Stormy Sunrise 
Another photo from my drive the other morning.
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I don’t usually process my images in black and white but this is one of those exceptions. The other morning on the way to take the swing shot I noticed that the river was really still and the clouds were very strong due to the coming rain. 
I quickly stopped my car and took a few shots, I’m happy with the outcome. The original image did look good in colour but sometimes when the colours aren’t strong enough I think black and white suit them better. This image was shot at:
50mmf4ISO 6401/1000th
The RAW image was slightly noisy so I could have easily lowered my ISO to 100 and had a more than usable shutter speed but I was in too much of a hurry and didn’t chimp like I usually would. I may post the colour version within the next few days with a comparison to how the original looked for people to see. 

Stormy Sunrise 

Another photo from my drive the other morning.

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Tony Roma’s Bokeh 
One of my very favourite restaurants to eat at!
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I went to eat here over the weekend since we were celebrating a birthday. I actually have a VIP card since we used to go that frequently, but now we don’t go as much as we used to since we have been trying new places. 
The image was shot at:
35mmf2ISO 5001/80th
The Canon EF 35m f2 IS may be somewhat of a wide focal length but thanks to its wide aperture and close minimal focus distance, it can render a very nice bokeh.
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Tony Roma’s Bokeh 

One of my very favourite restaurants to eat at!

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New Updates

I have now added Disqus comments to my posts to go with the more detailed information on each shot. 

Getting Dragged Away 
Danbo Mini wouldn’t listen to Danbo so he had no choice but to tie him up and drag him away!!
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This shot was something I had in mind for quite a while but had been lazy getting around to shooting it. The exif for this shot is: 
100mm f16 ISO 160 1/100th
I had a stobist setup for this which is as follows:



I apologize for the bad diagram, I haven’t tried to do this kind of example so I will try to improve it over time. I done this in Paint but might try CS6 next time. 
I used the Yongnuo RF-603 triggers to fire my flashes and they have always worked for me. I prefer using manual flash for my strobist work so I have never found a need for a TTL compatible trigger. 
For the actual background, I use a white card that I clamp to my table and hang over a chair to give that infinity background effect. 
Danbo makes a great little model and I don’t shoot him that much, mainly because there are so many amazing and creative shots people take of them so I find it hard to come up with something as creative.
I will have another upload tomorrow and include an insight into the shot.

Getting Dragged Away 

Danbo Mini wouldn’t listen to Danbo so he had no choice but to tie him up and drag him away!!

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Last Light Portrait
After a VERY tasty dinner at Tony Roma’s the street was nice and empty so decided to take a quick natural light portrait of my girlfriend.

This photo was taken at:
35mmf2ISO 12501/80th
I don’t really carry my flash with me since it makes my bag too heavy so I had to rely on the ambient light. Luckily the temp of the street light above wasn’t too warm so made for some nice fill lighting.
I have recently taken more interest in portraits so I have been trying to learn new techniques to improve my images in general. The two main new techniques I’ve been trying to master are the High Pass Filter and using a gaussian blur layer to smooth out skin. For portraits I find using ‘soft light’ instead of ‘overlay’ is more flattering to skin detail, it also helps to not bring out too much noise at high ISO’s.
The 35mm helps to give some nice bokeh and background seperation while maintaining enough detail to give the viewer an idea of the surroundings. Previously my 50mm was my main people lens but since getting the 35 I can’t help but use it for everything. 
I made full use of the adjustment brush to get a better exposure of the model (aka my girlfriend), she was a little underexposed for my liking. If anyone would like further info on how I process or any questions on different techniques, don’t be afraid to ask!

Last Light Portrait

After a VERY tasty dinner at Tony Roma’s the street was nice and empty so decided to take a quick natural light portrait of my girlfriend.

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Two Hearts
Recently it was my girlfriends birthday and her present was the “Two Hearts” necklace from Swarovski. I had seen it one day when we were window shopping and decided to get her that.
As usual, I have to mention how much I still love the 35 IS. As good as the Sigma 50mm f1.4 is, I have to say I like the focal length of the 35 better as well as the more reliable AF.

Two Hearts

Recently it was my girlfriends birthday and her present was the “Two Hearts” necklace from Swarovski. I had seen it one day when we were window shopping and decided to get her that.

As usual, I have to mention how much I still love the 35 IS. As good as the Sigma 50mm f1.4 is, I have to say I like the focal length of the 35 better as well as the more reliable AF.

Why The Face 
This is a reprocessed version of a previous uploaded image . 
I remember this was a image I was real happy with from my trip to Hong Kong but considering that was over a year ago now, my processing style has changed and grown and I feel it could be improved.
This was taken with my 550D + Sigma 50mm f1.4 yet (in my opinion) looks better than quite a few images I have taken with my 6D. I have never believed that gear has a great impact on the final image but I do believe that post processing is what can really help you get the most out of your gear and images. 

Why The Face 

This is a reprocessed version of a previous uploaded image . 

I remember this was a image I was real happy with from my trip to Hong Kong but considering that was over a year ago now, my processing style has changed and grown and I feel it could be improved.

This was taken with my 550D + Sigma 50mm f1.4 yet (in my opinion) looks better than quite a few images I have taken with my 6D. I have never believed that gear has a great impact on the final image but I do believe that post processing is what can really help you get the most out of your gear and images. 

Next Stop Perth 

I have driven past this view many times in the past few weeks and had always wanted to take a shot from this bridge and finally did last weekend.

Next Stop Perth 

I have driven past this view many times in the past few weeks and had always wanted to take a shot from this bridge and finally did last weekend.

Photosbydlee is now .com!

After much debate on which site to use as my photography portfolio I decided to keep using Tumblr, purchase a domain and also purchase a theme. I had started to design a SquareSpace and their templates are very nice, it’s just the price that I wasn’t too happy with.

Tumblr is more convenient for me and easier to post to considering I can connect it to my Flickr. With the price of the domain for 2 years and the new layout, it was greatly cheaper than what I would pay through SquareSpace.

Once I’m done with this horrible ethics assignment, I will add a gallery page for all of you to be able to view my top images. Sometime in the not too distant future I hope to even post some tips/tutorials on how I process my images and what gear I use.

Take A Seat 
So who doesn’t love a bench shot? Very typical I know but I love this park and I feel like it has nice scenery. It’s Hyde Park in Perth, many cities seems to have a Hyde Park and every one I have visited is so nice. 

Take A Seat 

So who doesn’t love a bench shot? Very typical I know but I love this park and I feel like it has nice scenery. It’s Hyde Park in Perth, many cities seems to have a Hyde Park and every one I have visited is so nice. 

There Will Always Be Bumps Along The Way 
While taking another photo (which will be uploaded tomorrow), I thought this would make an interesting image so decided to capture it. I stupidly rested my arm on the rail to further stabilize myself which worked against me due to the shake each time a car crossed the bridge.
The Canon EF 35mm f2 IS really is an amazing lens, I find the focal length to perfect for me and even though its a f2 you can still get a real nice bokeh from it.

There Will Always Be Bumps Along The Way 

While taking another photo (which will be uploaded tomorrow), I thought this would make an interesting image so decided to capture it. I stupidly rested my arm on the rail to further stabilize myself which worked against me due to the shake each time a car crossed the bridge.

The Canon EF 35mm f2 IS really is an amazing lens, I find the focal length to perfect for me and even though its a f2 you can still get a real nice bokeh from it.

Teriyaki Beef @ Gyu En Japanese Restaurant

Teriyaki Beef @ Gyu En Japanese Restaurant