Feb 18: photo of the month

DSC00173I think this is the first time that my photo of the month isn’t one from my daily photo blog (jdjhiston.tumblr.com) Not sure why this one of number 1 grand daughter Amelia didn’t make that cut but for me it’s just about perfect. I like the back lighting and succeeded in exposing properly for the face.

It was taken with my Sony alpha 77 II f5.6 and 1/125th with a 70mm setting on the telephoto.

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Feb 18: photo of the month

2018-02-14 13.48.01DSC_0233-EFFECTSFebruary can be a bit of a challenge for photography unless you’re in a place which is blessed with halfway decent weather and the photo on the left is a point and shoot with my phone at the church in Keyston.

The photo in the right is the result of accepting my phone’s offer of post processing without my involvement. I just gave it a light crop.

Not a bad result.

Taken with my Sony Xperia XZ1, f2 at 1/160th. I guess it’s always f2 but why is there such a generous depth of field?

Oct 17: photo of the month

DSC08701Lots of candidates for this month  with some epic (by my standards) pictures from my stay in Australia and some good ones too following my return. But this one gets the nod because I reckon it’s technically good (would benefit a little from cropping in) and I guess I got it by doing what the professionals would do: taking lots of shots and trusting to serendipity that some will come out pretty good.

It was taken at Surfers’ Beach at Kalbarri, Western Australia with my Sony A56 DSLR. My telephoto was at 280mm with a 1/640th exposure time at f8 and ISO100.

Sep 17: photo of the month

DSC06918This may not be the best photo of the month, there’s a bunch of good candidates from my visit to Hong Kong and the start of my vacation in Australia of course, but it’s of a type and it’s a memory of a great event.

The type is my liking for handheld available light photographs. And the event was my 70th birthday party. It was a dinner so it was nighttime and the subject is a pavlova.

The photo was taken with my Sony alpha 58 DSLR, 1/40th and f6.3 with an ISO setting of 1600. There’s been no post processing beyond a light crop to get rid of some of the clutter in the foreground.

Jul 17: photo of the month

DSC06493It’s been a little thin on the blog posting front and here’s a second photo of the month in a row. When I posted this on Tumblr I said it was a bit of a cliche and the purists would argue that it doesn’t observe the rule of thirds very well and they’d be right. But I still like it. The pastel shades of the beach huts are a reminder of how soft a summer’s day can be.

The photo was taken using my Sony alpha 58 SLR, 1/200th at f11. It’s been cropped a little