2012 – My Year in Review

My year in review. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the blog this year. Well done to the top 5 people who left comments and the numerous regulars who like and sometimes dislike my photos and stories. You are my inspiration. I have a massive year planned for 2013 and I can’t wait to share my ideas with you all in mid January. I’m off to photograph a wedding today so until next time have a safe a happy New Year!

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 53,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 12 Film Festivals

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My Thoughts on the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VI DC USD Lens

In my view the Tamron SP 24-70mm with the new VC gets the big tick of approval. Let me tell you why:

To start there are a number of great reviews online already showcasing the many advantages and some disadvantages of the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/28 DI VC USD lens. I wanted my review to be a little bit different.  I haven’t really seen many low light photographs from this lens so I decided to pursue some lightning and star photography to show something a little bit different.

Tamron 24-70mm f-2.8 DI VC USD Specs

As you can see from the above specs the lens has a whopping 82mm filter. Most photographers who have a wide-angle lens will find the filter size to be different from their kits. The only other lens I can think of that uses this size is the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L lens.

Personally I had an 82mm Hoya Pro1 Digital UV filter lying around so I was able to utilize it for the lightning photos shown below. To be fair on image testing I only used the filter on the lightning photographs due to the wet weather.  As a side note if you are using a filter on any good quality lens be sure NOT to purchase the cheapest filter out there. Go for the highest quality otherwise you are only going to degrade the glass quality of the lens. For the majority of my work I use LEE filters and Hoya Pro1 Digital filters.

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Beautiful White Swan

As you may remember earlier this month I posted the Beautiful Black Swan… this is my follow up photograph.

I am pleased to announce:

The latest FREE fine art photograph is ready to be downloaded.

December 2012 – White Swan.jpg


You can use the photo for whatever you like. Enjoy.


Beautiful White Swan

Until Next Time – Happy Shooting

Fujifilm Digital meet Kodak Film

Today I felt a bit of a creative spark after seeing some really amazing film images.

I wanted to take a photo on the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and try to recreate the cross processed film look similar to what you see from a sprocket rocket camera (where the developed film includes the film sprockets) so I went to the beach after work to get the idea going.

Kodak Gold 400 Stressed Film

Kodak Gold 400 Stressed Film

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

From the bottom of my heart thank you for visiting, commenting and liking my photographs.

Worldwide Google+ Photographers Photo Competition

Another successful worldwide photo competition has finished and the winner has been selected!

The entries into the Google+ Photographers Competition were outstanding! I couldn’t believe the quality of work that was submitted on Google+. Certainly is the best place for photographers. For the full details on how the competition worked click on the banner below:

Google+ Photographers Photo Comp

Now to the important details – the winning image!

The winning photograph was a beautiful black and white photo of a sheep by Gerald Fischer. The post process carried out of the image was superb.  Gerald won himself a $100.00 B&H voucher for winning the competition!

Gerald FischerGerald Fischer

The images which made the finalists were:

Helena Martins - Stairs to the pastHelena Martins – Stairs To The Past

Markus Landsmann - The ColognebayMarkus Landsmann – The Colognebay

Mathieu ARCHAMBAULT - _MG_6778Mathieu Archambault

Máximo Panés - JumpMáximo Panés – Jump

Micah Burke - eclipse montageMicah Burke – Eclipse Montage

All of the finalist photographs were judged on the following criteria. Each photo was awarded a score out of 100 points:

1.    (25 points) How creative the photograph is.

2.    (25 points) How original the photograph is.

3.    (25 points) What the technical photographic quality is like.

4.    (25 points) How good is the Post Processing Techniques?

The winner was selected from the highest total combined score from all the judges.

Here are the total scores for the above images:

Google+ Photographers Photo Compeititon - Judges Scores

Do you agree with the judge’s verdict? Lets see what the people’s choice would have been: Vote below in the poll:

The judging of the final image was broadcast LIVE via my YouTube channel.  Check out the full recorded On Air Google+ Hangout below and watch what the judges had to say about the image.

A big shout out to all the international judges for their dedication to photography and their time.

Matt Granger – That Nikon Guy André AppelJoshua FisherDon NollAndy GrayJack Salzke and Helen Sotiriadis.

If you are an imaging wholesaler or photography store and wish to promote your social media and reach online please get in contact with me via leighdiprosephotography@yahoo.com to find out how I can promote your business through one of my photo competitions.  

Until next time – Happy Shooting!