100 Photos – the rest

Discovered Lightroom can do a batch export of files to jpeg format at 72 dpi. Very useful for when you have a lot of photos to upload. I’ve not done any editing of these as I wanted to share the raw photos.

Skimming the photos below I can see that some are underexposed, others are overexposed, some are slightly out of focus. There are even some that are properly exposed and in focus. I think uploading them like this, almost like a contact sheet, is a good way to see what stands out and is worth doing further work with.

100 Photos – the edited results

It took me a few days to get around to performing the exercises for the 100 Photos project but I’ve managed to work through them. Some of the exercises have been simple to do because the tasks are ones I’m familiar with. Others were more challenging because they involved using features such as Layers, which I’ve never used, not because I’ve not wanted to but because I’ve never known how to use them.

In this post I’m going to include the end result of my editing efforts.



Dog in Lake Basic Image Editing 1MB
Exercise 1.2 Basic Image Editing (ISO 100 f/5.6 1/60 sec 46mm)


Of all the photos I took this is the one that I liked the best. I’d just started taking photos and the rock caught my attention so I’d sat down on the bank to take some photos of it. As I was taking photos this dog came running up, it ran around me and then leapt into the lake. I know that I missed a number of photos that might have been more interesting of it leaping through the air and landing in the water. This was the point it stopped to lap up some water, just before its owner came rushing up and shouted at it to get out of the water. It’s a shame that it’s owner was so insistent on it getting out as it looked like it was enjoying having a drink.


Cyclist White Balance Adjusted 1MB
Exercise 1.3 Cyclist White Balance Adjusted (ISO 100 f/5.6 1/160 sec 185mm)


As I was working my way back through the park I saw this cyclist coming towards me. I decided that a picture down the path would be a good one and with the cyclist it made it a bit more interesting than without. I like the way that the one edge of the path leads you from the front of the photo to the cyclist and then continues to take you to the trailer, which contains the part of the photo that I clicked on with the White Balance Tool.

Looking at the photo from that point the eye can continue to the picnic tables or cut across the photo to the greenery and then back down the path to the front of the photo once again


Sailboat Colour Adjusted 1MB
Exercise 1.3 Sailboat Colour Balance Adjustment Layer (ISO 100 f/5.6 1/160 sec 55mm)


Looking through the photos I took there weren’t a lot that I thought were too blue. This was probably the closest. I played around with the colours until I managed to get the grass to a colour I was satisfied with.


Cyclist and Child Cropped 1MB
Exercise 1.4 Cyclist and Child Cropped (ISO 100 f/5.6 1/200 sec 35mm)


I spotted this father towing his young child through the park and decided they were worth taking a photo of. The original photo had much more sky and also more of the landscape to the left and right of the building. Cropping the photo I decided I could lose the extra landscape and part of the sky to bring more of a focus to the people.


Bird Cropped 1MB
Exercise 1.4 Bird Cropped (ISO 100 f/5.6 1/320 sec 55mm)


There were a lot of birds around the park, either flying or hopping along the ground. This photo was a good candidate from cropping. There was a lot of sky which made the bird look a lot smaller. Cropping the image makes the bird look a lot larger than it was in reality.

I’m still working on some of the colour correction techniques so that I can use them properly, the contrast adjustment technique is another that I’m not proficient with just yet. When I do I’ll update this post and include some extra images that I’ve edited.

In the meantime I need to produce some small size images so I can upload all of the 100 photos to this log.





100 Photos – Initial Evaluation

Today I managed to find  half an hour to do the 100 Photo project from the first part of the course.

We have been staying at a hotel in Bedford as we have tickets for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The hotel is close to a marina so with a bit of time to spend I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to take half an hour to take photos for the project.

These are my initial thoughts about the activity.

I’d thought that taking 100 photos would be that simply, after all when I’ve gone away places or been at events I’ve come back with lots more photos than that.

How wrong I was.

Trying to get interesting angles, different shots, having the right exposure and shots that are in focus is surprisingly difficult. With 15 minutes of the activity done I’d only taken 40 photos.

Mindful of what I had to achieve I still wanted to get some photos that would say something, that would have some level of meaning.

A couple of the photos show bits of litter lying on the ground, in one case less than 10 yards from a rubbish bin.

Another photo shows the perils of trying to take photos while having your mobile phone in your back pocket. Thank goodness for the glass protector I’d bought at the same time, that took the brunt of the damage rather than the screen. A new glass protector is far cheaper than a new phone.

The majority of the images aren’t very interesting, I feel, however, there was one where I was in the right place at the right time. As I was taking a photo of a rock in the lake a dog leapt into the water in front of me. Admittedly a couple of seconds earlier would have been a much better action shot but the one I did get I’m pleased with.

There were also a lot of missed opportunities, lots of people walking, running and cycling, lots of dogs bounding around. If I’d had more time and also more confidence about approaching people then there were a number of shots I’d liked to have taken. Even so I managed to get a few photos with people in them by being  discrete.

I’m not going to upload any of the photos right now, I want to work through the rest of the exercise before I do.



I wasn’t sure about the idea of using a sketchbook for my photography. I like the idea of an online learning log, I wouldn’t be writing this if I didn’t 🙂  Using a sketchbook though; why would I want to do something like that?

Wandering around Waterstones in Bristol this  morning I saw this book again. In the past I’ve had a brief look at it but have always put it back. Today, though I decided that buying something that has examples of what other photographers have  included in their books, might be a good idea.wp-1499868007639

Starting to read through it I wrote the following in a notebook that I’d picked up last night.


I think that I might just be seeing the benefit of a sketchbook after all, particularly a paper based one.

And who can blame me when you can have a lovely cover and an amazing sentiments on the cover of one.


St James’ Church Project

David Keen, the vicar at St James’ Church in Yeovil wants to update some of the material that is provided to visitors and children who attended the church for one reason or another. To do this a series of photographs based primarily on the photographs used in the existing leaflets will be required. The list below is the starting point.

1.       All stained glass windows (including close ups of the 4 main figures in the big window)

2.       Pulpit

3.       Cross on pulpit

4.       Hare and dog on arches by pulpit

5.       Close ups of heads in roof with names

6.       Aumbry (the box where we keep communion bread and wine, to the side of the main altar)

7.       Communion table with cross

8.       Side chapel (with some candles lit) through open chapel doors

9.       Church through main door (with all lights on)

10.   Star candle holders

11.   Close up of painted bits of the roof

12.   Font

13.   Outside from Preston Rd

14.   Church room from churchyard at back

15.   Whole church from organ loft

16.   Close up of scallop shell either in banner or window

17.   Pics of each of the wall plaques (side chapel, outside main door)

18.   Lectern

19.   Bishops chair

20.   Ringing chamber

21.   Bells

22.   Clock from outside

23.   Emblem on glass doors

24.   Headstone fragment in the glass case on the North wall

25.   Anything else that looks interesting, or could be put into a children’s guide to the church (e.g. things for them to find/discover as they look around)

My initial thoughts about the project are:

·       That it will be a good project to do.

·       That it will be possible to take photographs of the outside of the church from across the road using a tripod.

·       That a tripod will be needed for a number of the photographs of items inside the church.

·       That I can do the entire shoot during my lunchtime as one of David’s initial thoughts was that it should take about 30 minutes to do.

·       That is the wrong time of year for one of the shots of the outside of the church. This shot would be much better taken in the spring when one of the trees is full of pink blossoms and so adding an extra bit of colour to the shot.

What are going to be the challenges?

When do I try and do the project?

·       My immediate thoughts about this are that it needs to be when the church is quiet, or there are other people taking photos. Trying to do it when there are a lot of people around is going to mean distractions and people getting in the way.

·       Secondly, taking photos inside the church, the available light needs to be taken into account. Although the church has lights that can be turned on it would be much better to either use natural light or be able to use flash. Personally, I would like to take the photos using just natural light. This means being at the church either in the morning or afternoon. If I aim to do the project at around mid-day, although the light nay well be quite harsh, I think minimising shadows will help with outdoor shots of the church. But then there are some photographs; such as those where candles will be lit that would look much better when it was darker, so it’s possible that this project needs to be done in two or more stages.

·       Some of the things that need photographing are going to be in areas of the church that normally the congregation don’t get access to. The organ loft and the bell tower are good examples of this.

I like the idea of this project, I’ve taken photos in and around St James’ before, admittedly most of these were done with my camera on Auto Mode, so having proper access to the church to do something like will be fun.


St James’ Church, Yeovil from Preston Road – 4th December 2008 – Nikon D40 ISO 200 1/320 sec f/9 28mm
Path leading to entrance to main part of St James’ Church, Yeovil from Preston Road – 4th December 2008 – Nikon D40 ISO 400 1/400 sec f/3.5 18mm
Rear of St James’ Church and part of church room – 4th December 2008 – Nikon D40 ISO 320 1/500 sec f/5.6 18mm




A bit about my photography and me

I have been interested in photography for a number of years. Until last year I used my camera on Auto. I hesitated to use any of the other modes because I didn’t understand them.

Last year I stepped outside my comfort zone and took an evening class in photography which challenged me to produce a set of 6 photos on a theme, mine was dance. At the end of the course a selection of the images I produced were included in the college end of year show, along with a couple of the other students on the course.

At the start of this year I returned to college and took a further evening class on black and white film development.

Both courses increased my enthusiasm for photography and pushed me to explore what I was able to do.

Interaction with the audience, Hoots n Hooters, 37 Club, Puriton Somerset – 8th April 2017 (Nikon D7200 ISO 6400 1/30 sec, f/1.8 50mm)

I considered doing A Level Photography at the local college but it’s during the day time so would mean juggling work. Then I discovered the OCA and gave serious thought to doing a photography degree. It’s still what I would like to do but discovering the Foundation course gave me the chance to try out studying again and see how I get on. With luck at the end of the course I’ll be ready to go on and do a degree.


Thoughtful Snowy
Thoughtful Snowy (Nikon D7200 ISO 400, 1/640 sec , f/2.8, 40mm)


I have plenty of subjects that are willing to let me take their photos and I live in Somerset so have a lot of wonderful countryside to explore with my camera.

Camera equipment wise, I have a Nikon D7200 with a number of lenses, and a Nikomat EL 35m which I’m still getting used to; the set of photos I had developed from it had some flaws which might be due to the cameras age and condition. I also have an electronic flash, some filters, tripods and a monopod. Oh, and last year I had a portable camera studio set up for my birthday.

So to end who am I?

Well I’m a 50 year old married woman with a grown up son, who has terminal cancer. He is my inspiration in life. I work full time as a computer consultant, photography is one of my main creative outlets; that and the occasional bit of writing and dancing (burlesque and hopefully soon pole). Being able to photograph my friends who dance, and even other performers, to a high standard is one of the places I want to get with my photography.