Wednesday, 26 October 2011



Tuesday, 25 October 2011



I assume that's his name ...

Monday, 24 October 2011


IMG_0496 by craigand
IMG_0496, a photo by craigand on Flickr.

I thought these looked quite cool.

Autumn encroaches

IMG_0490 by craigand
IMG_0490, a photo by craigand on Flickr.

Caught this tree mid-turn.





Sunday, 23 October 2011


Jack by craigand
Jack, a photo by craigand on Flickr.
First jack-o-lantern pumpkin face person thing I've made in many, many years. As designed by Aimee, age 4.

Jack by craigand
Jack, a photo by craigand on Flickr.

Town Ditch

IMG_0431 by craigand
IMG_0431, a photo by craigand on Flickr.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Good Grief

It's been a while, hasn't it?

So, yeah, not been feeling the "photography" vibe for a while. Or the "geek" vibe. Or, in fact, any sort of vibe at all. That's what tetracyclic antidepressant's do for you, I suppose.

But I'm back on the wagon (or off the wagon?) now and should be able to do something interesting. Autumn is here. My favourite season of all. And an Indian summer, too, according to the MET office. Means clear skies, warm days, and lovely low sun for awesome lighting effects.

Speaking of which, I got to try out the best of my new lighting rig in anger the other day with the ever-awesome Northern Oak. I've used it indoors for a few bits and bobs but, as is the way with hobbies, haven't found anything where it would be genuinely useful in a "real" photography situation. Carting a bag full of umbrellas around "just in case" gets tiring after a while. Literally. It's quite heavy.

In the personal projects (see here, here and here) I've done, I've used strobes for the key light, fill light and, occasionally, back light. The sun has been low in the sky of late and given me a great opportunity to use a shoot-through umbrella or two as fill for the long, diffused shadows the Autumn sun is so wonderful for. More on that later.

So in the meantime I've managed to even out my somewhat wonky brain, if only for a while, and the EOS500D is back as a permanent fixture in my walkaround bag (or "man bag" as many refer to it). Hope to bring exciting things in the near future!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011


We were messing about with a pair of flashing deely-boppers and one of those Fyrflyz things that have the really, really annoying advert on the telly. Figured we'd try some lightpainting.

This is Larissa's attempt at writing her own name. Not fast enough!


So instead she just sort of waved it around while dancing, making herself completely disappear in the process.


For Daniel's turn I used a strobe at 1/4 power that I triggered manually about half way through the exposure. Here it is with some moderate movement:


And the same set-up with random and vigorous flailing:


Monday, 3 October 2011


IMG_0220 by craigand
IMG_0220, a photo by craigand on Flickr.

On a leaf, no less.

Autumn Sun

One of the reasons I love Autumn is because the light takes on a beautiful golden colour that makes everything look lovely. For example, we went for a walk in Derwent Valley. It looked like this:


And this:

And this:

Nice one, Autumn, best of all the seasons.