Entries in photography (61)


Strong Colour, Weathered Edges

Day 15: Close-UpAs a contrast to the previous month’s soft focus Photo Challenge, I wanted the opportunity to play with some really strong colour and sharp detail in the June collection. The Estrada 83 film is one of my favourites, with its weathered and water-stained instant film edges that changes with every use; the texture can also be edited. Those water-stained edges match well with the blurred edges of the Anne-Marie lens – also one of my favourites – while the Jolly Rainbo 2X flash negates its bleached vignette.

When I put this gallery together, I chuckled as this statue of Hercules (above) immediately follows my Croatian copy of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, which is illustrated with a picture of the author himself, who could have been a model for the statue!

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Day 14: Literary


A Nostalgic Glow

Day 23: StrangersTo celebrate the close of autumn, for last month’s photo challenge, I decided to use a Hipstamatic combination that bestowed a warm, nostalgic glow to my photos. I also used the Depth of Field tool to highlight the focal point, editing each image individually rather than simply applying a pre-set.

I knew the very brown tones would prove to be a challenge as well, and tweaked that occasionally to complement the colours of the subject – this had quite a nice effect on blue tones. Here are a couple of favourites: the gallery photo for the amusing subject, and the self-portrait for the effects.

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Day 1: Self-Portrait


Shadow and Light

Month 4 of the 30 Days Photo Challenge

Month four of the 30 Days Photo Challenge is in the bag! The Hipstamatic equipment used in this set is quite different again to the previous sets, which is certainly one of my objectives for this challenge. Knowing that I will end up with 12 images on each subject is pushing me to try and be imaginative and to think laterally – not literally – every day. Nevertheless, there are still a few occasions where one of the first (or only!) shots of the day ends up the winner.

… each subject is pushing me to try and be imaginative and to think laterally – not literally – every day.

A case in point is this image of my Venetian blinds and filmy curtain: the subject was ‘shadow’ and I snapped off a few pictures early in the morning of these gorgeous stripes. Then in transpired the rest of the day was completely overcast, and nary a shadow was seen again! Shadows are one of my favourite photographic subjects, and this is a particularly photogenic example.

On the opposite end of the spectrum was the subject of the last day: ‘light’. This time I decided to capture an ostrich feather, which happened to have already been a subject of my on-going Lost Things series. I had photographed this on a wet morning commute where it lay soggy on the pavement, and since found objects can have interesting uses for an artist, I decided to keep it.

I was delighted and at the same time terrified that the wind would whisk it off never to be seen again! 

I had decided to photograph it in the air, and it luckily transpired to be a very blustery day. I went out into my driveway and took many, many shots tossing the feather into the air. The final result was caught as the wind took the feather high into the air, past the rooftops. I was delighted and at the same time terrified that the wind would whisk it off never to be seen again! Happily it returned, but not before I got quite a few shots – it was difficult to choose a favourite. The feather is beautifully illuminated in the final, which also gives a sense of height. Considering how quickly I had to shoot, I’m impressed with how well the iPhone 7+ has caught this.

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For the Fallen

In commemoration of Anzac Day, here, by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), is the well-known poem For the Fallen, which was published in The Times newspaper on September 21, 1914.

Binyon wrote the poem in mid-September, 1914, just a few weeks after the outbreak of WW1, after the British had suffered casualties in their first encounter with the German army at the Battle of Mons. He said it was the words of the famous fourth stanza that came to him first.

Between his timeless words are some photographs I took of a field of poppies in the Rif Mountains of Morocco. (It was a very windy day, and it was hard to capture the dancing poppies, so they’re a bit blurry.)

For the Fallen

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.


The Last of Summer

Nostalgia, Day 10, March 2019I had a lot of fun producing my third set of the 30 Day Photo Challenge. The vivid colour and what I call the ‘glowy’ effect of my chosen combination of Hipstamatic equipment were very inspiring. I hit on the combination by chance, using the random button on my self-portrait photos of the first day.

It was a beautiful late afternoon, and I took the shots on a bridge where I was bathed in the light of the setting sun. The Leonard lens creates a complex layered texture that looks like a shimmering bubble, and also adds the occasional flare to which the Standard flash adds even more brightness; they are offset by the weathered Sussex film, a great textured base with burnt edges. It felt like the right blend to celebrate the last of summer.

Self Portrait, Day 1, March 2019The funfair clown is one of my favourite images, and evokes the Nostalgia theme perfectly, reminding me of attending summer carnivals in my childhood, where the air itself was charged with excitement, and all the crowds, colours, lights and noise thrilled me. Carnivals were places full of possibility and adventure. I still love attending them to this day, and enjoyed my perambulations through the Moomba carnival, just taking photos – it was hard to choose between the ferris wheels, dodgem cars and other rides, but as I came to the laughing clowns, I knew they were It.

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