Backdrops

Today I thought I’d share some fantastic backdrop ideas I’ve found on Pinterest.

The easiest backdrop by far is one made of streamers – these are extremely cheap, easy to coordinate with your colour scheme and can be dressed up with balloons, patterns and bunting.

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Other cost effective ideas include paper chains, diamond patterns, origami cranes and paper flowers – the simplest of these create a beautiful effect while even the more elaborate remain cost effective.Image

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For the more pricey end of the scale I love these ‘garden’ style backgrounds.

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You can find heaps more fantastic backdrop ideas here.

Thanks for reading,

Clever Fox

 

Now back to the Polaroids…

I’ve recently realized that my blog about instant photography has become full of digital images, so I’ve created a new blog HERE for digital photography. As well as posting more of my own photos, I’ll also try to do more features of other instant photographers and ideas for photo booths.

To make up for the lack of Instant photos, here’s Precious sussing out the Beast

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Thanks for reading,

Clever Fox

Industrialism

 

 

Took the X-E1 to cockatoo island for the Biennale of Sydney – more than the artwork I was captivated by the rusted industrial buildings. It also afforded me an opportunity to practice my Photoshop skills.

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My favorite photo of the day – I love the light, the colours, the texture and the perspective.

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These ‘fake bricks’ were almost an artwork of their own – I walked past a few times before even noticing this section.

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Reflection of Stairs in an adjacent building – one perk to the island is that very little of the damage is man-made – so lots of rust, but very little broken glass

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I’ve got no idea what this is, but it reminds me of the illustrations in Shaun Tan’s book ‘The Lost Thing’

The New Addition – Fujifilm X-E1: A review (of sorts) from someone who barely knows what they’re doing.

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Moonrise over Botany Bay – from my first set of photos with the X-E1

 

I’m quite happy to announce that I finally have my first ‘proper’ camera – but it’s not an SLR. After having a play with my mum’s Nikon 5200 I was set on buying that model as I liked the images I was getting out of it..then I followed fujifilm’s blog, hoping for some instax updates. At first I ignored the X-series – I’d heard of mirrorless cameras and assumed they were a passing fad. Sure they looked pretty, but looks are normally compensating for a lack of technical prowess, right? As more (surprisingly good) images popped up on my reader, I did some investigating looking at reviews from some less bais sources. I was impressed with what I saw. In many respects other than megapixels the X series cameras seemed to equal entry level SLRs – many a reviewer even hinted they might be ‘a little better’ (I’ll put a list of reviews I looked at at the bottom of this blog). I started to think about the implications of a smaller camera – easier to carry around all day, less conspicuous, and I’ll be honest I’m a bit vain…and these cameras just look nice.

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Ok, but which one? I’m new to the concept of manual cameras and though I wanted one I could grow into, rather than learn on and then upgrade I also didn’t want to spend bucketloads of money – I wanted to save that for the lenses. The X-E1 had recently received an upgrade in the form of the X-E2 resulting in some slight improvements in the newer model and a steep price drop in the former – it also seemed like good compromise between price and quality.

As for the kit XF 18-55mm lens, it received some gushing reviews everywhere I looked – except from two people on amazon (shush guys, you’re killing my buzz). As I said my experience is limited so I couldn’t tell you how it compares with others, but the images that I’ve taken have come out beautifully sharp when the stars have aligned and I miraculously have everything set right.

So what else can I say? I’m thrilled with my purchase and encourage anyone who’s looking at the X-series to go for it. Here’s one more photo from my first day with the X-E1

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Sydney city from Brighton-Le-Sands

 

Thanks for reading,

Clever Fox

review 1 

review 2

review 3

review 4

Lens:

Review 1

Review 2

Review 3

Review 4

 

 

Monochrome Madness

Here are my entries for this week and next week’s Monochrome Madness (brought to you by Leanne Cole and Laura Macky)

Both images were taken on my Polaroid Z340, with in-camera filters applied. As always, there’s a story behind every photo 🙂

 

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This is Precious the Rainbow Lorikeet after a bath. Normally it would be madness to desaturate a photo of a lorikeet, but I think this is a rare exception.

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These are the shoes I was supposed to wear on my wedding day – however, I kept tripping over the hem of my dress, so out came (somewhat worn) ballet flats! Still, I’m happy I bought them, even if they only really got used for photography purposes!

My First Experience with a DSLR camera

Despite my love of all things instant photography, I have often marveled at the beautiful colours, clarity and effects created with ‘proper’ cameras. It was always my intention to buy a DSLR camera, buy the vast range, conflicting advice and high prices made me wary, especially seeing as I’d never even used a DSLR!  Aperture, ISO, AF, bokeh, f-stop….what did it all mean??? And lenses – the description of which seemed like an incomprehensible jumble of letters and numbers with the occasional recognizable phrase such as ‘macro’ or ‘wide angle’ thrown in were equally as daunting – sometimes even more so as I read the repeated phrase, ‘It’s all about the glass!’

Finally though I had my chance – my mum has recently bought a Nikon D5200 and was happy to let me play when I visited. Here are a few of the resulting shots. Most are SOOC, I’ve indicated where editing has been used.

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Adjusted with photoshop to compensate for bad light

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Lightened with photoshop as ISO was too low

So, having practiced and researched I took the plunge and have now bought myself a new camera…but not a DSLR. But I’ll leave that topic for another blog…

 

Thanks for reading,

Clever Fox