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My musings on technique and sometimes technology

Using the colour wheel to select filters for black and white

Posted by Merco_61, 09 August 2022 · 1,107 views

Filters are subtractive, so they lighten their own colour and darken the reciprocal. To guesstimate the effect of a filter, you can look at the colour wheel and a sector of about 60˚ either side of the main colours for the filter will get the most pronounced effect.
This means that a red filter will lighten colours that span between magenta and yellow and...

Building Light, step by step.

Posted by Merco_61, 04 January 2022 · 1,112 views

In 2010 I shot for 35 weeks in a row, a new theme each week and seven shots per theme for a coffetable book for prospective clients. I have translated week 7 to English and hope to be of interest.

Week 7: Building Light, step by step.
This week, I had a little helper. The little koala sits where he is put, unlike a live model and is often pressed into se...


Posted by Merco_61, 03 August 2018 · 2,641 views

I am building a parkflyer-sized Telemaster. It is reduced in size from the original's 99" wingspan to only 36 1/2".

Framing up the wings.
https://farm1.static...30ca08889_o.jpg PES_2018-07-27_16-02-17_24mm_ by merco_61 , on Flickr

When returning to a hobby after many years, some upgrades and service work is to be expected.

From: Ransta trädgård

Posted by Merco_61, 18 June 2018 · 2,011 views

Source: Ransta trädgård

My One week, one lens and one camera challenge

Posted by Merco_61, 31 May 2018 · 2,165 views

The One week... challenge is over for now.
I achieved what I set out to do in that I am much more familiar with my 20 favourite lenses after using them on three different bodies over the past year and a half. Not being able to grab another, easier to use lens for the situation felt really limiting at the start. I soon got used to the limitations, however....

How do I shoot with a speedlight the easy way?

Posted by Merco_61, 02 December 2017 · 1,331 views

The best way to get predictable results with a speedlight is to take control over all the parameters for the ambient light.
Set the mode selector to manual.
Turn AutoISO off.
Set the aperture to what you need it to be to get the depth of field you want.
Set the ISO to the lowest setting you can and still get the flash range you need to light the main subj...

From: The Royal Mojos and The Full Nine Yards

Posted by Merco_61, 14 May 2017 · 2,464 views

I'll blog this as well as not everybody read the photosharing threads.

Source: The Royal Mojos and The Full Nine Yards

Focus stacking with Photoshop

Posted by Merco_61, 19 March 2017 · 1,383 views

Source: One week, one camera, one lens week ending March 19 2017

Rule of thirds composition

Posted by Merco_61, 26 August 2016 · 1,613 views

This was originally a post in the forum thread: What should camera see?

Shooting in snow and cold weather

Posted by Merco_61, 17 January 2016 · 3,395 views

One important factor when shooting in winter conditions is the lens hood. The recommended hood for the 50/1.8D is one of the rubber things... I much prefer a rigid hood that stays extended while shooting. The HS-9 is made for the 50/1.4 Ai and Ai-S, but works much better than the HR-2 that Nikon recommend.
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