Time to get moving again

I’ve received quite a few emails of late, asking if I’m still around and if the site is still being updated. It’s been a while but I can assure you that I’m still here, lurking in the background :)

Since my last post, back in July 2012, nothing much has happened with either this or the new site. I started moving everything over to the new domain, but simply didn’t have enough time to get it completely up and running before having to focus my attention elsewhere. In fact, all of my web projects have ended up taking a back seat over the past 18 months or so.

Nevertheless, I feel that it’s time for me to get this moving again, perhaps with some new ideas and a fresh perspective – A new look, and a new domain name.

I don’t have any official mailing list right now, but if you want to be kept in the loop or if you just want to keep in touch, use the contact form to send me a quick message. If you do this, I’ll add you to my personal contacts list and I’ll let you know how and when things will be ramped up again. I’m also interested to hear about anything you’d like to see on the site in the future, so please feel free to include it in your email.

You can also contact and/or follow me on my personal twitter account @Shannon_MBX

Thanks for taking the time to visit

S

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THP is moving!

My Photography BasicsWe’re moving

The Hobby Photographer has a new home which is located at My Photography Basics. There’s not a whole lot there just yet, but over the next few weeks I’ll be moving the best of the articles from this site over to the new. As I do so, redirects will be put in place where appropriate, and eventually “The Hobby Photographer” will be decommissioned.

Cool, but why?

The decision to move domains has come about in an effort to better focus the intent of the sites content. I had originally intended the site to provide a kind of knowledge base about photography, starting at the basics and moving on from there. Instead, the title “The Hobby Photographer” tends to give the impression that the site is a hobby photography blog.

The new title, “My Photography Basics”, provides a clearer indication that content of the site is intended to be photography how-to’s and technical information. As well as the knowledge base, there will also be an emphasis on discussion. I’ll be encouraging comments, community input and feedback.

So come on over to the new site, again, it’s My Photography Basics, and sign up to the mailing list, leave a comment or suggestion, or talk to us about contributing an article or two!

Thanks

Shannon

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Photo Post | Terrigal Beach 201107

Terrigal Beach 201107

Photo Post | Terrigal Beach 201107

Terrigal Beach 201107

Setting the scene:

Shot on 31 July, 2011 at around 1:30pm. It was a fantastic day weather-wise for the middle of winter. We took a phone call from some friends and decided to meet at Terrigal beach so that all of the kids could play in the sand. Being the middle of winter, we really didn’t want them getting wet but kids will be kids…

I took my camera with the intention of snapping some nice photos of the kids, and hopefully one or two nice beach photos too. When we arrived, I noticed this line of cloud which really intrigued me because it reminded me of some style of writing. I took a number of shots in an attempt to capture it with a composition that felt right. After some cropping to remove the corner of a brick wall and to balance the frame, the photo above is the end result.

Now for technical details:

  • The photo was taken using a Canon EOS 400D using the EF-S 18-55mm kit lens.
  • Shutter speed was 1/60 second
  • Aperture was at f/10
  • Focal Length at 18mm
  • Shot in full manual mode
I used a CPL (circular polarising) filter during this shoot. The day was quite warm so there was a bit of haze around. The CPL helps to cut the haze, and also helps to remove reflections from the water which is why the water looks so clear in this shot. The time of day is important with this shot too. The middle of the day is the time of day when the sun is the highest in the sky and gets the most penetration through the water. If I had shot this early or late in the day I would not have been able to capture the water with that beautiful turquoise colour.

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Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet photo shot at 300mm, f/5.6

Rainbow Lorikeet

Living in a home that backs directly on to the Australian bush has some wonderful advantages. We often have visits in our back yard from local wildlife such as bush turkeys, blue-tongue lizards and the occasional wallaby. On this day, I had put a small amount of sunflower seed out on my back deck to attract some of the local birds with the hope of capturing a photo or two. I wasn’t disappointed.

I took many shots that afternoon, and I’m happy with a lot of them, but this is one of my favorites.  Using a Canon EF 75mm-300mm at full zoom and an aperture of f/5.6 I managed to capture this rainbow Lorikeet looking right at the lens. Tell me what you think!

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Reflections

Reflections

Sunset photo taken at Gosford Marina on the NSW Central Coast. Shot on Dec 30, 2010

Reflections

Shot on 30 December, 2010 at Gosford marina on the NSW Central Coast. The sky was all but dark when I shot this sunset photo. An extended shutter speed allowed me to capture some of the remaining ambient colour bouncing around in the stratosphere as well as capture the reflections and shadows on the lake.

The air that night was cooler than I had expected after a very warm day, and the mosquitoes were having a feast on my ankles and arms. The results were more than worth the itchy bites though. I’m quite happy with the resulting photo.

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