029: Kata Empi

This is Morgan practicing kata Empi. He was gracious enough to let me take photos of him for this project.

I’ve been doing karate for six years, and Dave (my husband) longer than that, although we’ve been a bit slack in recent years. Morgan was a beginner in Dave’s class when Dave was a sensei; he’s come a long way since then!

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: NIKON D300S
  • Taken: 21 February, 2011
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Location: 33° 44.67′ 0″ S 151° 6.83′ 0″ E
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s

028: Gerry

I love candid photos. Happy snaps are fine, but I find that candids usually catch more of the moment, and person’s real character and beauty, than a posed photo does.

This is my friend Geraldine at San Churro Chocolataria for our friend Nat’s birthday.

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.2
  • Camera: NIKON D300S
  • Taken: 19 February, 2011
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Location: 33° 47.83′ 0″ S 151° 10.99′ 0″ E
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s

022: Friends and flashes

As I was reading about flash modes on my camera I also saw mention of iTTL flash, which doesn’t work with spot metering on (which I use most of the time). I asked these lovely ladies to stand for me while I tried out an automatic flash with spot metering and center-weighted metering.

Despite the squirelly face that Charmian is pulling in the center-weighted photo, the flash is much better: their faces are illuminated much more evenly, which is apparently the nature of the iTTL flash mode.

  • Aperture: ƒ/3.5
  • Camera: NIKON D300S
  • Taken: 13 February, 2011
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Location: 33° 42.91′ 0″ S 151° 7.24′ 0″ E
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s

014: Finally here

Often it feels like a long road to a wedding… The stress of organising everything, the family quirks, foibles and tensions. It’s nice to see the faces when all of that stress fades away.

I was playing in the band at the wedding, so I set up my camera on a Gorillapod next to a foldback speaker and triggered it with a remote. The focus wasn’t perfect, but I still caught some nice moments, and got a perspective that no one else did.

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: NIKON D300S
  • Taken: 4 February, 2011
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Location: 33° 46.08′ 0″ S 150° 50.44′ 0″ E
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s