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Not Triplets

Not Triplets. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

Not Triplets. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-08-14 04:28 PM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/8
Exposure time 1/80 sec.
ISO speed ISO-100
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 49mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Tripod

No, no matter what you think, these guys are not triplets. These are three separate photos of one person that have been merged onto one.

I like the idea of merging different images into one, so I decided to do an experiment of such an image with myself as the subject.

I set up 2 garden chairs against a wall and took 3 photographs of myself. One on the left standing and looking at a position where I imagined would be when sitting on the right. Another sitting in the center with a glass of water and finally a third with me sitting on the right of frame looking at the standing guy.

Not only did I give the characters something to do with their hands, I also used body language and expressions to make it seem that these three guys are actively involved in a conversation at the moment that they were captured in a photograph. I intentionally took the photographs in a shaded area so that in post production I could worked with the mood of the light to create the effect that it might be late afternoon and that the light is starting to fade.

Crab Apple Buds

Crab Apple Buds. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

Crab Apple Buds. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-08-20 05:09 PM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/9
Exposure time 1/40 sec.
ISO speed ISO-400
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 70mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Hand Held

Besides been blown away by the stunning deep red colour of the buds against the white sepals, I just love the sense of softness created by these buds against the hairy sepals – almost as if they are lying on cotton-wool.

Arum Lily Stamen

Arum Lily Stamen. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

Arum Lily Stamen. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-08-20 04:51 PM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/9
Exposure time 1/160 sec.
ISO speed ISO-400
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 35mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Hand Held

I was taken by the amazing honeycomb type pattern formed by the pollen on this arum lily’s stamen. Also by how bright yet subtle the colour is with the soft white background of the petal.

Unknown Flower

Unknown Flower. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

Unknown Flower. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-07-25 12:56 PM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/4.5
Exposure time 1/40 sec.
ISO speed ISO-100
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 48mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Hand Held

I loved this lone flower on the bush and decided to create a softened dreamy look of it with all other colours desaturated in the image to ensure that the flower is the main focus.

Busy Bees

Busy Bees. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

Busy Bees. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-07-25 12:54 PM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/5.6
Exposure time 1/1600 sec.
ISO speed ISO-200
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 70mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Hand Held

I found these busy bees on an arum lily flower after we had watered the garden. It was quite tricky capturing this photograph because the flower was swaying back and forth in the wind. Just after I took the photograph the bees flew away.

Greetings 02

Greetings 02. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

Greetings 02. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-07-25 12:51 PM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/4.5
Exposure time 1/100 sec.
ISO speed ISO-200
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 70mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Hand Held

A salutation from William our gardener who has been with us for about 30 years.

Never Again

Never Again. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

Never Again. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-07-25 11:45 AM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/4.5
Exposure time 1/1000 sec.
ISO speed ISO-200
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 35mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Hand Held

I had fun making this photograph. It is made up of a combination of four photographs that I had taken at different locations over a period of a year, between January 2014 and January 2015. Besides the last photograph of the base of the statue, none of them were originally taken with the intention to create a composite photo. The idea of creating a statue from a photo grabbed me recently so I pulled three photos together that I already had and decided to give it a go.

I had some photographs of a lands claim memorial in Pretoria, some photographs of my wife and parakeet and also a number of photos of a dear friend of ours on his apple farm in Elgen in the Western Cape. I went through them and chose photos that I felt could be incorporated with each other to create a unified picture.

I decided to turn my friend into stone and inserted my wife and parakeet as onlookers in the background. I also went for a reportage type feel to the image by using the hard lighting effect caused by the sun.

I love doing special effects and plan on doing several more with different effects.

Pretoria PPC 01

pretoria ppc 01. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

pretoria ppc 01. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-07-17 04:05 PM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/5.6
Exposure time 1/800 sec.
ISO speed ISO-200
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 35mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Hand Held

I took this photograph of the Pretoria PPC through the windscreen of my father’s car while we were driving back from Hartbeespoort dam. Don’t worry, I didn’t endanger anyone’s life… I was the passenger.

I’m not 100 percent certain, but I believe that this was the original PPC (Pretoria Portland Cement) factory that was started several several decades ago.

Pretoria CBD 01

pretoria cbd 01. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

pretoria cbd 01. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-07-17 03:52 PM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/5.6
Exposure time 1/800 sec.
ISO speed ISO-200
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 69mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Hand Held

I took this photograph of the Pretoria city skyline through the windscreen of my father’s car while we were driving back from Hartbeespoort dam. Don’t worry, I didn’t endanger anyone’s life… I was the passenger.

Unfortunately the sky was a dull murky grey and this scene didn’t look good at all. On a later occasion I took a photo of a cloudy sky and then inserted it into the city skyline photo in post. This looks much better than the original photograph.

Hartbeespoort dam lifestyle 03

hartbeespoort dam lifestyle 03. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

hartbeespoort dam lifestyle 03. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-07-17 02:26 PM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/11
Exposure time 1/200 sec.
ISO speed ISO-200
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 35mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Hand Held

Many homes on the bank of Hartbeespoort dam have jetties and boats. The dam is well managed an this results in a beautiful setting and a tranquil lifestyle.


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