Tough Mudder Dalkeith 2014

A few months ago I have upgraded my camera to Nikon D800.  It is not that I was unhappy with my D700 and that it deserved to be disposed of just yet, but a small accident involving a bottle of water and my camera together in my handbag made the decision that much…quicker.  Previously I have been using my partner’s Canons for filming, or flirting with the idea of getting a camcorder on my own, but D800 solved all those dilemmas (#firstworldproblems).

The first opportunity to use my new shiny DSLR for film making arouse at the Tough Mudder Dalkeith 2014 event .  A bunch of my friends participated and I was running along the lines with them, climbing the bins and and what not to get the best shots.  I also totally deserved that T-shirt that they got me in the end, as I gave them the last of my water and waited for them for 3h (sic!) in full sun eventually ending up with a heat stroke.  It sure was fun (apart of the waiting bit 😉 ), the video not so good, but hey, it was all for a good cause!

Although the video might not be as funny for you as it is for me because you do not know the people involved, but maybe it will encourage you (…or not) to take part in next year’s Tough Mudder fundraising.  I sure will be there filming again!

Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets

I wonder what is your opinion on Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets? I often have a dilemma whether to maintain a natural look of my photos, or go for a funky design. That problem arises especially when you have a few portraits of the same person in the same setting, but with different face expressions, and you want to use them all! PS actions and Lr presets can add a different feeling to those photos, but at the same time bring you critique of over-photoshoping your images…

Below you can see some examples of using handy Adobe’s presets; I am interested if this look is still acceptable for you, and how do you work with your files?

A Wee bit of Edinburgh

I spend last week on a congress in Edinburgh, and although I did not have too much time for sightseeing, I have managed to take some shoots of hidden courtyards….

… visit cemetery which was full of inspirations for J. K. Rowling …

…and experience unusually mystical fog one evening. I loved that part the most!