Sunday a week ago I was left to my own devices as my girl was off doing her own things. This left me with the opportunity to get out for a shoot. I had been meaning for a while to get back out to the Cockman house outbuildings since the fences surrounding them had been torn down. I always enjoy the walk around the surrounding parklands, so it was sorted, I packed my Leica elmar 90mm f4 on my trusty old Nex5 and my Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 on my newer Nex5n. The shots here are a few HDR’s I took on my stroll with the Nex5n and my Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 lens. I have tried to pull these back as tastefully as possible as I know NIK HDR Effex can have a tendancy to oversaturate as it merges your shots. I know my greens were a little nuclear green there for a while, however I feel these now came out quite well. Please do share your thoughts.
(as per usual click on images to view larger and sharper)
This is four exposures shot freehand with about 1ev stop of difference between each exposure. This is probably the most known Cockman House out-building as it is the most readily viewable from the nearby passing main road.
I had come here previously about 12 months prior with my Kogaku 50mm f1.4 on Nex5 however due to the houses being surrounded by a gaudy fence it made the images just not work. It was nice to return with a wider angle with the fences gone and try again.
Some of the old dilapidated farm equipment surrounds the out-buildings. It helps to paint the picture of the farming property this must have been back in the early days of settling in WA.
There is two buildings here, this being the second, it is still barred up over the doors and windows sadly which detracts from the images. I have less of an idea as to the purpose of this building due to it being locked up and there being less evidence left around it compared to the first out-building.
I always enjoy it when I can get out for a good photo walk. This day was no exception as the houses are surrounded by some fantastic parkland as well. Here are a few HDR’s of the local landscape.
I think this setup worked quite well for catching the moment at hand. Maybe a slightly wider lens choice may have been better but I still think it worked out ok. I think it is also a testament to the NIK HDR software since these were shot freehand and there are not too many ghosts.
I still have a few more shots to share with my Minolta 21mm f2.8 on Nex5n which I shot quickly after these and a few I shot on my trusty old Nex5 with my Leitz Elmar 90mm f4. Stay posted for those.
All in all I think these came out ok, thank you for taking the time to look and I hope my HDR’s were not too over the top for you.