Masterpiece…

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I’m returning to Amsterdam and the World Press Photo exhibition in my blog again today because there was one image that just keeps coming back to me. All of the images are beyond reproach but this one for me, just ticks all the boxes. Earth Kiln by Li Huaifeng the light, the story, the subject, the setting, the light, the little details and the light… Oh, and the dog! I promise you, my image above does it no Justice so pop over to here  and take a deeper look at one of the most beautiful photos I’ve ever seen… And I look at lots!

 

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Once upon a time…

I would have never have taken this photograph…

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I’ll be honest, even now, if this was London I would have hesitated… And then got the shot probably missing the moment of all four of them were making eye contact with the camera.

I’m slowly going through the shots from Amsterdam and while I’m still loving the vistas the Street photography opportunities were amazing.

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Oh, and I want one of those…

I’ve got a Street Photography workshop in Bristol coming up in a couple of weeks and the similarities between Amsterdam and Bristol were not lost on me.

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Look…

I can promise you, that when I was stood in the bar at Bristol airport on Sunday morning drinking a pint at 10 am and thinking, “that stag party’s more pissed than I am, I hope they’re not on our plane…” I had no idea what the next few days were going to yield…

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They weren’t and the yield was phenomenal. Amsterdam delivered, yes there was the girls and yes there was the funky smell that invoked memories of a life more chilled but there was so, so much more  of which I’m sure I’ll post over the coming days but for now, I need to share the highlight of my short stay. The World Press Photo Exhibition a thought provoking and emotional poke in the chest for those of us who live out our comfortable lives with our first world problems…

Really, these photographers are in a league of their own and whilst nature is just red in tooth and claw, these guys show that Humanity is brutal, kind, cruel, caring, selfish, generous, Ignorant and here’s the worst, arrogant!

I only spent an hour looking around the exhibition, I could easily have spent a day and when it comes to Edinburgh, I think I just will.

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Click on the link above and if it’s in your part of the world at some point over the coming months, please, go see…

The Definition Of Insanity…

DSC_4628-PanoIs doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same *result.

This is the bit that’s going to mess with my head… This grove of trees on the outskirts of Wantage that I noticed on my drive home, turned around, drove back to and parked up to take a closer look at, face South East. you can check it out here

I just happened to be there when the sun was directly in line with the trees so the shadows lined up with the adjacent tree!

I hate conformity but adore lines… It’s enough to drive me mad!

*A bit like me in Lightroom then…

Couldn’t hit a barn door…

For those few who come here often you’ll know that a couple of weeks ago I had my first ever Instameet in Lacock. I did manage to get couple of shots but there was one that I missed and it’s bugged me.

The Tithe Barn sits in the middle of the village looking out to the street. The detail around the barn door from the inside is beautiful and I wanted to catch someone walking by framed by the door. The problem was that I didn’t have a tripod so had to shoot hand held and for me to get detail on the inside of the barn I needed to shoot with such a high ISO which blew out the outside or a slow shutter speed which introduced camera shake making the subject blurred and the photo unusable.

I knew there was a solution and I thought long and hard (Yep, I am that sad) and a couple of days ago I managed to put my thoughts into practice…

Armed with my tripod and a plethora of ideas I set up my camera in the same place in the barn, looking at the door, waiting for my unsuspecting subject to poke their head or walk unsuspectingly by the door. My exposure settings were for the outside only, fast enough shutter speed to freeze the frame and exposed correctly.

Once I had that shot it was time to get the detail of the inside of the barn, ISO100 same F stop and focus but an exposure of a second. Ok, the doorway was blown in this shot but that didn’t matter because… Photoshop!

A combination of both shots and some layer masks / brushes later and Bob’s yer uncle and Fanny’s yer auntie!

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So, to cut a long story short, if you need to composite to get the shot then do it!

Oh, and the Black and white / colour edit is down to a poll on Instagram… Now, that is fun!

Fabonacci Rules!

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Should have seen the floppy leaf though… Bad photographer!

And the simple fact is…

 A tiling with squares whose side lengths are successive Fibonacci numbers
In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers are the numbers in the following integer sequence, called the Fibonacci sequence, and characterised by the fact that every number after the first two is the sum of the two preceding ones… 

Ok, snagged from Wiki and to be honest, I haven’t captured the most obvious example but at least I’ve got something…

Refraction tomorrow.

 

 

It’s all about what you know…

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It’s revision season in this house, Reece is revising for his GCSEs’ Dad is supplying cups of tea, trying to look like he’s got the faintest clue about Boserup and Malthus’ theories on population growth and impact on resources (I’m with Boserup btw) and dwelling on his photography direction and through discussion and a tiny bit of swearing we have come to the following conclusion:

I’m going to keep Reece company over the Easter break during his revision (tea included) and he’s going to give me a subject that I will need to shoot the following day…

Tomorrow it’s going to be the Fabonacci Sequence

This is going to be fun!