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Photo Friday 100s & 1000s Winner – Peter

What camera did you use? I took this with my Canon EOS 450D with my Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens. Which was all bought through Camera House in Croydon.

What settings did you use? Exposure: 1/13sec, ISO: ISO-800, F-stop: f/5, Focal length: 46mm, No Flash.

What inspired this shot? I work as a doctor in a hospital, where I do surgery, hence the medical subject of the photo. Trying to think outside the box, I have combined two things that I love; my work, and the 100s and 1000s which always meant fun and good times when I was a kid (and still now!). Most people don’t find hospitals fun, they’re scary, sad and often painful places to be. Hence the scalpel, the syringe, the suture needle. But with this photo I wanted to make people think, “I’d like a shot of that!”, rather than, “that’s a needle, I hate needles”. Life is often too serious, and I’ve tried to make light of something very serious, and to try and change everyone’s perspective on things. I wanted to get people thinking and talking about the photo, I’m sure everyone can draw their own meaning from it. My message is that people should learn to take life a bit less seriously, we all need a dose of fun every now and then.

Did you edit this image, if so what did you do and with what program? We used Photostudio 5 to edit the photo. We selectively desaturated the image around the 100s and 1000s, and increased the contrast in both the black and white, and colour aspects. We didn’t add any colour to the photo, we just emphasises the contrast between the plain items on the tray and the colourful 100s and 1000s.

 Do you have any advice for our community of photographers? There are many photographers who have expensive equipment that can make any photo taken look good. But for the everyday photographer, truly amazing photos only need a little bit of imagination. I took this photo in my kitchen, with a desk lamp for lighting. I don’t have an extremely expensive camera, or photo studio, but I had an idea and a took a photo to reflect my view on the world. Your photos are always your point of view, let them say what you want to say. Not everyone will like your photos, but just remember its YOUR photo, and it is what YOU want it to be. Let it show who you are, and to convey the message you want it to carry, not what others tell you it should be.

Did you edit this image, if so what did you do and with what program? There is only so much you can improve a photo with digital photo enhancement. A great photo, even an edited one, must always come from a good raw image. Poor photos, even when edited, are never going to be great photos. It’s just another tool that photographers use to make their picture convey the message they want people to see. Many people use expensive lighting, lenses and filters to achieve amazing shots. Photoshop or photo editing is just another tool to achieve the same result. Those who say photos shouldn’t be edited, just haven’t caught up with the world yet. Be proud of your photos, and show them to whoever will look!

Where was this photo taken? I took this photo in my kitchen at home with a simple desk lamp, a household silverware tray, and with my brother holding the tray. No fancy lighting, backgrounds or filters. Just a simple, still photo, black and white with a splash of colour.


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