Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Sunday, 17 May 2009
The rest of the assignment is over the previous two blogs
- This path is bordered by a high hedge and one emerges from the shady path into the open sunshine. I took several shots and waited some time for the right cloud formation. This one wasn't quite centred on the gap, but it was very windy and the clouds were moving and changing shape fast.
- In contrast this broad path is alongside a line of old beech trees, the high canopy at the edge of the trees let in the sun.
- Here there are much younger beech trees growing close which give a gloomy feel to the centre.
- The Clappers was left to the National Trust by a family in remembrance of brothers lost in the first world war. This rather bleak obelisk commemorates the gift.
These last three pictures were chosen for detail. When walking on the Clappers I like to observe what is about in the hedgerows. Pictured are
- The seedheads of a wild clematis, Travellers Joy, also known as Old Man's Beard
- A Comma butterfly
- The woodland floor
Friday, 15 May 2009
Panoramic crop showing newly green fields and trees. I have photographed this scene throughout the sesasons.
This street is a favourite when the chestnuts are in first flush - the lushness of the trees is more dominant than the traffic for a few weeks. As the folliage tires the traffic seems to take over again.
These new shoots speak for themselves, at this time of year the shadows seem deep and lush also.
This shot through the meadow was not really sharp enough, but the weather was not kind to me when planning a reshoot, and the flush of flowers faded.
This tunnel of leaves is one of my favourite shots of the group.
The two shots of the blue bells below show two different viewpoints. The left hand picture shows a glimpse of the bluebells through the trees with a long foreground echoing the tunnel of leaves in the above shot, whereas the righthand picture had a vertical emphasis.
7. & 8.
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Monday, 11 May 2009
I have been trying to photograph the flowers from my garden in a different way. I have been looking at John Blakemore's Black and White Photography Workshop in which he describes his nine year relationship with tulips. I also remembered the photographs in Roger Phillips' Wild Flowers of Britain. I wanted to have a formality to the layout coupled with a natural feel. I layed the flowers on sloping board so I could have surface almost parallel to the camera's sensor. I wanted to use natural light but had to close curtains and diffuse the light. Some simple work in Windows Photo Gallery helped reduce shadows but it was a rather impromptu affair. More time and care with lighting could produce more detail. These are the most successful of the first group.
I feel this shot is my most successful, the chive shape echoes the knapweed base, the honesty and chives share colour, and the poppy brings the whole thing to life.
This was my best aquilegia shot, but it doesn't show the form as well as I hoped.
Definitely a candidate for more work
The woodruff is an ideal subject with its whorls of leaves -
more manipulation of the plant could create a more formal layout.
Thursday, 7 May 2009
Showing form ( i)
Monday, 4 May 2009
Watering cans: diagonal line, no shadows, overcast
Watering can rose: circular/central composition, side lit, deep shadow
Seedheads: diagonal, fringe lighting
Bins: constrasting colours, horizantal compositon, low sun
Leaf: colour accent, off-centre composition, shadow