And now for something completely different

Blogging, Still Life

This is not the type of photography I’ve ever really thought about before. But I was inspired to give it a go following an article in the April edition of Digital Photographer.

I decided to go for something safe. This is a long way from good, but it did make me think! I wanted some strong sharp verticals that caught the light, and some contrasting colour and softness below. I was able to get that using a wide aperture. I’m quite happy with the apples and mango low down, even the pineapple and vagueness of texture in the material at the bottom was what I was looking for. But the bottle shows my lack of appreciation of  light in the moment.

There was a long window to camera left, three high level windows behind the camera, and a Manfrotto Lumie low to camera right. All of these sources have created distraction on the bottle. I should have repositioned to take advantage of the long window creating some edge light, somehow diffused or blocked the high level windows, and improvised a snout on the manfrotto to stop that horrible highlight hitting the glass above the label.

You live and learn!

Still Life1/250, f2.2, ISO160


Morning Leaf

Woodland light

Blogging, colour, landscape and nature

I’m struggling with my photography this week. There’s a lot going on with other important things competing for a share of my mind. It’s at times like this something like photography can really help – if you can get into the zone. But when you struggle to get in the zone it can be frustrating. Experience tells me that this will pass, and I just need to find the place where my mind can settle. Given this photographers block – I thought I’d go back to something fundamental. A single focus on light. I’m not going to fret over composition or narrative.

These images were taken just because the light looked interesting. The two in the woods were simply down to the sun. The leaf was backlit, for the colour, detail and edge light to show. It’s quite fun having the Manfrotto Lumimuse!

Morning Leaf

Early morning, with a touch of grass frost.

woods and light

Dappled lighting on Corstorphine Hill

woodland path

A morning woodland path