Sunday, 13 November 2016

Post 226 Annual Show

At my local club we have just had our annual bonsai exhibition. It's a one day affair and fairly frenetic. As I said last post we had the local camera club along. They set up four stations to take pictures - good lighting and dark backgrounds.

Many visitors to the blog enjoy my ceramic tanukis. I actually exhibited one this year after three year's development. It won best in the size class of 250 to 450mm and I might add the judge knew what it was made of! It has a long way to go in its development and in another three years will be infinitely better.
 Here's the picture, a nice interplay of light and shade:


Saturday, 29 October 2016

Post 225 Bonsai photography

At my local club we are very close to having our annual exhibition. This year we're sponsoring a photographic competition with the local camera club. These guys really know about how to take a photograph. The camera club held a workshop today, in preparation for the competition at the show, on the subject of focus stacking. This is best described as taking many images in different focal planes and then stacking them in a photo editor to have everything in focus.
 


This is a low resolution shot of one of the trees, my Ficus benjamina, we took along for them to practise on. The combination of great lighting, dark background and focus stacking make for an arresting image.