The Portrait

The Portrait

Shot with a Canon EOS 50D (w/ 17-55 f2.8 IS USM lens)

  • Shot on Aperture priority
  • Focal Length: 55mm (35mm equivalent: 88mm)
  • Aperture: f2.8
  • Exposure: 1/800s
  • ISO 100

Hadn’t been shooting the street for quite some time but this was a shot I could not resist – I was not out to shoot street photography and was carrying my DSLR (I usually prefer to use the G12 for street-photography since it is much smaller).

Even though I’m posting this photo I’m not too sure whether it would have been wiser to focus on the girl’s face instead, but at the time I was scared that if I focused on her I would have lost the drawing since it is light and in pencil. In hindsight it might have been a good idea to shot down the aperture and have both subjects in focus, but that’s life. We only get a moment and can only hope we do the right thing. In spite of its imperfection I still quite like the shot though, don’t ask me why.

(#72 of 366 X 2012 project)

The Runaway Bride

Shot with a Canon EOS 50D (w/ 17-55 f2.8 IS USM lens)

  • Shot on Aperture priority
  • Focal Length: 55mm (35mm equivalent: 88mm)
  • Aperture: f2.8
  • Exposure: 1/1250s
  • ISO 400

I was walking by a church and spotted these flowers on the steps outside. They seem to be a bouquet that the bride throws behind her after she gets married. Whoever caught them left them lying on the floor, so I wonder what was going on there.

Onto more technical issues, I walked as back as I could, then I got up close and personal with the flowers by zooming in as much as my lens allowed me to, opened the aperture up wide and therefore isolated the flowers. The depth of field is shallow, the field of view is narrow and therefore the scene feels even more lonely. Even though at first glance the picture looks like it has selective colour in a B&W picture, as you can probably notice by the small tufts of grass, I did not play around with the colour of the rest of the photo – the stone was really that grey.

(#71 of 366 X 2012 project)

Fiori (Flowers)

Flowers

I Fiori (Flowers in Italian)

Shot with a Canon EOS 50D (w/ 17-55 f2.8 IS USM lens)

  • Shot on Aperture priority
  • Focal Length: 17mm (35mm equivalent: 27mm)
  • Aperture: f2.8
  • Exposure: 1/400s
  • ISO 200

Shot this image in Siracusa, Sicily, which is where I’m travelling over this weekend. It is terribly windy and mostly over-cast, but this shot was taken in one of the few times I had good weather.

I got in, up, close and personal with the flowers at a stall at the market – set the aperture at its widest and let the shallow depth of field do its job of blurring out the rest. I’m not a big fan of floral shots but I loved this when I saw it and could not resist showing it off. I have to leave most of my other shots on standby for a few stories I want to write about Sicily.

(#70 of 366 X 2012 project)

Breaking Waves

Shot with a Canon EOS 50D (w/ Jupiter-6 180mm f2.8 lens)

  • Shot on Aperture priority
  • Focal Length: 180mm (35mm equivalent: 288mm)
  • Aperture: f2.8
  • Exposure: 1/320s
  • ISO 640
Driving along the coast of Sicily in gale-force winds revealed some of the worst, and most beautiful, aspects of nature. Everything was being blown to bits – tiles were falling off roofs, signs and other semi-permanent structures were being uprooted and keeping the car on the road was a challenge due to the strong cross-winds on the highways.
The wind was also blowing the sea all over the place. Everything within 5-6 blocks from the coast was covered in sea-spray. There was no escaping it, so the next best thing was to shoot it. These photos were taken off the coast of i Giardini di Naxos, a popular sea-side resort which was deserted given the weather conditions.
The first shot (above) was taken at a fast shutter speed (to freeze the motion of the water), however I also experimented with some slower shutter speeds to see whether I could capture the motion of the sea engulfing the rock. I probably prefer the shot below in feeling, but have to present the one on top because I was shooting handheld at 180mm so the photo is not as sharp as I would like it to be.
  • Shot on Aperture priority
  • Focal Length: 180mm (35mm equivalent: 288mm)
  • Aperture: f2.8
  • Exposure: 1/50s
  • ISO 100

(#69 of 366 X 2012 project)

The Boots: Revisited

Shot with a Canon EOS 50D (w/ 17-55mm f2.8 IS lens)

  • Shot on Aperture priority
  • Focal Length: 35mm (55mm equivalent: 88mm)
  • Aperture: f2.8
  • Exposure: 1/500s
  • ISO 200

One of my most popular photos since I’ve been trying out my 366 project was a shot I took of Greta’s boots. Even though it was liked in general, I received quite a bit of feedback about it and I tried to shoot them many another time since then. I have shots on grass, shots on snow, shots with no background, but still – the ones I like most are always on an asphalt background.

(#68 of 366 X 2012 project)

The Charitable Web


Some people love working out while some others enjoy dedicating their time to helping others. By choosing to cycle 250km for charity, Nicole Grima aims to kill two birds with one stone. Richard Muscat Azzopardi caught up with her to find out how she aims to use the Internet to collect the amount she is targeting. 

 

Nicole is taking part in the annual “Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer charity bike ride, which is a two-pronged challenge as you have to cycle 250 kms over the course of 2 days, and raise a minimum of $2,500 for charity to participate. The charitable organization (sponsored by Enbridge) actually organizes a two-day cycling event in four different provinces in Canada; British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

Read the rest on Media Tapper.

(#67 of 366 X 2012 project)