Logo creations and stuff for my blog

I have decided to make a logo for my bog and website, all part of a new phase of my photography. I have started this year with a more positive outlook on my photography and all aspect associated with it. Hence the logo. 1cam1lens LogoI have decided to stay with the one camera one lens and maybe extending it to add 1light. I want to focus on portrait work this year particularly head shots. I want to work indoor and on location and include just one light, that may be ring, continuous, off camera flash, strobe or even long exposure. I will have to wait and see what is creative juice at the time. I have created two new headers for my blog, I am learning on the fly how to custom design my blog using the WordPress tools. The logo headers should appear random on loading.

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Above is the first version that will be deployed and below is the second, each hopefully given a different look and feel the the blog when active. Below is the second header.

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I created both by selecting images I have taken using Fuji XE1 and 35mm lens with two types of home made ring light. (made from an old inspection lamp) its fluorescent light so not quite good daylight colour balance but the Fuji is rather good at sorting out these issues and its well work the trouble as this ring light leave a fantastic catch light in the eyes. Next I would have normally opened up the image in Photoshop, however since the introduction of Adobe PhotoShop is now on a subscription based licence I have abandoned it. (like many others that are poor!)

I am not willing to pay a monthly fee to use software. There are a number for FREE options available to perform virtually all of the same functions as PS with out the massive learning curve and costs. I am not a designer or publisher or have reason to be constantly retouching images so I don’t really need it anyway, Im no expert this for sure. Programs such as “Gimp” is a great alternative and I have been using this for a while. However recently I have come across a new program not the App store. “Pixelmator” is a program that runs on Mac and cost around £20. I’m learning as I go and so far its looking good. You can check out a demo here. Its now available for iPad too, however I prefer the larger screen to work born this type of thing.

I created several text layers and a few filter lays to create the logo, converting some of the text into objects so that I could manipulate them to suit my needs. Once I was happy with the design, group the layers and position them in the image until I was happy, its then just a case of exporting back to jpeg and up loading to WordPress, a little effort was needed to crop the images to suit using the WordPress editor then…. hey presto logo headers have arrived…. I hope you like them.

Cambridge streets with Fuji X-E1 18-55 f/2.8-f/4

It was a beautiful sunny day here in Cambridge today so I took the opportunity to take the Fuji X-E1 out for a good hard street session. The images have been post processed slightly, touch of contrast and a vignette. I don’t shoot RAW these are all jpegs. I hope you enjoy this street view of Cambirdge as much as I have. I was inspired following the Vietnam series of images from another Fuji X-E1 user. There are a large number if images after the jump link. I am still stunned by the dynamic range, tone,colour and sharpness from this lens and camera. And it’s half the size and a quarter the weight of my old DSLR kit. What more could I want. I think it might be better than the Leica M not that’s have used one but this kit is lighter and more possibly more versatile.

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Many more images after the jump. Continue reading Cambridge streets with Fuji X-E1 18-55 f/2.8-f/4