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And now, for something completely different…

I keep looking through photography mags and getting jealous – no, no, no, not those sorts of magazines… The proper ones, the ones with full time photographers in them. Image makers who make real money. Their images are just so exquisite, and so different. So I put down the magazine, told myself to stop jerking off at other people’s pictures and do some of my own. My challenge for 2016 will be to see if I can find anyone else who likes them. Here goes with series number 1, called Inversion:

Inversion1

 

Inversion5

 

Inversion3

 

Inversion4

 

Inversion2

 

Let me know what you think!


Hebridean Abstracts

Now I love this image, but sure as hell the judges in the photo club don’t! Too difficult, too abstract, just too weird. Even with a literal title – ‘Wave On Beach’ – it’s still doomed to failure. Shot down in flames, twice. So it’s not a photo club photo, but heck, I still like it…

 

Lewis Beach

Lewis Beach

 

Maybe this one would work better… Bit of foreground interest, lead in line, wave breaking in mid distance and a moody sky in the far background. More obvious certainly, but it’s an anyone shot, it’s ok, but just ok.

 

Wind on sand plus waves

Wind on sand plus waves

 

This is more like it. A real weird one! Panning to the right during a 2 sec exposure whilst the wave breaks to the left. I’ve not even considered this as a competition image. It would get blasted straight away for being ‘blurry’….

 

Breaking wave

Breaking wave

 

Maybe I should compromise. How about this? Rock on beach – a point to focus on, still a bit abstract-y with the black peat showing through the tawny sand. Bit of a curve to take the eye through the pic… On second thoughts, this is still to way-out for a 30 sec analysis in a club competition. It stays on the blog site. Hope you enjoy it!

Lewis beach abstract 2

Lewis beach abstract 2

 

(Now if you did like these, then check out some lovely rocks… or indeed some more beaches in Scotland! Let me know what you think…)

 


Sunny Scotland won’t stop me taking photos!

What sort of weather do you associate with the far north of Scotland? I mean – right up the top. Not even the Hebrides…, the Outer Hebrides? It’s got to be rain, correct? Big, moody, storm filled skies. Huge rolling breakers coming in off the Atlantic all the way from Greenland. Wet! The Scots even have their own word for it, dreich: drizzly, wet, heavy, grey. That’s what I wanted for my trip last week. I wanted moody and dramatic. Storms! What did I get? Sunshine and blue sky. I can’t believe it!

 

A break in the sunshine, some clouds, & I got snapping!

A break in the sunshine, some clouds, & I got snapping!

 

OK, OK, so the first image looks a bit grey-ish. I had to work hard for that. This was perhaps a 10 minute cloud passing between almost incessant sunshine. Photographers have to seize every opportunity…

 

Luskentyre beach

Luskentyre beach

 

This was more like it. Great big blue sky reflecting off the wet sand. You’d think it was the Bahamas. In fact it was so warm it felt like the Bahamas! Mind you, one big advantage over the Bahamas – the Isle of Harris was deserted, completely!

 

Cotton wool wave

Cotton wool wave

 

Now this one could be bluer, but the long exposure filter has toned it down (to blur the wave) and I’m fond of it so it’s staying that way… Mrs P has deigned to comment that she likes this one, so I know I’m forgiven for disappearing for a week…

 

Empty beach. Not like the Caribbean...

Empty beach. Not like the Caribbean…

 

A week of empty beaches, dramatic scenery, uninterrupted photography and the odd wee dram of whisky. Heaven. Couldn’t have been better…., well, apart from the weather!

 

(Thanks to Aspect2i for a fantastic photography week. If you’re interested in truly inspirational photo workshops then check them out: http://www.aspect2i.co.uk )


Nude conundrum… help!

I have a decision to make. A local competition is asking for submissions which show 4 pictures linked by a theme. I want to enter the 4 pictures below, but I’m not sure whether the first pic works with the other three…

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

I could go and crop a pic to create another abstract/detail shot. But that’s sort of…, cheating. (And I haven’t good a good one.) So the question is: do you think these four work together? Let me know!


Testing the photographic eye…

I have joined a camera club. The aim is to get some feedback, and to push myself to improve. What better, then, than a camera club trip to Woodbridge on the river Deben in Suffolk to test the photographic eye.

how long does this lie around to rust like this?

how long does this lie around to rust like this?

A group of photographers (what is the name for a bunch of photographers? a ‘squint’? a ‘gaze’? I know – a ‘leer’!), all with lots of kit and armed with tripods, all looking at the same view.

I bet everyone gets this shot...

I bet everyone gets this shot…

Everyone is looking at the same thing, but do they see the same…? Looking and seeing, very different things of course. Looking on the whole is easy. Seeing is difficult. Making interesting pictures is even harder…

abstract porthole

abstract porthole

I’m going for the abstract approach. Concentrate on some details and hope everyone else sees something else.

Nature always wins

Nature reclaims a deserted boat

the prow

the prow

Anchor squared

Anchor squared

The first print competition in September will be interesting. Same subject matter, different interpretations. Blimey, I’m a bit nervous! We shall see…


I fancied a change – abstract nudes!

I thought I might take a short break from landscape and portraiture for a week or so. And lo and behold, suddenly I’m in a studio brushing up on lighting technique, flash, brollies, reflectors and…, nudes!

nice chiaruscuro....

So, what’s it like then? Taking pix of a rather nice young lady who seems to have no inhibitions whatsoever? Actually it’s about as stale and unsexy as you could possibly imagine. Really – I kept fretting about f-stops and lighting settings…

desert dunes

My favourite shots were those that dived off into abstraction. Let’s the imagination wander, and not get too caught up in the nakedness of it all.

not quite sure if this is abstract enough

Then again, there’s the line of a curve which is unmistakeable. And rather beautiful, I think.

(Back to dawn photos in the crisp cold winter sunlight next week… am I mad?)