A Popular Subject

If you Google gormley another place you’ll get many thousands of images of this artwork/installation/sculpture.  “Another Place” is 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread over more than a mile of beach, and about half a mile out into the sea.

This picture is I hope a bit different to most; it’s almost ‘straight out of camera’ but looks nothing like the actual view which was a bright blue cloudless sunny day.  It’s looking almost directly into the sun which has made the picture all highlights and shadows and not much in between.  I think the AWB auto while balance got confused by this and went for an average grey so the picture is almost monochrome. Fortunately it’s just what I wanted. And congratulations to my inexpensive 55-200mm Nikon kit lens for not showing flare or low contract, even with no lenshood.

Here’s a question – should the gull be in the picture?  It’s the work of a moment to clone it out. Does it add or detract from the overall scene?

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Bamboo

The tagline of this website has always been “photography is art” and hopefully the picture above proves that.  It has just been accepted for the 2019 Chester Grosvenor Open Art Exhibition.  Almost all the other exhibits are paintings in one medium or another; my picture is a cyanotype on fabric.

That means that while it is a photograph, it’s really a one-off and can’t be copied – the photo of the image (above) doesn’t have the same feel as the original.  But it is a photograph that has succeeded against paintings, so it does sort of prove that photography is art?

The exhibition is free and is open till the 18th of September so there’s plenty of time to pop in and see my picture and all the other artworks in the exhibition.

Photography is art.

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The Flow of Time – Eastgate Clock

This is the famous Eastgate clock in the centre of Chester; in a time exposure on an iPhone using camera movement during the exposure and some neat software to make that long exposure possible.

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The End of the Day

This is a non-abstract sunset; the trees give a big clue that it’s in Tuscany. They make a great lead-in to the picture.

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The Poppies Tour at IWM

I will be one of many people that found this view of the poppies “Wave” visit to the Imperial War Museum Salford.  But that’s no reason not to publish the picture as the location and composition of the poppies cascading from the building is so powerful.

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Cloudy Sunset

I do like pictures with clouds in, and this local sunset certainly has some spectacular ones!

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It’s the Opposite

It’s perhaps the opposite of landscape photography.  Everything’s moving very fast, there’s hardly any light, no time to check camera settings even if you could see them in the dark. It’s mostly down to the skill of the dancers and the ability to quickly take several hundred images to trawl later through and find the few that make worthwhile pictures.

For more pictures from this workshop, some even using daylight (!) see the new Nottingham Workshop dance gallery.

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Poppies

You just can’t beat poppies for a bold splash of colour – sometimes.  This is early in the day with the sun still low and behind the flowers, illuminating the petals; I tried another field of them around midday but the results were just so flat.

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Layer on Layer

Sometimes the landscape takes on an almost abstract quality, helped by the early-morning mists.  I guess this is an example of ‘less is more’?  The 200mm lens helped to find and isolate uncluttered parts of the scene.

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The Bridge – Again

A recent post was the bridge at Queensferry.  I’m pleased that this picture has now been accepted for the 156th Edinburgh International Exhibition of Photography.  A very difficult photographic exhibition to be accepted for (I should know – I’ve only had one picture accepted previously).

I stuck with the title ‘The Bridge’ for the competition; calling it the Queensferry Bridge might have confused Edinburgh folks as they have their own Queensferry Bridge, which looks a little like an enlarged version of the new Queensferry Bridge, aka the Flintshire Bridge, over the Dee.

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