basic knowledge of how your camera works and what the settings are all about will help, but if you don’t have a completely firm grip on that stuff just yet working through the tutorial with your camera’s instructions or guidebook handy will get you started in no time – just make sure you run through the gear and settings before you head fifty miles out of town to get away from all the city lights!

I love a good photography tutorial and this definitely ticks all the boxes for me when it comes to being accessible, easy to follow and something I’d definitely love to learn. I’m hoping to be able to give it a go when work is less busy, the weather is a bit warmer and an adventure to the middle of nowhere is a more realistic option for me that it is right now.

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Frost

I’m really REALLY looking forward to winter, as you may have guessed 🙂

I hadn’t shot anything high key in ages and feelings of bright white and frosty blue were the perfect reason to break out all the lights and temporarily blind myself by pointing two of them at my face. This is the first self-portrait I’ve shot with my current hair colour too. I finally got rid of the green-blue that had been hanging around since last year and went hardcore blonde again. My ‘winter coat’ is usually dark, but I felt like something icy for a change. The Urban Decay eye-shadow was the perfect fit – it’ll never stop making me happy that I found an eye-shadow almost the same colour as my eyes.

This was shot with a Sony Alpha a550 and processed with Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5

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Purple Rose Glow

I was working from bed this morning (because sometimes bed is a good place to work from, especially at the weekends) and when I’d finished what I was doing I noticed how utterly beautiful the window looked with the condensation just starting to fade as bright sunlight warmed the glass. I couldn’t waste something that pretty so I grabbed this lovely little bouquet of flowers that my husband brought home for me on Friday and set them on the windowsill for a quick photo. They’re roses, right? I’m not actually sure. I’m really bad at flowers and have been googling “purple roses” to compare but I’m completely willing to admit that I’m wrong and the title of this picture and blog post might be totally irrelevant.

EDIT: Someone on DeviantArt who knows a lot more about flowers than I do says they’re lisianthus or eustoma. Mystery solved!

Because the sunlight was so bright but I didn’t want to lose the all-over glow, I use a gold reflector to brighten the flowers up a little and avoid the details getting lost in shadow. I used an infrared remote to trigger the camera, which was on a tripod on the other side of the room, so I could stand nice and close to the flowers and direct the reflector.

This photo was shot with a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR and processed with Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5

Prints of this image are available here.

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