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Infrared images fo Tamworth Castle, Staffordshire

Tamworth Castle Infrared Tamworth Staffordshire by Gregory Goldston

This image was taken on the 12 July.  It is another infrared shot taken of Tamworth castle.  I took a similar shot to this when I first became interested in infrared but the quality of this image is so superior. You can see the first image below.

This is solely down to the fact that this image had a very short exposure time of 1/13 of a second.

The reflections of the bridge and the trees along with the infrared feel make this my favourite infrared so far.

tamworth castle

The original shot (above) had an exposure time of 5 minutes and as you can see, the post-processing can be tricky to get the right colour balance.

I know which one I prefer.

I love the images that produced with Infrared. Stunning!

Greg Goldston

 

 

Orton on the Hill, Leicestershire

Orton Sunset

Orton on the Hill is a small hamlet which got it’s name from the fact you can see four different counties from there.  The counties, which are visible on a good day from the hill, are Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.  From where I live in Tamworth, I cross two counties in little over 5 miles to reach the view point.  The hill itself is not what you say, large, as it raises a mere 40 metres or about 130ft above the surrounding area.

View from the Hill of Orton on the Hill Leicestershire

This first image was taken a couple of months ago, from the viewpoint on the top of the hill.  I like this shot because of the clouds and the greenness of the field.  I placed the tree on almost the third to give it a classic composition.

sunset at orton on the hill leicestershire by gregory goldston

This second image was taken this month of July.  I decide to go into the wheat field and capture the tree with the sunset behind.  I was lucky that the sunset was spectacular framing the tree in silhouette.  This is one my favourites of the month so far.

It never ceases to amaze me how a place can change with the seasons and the time of the day.

Greg Goldston

 

365 Project Image a Day

My photography was going through a bit of a lull, when I was pointed in the direction of Project 365. This turned out to be a wonderful opportunity and I have found it both inspirational and motivational.

The task is to take at least one photograph every day for a full year, which isn’t as easy as it first appears. Starting with great gusto, you very quickly reach a point where you have to think about what to take next.

Keeping going beyond this point however has its rewards. Your photography will start to improve and you will notice more and more things to take photos of via tuning in your photographic eye to the world around you.

A point of caution, if you start this journey you must keep it going, missing a day can be fatal, nobody will shout or rant or have a go, but miss one day and soon you will miss more and more.

It also has other benefits; keeping going gives you a great sense of achievement and helps instill a driving force, which could be used in other areas.

As of writing this blog post, I am on day 111 of the 365 and have it both challenging and enjoyable. Although I have a love of photography, there are few things that have grabbed my attention quite like this Project 365 has.

As proof to the world and mainly to myself, I use http://365project.org to post my daily images. I might not have posted every day but I have taken the images daily. The site allows you to upload your images, for free, along with other adventurers who have also taken up the gauntlet.

By browsing the site, does give ideas and by commenting and getting involved, shows you that you are not doing it on your own.

What about at the end of the challenge?

After 365 days, you don’t get a big fanfare, a medal or any other way of showing your achievement. What you do get in a sense of achieving a magnificent goal, which you should be quite rightly proud of.

Like all challenges, there are ups and downs but nothing compares with crossing the finishing line. How you achieve this goal is the same as eating an elephant, how do you it? A small bite at a time.

I am on this journey and it would be great to see there to.

This was an image I took last week-

 

Lest We Forget on 365 Project

Poppies in the Field – taken on 1st July 2011, to commemorate the Battle of the Somme 1916 and the Poppy Fields.

Please Enjoy.

Greg Goldston

Infrared Images

I have become fascinated with infrared. Wanting to take these types of pictures, I therefore took the plunge and recently had an old camera body, a canon 300D, adapted.

This is not the only way to take these type of images, there are a number of different filters you can use, which does not require you to update your camera. There are filters you can buy, which go on the front of the camera lens. If you are new and want to dip your toe in the water first, this is best approach.

infrared Anker Valley by Gregory Goldston

This method however does have it’s drawbacks. The filter will fit only one size of lens. Great if all your lenses are one size, but can be expensive if you buy a new one for each size. Secondly, the sensor on digital cameras is fitted with a filter to reduce the all light apart from the visible part of the spectrum.

Most cameras do allow a small amount of infrared to get through, however the exposure times are long, typically 20 to 30 seconds for a 720nm filter( This filter is the most popular and closest to the visible light spectrum and allows some colour through) and up to 5 to 10 minutes for a more restrictive filter. This of course has drawbacks and is susceptible to issues of camera and subject movement etc.

Alvecote Priory Infrared by Gregory Goldston

If you however enjoy infrared, then getting an old camera body adapted removes the this “hot” filter in the camera and this is replaced by a one of your choice. 720nm allows for a little bit of colour through, a 830nm filter produces a black and white monochrome.( nm stands for nanometer, very small and relates to the wavelength of light) The main advantage of a dedicated “built in” filter, is that your exposure times are greatly reduced and are almost the same as a exposures using a unaltered camera.

Both the images shown here, have been taken with an adapted 830nm filter in camera. Shooting in bright sunlight gives some of the best results, almost the opposite to normal landscape photography. The green foliage is seen as white and the sky becomes black. Please note, this is only after changing the white balance or adjustment using changing the channels. Initially, the image appears red, being at the red end of the spectrum this shouldn’t be too surprising. I recommend if you are interested, give it a go.

Win a Fine Art Inspirational Print of Your Choice

Hi

I have just launched a competition to Win an Inspirational Print of your choice from my website. It is mounted and singed and is approximately 20″ x 16″, including the mount.

The Winner will be able to pick an image from the galleries on the website and it will shipped out to them.

The competition is open Worldwide.

The prize is worth £75 GBP (approximately $125 USD).

No purchase necessary.

For details of the competition, please click on the link below.

http://www.gregorygoldston.com/winaprint.html

You can also Follow me on Twitter and Become a Fan on Facebook.

Have a great day.

Greg Goldston

 

 

Inspirational Card of the Day Reading

I have just launched my Inspirational Card of the Day Reading on my main website.

http://www.gregorygoldston.com/cardoftheday.htm

 

It has some fo my favourite images, as well as uplifting words.

 

The reading is completely free and you can use it as often as you like.

 

You can also sign up to receive a Weekly Inspiration Card by email. In the emails, I tell you more about each of the places and what inspired me to take the photographs.

 

You can also buy the pictures as mounted prints, if you would like to do that.

 

I hope you like the reading.

 

Greg Goldston

 

 

Welcome to Greg Goldston Photography Blog

Here I will be posting articles to help you get the most out of your camera, whether that is a Compact Camera or a DSLR camera.

 

I will be offering tips and tricks of the trade. I will be posting some of my photographs, along with explanations as to what I did with my camera to achieve those effects. You will be able to see what worked, and perhaps more importantly, what did not work!

 

I am a firm believer that great photographs are created and taken “in camera” and should need only minimal, if any, work from Photoshop.

 

You can easily take great photographs with whatever type of camera you have.  Some of the best photos can be taken, once you understand the functions and settings of your camera – in other words, once you get “off auto.”

 

I would be very interested in what you would find most useful to know, to help you to take fantastic photographs.

 

Please send me your comments.

Greg Goldston