Another long exposure image, this time Cromwell’s Bridge near Clitheroe. The water poured over my wellies as I stood still in the middle of the river so as not to introduce camera shake on my 98 seconds exposure. The river constantly flowed around my tripod legs so I was amazed to get such a sharp result. The sky was drab but the reflections and the glass like water are beautiful isolating the rock and making it look super sharp.
Believe it or not it is possible to walk across the bridge. I didn’t dare.
Every time i visit Whitby i meet some great people and this time was no different. im still practicing at shooting people in the streets but i believe im getting better every time. this time i was so much more confident in asking people to pose, i fiddled with my camera less and i was organised in my composition. im finding i enjoy shooting people.
More pictures to be added soon….
This was my second time at Appleby Horse Fair, a magnificent cultural and historical event. I think the chances of me getting a good photograph are slim to zero on my first visit or experience of an event, you don’t know the lay of the land, how people will react to you, what happens where and when. It was no different coming here, the images from my first visit were generally poor.
Since then not only do I know my way around and know what I can get away with, my skills have increased. Through practice, failure and success I feel more confident talking to people, with my camera and with assessing how to get the shot i want.
I put together 19 shots which I think depict the event from the view point I saw. You can see then in the pages section to the left.
I was in Edinburgh recently and took a trip up the Scott Monument which lies on Princess St. There are four platforms to visit each via a narrow spiral stair case that seems to go on for ever. As each platform gets narrower so does each stair case, until towards to top it is near impossible to pass others.
This set of images were taken mostly on the top floor looking down onto the street and gardens below. I find most fascinating the shadows the people make and how these shadows tell a story of their own.. Some describe the person others make it seem as the individual is being perused.
Most of the images have been composed to give a sense of drama or unease partly to reflect the unease I felt loping down to capture the photo. Use of monochrome brought out more texture and detail in the surface and improved the impact of the shadows.
See many more on the page ‘life from 200 feet’
I love these rusty and colourful old machines. Some times I feel like I’m taking a portrait of a person rather than a picture of a machine.There is so much to character to read in the wear and tear, the parts lost or gained from else where and the uniqueness of each vehicle.
The hours just seem to fly by while wandering round these splendid yards full of history and charm which only comes with age.
Though I can’t just take the picture and go,there’s something about making contact which the beast. It’s about coming in front of the lens for a moment and interacting which the subject. When looking back at a image I recall the texture, the coldness and the strength that making contact gives you.
For more images take a peek at the MACHINERY ‘page’ to the right.
I’ve seen and heard lots about Whitby Goth Weekend being good for people photography. So this being an area of photography I felt I really need some practiCe in I planned to go along.
I really wast disappointed, threes so many people around wanting their photos taken in their fantastic contuses and clothing. I watched other photographers at work to get some hints and tips on how best to approach people as this is an area i struggle in, mainly due to my eyesight. its hard to get the eye contact if one of you cant see!
At first it was easier to be part of the masses and shoot in the voyeuristic fashion every one else seemed to be doing. but this wast really for me. To be honest i was horrified with how some of the photographers behaved, some were arrogant, rude, pushy, and impatient.
i tried a little bit of shooting on my own, which worked somewhat. But I still wasn’t confident enough. So next I tried teaming up with another photographer, one who’s morals more matched my own, and it clicked. It was amazing how easy it felt to get people to join in on my vision for a shot posing how I wanted them and standing where I wanted them.
These are some of my shots there’s more under pages- ‘Whitby Goth Weekend’
I live in our town centre. When walking home from work one day I couldn’t miss the railings being put up blocking the top of the street which is one way. Asking the work men i found out there was to be a cycling event on that night. In fact the street was to be blocked off for four hours.
I cleared my memory cards, charged the camera and invited my wife out for the night.
The results can be seen on my ‘page’ ‘cycling sport’ what a fantastic evening right on my doorstep!