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Planning, Patience and Presence

I receive a lot of mail about the quality of light at the time the picture is taken.

Photoshop can only do so much.

Memorable photographs are created with a combination of Planning, Patience and Presence to respond to the moment. Or, as some may say – luck ūüôā

Climbing the wall

Climbing the wall

This picture was taken at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  I knew the sun would shine through the wooden grille in the café.

The shadows cast by the people in the café caught my eye so I waited.  And waited a bit more.

Then a child started to climb the grille, and this is picture I captured before Mum gently brought her mountaineer back to earth.

This one catches my eye as I scan through the thumbnails of my collections so I think you’ll like it too.

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Easter Tulips

I went to my parent’s house the other day. Mum had been given a bunch of tulips that she had put in a vase by the window.

We are a close family and I’m one of the lucky ones that still has Mum and Dad around and in good health (long may that continue)

As I put on my coat in the hall I happened to glance round at the tulips.  The sun shining through the window brought out the intensity of the colours in both the flowers and the garden beyond.

Easter Tulips

Easter Tulips

The hall window has patterned glass and the leaf pattern seemed to harmonise with the green of the sunlit lawn beyond.

I’m happy with this picture, thanks Mum and Dad.  By the way, this is another one taken on my iPhone.  No photoshop treatment apart from slight cropping.

 


Tree Shadows

We were staying with some friends in London.  I like London a lot.  I first came here when I was ten, on a school trip and my love for this city has never left me.  I am always impressed by the quiet spaces  and secret places that London preserves to insulate us from the noise and rush of the city.

One sunny morning I spent some time in quiet contemplation on the balcony.  I was looking at the London skyline and watching the jets glide overhead, wondering where all those people were coming from and going to.  Then I looked down.

I didn’t have my ‘proper’ camera to hand, so out came my trusty iPhone again. ¬†A quick dust of the lens and I had this picture.

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tree shadows

Threes are often quoted as a pleasing number for composing pictures. ¬†I do have an iconoclastic streak when it comes to rules, but in this case I’ll go along with that. ¬†Especially when it helps to be playful with the language.

This works for me.  I hope it works for you too.


Curves

Colours and lines attract me.

This picture is a variant on the lead-in style of composition.

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Curves

I like the simplicity of the composition, the dynamic sweeps of the curves are a powerful effect.

You’ll know I’m quite aware of the horizon in my pictures. ¬†In this one the eye searches out a line and the only one that matches our preconceptions is the roughly horizontal line right at the top of the image. ¬†This adds to the powerful effect and holds the attention. Well, it works for me anyway, tell me what you think…


Three Dots in Manchester

I find producing these abstract pictures rather rewarding.

This is another one taken on my iPhone.  It is a straight shot again, very little done in photoshop except for minor cropping.

Three Dots - Manchester

Three Dots – Manchester

This is part of the one square km series as this was taken within a small area.

Working within constraints of technology, time and space is something I find fascinating.  I hope you do too.


Pink Orange

Playing with my iPhone camera is still producing interesting pictures.  I have a new rather powerful SLR camera to replace my last one and more pictures from that later, and probably musings on the technology fetish aspect of photographers.

In the meantime, it’s not really about the technology, rather about what you do with it that counts.

Stripping back photographs to a minimal essence is a rather rewarding and somehow meditative experience.  It makes me think harder and I need that.

Again this one is a straight shot, apart from a little cropping. ¬†In case you wonder why these are cropped, we make cards from these and many others that you won’t see on the blog and we give them to friends. ¬† I’m not doing this to make money.

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Pink Orange

 


Red

This is another straight shot (apart from minor cropping)

Taken with my iPhone.  It was fascinating watching the way it struggled with the lighting conditions.

I like the mystery this photograph creates, what is it, how did he do that?  For me it is one of those images you can lose yourself in.  It is deliberately abstract. The objective reality and technical details are irrelevant.

See what you think:

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