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Posts tagged “mystery

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.


Walking on Water

Another watery theme.

The way the image is broken up into myriad pieces makes the eye work harder to decypher the picture.

Walking on Water

Walking on Water

As mentioned in previous posts our perception filters are tuned to recognise the human form.  here the brian has to work very hard to make sense of this image, however I’ll bet that most people will recognise the shape of a man in blue jeans.

 


Waves

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.

Waves

Waves

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.


Friends

I’m exploring different ways of looking at people.

Two friends walking together

Friends

I like the contrast of the sharp graphic lines with the softer edges of the figures.


A Different Perspective on Buckden Trees

Deep blue skies always attract my attention.

Looking up, looking down and behind you when out walking in places you know well is a good habit to acquire.  It makes you see more and challenges your assumptions.

I’m still playing with capturing different perspectives.  Creating a slightly mysterious twist on a familiar landscape really appeals to the iconoclast in me.

Buckden Trees

Buckden Trees

This picture is another relatively straight shot with minor tweaks in Photoshop to remove spots and specks, and some exposure adjustment.

I like this, hope you do too


Ghosts on the beach

Elements of mystery again, you may need to step back from the screen a little and view this one from a distance and see if that helps your eyes make sense of the image.

Ghosts on the beach

Ghosts on the beach

I’m having fun exploring less traditional approaches to photographs.

This one is a straight shot apart from minor adjustments to the colour in Photoshop.

I like the mystery in these images, if you want to know more then contact me I’ll happily tell you all the technical details.

This photograph has a presence for me. It made me stop, look and held my attention.  That’s why I select these picture for the blog.  It is an instinctive process, sometimes I know instantly as I’m taking them.  Other times there is a slow burn and I rediscover them after a break.

This is one of those slow burn pictures. I like it very much and hope you do too.


Painting-like effects in photography without photoshop

This is a straight shot, apart from a little cropping the photograph is pretty much as taken.

Under the trees

Under the trees

On Sharpness…

This has a painterly like quality to it.

Too often as photographers we are pressed to create pin-sharp images where every single detail is resolved in perfect order.

It doesn’t have to be like that, well not all the time anyway.

One of the difficulties in composing photographs, is how to be different.  this sounds easy but it is incredibly hard to do.  There are lots of people out there taking photographs and adding to the global collection most of these are sort of carbon copies of one another.

In our mass-produced society being different is  a highly prized condition.  When you think you have something different, tell people about it, add to the richness of human creativity.  If you find out it has been done before well you can always give it another go.

Being different makes you think harder and live a little more intensely, isn’t that a fascinating thought?