Nigel Borrington 2011,
Kilkenny photorgaphy series.
Enter poppies as a search word into Google images and you will get 1,230,000 image results. They must be one of the most painted and photographed flowers in world history, as such and even though I am very pleased with the resulting images I managed to achieve and return with I have another reason for posting this image.
I feel that the results in this selected image show what can be done to make good use of the effects of a shallow lens depth of field (I will return to this in many of my posts). This image is taken with an old manual focus f2.8, 80-200 lens set at f2.8 with the camera placed on a tripod to keep the framing as stable as possible (a tripod is not just useful in poor light) .
To me landscape photography is not just about sweeping landscapes set under a wide open sky, but about getting in close up and dirty, revealing every element in the landscape before us. A good use of a lenses focus depth is the top tool in any landscape photographer handbook.
As such I am putting this post into the training category as well as the image gallery, just so you know I have no intention of explaining ever single element of photography. I feel everyone can be a good photographer if they get out and start producing images. You need the time and the interest, if you don’t you won’t, why would you.
One thing you do need is a camera that lets you take full control, ask your camera shop to show you a camera that can. Even some of the most basic compact cameras these days will let you do this so you don’t need to spend over the odds.
Not every Camera you can buy will let you do everything you want, again ask the salesman. Look at lots of images and think about what you want to do then ask for a camera that can do it!
You can also go second user but forget old film cameras you need to take lots of images to learn, why pay for doing so. Film is well dead! Another photographer said to me, about four years ago that there must be millions of old film cameras on the second hand marked. Good Hard-core and Land-fill I am afraid my friend.
Digital is over fifteen years old even in the professional market, Film had its day – it’s over and limited to the hard of letting go or the sad old retro lovers (Hands up!).
Some professional digital cameras are now classics!
So get out there and see for yourself what your lens can do, put your camera on a tripod in front of any object you find interesting. Once you have the image framed take one shot for every aperture your lens has, once you’re back in front of your pc (or your images have been printed, God help us!) you will be able to see the effects you created for yourself.
Get creative it’s the only way to learn anything!
While the main purpose of this web site is to showcase and detail Nigel’s landscape and nature work it is very much worth detailing some examples of the studio photography images that Nigel produces.
The make-up and beauty studio opened in Callan at the start of 2011 and is owned and run by Karen Maher,
Karen contacted me about three weeks ago, to see if I would be interested in helping her to create a studio portfolio for her, needless to say I was delighted to help.
The following images are from our first studio session.
You need and of her services you can contact her as follows.
The Makeup and Beauty studio.
Karen Maher : 086 2597777 or email@example.com
Over the next months I will be posting articles that will show some of the more basic techniques I use to produce Landscape and wildlife images.
I will also provide some details on the needed equipment and the more generalist skills that are needed in or to make the best use the equipment you have purchased.
I will use many different locations for photography projects.
So keep a eye on the training section for posted articles…….
Moonlit Blackbird in Ballykeefe woods, Co Kilkenny.
Nikon D90, Nikon 70-200 Af-EDg f2.8 lens.
Whilst I run my Wedding and Studio photography business from www.studio63.ie I work with Landsacpe and Nature photography on a regular basis.
Thus the main function of this web site is to exhibit my landscape and nature photography and provide for a visual outlet for it.
I also intend this site to be informative about the locations I visit for my photography and to detail the reasons I find these location of great interest. I will also show the techniques used to produce the included images.
I also include a section on this site relating to photographic techniques and the equipment needed to produce good Landscape and nature images.
If you would like to contact me please email Nigel@studio63.ie
Enjoy your Landscape!
A new blog starts
The creation of this web-site is in order to create a new location for my Landscape photography, this is something I have been intending to do for sometime so it is great to get going on this project.
I look forward to many posts on this site and to showcasing many of the hundreds of Irish Landscape images I have created since 2002 when I first came to live in County Kilkenny. I also look forward to many new landscape and Nature projects.