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
It was minus 6 degrees here on Dartmoor. My little dog (Ella) stepped from the car on to the snow and almost disappeared! The light was fantastic, the air was crisp and all sounds were muted. I had tried to get to Haytor but this was the nearest I got. Haytor was about 3.5 miles away but I’d already passed too many vehicles that had gotten stuck and didn’t want to run out of luck.
A fuji 10mm-24mm lens was used at the 10mm end on a Fuji XT2 mirrorless camera.
Slightly abstract image here. Made up of three different textures. Concrete, water and sand. The colours and contrast have been exaggerated massively to create more impact. The shot was made looking downwards from a seaside carpark (lower left of frame) into the water (middle of frame) with the submerged boat ramp on the right side of the frame. I think though that knowing this makes the picture less interesting.
On my way back home from a trip on to Dartmoor I turned a corner to see the South Devon lower fields lit up by the sun. The contrast between the snow covered fields and the dark wintery hedgerows and trees looked fabulous. The light gave the landscape a ‘graphic’ two dimensional quality that I thought a monotone approach would suit.
The image was taken on a fairly long range telephoto lens at the 400mm end (equivalent to about 600mm on a 35mm full frame camera)
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.
A very simple image that just shouts F R A N C E. Obviously the signage gives more than a clue but to my mind its the architecture and colours too.
Taken during what is known as the ‘Blue Hour, this photo was shot facing north along the river Usk towards Twm Balm (the hill in the far distance).
Whilst the natural or ambient light cools down into blue tones the artificial lights renders warm. Shot on a 100-400mm zoom lens from the George Street bridge in Newport.
I’ve included two images in todays blog. They’re both taken in the theatre from different positions. The main focus of attention is the music director. Whilst the musicians in the orchestra pit have moments where they can relax in between numbers the music director cannot take his (or her) eye of either the score or libretto.
It’s a non stop job where the MD is either directing or following the lib. In the latter case always with a mind for the tempo of the upcoming musical item and/or the technical aspects of the music. The MD is the critical interface between actors and singers on stage and the musicians in the pit. In this first image you see the MD in-between music items but following the libretto in readiness.
In this second shot taken towards the auditorium you can see the MD in full flow controlling excitement generated in the curtain call at the end of the show.
It’s interesting here that a white sheet has been hung behind the MD so that the cast can see his direction more clearly.
This simple shot was taken almost a year ago. The weather had brought everything to a standstill. My wife couldn’t get to work, so by lunchtime we did the only thing we could and that was to dress up warm and walk to the pub. We went the scenic way (also the quickest). This pic was taken on our way to the St Julians pub. This group of trees is known locally as ‘The devils circle’. High contrast shows it off to its best.
The location of this photograph was on the edge of the Black Mountains in the Brecon National park. It’s a great place to visit in any season. The shot was composed using a fairly long telephoto lens. I love the way these lenses compress and compact the view. What struck me when looking at the scene was the sense of isolation that the cottage has. From what I could see there was no road going to it, just a small path. I’d like to think I’d be happy living in a remote place like this but I’m sure the reality would pose some real issues and problems.
I normally only post one image per blog but here I’ve included a second that is framed quite differently. It omits the steep cliff face on the right hand side of the first image and to my mind gives a different feel.