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Found 31 results

  1. February 1 Cold and grey day here a shot from a small nature reserve on the river Maas, with wild cattle
  2. Today it has been raining steadily since I woke up at about 4am. I knew going into the day that doing anything outdoors wasn't going to be likely, so I got on with my usual plodding around. I may have mentioned in another post that I am in the process of re-branding myself and my services, so the last couple of days I have been re-writing copy on my main photography website as well as re-designing a few pages there to include additional services I am going to be offering this year. I also took on the somewhat daunting task of upgrading my billing software which is all online. I really got stuck into the upgrade, which also entails a fair amount of system re-configuration because typically whenever you update online software you lose most of your previous customisations. Really sucks, but I suppose you have to take the rough with the smooth, so in this case I have now kind of got it more or less 90% of where I want it to be. Anyway, working on stuff like that tends to get my mental shutters up and honestly I had to tear myself away from watching the cricket test between SA and Sri Lanka this afternoon and make the shot for the day. This is why this challenge is important to me; it's not only committing myself to being creative, but also doing something constructive with what would ordinarily be my leisure time. If I miss a day I am going to be bummed with myself. Don't want that. I had a few ideas I was mulling over for today, but in the end I have taken the easy way out and ended up doing what I said I was going to do, create a low-key self portrait here in my studio. This shot is purely window lighting using the large window of my office/studio (on the opposite wall to what you see in my first CEDI2017 shot). I used the large pop-up backdrop I bought last year. One side is black and the other side is white. It works really well for headshots. Processing was done in Lightroom, but I used Silver EFEX to create the B&W. I also darkened a bit of the shadowed side of my face. Camera was the Olympus E-M1 and the lens was the Olympus 12-40/2.8 PRO which I have on loan while I wait for my insurers to pay me out for my disaster in the studio last year that resulted in the death of my previous one. I am quite certain that this lens isn't as sharp as the one I killed. Click to enlarge.
  3. 2017 started well with new neighbours deciding a party and a a bonfire to flare up the celebrations all through the night till 7am the newyears' day. Looking at the remnants here,
  4. I want to pose a challenge to you for 2017. I think it was Stephen King who said that the creative process within him comes about by simply doing the work he was born to do every day, even on the days when he doesn’t feel like sitting down and writing. The best ideas come when you are immersed in the actual creative process, be it sitting down to write or going outside to make photographs. If you are forcing yourself to make something out of nothing every day, it gets the creative engine running and while that's running it will eventually lead you to a place of rhythm where the bounty of your creativity lies. So, I have decided to challenge myself to be creative for every day of 2017 and I have made this a central theme of Fotozones for next year called “Create Every Day In 2017”. I invite you to join me by tagging your creative posts with CEDI2017 starting 1 January 2017. Our software is smart enough to pick up all tagged content whether it’s posted in the gallery or on any of the forums. Just add the tag to the post and you’re participating in the challenge. To see all the CEDI2017 posts at any time you just need to click on the tag. I will also add a main menu item for this (and any other challenges FZ members want to start). As always, the best posts will be moved to the Best Of Fotozones board and if it’s a photo it will be added to the Inspiration gallery too. I’ve even changed the logo and byline of the site to remind you of the challenge whenever you visit FZ. I do hope you’ll join me in this challenge and make 2017 one of the most creative years you have ever had.
  5. Day 22 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    The lesson I learned today this week about this challenge is that you can take the easy way out and make rubbish photos (like most of what I posted this week), or you can put in a little bit of effort, actually challenge yourself and make something you'll be pleased with. I'm very pleased with this image. About 2 hours ago I was sitting here at my desk and I thought, shoot... what am I going to shoot today? It was already getting dark, so going out wasn't going to happen. I had to do something indoors. I tried photographing my dinner and I did a terrible job (although dinner was really nice!). Then I thought about photographing my small watch collection, but decided it wouldn't make for an interesting picture. I sat in my stupor for a good 30 minutes before deciding that the only thing I had been thinking about shooting for the challenge recently was a guitar shot. I got my old Fender acoustic and lay it on the bed, trying to get a shot using just available light and a shallow depth of field. The shots I took looked... sloppy. Lazy. I had to put in a bit more effort. So I picked up one of the Olympus FL-600R speedlights, attached a Yongnuo trigger to it, bounced it off the wall, off the ceiling, trying to make it look like soft, sensual light. I eventually got what I was looking for, but the shot composition didn't quite convey anything about the guitar to me. I moved around a little, tried a few other angles and then, boom. This one just spoke to me. I like the tone of it and I especially like the angle that shows up the shape of this mini-jumbo (the only shape acoustic I like - dreadnoughts are boring, in my opinion). Processing is a little bit of highlight and shadow control, as well as lowering the yellow saturation to about 75%. I also added in the Vignette 2 preset that comes with Lr. I think you'll have noticed in my shots thus far into the challenge that I use that a lot. I really like it. Let me know what you think.

    © Dallas Dahms

  6. Day 20 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    I'm calling this "Old Timers EXIF". I think it's pretty self-explanatory to anyone with a passing understanding of digital photography. iPhone 5S. Rainy day (surprise, it's Friday!).

    © Dallas Dahms

  7. Day 19 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    You've seen me post quite a few Durban skylines at sunrise, but I don't think I have ever posted one at sunset, so here we go. See if you can pick out the building that was on fire the other day. Shouldn't take you too long.

    © Dallas Dahms

  8. Day 15 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    I first tried this craft beer at Little Bush Camp on Safari in 2015. It's probably one of the tastiest lagers I have ever tried. Expensive, as all craft beer seems to be, but seeing as I hardly drink any alcohol these days it's definitely worth it.

    © Dallas Dahms

  9. Day 16 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    This shot I'm calling "Dash Cam" because I deliberately focused on the little Olympus trinket hanging from my rear view mirror. There was a hobo walking by in front of the van at the same time which kind of works for me with him being out of focus. This shot is taken down where I was born and grew up, right near the water's edge of Addington beach. I usually go down there if I am feeling melancholy and need to remember what it was like to be young. Today I wasn't feeling melancholy but I had to get out of the house for a little while just to remind myself that a world beyond this computer screen exists, so I drove down that way hoping to find something worth photographing. I had considered doing something on the beach but as you can see the weather today isn't all that pretty, so this is what came to mind. The view from inside.

    © Dallas Dahms

  10. Day 13 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    Today it's Friday 13th and I've almost completed 2 weeks of the 365 day challenge. This is tough! I'm not going to candy coat it, I don't know if I can finish, but I will definitely try. I guess to a large extent once you get into this habit of presenting an image for every day of the year it should become easier. Anyway, I'll get going for as long as I can. So, yesterday I was going to take my iPhone on my run and try and do something creative with it on the track around our local park. The weather had other ideas so I had to make a somewhat crappy image of stuff in the corner of the entrance to my house. Apologies for that. However, while I was on the run around the park (which I did differently yesterday by introducing some HIIT by sprinting every now and then) I saw this massive bird sculpture in the middle of the park. I thought to myself, Aha! There is something I can photograph for the CEDI2017 challenge. What you're looking at in this shot is (I think) either a vulture or a fish eagle made out of hundreds and hundreds of hair trimmer casings and combs held together with cable ties. How cool it that? They've elevated it up by creating a pedestal of manhole rings together with a galvanised pole on which the sculpture is mounted. It's a lot bigger than I thought it was when I ran past from about 40m away yesterday. I'd say the total wingspan of the bird is about 5 or 6 metres. Unfortunately the optimal angle for taking a shot from the ground just in front of it includes quite a lot of trees which tend to make the wings disappear, so I moved a bit to the left of the base to include the sky. Cloudy again today...

    © Dallas Dahms

  11. Day 17 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    Out with the old and in with the new. Or perhaps, the start of my "Blue Phase"? I may have mentioned that a few months ago I started running. Not very far and not very fast (I did do one timed 5km Park Run in December), mostly around my neighbourhood. I wrote about this here. Up until a couple of hours ago I didn't have proper running shoes. The shoes on the outside shown here are a pair of Salomon training shoes. I don't think you are supposed to run in them. Well, not far anyway. They hurt my feet which isn't a good thing for running. So I got these Nike running shoes this morning. They're blue, as you can see, which is really not my colour, but seeing as they were 50% off they became my colour almost instantly. Very comfortable. I think I'll go running this evening, since the weather the past few days has not been so great.

    © Dallas Dahms

  12. Day 18 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    The iron mask. Today's photo is of an iron mask I have hanging up on my wall. I lit it from below with a remote speed flash and used a Sigma 60mm f/2.8 Art DN lens to get in close. I also burned to black the white parts of my wall using the dodge tool in Lightroom with the Auto-mask feature turned on. Taking it down by 4 stops make it completely black which gave the scene a more ominous look.

    © Dallas Dahms

  13. Day 14 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    It's a few hours late but here it is, the 14th image of my 365 project. We got in from the show after 11pm last night and I wasn't about to start editing, so apologies for the delay. This is Rob Warren, of the band The Black Lapels. They put on shows at the sole surviving independent theatre in our entire province, the Rhumbelow. It's quite sad that most of the indies have closed down over the past few years. I guess in a way it's indicative of a change in the way people view entertainment. Anyway, this show was a tribute to the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival and it was great. We had seats right in the front which caused a small problem for me and my fastest lens (the Olympus 75mm f/1.8) in that I was too close. So I switched to the 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO and managed to get some decent exposures. This was one of them. I haven't had a proper look through all the shots yet, but what I like about this one is the intensity - you can see that Rob is sweating under the lights. He gives it plenty on stage which is always a joy to photograph.

    © Dallas Dahms

  14. Day 12 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    Say hello to my little friends. These African carvings will greet you when you visit my home. Between them is a copper coal scoop containing a variety of African walking sticks and knobkerries. This is a fallback (aka "lame") photo because what I had planned on doing today was to take an iPhone photo on my run, but as I was leaving the house it started raining so I thought it probably wouldn't be a good idea to take the phone with me. I went on the run anyway and I was drenched by the time I got back. In sweat. I decided to do some hills and sprints instead of my usual 2.4km route. That was tough, but it felt good. While out running around our local park I saw something that I am definitely going to go and take a better photograph of tomorrow. It's probably the coolest thing I have ever seen in the park! Stay tuned.

    © Dallas Dahms

  15. Day 11 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    If it's Wednesday night it must be quiz night at the Stella Astro Soccer Club. We go often and tonight we came second to last. Just one of those days. Outside the room where we have the quiz they play 5-a-side action soccer, which seems to be quite an intense sport! I'd hate to be the goalie in this game because they tend to get pummelled with heavy shots quite often. I thought of taking my real camera down for this but in the end convenience won out. iPhone 5S again with some Silver EFEX. Told you I'd be using my cellphone a lot...

    © Dallas Dahms

  16. Day 10 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    Maybe there's something to this ageing thing? I turned 49 yesterday and today I am feeling quite flat. What you're looking at here is the Durban Hilton Hotel, as seen from the parking lot of the building where I used to work in banking, back when I was a lot younger. I recall that when we moved into the building I am talking about in late 1993 there was only bowling greens on the site that eventually became the Durban International Convention Centre, a sprawling, squat building that takes up an entire city block. It has since hosted many huge events, some of which I have photographed. Shortly after that building was completed they began construction on this Hilton hotel next door and sometimes when we got thirsty during lunch we would trot across the road and have a brew at one of their bars up on the pool level. Architecturally it's quite an interesting looking building, but what I found strange was that they permitted the room windows to open slightly, as you can see from the photo. I think it detracts quite a bit from the aesthetic, but there's probably a good reason why this happens. Taken with iPhone 5S.

    © Dallas Dahms

  17. Day 8 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    This is me. Here I am looking out at the rain that has been keeping the city damp for most of the weekend. We need this rain but I also know that when the rain stops and the sun comes out again we'll begin to feel like we're in a tumble drier here in Durban. Durban is sub-tropical so it's pretty humid this time of year. The humidity inside my house is 72% right now. I was going to go for a run this morning, but when I woke up it was still pouring so that idea has been shelved. For now. For this shot I used the Olympus E-M1 and 12-40/2.8 PRO. Processing was done in Lightroom.

    © Dallas Dahms

  18. Day 9 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    Today I decided to photograph the three pairs of shoes I wear most often. They live on a yellowwood milking stool that I inherited from my parents. Whenever I think of shoes I am reminded of the opening scene from Forrest Gump, one of my all time favourite movies. He says, "I've worn lots of shoes. I bet if I think about it real hard I can remember my first pair of shoes." I doubt I could remember my first pair of shoes, but I can tell you about these three pairs which I wear most often. The ones on the right are Adidas trail running shoes. They are the most expensive shoes I have ever owned and they only cost about half of what Salomon charge for their popular trail runners. I bought these to wear when I am shooting events and don't want to have flashy shoes. They are mostly black and while not the most comfortable athletic shoes I have ever owned they are the closest I could find to fit the criteria for event shooting. The pair in the middle are Merrill hiking shoes. They're pretty comfortable and I usually take these on safari. However, they are not great hiking shoes and I recall cursing them when I did the iMfolozi trail about 2 years ago. I think they would be a lot better if I got some of those replacement inner soles. The ones on the right are my training and running shoes made by Salomon. I got them about 4 years ago at a 50% off sale. They are seriously light as they have no padding at all on the upper soles. I have started running my short 2.4km and 5km runs in them. I don't know how much longer they will last.

    © Dallas Dahms

  19. Day 7 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    Not particularly imaginative today, sorry. Still much rain. We were at lunch at my sister-in-law's house and they have a litchi tree that has a lot of fruit on it, so I went to pick some. Unfortunately the clusters were too high for me to photograph with just the iPhone, so I got one that was closer. For those of you unfamiliar with these fruits they are quite sticky and usually sweet. The one I ate was a bit sour. I think a bird might have pee'd on it.

    © Dallas Dahms

  20. Day 6 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    © Dallas Dahms

  21. Day 1 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    © Dallas Dahms

  22. Day 5 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    © Dallas Dahms

  23. Day 4 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    © Dallas Dahms

  24. Day 3 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    © Dallas Dahms

  25. Day 2 of 365

    From the album CEDI 2017 Challenge

    Day 2 of the CEDI2017 365 Challenge

    © Dallas Dahms