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Posts tagged “pattern

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.


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.

tree shadows

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.


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.

 


Sunshine and Showers

A Showery day today when we were out walking at Roseberry Topping.  Then the spring sun came out and I took this shot.

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

I quite liked the effect created here.  It is all done in camera with minor tweaks to the colour levels in Photoshop.  If you want to know the details just drop me a line via the blog.


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.