Take another look

Room with a view shot

A couple of weeks ago, NCP had a workshop on Evaluating Images.  I got a lot out of it and had a second look at the image above. Some key criteria from the workshop jumped out.  Things like Expressive Language and Simplification, Perspective and Texture. From that, the following image emerged.

Room with a View 4

The mind works in mysterious ways but it needs stimulus. I believe I found a mood and a story that hadn’t occurred to me prior to that workshop. I was pretty happy and so too was the judge at our July competition.

Creative Stretches


Check out my Galleries page.  I have added three projects which I found to be far more satisfying than anything else I have done in photography.  The only problem is that they take a great deal of work; far more than just churning out the best from my latest trip.

Hopefully, you’ll understand when you see them.  I should really do some more.

Solving Problems

Fire-Engine-as-shotWhen traveling, we often have to grab the shot and move on.  I was drawn to this vintage fire engine and snapped a few shots.  But, as you see from the first image, the scene is full of distractions.  It’s no more than a record shot.  There wasn’t much I could do at the time; the tour group was moving on.

Fire-Engine-improvedBut, there is always a creative solution. The second version is what I’ve come up with.

Macro Wonders

Honey bee in flightMacro lenses give us a perspective like no other.  Like this one of a bee in flight.  But it’s darn difficult to get right.  Depth of field is extremely shallow.  You want the background out of focus but not the bee.  So, balancing subject to background distance and focal plane to subject distances is crucial.  Then you’ve got focusing, exposure and composition to consider.  Lastly, you need a co-operative bee to fly into the spot you have in mind.

It can take a while.

Moving the light


Often you’ll come home with under-exposed images like the one on the left here.  Most image editors can improve this to a degree such as shown in the second version.  (Click on the first one to see them in a larger slideshow view).

But, Lightroom and Photoshop can do so much more.  Except for two things.  The first is the technical knowledge of the artist.  The second is the vision.  And they will always be there to challenge us.

In the third version of this scene, I’ve moved the light to where it looked good to me.  I’m happy with the outcome.  At least the image is no longer a dud.  But, it always intrigues me to think that another artist might have done something quite different.

As always, it is technique and vision that will set us apart


Getting the Most from an Outing (Part 2)

In the earlier post I spoke about the problems that one faces after a shoot.  Especially the unplanned ones.  A trip to Newtown yielded a challenging bunch of shots.  It was a bleak and overcast day and what I saw in the computer afterwards reflected that.

To illustrate a couple of approaches to such quandaries, I have included some before and after examples.  One is from the historic churchyard of St Stephen’s.  The other is of a graffiti wall.

No great works of art here.  But I’m happy.