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Today we were at Upton House in Warwickshire. After the tumultuous thunderstorms of the night before, the weather was getting hotter again.
The National Trust have made a really great show at the house decking it out in a second world war style. There were tents outside, sandbags, posters and staff were dressed in costumes of the day. The house actually became the home of a bank during the war, and some of the rooms were dressed as offices with desks, type-writers and all the paraphernalia of the war.
The picture today is another attempt at a faux infra-red image and was taken by the large pool in the garden.
Today I was wandering around Bradgate Park in Leicestershire with the D800. The weather was bright and sunny, but with a vicious northerly wind that cut across the top of the hills and sliced into the valleys.
I decided that I would use the camera on manual with auto ISO which I have never done before. I normally use Aperture priority with Auto ISO and I am quite happy with that but it can be a struggle with the 24-120 f/4 to keep the shutter speed up to avoid camera shake and also keeping the aperture setting at f/8.0 +.
With the camera on manual I can keep the shutter and aperture where I want them whilst the ISO is automatically increased or decreased accordingly. The D800 handles high ISO so well, it’s not a problem if the ISO sometimes hits 800. I normally have the auto ISO on a ‘high limit’ of 800 and very rarely use more than that, although the D800 is very good up to 3200 with very little noise degradation.
When I use the D800 handheld, I also try and keep the shutter speed at double the reciprocal lens focal length. I do this because of the D800’s 36 megapixel sensor. It only takes a slight movement when taking the picture to blur detail. I was used to doubling up focal length to arrive at shutter speeds with my old Olympus four-thirds gear so it really isn’t a problem for me to do the same with the D800 to ensure I don’t get camera shake and long focal lengths.
So that is another 365 daily photograph project completed. The first was in 2011 in which I processed every image in the style of Film Noir. This time I decided to do all the images in colour and try to produce them in a 1:1 format as far as possible. I also undertook to produce a book for each month of the project showing all of the images taken that month.
As I normally produce 90% of my work in monochrome, I wanted to explore colour in this project and I would also use the Nik Google suite of image processing to try different techniques and effects.
The part of the Google collection that I used most (besides the sharpener) was Analog Effex Pro 2. I found that the infinite effects that could be formed within the program really expanded my vision for the images that I took.
So there it is all done. It was difficult, but I found that this time I, for the most part, enjoyed the challenge. I found that by using the project as a means to explore different techniques and different styles of photography, I maintained my interest through the year.