Exif data

Title: Orb
Camera: D200
Capture date: 01/06/08
Image file type: RAW (16 bit)
Lens: Sigma 105mm Macro EX DG
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal length: 105mm (158mm equiv.)
Shutter speed: 1/60s - 1/2500s (varying)
Shooting mode: Manual
Exposure comp.: -2.0 to +2.0 (varying)
ISO: 100
White balance: Auto
Flash: No
Cropped?: Some
RAW converter: ACR


This shot is the start of a month-long, photo theme based on the word 'Blue'.

My buddy Ian commented that I should pull my finger out as I have nothing new to post to imagi which is a bit sad really as I spent all this time getting the site running. Thanks for the push pal. I was getting very lazy and complacent. It is easy to do when you don't have any new material, been anywhere interesting or photographed any events recently.

The idea of the monthly theme was one Ian and I had two years ago, around the time of the launch of imagi v3. The theme then was 'Red'. The idea is to simply post anything in this theme which can be something that is blue, a feeling or any other idea that comes from the word blue. We had some great ideas and shots last time so I really looking forward to shooting through June.

As for my starting shot. It really is a double-whammy for me. I was considering photographing something for the Photofriday website challenge this week which is 'minimalism'.

The orb is one of two chinese healing balls, bought when I was a young boy in Hong Kong. The idea is you roll them around you hand and they act as a second pulmonary system. Not sure if they actually work. I always made too much noise with them and you are supposed to keep them as quiet as possible (they have little bells in them).

It is nice to be off the mark with something new. Again if anyone wants to join in the challenge feel free (just post links in comments to the pictures). As usual I would love to hear what you think to this or any of the shots I post.

Another thing about this photo. It is an HDR from 5 exposures set at 1 stop apart.


comment on blue

I LOVE this photograph! I like the placement of the ball in the lower right, I like the color of the blues and I like the details that show in the ball. A really well done photo.

Minimalism can be very powerful

Thank you for your comments. Minimalism can work very well, especially when the shapes are very recognisable. I did tone down the colour to sit better with the shot and I am glad you think it works.

I really like many of your images on your website. Some of the wildlife shots are unbelievable. Especially the shots of the hatchlings. Fantastic!

I also liked the shot of you replicated many times in your house (I have been dying to try something like that for a while).