November ’12 Review

November was another busy month photographically. I love the autumn colours, so when time allowed I was out and about photographing the lovely leaves with my fantastic new macro lens. I’m very impressed with the results.

A Little Window In The Ivy
A Little Window In The Ivy

The dark nights made it easy to get out and do some more light painting. Here’s one which I liked from a session out with the GNPC folks at a very dark churchyard!

Light Swirls Panorama
Light Swirls Panorama

When it was too wet to wave the lightsabres around outside, I indulged in some indoor light painting with various different tools instead, and also had my first go at spinning physiograms – trickier than it looks!

Lenser Twirling
Lenser Twirling
Orbital Decay
Orbital Decay
Purple Splash #4
Purple Splash #4

More studio activities involved testing out my new Splash Art Kit on various occasions.

It produces some great results with a much better valve and pressure tank than my original  Camera Axe setup, and I’ve also bought some great flash brackets for getting better background colours.

I look forward to playing with it more over the coming weeks and months – I’ll certainly need some practice as I’m giving two talks with live demos about water splashes to clubs in the near future!

The Splash Art system also seems a bit more rugged and more easily transportable compared to the delicate electronics of the Camera Axe, so it should be much better for taking on the road to various places.

I enjoyed a lovely weekend visiting a friend at the seaside in Kent mid-month. Saturday was pretty grim, but we had a gloriously crisp, sunny autumn day on the Sunday. There was some amazing light in Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Margate.

Trappings Of A Working Harbour
Trappings Of A Working Harbour

Talking of the seaside – I witnessed another fantastic sunset in Brightlingsea a few days ago. I was there re-acquainting myself with the qualities of my 100-400mm zoom lens, which I’d just collected from being repaired.

Orange Glow Over Mersea
Orange Glow Over Mersea
Beachcomber I, II, III Triptych
Beachcomber I, II, III Triptych

Having been a loyal user of Nik Silver Efex Pro for a couple of years, this month I treated myself to Nik Color Efex Pro 4 as an early Christmas present.

I haven’t really had much opportunity to play with it yet, but I have found that it can make some stylish borders for pictures.

This triptych of beautiful stones in the sand at Broadstairs is finished off rather well with the additional edging.

My ongoing love for mono photography was once again fuelled by taking part in the annual Monovember challenge on Flickr. I am pleased with my thirty images, and feel that I did the group justice. However, I will be glad to go back to just needing to make two images a day for December, rather than three!

And so that brings us to the end of the month – and December is upon us once again! Watch this space for the next installment.