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BASIC Garden Photography

Waterfalls and Closeups

Friday 3rd March 2017

Another session of Basic Clicks, the photography group at Brain and Spinal Injury Centre in Salford

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Carrot Soup

Before proceeding with the photography – I enjoyed a nice bowl of soup in the cafeteria….and took a pic of it….

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White Roses, Purple Flowers

The session worked primarily on composition, and setting up shots using our various cameras.  I liked working with the fountain, but I like my close ups of the flowers.

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Fountain
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Heather
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Flowers, Close up
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Abstract view, Waterfall
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BASIC Food Learning Photography

Fruit and Veg…and Odds and Ends

 

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Todays ensemble : Cabbage, Onions (Red and White), Tomato and Carrot

Brain and Spinal Injury Centre, Salford

17th February 2017

…Following last weeks close up food shots, we continued the theme with a heap of vegetables to produce some wonderful still life artwork.  The vegetables were set on a Square slate and against a marble backdrop

No Auto today!  each picture was taken manually – with me setting up angles and close ups of the food stuffs.

Camera used was my able Bridge camera : Sony DSC H-300 with zoom.  Great camera with some wonderful zoom functions.

 

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Trio of stews and soups – Cabbage , Onion, Carrot

 

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Three fruits : Avacado, Apple, Lemon

 

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Chopping Board

 

 

 

 

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BASIC Food Photography

Still life @ Food for thought

Location : Brain and Spinal Injury Centre, Salford, UK

Date of Shoot : 10th February 2017

Camera : Sony DSC-H300

 

The photography group goes Foodie on a Friday!

 

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The Scene – Vegetables on Slate

 

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Framing the scene – Peppers Tomatoes and Garlic
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Onions & Garlic

 

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Seasonings

 

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Peppercorns

 

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Dripping

 

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Anyone for Ratatouille ?

 

 

 

 

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BASIC Photography Toys Tradition

Bearable

#coloryourworld #cyw #fuzzywuzzybrown

Location : Brain and Spinal Injury Centre (BASIC), Salford

Date : 27th January 2017

An Afternoon of Close ups and scene changes today at BASICs photography workshop.

Fortunately, our Models weren’t that overly demanding!

The workshop took place in the centre Café – Food for thought .

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We had some fun and games in a still life session with some old bears!  These bears had been collected over the years by our tutor – and formed a core part of a marvellous still life session.  The bears were backlit and positioned on their thinking spots before we took the shots.  I like the end results we got from this session.

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Before taking each shot, we set up our “Stars” on their stage and adjusted lights and tripods accordingly – but being used to using my Sony Cybershot I mostly went for the point and shoot approach….I liked what came off the camera chip 🙂

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Character Humour Photography Toys

Adventures in LEGO world

Location : Brain and Spinal Injury Centre, Salford UK

16th November 2016

I’ve had fun this morning at BASIC’s photography session.

It was a still life session with a difference – using a Racing Bike and some little toy characters

Framed with a backdrop provided by our leader and tutor Maggie.

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Here’s the bike we used for the shots 🙂

I came armed with my Sony DSC-300 and my Xperia Phone as backupdsc_0014_1

A Close up of the spokes on the wheel

While I was taking the shots – I heard a tiny voice in the classroom….

“HELP!!!” he yelled

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A little Lego Man – dropped through the sky (ok…it was the background curtain…)

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He Landed on the wheel…

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Before landing on one of the Bicycle Pedals….

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Upon Closer Inspection of our photography subject – we found he wasn’t alone! 🙂

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Stuck by the Brake pads 🙂

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Art BASIC Food Industrial Learning Nature Photography

Playing with (Hazel) Nuts and Bolts

Salford, 9th November 2016

Location : Brain and Spinal Injury Centre, Salford

Today in the photography session , we’ve merged the topics of nature and industry….

Created with my Sony Bridge Camera and some building materials and Nuts provided by our tutor Maggie…

(please forgive me if I seem to have put this in the wrong category!)

 

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Our “Workspace”, Floor Tiles

 

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Some of our ingredients, Sprockets

 

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Tightening a “Nut”

 

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Honeycomb (made from Nuts)

 

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Football (soccer) Formation

 

 

 

 

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Alternative Chess Set

 

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Balancing Chess set – with alternate “Bishops”

 

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Looking down the back line – R, Kn, B, K, Q, B, Kn, R

 

 

 

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Odds and ends Man

 

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Gone Home

 

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Odds and Ends Man II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Art BASIC Learning Photography Water

Close up photography

Location : Brain and Spinal Injury Centre, Salford, Lancashire

Date : 26th October 2016

Todays session of the photography group concentrated on Still life.

It also covered areas of using a zoom lens and tripod.

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The above pic was created using a small water fountain, brought in by our marvellous tutor Maggie, a star tripod and my Sony Bridge Camera.

I particularly liked the running water and the shadows in this shot.

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I also played around with a seashell using the mermaids backdrop for a covering background.  I like the details of the shells in this one.

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The main task for setting up both of these shots was the set up behind the objects.  this shot shows the distance for some shots requiring the lighting.  In the end, I found perching myself at the short end of the table worked the best in both lighting and end result.DSC00541.JPG

Dolphin in the Mermaid pool – bubbles created with washing up liquid….

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BASIC Learning Photography

Behind the Camera Again…

Brain and Spinal Injury Centre, Salford, Lancashire

5th October 2016

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My Humble little Bridge Camera – Used at BASICs Camera Group

With Summer Holidays over, the BASIC Camera group met up at our base at the Brain and Injury Centre in Salford

Some of us were still away, but this allowed our brilliant tutor Maggie to discuss with those present what we were to cover in the run up to Christmas

The lessons have allowed those who attend it to use their skills and abilities, and so far we’ve created some brilliant pieces – some of which are on this blog!

Together we agreed to concentrate on Weather, Landscapes and Backgrounds – returning to other sessions when we do stuff on the computer, hence we will be concentrating on using photo software like photoshop commencing next week.

Fingers crossed – we may do something Festive in December – but I’m just looking forward to learning some new stuff on Photoshop.

 

 

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BASIC Food Photography

Photography @ BASIC – Ed4

A Morning of Still Life, 2nd March 2016

All shots taken by Brian F Kirkham at the Photography Class, Brain & Spinal Injury Centre in Salford (UK)

Camera used in Session : Sony DSC – H300 with Tripod

In this session we’ve been using the tripod and lights to create some close up still life photography.

The Backdrop framed our target – a selection of food stuffs and straw to create a still life with a culinary feel.

With the combination of some really bright lights and some clever use of the tripod we came up with some wonderful shots of the food stuffs we set up on display in the light box.

 

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Food Photography

Cake

Pour Some Sugar on Me

I’ll freely admit – I have a bit of a sweet tooth..

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Covered in Icing and Filled in with Custard – An ideal treat

Ice Buns, Chocolate Eclairs, Apple Pies, Chocolate Pudding – I’ll try the lot – if its a pie its even better with custard

However – My favourite pudding is Bakewell Tart

A Sweet Tartlet Base with Thick Raspberry Jam at its base and covered in an Almond Cake or sponge.  Really nice pudding that finishes off a meal wonderfully…you could add cream or custard but I like it as it is.  Full of almonds and lovely and moist

There are those who prefer the cherry variation of the classic – this is on sale from a well known baker, and covers the top of his tarts with fondant icing.  Decoration is nice to look at – but when in Bakewell, one sticks to tradition – abandoning the fondant…leaves the eater with only one conundrum – Custard or Cream ?