Beachcombing

Pebbles – Cross Processed

A very hot week ended and all I could think of was the coast. I left a stifling London behind, returned to sunny Hampshire and we loaded up the car and headed for a very warm Wittering in Sussex for the evening. The temperature there was much the same but the air was a lot nicer, we could breath. Since I took a bundle of lenses including my macro, I crawled around on the pebbles looking for nice graphical images.

I have done a little bit of a triptych here by producing an image from the original RAW file 3 times using different processing methods. The first image is the original as the beautiful warm light cast it’s rays across the subject. The second was produced using the cross processing presets in Lightrom 3 and the last was created with an orange filtered black and white preset. I also cropped to produce a square format that suits the triptych concept nicely. In fact I love square format images and may carry on doing this in the future.

You may as ever buy any of these images as prints. Why not buy all 3 to make up a fantastic triptych?

Fishing nets

The eye is in the detail as they say and this is certainly the case when rummaging around fishing ports. Fishing nets, lobster pots, old machines, rusty boats and barnacled anchors all make fantastic subjects. Also a great activity to undertake on an overcast day when the light is more diffuse.

Look for patterns that form graphical “statements”. What do I mean by this? How can I explain? Imagine you have a few shapes and want to make up a simple uncluttered picture, simply by re-arranging them. You can in a sense achieve this with objects you find whilst out with your camera. You may not be able to pick them up, so instead have to resort to physically moving around on your own two feet, angling your camera, zooming in and out. You can quite simply compose the shot to make it look as though you have shuffled its elements around and with this added effort can achieve far better results than had you just chosen to point and shoot instead.

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I love cities and especially London and all offer the photographer a myriad of photo opportunities that are truly mind boggling, you could spend an entire life time discovering new material. I do have a penchant for walls of various kinds, be they the moss covered dry-stone walls of the North that have been beaten by the winds for centuries or the red brick walls of London that have no doubt withstood the blitz of the last World War. Walls are almost like faces, they have survived the long story of our human history, the very hand of mans’ influence on our land and how they blend with the natural fabric of the surrounding world. It’s a shame they are after all inanimate, if only they could tell the stories of time that has passed them by. Nature gradually wins back the land we claim from it much like our own bodies. Now I am getting extremely philosophical but my point is, photography can be used to translate this into some kind of context that us mere mortals can decipher.

This is one of the shots I have recently selected for my portfolio, please see the Buy Prints page for the current collection which I am going to be extending over the coming weeks. I am stunned to say that my image library now exceeds 10,000 possibly more than that images in total offline

Rotting leaves

Rotting leaves

Rotting leaves

Most shots of Autumn leaves show pristine reds, oranges, browns and muted greens. I on the other hand have been looking for some not quite so pristine images. Autumn is after all about regeneration, the preparation for Winter and the eventual re-birth of Spring but before that can happen, the old materials must rot, releasing their nutrients into the soil. The continuous cycle of nature is not always truly depicted by photographers. So spare a thought for the rotten!

Overcast day? Look down!

Italian deckchairs (click on image to enlarge)
Italian deckchairs (click on image to enlarge)

Overcast days needn’t put a complete dampener on your photography, as photo opportunities are still there to be taken. My best piece of advice is, look down and see what you can capture without showing the slightest hint of grey sky.

This was very much the case with the deckchairs I came across in Italy. We woke up to a heavy storm, the skies were menacing, the trees were swaying and it had rained heavily overnight. The sky was leaden and threatened to inflict us with more of the wet stuff. I didn’t let this dampen my spirits in the slightest and took a walk down to the bathing platform that lay at the foot of the towering cliffs of Sorrento.

The rain had nicely saturated the wooden decking and to a lesser extent the fabric of the deckchairs themselves. I took a low angle on the shot and cut the sky out of the equation. The heavy clouds heavily diffusing the morning light, to provide me with a very even exposure and absolutely no contrast issues whatsoever.

Later in the “digital darkroom”, I edited the image a little bit to enhance the saturation and contrast resulting in the image that you see here.

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