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.

No time. … Too much I want to do with the Fuji X-e1 and X100

There is so much that I would like to do more with my photography, so many things that I have dabbled with and need to go back and explore in detail. Recently working with longer exposures for landscape, light painting human forms, street shooting at night, street shooting in the rain and at this moment I really like the black and white conversions I can produce with both the X100 and X-E1 using silverfx pro. This takes time and lots of it, don’t get me wrong I am not work shy but when you have a day job to pay the bills that is not photography, fitting in all this experimenting and learning is a challenge, and not forgetting I really like to write and share my effort on my blog and eats more time too.

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For example I am currently reading a great deal about street photography and learning from so of its masters. Dazed digital here had published a fascinating piece on the A to Z of street photography …. Go take a look if your into street. How is it changing me Continue reading No time. … Too much I want to do with the Fuji X-e1 and X100

France and Paris with the Fuji X-E1 and the 35mm (warning image heavy)

So having made the brave decision to leave the normally welded to me Fuji X-100 at home and leave the Fujinon 18-55 at home hoping that this would push and bend my photographic skills in directions I have not taken much before, I packed only the Fuji X-E1 and the 35mm f/1.4. We jumped in a fully laden VW camper and headed down to the Euro tunnel late Sunday evening bedding down overnight ready to catch the 09:50 to Calais the next morning. (we are not early risers).
It’s my first time on the Euro tunnel and I have to say what a trouble free and simple way to travel to Europe. Fast from arriving in the car park to driving on the A16 in France took just over the hour. The actual time on the train being 35 mins. It’s an excellent way to hop under the water. They should build a tunnel to the US wow wouldn’t that be a cool ride.

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I had some time on the meandering journey down to come to terms with having such a narrow field of view to work with, 50mm seemed way to narrow and I began to regret my bold move to push my skills. But Continue reading France and Paris with the Fuji X-E1 and the 35mm (warning image heavy)