An impromptu shoot when Kurtis asked (told) me to take a picture of him.
OK – so not my picture but just something thats going on. This is the first time I have got involved with a ‘crowd sourced’ project. I bought the phone before its went to production. They needed 15,000 orders to start production on a run of 25,000. They did it in a matter of a couple of weeks and have just gone over 20,000 orders.
I knew a little bit about the issues with smart-phone production, and product manufacture in general. But its not just the issue with poor pay and conditions in factories in the far east, there are even bigger issues with where the precious minerals are sourced.
I don’t want to get too into it as I know most people don’t think about these things. But if you do, take a look.
Thought it was interesting to put this in to compare with the similar film shot below. This is more recent and taken on a Canon 5DII.
The flare is natural, although Lab colour adjustment seems to have enhanced it. I also like the plane in the distance and woman standing on her balcony, (5th one up in the middle).
Again a really old shot taken on the Olympus OM1. Printed from negative this is a nice shot but it loses something when scanned. Never been able to simulate the print.
I used to print black and white in my bathroom at home. I liked to print quite large with long exposures and dodge and burn with stuff I could find laying about. For this shot I waved one hand around over the buildings to lighten them and create a vignette. Again, this subtlety is much harder to recreate digitally with the scanned image.
Its hard to see in this lo-res version, but I love the little open window on the dark side of the nearest tower.
This shot was taken many many years ago in Edinburgh. Its taken on my very first SLR, an old Olympus OM1. I’ve always liked this picture. It was taken with a dark red filter, only because I knew it created separation between blue sky and cloud. I like the atmosphere, you can almost feel the wind coming towards you through the grass. And the ‘Y’ shape of the tree reflected in the cloud shape was a fluke.
This was my very first effort at star trails and looking back, I think its OK. I’ll admit its exposed all wrong and the technique is pretty bad (just 1 long exposure rather than multiple layered exposures) and I had to do quite a bit in photoshop to correct exposure and colour. But I lucked out with the moon rising behind the trees (the flare) which wasn’t planned and the strange light pollution leaking in from the right adds some colour.
Sometimes the light beats you. I was out on a walk on a grey day at sunset in the New Forest. I was looking for a kind of abstract woodland shot conveying the complexity and confusion of the woodland, with a bit of Blair Witch ambiance thrown in. I didn’t get any good shots. As the sun was going down it appeared below the clouds and the below is the amazing light that we witnessed. It lasted for about maybe 90 seconds and I knew I wanted to capture it but didn’t know how. I mean, technically I did, but how to represent the moment, capture it, frame and compose it.
This is what I got. Very little done to this, bit of colour balance as was blueish in the shadows. This is what happened. a bad photo made interesting by the colours. Imagine if someone took a good photo? Whoa!
Pretty old picture here taken on a very old camera with a lens that had a severe back-focus problem. However, it happened to be floating around my desktop when I got the idea of merging some positive and negative images. I was playing really, but the results were quite pretty I though.
Did a location family shoot recently and just started editing them. My favourite picture turned out to be a shot of Colin & Kerry without the kids. I was shooting a few off to get my levels right before attempting to get Emma to sit still! I’ll stick up a dedicated blog once they are all done.
This picture of K was taken on the Olympus trip using Fuji Velvia ISO 100 (Provia?). I use a neg scanner to create these and for some reason its was doing something funky with the colours and the scan was coming out far too red. If I had more time, patience and brains I’d try an work out why. Instead I did a very brief correction in Photoshop.
On the website of the campsite we stayed at (Kelling Heath) it said that it was an excellent place for star gazing due to the lack of light pollution. I set up on the second night and planned a multiple expose ‘star trail’ shot. I was up till 2am waiting for 3 hours of exposures. My mistake was not checking on my camera as it had got covered in dew after about 5 shots (#fail). Anyway, this is a test shot. 30 second exposure a little too long for a single shot, you can still see some movement in the stars. Also, should have overexposed by probably 1 or 2 stops.
When we were walking back from the pub before I took this we couldn’t stop looking at the sky. Its very rare you can actually see the milky way.
Took a couple of days away with the kids in a static caravan in Norfolk. There is a distinct quality of light in Norfolk, harder than that of Essex and London which I am used to. This picture doesn’t really capture it, but I kind of liked it anyway.
Took this in my back garden as the sun disappeared over the horizon. The very last ray of orange sunlight, between tree and garage and over fence, hit this solitary rose for just a minute. One of those moments when you are glad to have camera to hand.
PS – big nod to Thomas Struth.
Bank holiday kicked off with some crazy weather. The rain was so heavy for such a prolonged period that we had a miniature water fall running into our garden from the neighbours. This was complimented by several leaks inside the house. We cant complain however as many people in the area found water gushing into their homes and there were some amazing pictures online of submerged cars and flooded streets.
Sooooooo, yeah – not updated the 365 for a while. Its become a 280 or something. Anyway, i’ve been busy shooting weddings, working, parenting, making up excuses, blah, etc, look over there! *cough*. Thing is, i’d missed so much it was getting harder and harder to get back into it and catch up. So i’m not going to! I’m starting a fresh. Not sure where its going to go but I’m thinking of attacking the archive and seeing what I can dig out.
Anyway, to start here is a picture of a dog from a wedding I shot recently. Awesome.
Blog has been on hold for a little while for a number of reasons. Wedding season has started so I have been super busy. Also, baby is due soon so been decorating/cleaning/not taking pictures/cleaning/DIY etc etc.
Finally, I got a bit bored so I’ve taken a little change of approach. As well as images captured during daily life i’ll be mixing in some old shots and stuff from my archive that I never got around to editing.
This one is from a trip to Blackpool for party. We arrived early evening and there was this huge brooding storm on the horizon. The kind where you can physically feel the change in atmospherics.
Or nosey locals (like me). I’m always interested in what happens to the photos people take and why they take them. As you can see from the previous post, there really isn’t much going on in Rayleigh and its kind of just flat. Its interesting spotting the things you know and that. I suppose the different viewpoint of a familiar place is the attraction. I certainly lost interest so started taking pictures of these people taking pictures!
I suspect most of the pictures taken get deleted. Most of mine did……..
Another shot from our honeymoon. Jericoacoara is on the north coast of Brazil and apparently is a mecca for wind and kite surfing. Where the desert meets the coast there is an almighty sand dune. Every day, at the end of the day, the whole town tips out and walks up the dune to watch the sunset. We spent about a week there and every day was structured around sunset. I think it was the same for everyone there!
This picture doesn’t do it justice.