I like poppies, the scarlet is a perfect contrast to a green landscape. This caught my attention when out walking on holiday in Suffolk, UK.
I could have stepped a few metres to the right or left and captured many more poppies but you can have too much of a good thing. Those of you with a composition mindset will notice the poppies are also placed almost on an intersecting third, but not quite. Again you can have too much of a good thing.
I wanted the contrast to work on a few levels, colour being just one, focus is another. The intimacy of the poppies gradually makes you aware of the open space of the field behind. Notice the horizon, it is right at the top of the image, a thin sliver of darkness against the diminishing blandness of the wheat field. This implies the space behind the foreground is large but not infinite.
Look closer and you’ll notice upward slanting diagonals in the wheat field contrast with the slight downward slant of the horizon. In Northern and Western cultures our visual language interprets a left to right slope as up, optimistic, reassuring. The bright colour against the wheat field is happy, positive, enthusiastic.
I felt good taking this picture and still feel good looking at it now.
Another Easter shot taken in the Yorkshire Dales at Cray near Buckden
Laying down to get this shot with a wide angle lens meant that I could get the foreground detail in focus while still showing the context of the area.
If you look carefully you’ll see the barn in the distance is slightly out of focus, this is deliberate. The contrast in focus makes the foreground seem sharper.
The deep blue sky was enhanced slightly with a polarising filter when I took the shot. An added advantage was that the polariser took out some of the reflections from the grass making the green leaves a more intense colour.
A lovely walk on a lovely day and a nice picture to go with it.
My wife, Jayne, liked it so much she made my Easter card from this picture.
A self portrait this time. Taken in Sheffield. Getting closer to objective reality.
Colours and lines attract me.
This picture is a variant on the lead-in style of composition.
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…
This has a feeling of calm about that I find deeply satisfying.
Waves have been breaking on the seashore long before You and I were around.
They will be doing the same long after we are gone. Some might find that thought troubling, however I find a sense of peace in that realisation.
Another painterly quality picture, the breaking waves have the feeling of brushstrokes about them. I do a bit of oil painting as well and I’ll try to get this effect in my next attempt.
Trees in the winter can be stark things rather devoid of colour. This is a different look at a tree.
Wintry blue skies can be intense, especially if they are contrasted with warmer colours.
I liked the pattern of lichens on the ancient roof tiles, they are suggestive of foliage when combined with the shadow of the tree.
It is always dodgy ground assuming animals have human emotions, however when I saw this fox running across a field from a farm in the south downs I’m sure it had a look of pure joy on its face.
My impression at the time, and not altered by reflection, was that here is an animal that is enjoying life to the full.