This image was taken through a shop window in Brescia in the North of Italy. It would’ve been so easy to walk by and not notice the scene. I’ve titled this blog ‘People at work’ but really its a bit more than that in as much as its also people in their work environment. In this instance there’s the dynamic between the workers on one side of the counter and the customers on the other. I choose to shoot in colour as it added to the natural warmth that I associate wth cooking pizza, breads and cakes. There’s a small detail that amuses me too, and thats the couple at the far end of the shop in matching stripy T Shirts. (very cute).
This really is a very simple image. At first glance it looks like a glass tunnel that goes to infinity. In fact it’s one of many domed ceiling lights that can be found in older buildings, in this instance in the National Museum of Wales. It’s positioned over a grand staircase and allows light to flow into the building
A lot of people ask, what is the best camera? The answer has to be,the one you’ve got with you. Nowadays theres so many many ways to capture interesting images. Sports cameras , mobile phones, Go Pro’s and of course conventional digital and analogue cameras.
This image was taken using my old Go Pro camera in a waterproof housing. I set it take rapid fire stills images. Placed on a cheap little tripod in-between the rocks. As the waves came down the gulley the camera fired maybe about 50 images. This was my favourite.
It’s not what you could call an ‘intelligent’ image. I didn’t really frame it, set exposure values or focus it, but it captured the effect I was looking for. It can be fun to experiment even if thing go wrong. The point here is I wouldn’t have risked placing an expensive camera and lens so close to this fast flowing salt water full of tiny stones, sand and rocks.
I’d thought about taking this trip to the Exe estuary for a while. In my head I’d arrive at the estuary about 45 minutes before sunrise and shoot until the light flattened out, probably about 2 hours later. Like many of my best ideas somethings just don’t go to plan. Getting out of a warm bed at 3.00am was just too difficult.So the only thing to do was to re calibrate, in this case an early morning shoot turned into a late afternoon/early evening session.
The Exe Estuary
Have a plan before you arrive but don’t be afraid to change it.
I had a reasonable idea of the geography and layout of the area as I’d spent a year in Exmouth at teacher training college during the late 70’s. I remembered the quality of the light and how fantastic it was especially in those early and evening hours. As you get nearer to the mouth of the estuary the sky seems to open up. It has a real and unique quality.
At the mouth of the Exe estuary
There’s lot’s of very special locations along the estuary and each of these change depending on high and low water tide times as well as time of day. One of my favourite locations has to be where the river finally meets the sea. The currents are often fast, sweeping swiftly past sand banks that rapidly disappear at high tide.
The Exe at Low tide
At low tide the whole estuary takes on the shape of a shallow basin punctuated by deep puddles, stranded sailing boats, bouys, ropes and small dinghies. It’s possible to walk out into the middle of all of this but take care if you do as its easy to get into danger. From the Exmouth side of the estuary you can clearly see Starcross and beyond as the coastline disappears towards Teingmouth and later on Torquay and the Torbay riviera.
I was here in late winter and at that time of year the light fades very quickly, literally minutes between reasonable light and complete darkness. Even though this can be a tricky time to photograph its always worth ‘firing’ a few frames off. As the light begins to fade the evening sky’s colour seems to saturate into some very rich and deep colours.
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These photographs are the result of a recent impromptu five day trip to Normandy in northern France. We caught the boat from Dover and just over an hour later landed in Calais. We planned to stay for one night a few miles down the coast in Bolougne sur Mer and then to travel south west to the picturesque towns of Deauville and Trouville.
Time to relax
All we wanted to do was to relax, drink some nice french wine, eat some tasty french food and have a lot of fun.
“…things that were typically french…..”
Its easy to do all of that in France but for me I wanted something else as well, and that was to try and capture with my camera things that were typically french.
That was it! My theme for my pics was Frenchness!! In a global, multi-cultural, corporate world it can sometimes be difficult to find a specific quality such as this.
Often what I was looking for lay in landscape and buildings, sometimes in people, occasionally objects and other times in small details such as wall and building colours. I’m not sure how successful I’ve been but it was a lot fun trying.
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