Month: November 2006

Ballet Mechcanique

Ballet Mechcanique

“Ballet Mechanique” by Ben Parry & Jacques Chauchat. This was basically a milk float with loads of instruments and bits attached. It made various noises and all kinds of things moved. There’s a piano on it too.

Camera: Canon 30D // Flash Used: No // Focal Length: 10.0mm // Exposure Time: 30.000 s // Aperture: f/22.0 // ISO equiv: 100

Doing her thing

Doing her thing

Miss Heddy Heights working the crowd outside the Walker Art Gallery.

Camera: Canon 30D // Flash Used: Yes (Manual, red eye reduction mode) // Focal Length: 52.0mm // Exposure Time: 1/250 // Aperture: f/2.8 // ISO equiv: 200

Miss Heddy Heights

Miss Heddy Heights

So I’m sure some of you are wondering whats going on here. Well for the last 2 months the Liverpool Biennial has been running. Running along side the Biennial was the Independents Biennial who asked me to take some pictures of their events. It was like nothing I expected. To make people aware of the Independents they had hired Miss Heddy Heights to get peoples attention, and well putting a Burlesque model into a busy Liverpool train station at 8am does get peoples attention. Joining us on the day was a photographer from the Echo who really knew his stuff. While I was going “Um” he was coming up with all sorts of ideas. He was really friendly and just knew exactly what to do. I was lucky enough to be able to squeeze next to the guy while going up the escalator. Heddy also knew her stuff and was just awesome. I spent 3 days following her for the launch, getting mostly candid shots of her working at various venues. She was uber confident at going up to people and getting them talking. All in all it was a great opening to the event. I’ll post some other shots of things from the Biennial over the next few days. Now its finished it’ll be quite nice to look back on it.

Camera: Canon 30D // Flash Used: Yes (Manual, red eye reduction mode) // Focal Length: 24.0mm // Exposure Time: 1/250 // Aperture: f/2.8 // ISO equiv: 200

600th Photoblog Post

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600th Photoblog Post

So just over 2 years ago I started my photoblog which was inspired by Chromasia. There’s a few Canon A70 posts in there but basically it was started around the same time as I got my Canon 10D and toured Scotland. Since then I’ve upgraded from Moveable Type to WordPress, from a Canon 10D to a Canon 30D, and from an amateur to a professional. Its been quite a ride. Over the past few months I’ve tried to post 1 single photo a day instead of a block of photos every time I have them. I feel this way is best as it allows people to focus on the one image and when they comment, they’re commenting on that one single image. The other obvious benefit is that I have content for each day. Its not easy to get out shooting every day when you work from home. Oh, why celebrate the 600th post? Well I missed the 500th :)

So this entry is a reprocessing of an old shot from the early 10D days. It was a lovely sunset at West Kirby beach and I haven’t seen one as colourful since. I redid it earlier this year and I was happy with the results. In the 7 months since then I’ve learnt a lot more about Photoshop and HDR so I applied it to this shot. I think its quite fitting as I’ve edited this picture before so I can see the progress I’m making with my photography. The original was lacking in contrast and any real post processing. It was kinda flat. The updated version was very red-tinted. I had just used Virtual Photographer to boost the image, but I ended up dumping the program because I wanted to better understand how to use Photoshop. So 2 years on and I have this. It kinda reminds me of Superman. Strong blues, reds, Superman.

I took the original RAW and produced 3 16bit TIFF’s from it, just like in my HDR Guide. Loaded into Photomatix, generated the HDR and tone mapped. Loaded into Photoshop and tweaked a bit more. It really brought out the detail and colours in the original. Its far more vibrant and doesn’t look over the top like a lot of HDR shots can. So there we go. 2 years 2 months on, 600 posts, 259 comments and an article in Professional Photographer. Its been a good 2 years and as I’ve got into the swing of posting 1 image a day, when I’m not uber busy, I’ll continue to do so. Thanks to everyone who’s stopped by over the past 2 years, thanks for all the comments and support.

Oh, I’m still not 100% happy with the name of the site. “Daily Pete” just isn’t perfect. Its ok as a passing though but its just not perfect. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Some site stats;

  • Hits this month: 1,068,955
  • Hits over the past 12 months: 3,348,257
  • Since publishing my HDR article I’m getting 10x the hits.
  • Averaging 200 unique visitors a day
  • Over 70 subscribers to the RSS feed averaging 600 daily hits
  • Best Google Search: “peter carr artist” – I was very moved to see that. People actually see me as an artist, its cool.

Original Shot First Reprocessing

You should check out SLOclick for an awesome shot of Formby.

Some krazy stairs

Some krazy stairs

Yup another one from “The Sleep of Ulro” at the A Foundation. There was just so much to it. We spent at least an hour there.

Camera: Canon 30D // Flash Used: No // Focal Length: 10.0mm // Exposure Time: 1/80 // Aperture: f/4.0 // ISO equiv: 3200

Krazy Steps

Krazy Steps

Crazy steps at the “Sleep of Ulro” in Greenland Street. I loved the way the light works in this shot. I haven’t edited the image at all, aside from converting it to black and white.

Camera: Canon 30D // Flash Used: No // Focal Length: 10.0mm // Exposure Time: 1/60 // Aperture: f/4.0 // ISO equiv: 1600