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.
Here’s a simple snap taken on my iPhone. I liked the shape of the building (Plymouth University) from the outside but on the inside it seemed even more impressive. The relative wide angle of the iPhone captured the scene with ease. Monochrome rather than colour seemed the obvious choice.
This photo is of our neighbours children in Devon. They’re full of energy and fun. I wanted to capture some of that energy and it was their suggestion to get a picture of them all jumping off the garden bench and table. Even though I gave them all a countdown it proved impossible to get them all to launch into the air at the same time! Anyway I think this was the best image captured.
I used a Fuji XT2 camera in burst mode (14 frames per second) with a Fuji 10mm-24mm lens. Shutter speed was 4000 sec , Aperture 5.6 with automatic ISO (ramping)
This photo was taken fairly near to my home. I’d been out taking my little dog for a walk when I noticed a group of youths playing football at our community centre (The Beaufort Centre). There was something about the light, the fence and structures that to my eye simply looked good. I didn’t have my ‘trusty’ Fuji camera with me but did have my iPhone. I probably snapped about 5 or 6 shots but decided on this particular image based on the positions of the youths on the court.
On a completely different front its worth mentioning that these centres are fantastic for everyone in the community. Newport City Council don’t get many things right IMO but this was definitely one of their better decisions.
I like the simplicity of this image. I’d gone to Cardiff to take some street photographs. I visited the National Museum which is located fairly close to the city centre and is always worth a visit. There really wasn’t any planning involved, I was climbing the stairs to the upper gallery and happened to turn around to see this solitary figure going up the opposite stairway. The scene seemed to have a sense of balance which to my mind was helped by the bronze figure leaning on his staff.
I rendered the image in black and white as it gave the photo more of a graphic quality also colour added nothing to the photograph.