russell higgs

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sorry Mal, still no blue straws

sunday 01102006

sorry Mal, still no blue straws

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  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Oct 2006, 12:56
You are forgiven Russell, you have been very creative with the ones you have! They rather look like fingers on a hand dragging you back into the wall, fight them Russell don't give in!!!
  • wale
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Oct 2006, 22:51
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 2 Oct 2006, 01:10
i like how you are framed here russell. bit like the cure - lullaby. the lack of blue is not too distracting. are you using guassian blurs now russell
russell higgs: i don't know what a guassian blur is, and i'm not consciously using one, but these past 2 days there is something different about my pix, like a slight soft focus or something. Its made we wonder if something might of switched on in my camera accidentally and unknown to me.

Also I've always assumed that the arms length distance tween me and the camera would equal about a metre, which is the shortest normal focal distance for my cam. But last night I measured it and in fact the camera could do with being about 30 cms further back.

Are my pictures generally a bit out of focus then?
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 2 Oct 2006, 12:47
Russell, gaussian blurs are a smoothing type blur that you would add in Photoshop or the Gimp. I suspect you are not really doing much editing to your photos which makes your portraits an even more compelling body of work. If you want editing capabilities and don't have any then give gimp shop a go. it is open source and has very similar menus to photoshop.

Gaussian blur is similar to a soft focus filter that would be traditionally fitted to a camera. You will see Mal is obtaining a similar effect by smearing vaseline on his uv filter.

I did notice that your last 2 days have been lighter. you camera settings are the same over the last few days. I don't think they are out of focus but the contrast is not as sharp hence i thought you were using a blur filter. i wonder whether you have adjusted your white balance settings? As for the arm distance i think they are probably the right length and don't know whether you can get extensions from the pound shop wink I am beginning to think you are losing the battle against the camera. you will be assimilated ... resistence is futile.
russell higgs: thanks Nev. the softening of the pictures these past 2 days is a mystery. I'm not doing anything different. I'll take today's shots in a moment and see how they turn out.

I'd prefer to keep taking the shots at arm's length, its just so much quicker. Theres no remote for this cam, and the thought of having to step forward to push the bloody button and then step back into position and wait for the bloody self timer to countdown has really put me off. So I'm going to stick with arm's length until I can afford another camera with a remote one day.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 2 Oct 2006, 14:13
i would be disinclined to use a tripod at this late stage russell. you have one constant which doesn't change and that is your arm. you probably have a feel for that sweet spot. another thing to check is that you bird isn't licking the lens or that he is adding extra lights.
russell higgs: the camera does rest on something when I take these. I've recently put up a little shelf thats just at arm's length in front of me. Though the wood is a bit warped so its not a perfect flat surface.

I found in the past that purely handheld shots produced too many "wasted" shots, and frustrating shots that would have been great if only they'd been in focus etc.

I've got a lightwieght tripod that a friend leant me, but it doesn't have the bit that screws onto the camera and they don't make that brand anymore. Plus its annoying when one of the cats rubs up against it just as you're taking a shot.

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