Anonymous: I'm a [relatively] new follower and I have a question. Most of the posts I see from you on the dash (if not all), are reblogs. Why is the need to reblog old posts? I do not know, as I am new, when you first posted them, but, old posts can be viewed from the archive if someone is interested to view them. Just wanna know 'why'. TY

Hey there, thanks for the follow!
I usually set up queues during quiet periods when I’m not posting new things or will be away for a while. It’s just so I can keep my blog active. It also serves as a good way to let new people see things they may have missed. I had about 150 posts in my queue recently due to being away for some amount of time as I was on holiday, however it’s just about to run out. I probably won’t do that much ever again, and will probably be more selective with what I reblog from myself.

I’m looking into a way to clear all the reblogs, so there’s only original posts, however I fear I may have to do that manually.

stereocolours:

Adam Marshall Photography Prints | Tumblr | Facebook | Flickr
So this was the best shot I got tonight out of a couple of attempts. I only managed to get 5 or so minutes of shooting before I had to move due to the rain and storm getting closer! Nothing visually spectacular, there were much better strikes, but one day I’ll get a good one!
Still, I love storms and watching it with some friends was both fascinating and fulfilling.
  • Camera: Canon EOS 70D
  • Aperture: f/4
  • Exposure: 15"
  • Focal Length: 74mm

stereocolours:

Adam Marshall Photography 
Prints | Tumblr | Facebook | Flickr

So this was the best shot I got tonight out of a couple of attempts. I only managed to get 5 or so minutes of shooting before I had to move due to the rain and storm getting closer! Nothing visually spectacular, there were much better strikes, but one day I’ll get a good one!

Still, I love storms and watching it with some friends was both fascinating and fulfilling.

Anonymous: do you use lightroom to edit your photos?

I use Lightroom 90% of the time and Photoshop 10% of the time for the really complicated or special edits. 
HDR is brought into photoshop, then brought back into LR.
Certain double exposures or special edits are edited in LR, brought into PS, then brought back into LR for minor adjustments if needed (for instance this http://stereocolours.tumblr.com/post/89583773018/edge-of-the-universe-adam-marshall-photography

phoenixstamatis: So, I'm trying with some animated gifs at the moment, but can't get them to work due to too large file size. I was wondering, how you maintain both length, quality and size in your gifs, but keeping the file size around 1 mb? Cheers, Sebastian

Hey there!
I recently found out that the animated gif size was increased to 2mb, so I have been experimenting with gifs that size lately. Most of my gifs are set to the 1mb limit however, and there are certain things that you need to do in order to meet that mark. Besides these tips, it might be worth looking into the different types of compression which you run your gifs through. This can help a lot when it comes to knowing what colours to use and which colours to drop when it comes to processing your gif.
-500px width max (it doesn’t show up any bigger than that on anyone’s dashboard anyway)
-30 to 70 frames max
-If you use Photoshops ‘Save To Web’ feature, make sure you add some lossy compression and some dither to the gif in order to reduce the file size

Here’s a link which may help:
http://admiralpotato.tumblr.com/post/91246617309/a-whole-lot-of-words-about-gif-processing

It’s all about balance. You have to make sure the frame rate is quick enough that the eye can not distinguish lost frames, while keeping the frame count low and the image smooth and ‘true’ to the colour.

You can also consider ‘freezing’ parts of an image. If you shoot a landscape and the clouds are the only things moving, perhaps freeze the bottom part of the gif while allowing only the clouds to move across frames. This can save a lot of space.

Hope this helps, and good luck!

kylebonallo: I havn't got a question, but I just wanted to say how much I'm enjoying your beautiful work. It's very original and refreshing, and I'm looking forward to seeing more. Kyle

Thank you Kyle :) Thank you for sharing your wonderful work as well!

Anonymous: would we be able to use one of your images as out tumblr header image if we gave credit? (saying we as in anyone who has the same question)

Absolutely! So long as there’s credit, and you’re not selling them, you have my deepest thanks!

generallyzealous: I love your photography! I'm an amateur trying to get my work out there. I was wondering how you got the lens flare effect, if you edited it or if you angled your camera just right. thanks!

Thanks! Hmm, I’m not sure what specific example you mean, but when it comes to shooting, most of my work is pointed directly at the light source; whether that’s the sun, moon or stars. That usually ends up creating a lens flare effect itself. A higher f/stop will pronounce the lens flare. I also believe that certain filters can be used to create interesting lens flares (I mean the kind that you put on to your camera lenses).
The majority of it is through clever camera angle work. I love including the sun in my pictures so just find the right angle and study how the extra light entering the camera will change the scene. You can really use a lens flare to your advantage- whether it’s to draw your eyes to a particular spot, or cover up something less than desirable. 
Hope this helps!