The Tour de France comes to Yorkshire in July 2014 and the locals along the route have been decorating all the villages with a variety of yellow flags, jerseys and bikes.
The locals have a long tradition of set dressing their villages, many have scarecrow festivals, now they have a scarecrow on a bike
I saw this straw man just over the bridge into the delightful village of Kettlewell. A friend of mine is lucky enough to live here.
The composition is fairly straightforward, the dominant colour is Yellow which advances and contrasts against the grey clouds in the background. The main lead-in is the road, also look for two minor lead-ins that echo one another, the white dashed road markings on the left and the yellow flags offering a similar punctuation on the right.
Oh and this was taken on my iPhone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
It’s been a little while since my last post. I’ve been busy and had to replace my camera too. More of that later.
In the meantime I’ve a few iPhone pictures for you. All were taken in one small area of Manchester.
This is the first. No photoshop effects, straight shot apart from very slight cropping: