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If I could just make it, then I’m sure I will be ok.


So i have started with an image, that if you follow me on twitter @teamdubb you would have seen posted last weekend. This was taken with my iPhone just after I had taken a shot of the fog coming over the island. The next image, is the image from my Nikon. I think you will enjoy it.



Russian Orthodox Church

2 images of the Russian orthodox church in Vaasa. No more needs to be said about these images i dont think. I used my ND110 filter for them but the sky was way too clear for it and there was no movement on the ground. Any way i think the images are ok…. I will have to go back there one day when the time is rite and take some more shots.


Matthew Watkins Thur May 19 8:03pm

Practice, Practice makes Portrait!

So I’ve been a lucky boy and found my self with a new piece of software called Focal Point. I have seen post before where this plugin has been used and really liked the finished product. So you can guess how happy i am to have a version of my own!! My main love of photography is Landscape photography, mostly long exposures! I used to scroll through my hundreds of Photography magazines looking on at these types of pictures in awe! Hoping that one day, i would get myself a camera, and try to take some photos that would end up like these. Now, i know I’m far off that By comparison, but it will come….just have to Practice! That’s the name of the game with this post PRACTICE. I really have to start practicing on my portraiture photography. It is a way of photography that really interests me. The way that Light can control everything and give you completely different shots of the same subject, by just changing slightly! So as the Heading says PRACTICE, PRACTICE MAKES PORTRAIT! Here’s me, practicing….

WordPress seems to be squeezing my images for some unapparent reason! So until i sort out this mess you CAN click on the images to bring them up in a new page and view them in better quality!

I have also been trying to get to know other aspects of Photoshop more using tutorial videos from YouTube. Here is one that i have used with the next 2 images. Apparently it is a pretty simple process? These are the first images that i have tried this process on and i must say that i think i have gotten on quite well with it. So i will be using it on other portrait images that i take as i do like the effect it brings.

Now here are my 2 images. 1 is a before and after shot of my wife Anna…

I am also going to be trying out different logo text’s as I’m very undecided on which to use. Plus, I’m thinking of starting a separate page on my blog where i will upload nothing but images so if you have not got the time to read my ramblings, then you can just go to view my stuff on there……


Matthew Watkins

Last of the snow. When enough, is too much.

Last shots featuring the white stuff from me for a few months. A few blue, hot, bright and sunny months! These shots were taken days before spring finally set in and the snow started to melt! I took these while driving to my work place one early afternoon. The fog on that day was something else!…. The weather changed quite drastically that week. Resulting in many fields being waterlogged. I did run these pictures through Photoshop, but to be honest i think i went a little too far on the processing…What do you think? When is enough, enough?


Matthew Watkins Sat Apr 30 4:55pm

Is That The Postman Dear?

April 27, 2011 2 comments

Finally, it has arrived! well, it arrived 3 weeks ago but only now i have my hands on it. The B+W ND11 3.0. What an amazing slab of glass. Its heavy too! i really was not expecting that! I have a few ND filters, but being the amateur i am, i picked up the cheapest ones i could find. Boy do i regret it now. I had a ND2 Nd4 and an ND8 by a company called digital filter……… i think they were 8 euros for the 3. What can you expect. They served their purpose anyways, i had some practice out of them, a few ideas and hopefully all my mistakes. I doubt it mind, mistakes are always there lurking, and your bound to make a few, but that’s what mikes the good stuff worth while. I also have a cheap polorizing filter, its from a company called Kenko. That set me back 12 euros, but its OK. Its a circular and, for what I’m using it for, it does its job. But, I figured it was time to spalsh some cash, build on the kit and pick up this filter! Man I’ve been searching out pictures of this filter at every opportunity and my god, there are some crackers out on Flickr! It was at a reasonable price when i searched for it, so decided to go for it! Its 52mm diamiter as both my lens’ the 18-55 vr 3.6f and the 50mm 1.8f are 52mm in diamiter. Now, from what i have been reading, the more common thing to do is to buy a 72mm filter and buy step down rings to fit your other lens’. Too much trouble for me, so I opted to do it this way. If, or when i get a larger diamiter lens, and i would like to use the 110 with that, i will get a larger one, but until then… I’m happy. So from what i can gather, this bad boy sets me back 10 f stops, perfect for long exposures. here is a chart that i have found on the net that kinda explains the purpose of this filter….

No Filter    With Filter
30sec          8H 32min
25sec          7H 6min 40sec
20sec         5H 41min 20sec
15sec          4H 16min
13sec          3H 41min 52sec
10sec         2H 50min 40sec
8sec           2H 16min 32sec
6sec           1H 42min 24sec
5sec           1H 25min 20sec
4sec           1H 8min 16sec
3sec           51min 12sec
2.5sec       42min 40sec
2sec          34min 8sec
1.6sec       27min 19sec
1.3sec       22min 12sec
1sec          17min 4sec
1/1.3sec   13min 8sec
1/1.6sec   10min 40sec
1/2sec      8min 32sec
1/2.5sec   6min 50sec
1/3sec      5min 42sec
1/4sec      4min 16sec
1/5sec      3min 25sec
1/6sec      2min 51sec
1/8sec      2min 8sec
1/10sec    1min 43sec

1/13sec     1min 19sec
1/15sec     1min 9sec
1/20sec     52sec
1/25sec     41sec
1/30sec     34sec
1/40sec     26sec
1/50sec     21sec
1/60sec     17sec
1/80sec     13sec
1/100sec   11sec
1/125sec    9sec
1/160sec    6.4sec
1/200sec   5.1sec
1/250sec   4sec
1/320sec   3.2sec
1/400sec   2.5sec
1/500sec   2sec
1/640sec    1.6sec
1/800sec    1.3sec
1/1000sec  1sec
1/1250sec    0.82sec
1/1600sec    0.64sec
1/2000sec   0.51sec
1/2500sec   0.40sec
1/3200sec   0.32sec
1/4000sec   0.25sec

The idea i had behind buying this filter was that my love of photography is Long Exposures. As i have said in other posts i love setting up a scene, clicking the shutter, and waiting for the finished results. So, to do really good long exposures, it helps if there’s not a lot of natural light present. Living in Finland, the winter time does not pose a threat to this, there is 3-5 hours of sunlight MAX for 2 months of the year, so then long exposures can be taken most of the day. But, Summer is fast approaching! So that means 24 hour sunlight! For approx 1 month of the year anyway, so that got me thinking. Hopefully this is the answer. I will post more about the filter and the process after i have had the chance to use it! I am so looking forward to it!


Matthew Watkins Wed Apr 27 9:04pm

Odd Fellows, Spiral Stairs and Snow Scooters dont mix.

3 images taken while out having a relaxing walk with the wife and daughter. I love to take photos of Snow Scooters, or Ski doo’s! There is such a nice shape to them, and different types of shading, when not covered in snow that is! They are fantastic to convert to HDR also. Not to much processing on this particular image of the Ski Doo’s, but just enough id say. The ‘Spiral Staircase’ shot is taken at the ‘Academill’ On Strandgatan Vaasa 65610. It used to be a Grain Mill, now has been converted into a University hence the name ‘Academill’. Cool huh? And then the first image is that of the Odd Fellows Building in Vaasa.


Matthew Watkins Tue Mar 15 11:26am