If it’s possible to have an ‘iconic’ scene from my hometown of Newport (South Wales) it would possibly be one that includes the Transporter Bridge. It’s one of only two in the UK. An impressive swinging gondola bridge that makes it ‘slow’ way between the east and west banks of the river Usk. It was originally a short cut that delivered workers and goods to and from the steelworks of Llanwern and Lysaghts. Nowadays it’s mostly used as a tourist attraction. Still very impressive though.
The ability to freeze motion using high shutter speeds has always fascinated me. These brief moments can’t always be appreciated in real time. The short duration of flash can often be used to do this although in this image taken at 1/4000 of a second available light and a high iso was used.. I also set the camera to shoot 18 frames a second.
Taken in Southampton, this shot really benefits from being processed in monochrome. It’s a very different image in colour and to my mind not so effective.
A moments peace.
This image was taken of a percussionist in between musical numbers in the theatre. Very low light levels pose difficult problems which can’t always be resolved discreetly . Flash is a big ‘no no’ in this type of setting for obvious reasons.
Here’s a street scene that could have been captured in any of our major cities. It’s possible to say a great deal about this photo but I think the image speaks for itself.
I took this shot whilst working in the New Theatre Cardiff. It’s a very simple photo. The nature of light in theatre orchestral pits can be very contrasty. This can sometimes lead to real problems but in this particular instance the nature of the light created a sense of subject isolation.
The very limited/narrow depth of field also makes the viewer look toward the subject. Technically it was a real advantage to be be able to capture images using an electronic shutter. Using this meant that photographs could be taken in complete silence.