Well here's a Black & White picture!, this is the sort of stuff i grew up with, messing around in the darkroom, now it's all digital and the internet, this is a great shot because it uses empty space in the composition, the 'subject' is in the top left hand corner, or maybe not, a human being is there, which at first seems more important than the kitchen, but maybe she's just background, maybe it's of nothing in particular, my eye focuses on the rack of shiny utensils, and the slightly open door, it's almost if the picture is trying to make a statement, the black and white medium gives the picture a bleak loneliness.
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Monday, 18 October 2010
Here's a fairly bleak shot, a beach bereft of sunbathers, a sea without any swimmers, nature at its finest, creating its own patterns and fun in the surf, notice the ridges of sand like long pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, as the water returns to the sea, each is a separate river, and the light creating a nice three dimensional feel to those tiny mountains and valleys, i like the way the clouds mimic what's happening on the beach, wispy patterns, and the two different but equally beautiful blues, the warmer greeny sea blue, and the colder purple sky blue, a lovely peaceful feeling, really therapeutic, i could sit there and watch it for ages.
Sunday, 17 October 2010
I like shapes and patterns, this one looks great, certain homes are lit up at random, others dark, different colours and interests, but it's those lines and boxes, that uniformity, but between the second and third line, there's a nice piece of background, it gives the whole thing some depth, i can look at this for ages, there's lots of individual interest.
Saturday, 16 October 2010
Here's a nice shot of the corner of a building, down a nice quiet avenue, what makes the shot is the wide angle view, creating bowed lines in the straight lined building, plus it gives an effect of the tree towering above us, quite ominous in a way, i feel it creates some real power and weight, the trees on the far right feel as they're ready to fall over, i like wide angled shots, it changes from human angled view, to something different, but no less a true perspective, just something new and refreshing.
Friday, 15 October 2010
A nice cute picture, and yet much more, this is a well composed shot, taken off the cuff as these animals don't stay still long, the cat is in a motherly pose, looking straight at the camera, tail high in the air, the piglets are more interested in each other, and it's them which make the picture unusual, they're not pets, and they're not indoor animals, the wood floor is has a good deal of interest in it, and it's good to see things from a cats eye level of things, rather than looking down on these three creatures from a human viewpoint.
Thursday, 14 October 2010
Here's an unusual shot, a picture of a jacuzzi with the camera under the water, the water is so clear that it doesn't appear that they are under the water, but of course that which is out of the water takes on some weird shapes, especially the pointed bikini top, and the bent left hand, and the cut off right fingers, and don't forget the Marge Simpson hairdo!, haha, it's good to see things through a different perspective.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
What makes this shot really good, is the fact it's a full face shot, there's no background in the corners, it really makes a difference, the detail is very good, and the fur markings are so interesting, in some ways it's good that the cat is slanted, on a level would have made it too symmetrical, and it's good to have highlights in the eyes.
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Here's documentary photography, i like this stuff, you see the relationships between people, how they interact and react among each other, or how they all strike a similar pose, like the four people on the left, all sitting and looking at something off camera, and the three women on the right have different poses, the woman in the green dress seems to control the weight of centre spot in the picture, looking nowhere inparticular, bookended by two similar women in more mirthful spirits, what makes the picture in my mind, are three elements, one, the sincere expressions and poses of the sitters, it's as if the photographer has disappeared, free to shoot people completely candidly, two, the interesting backdrop, wall and steps, worn and cracked and broken, loads of interesting shapes and colours, and three, the panorama of the picture, a letterbox scene that is wide enough to show two separate groups of people, and their relationship to each other, a really powerful piece of photojournalism.
Monday, 11 October 2010
Here's a really clever shot, when i first saw it, i thought it was two pictures on top of each other, it's an elevated shot of a filling station in the late evening, the upper picture shows the late evening sky, with the street lights on, a lovely blue sky and clouds, and then below is the green-ish concrete of the filling station, with car tail-lights, and sandwiched inbetween is the roof of the filling station, i think it's really clever and well spotted, i just like pictures that have two elements competing to be the central point of the picture, neither wins individually, but both win together, it's the blue and green that clash, yet complement each other.
Sunday, 10 October 2010
What a clever shot, the thing that really makes this pic is the timing, a bird caught in flight and nicely frozen, and the chicks with open mouths at the right moment, deep down it's the back / side lighting, isn't that just so wonderful?, look at the leaves, how they're lit from behind, the well out of focus background which gives real depth, and for once red-eye ends up a good thing!.
Saturday, 9 October 2010
This is a really inspiring shot, one of those photographs where you're glad to be alive, glad to see the beauty of the earth, the sunlight and it's fan of rays spreading out, the tree trunks are caught as silhouettes, but you can see the leaves in the background, but it's the haze that gets you, like out of a film set, it creates mystery and wonder.
Friday, 8 October 2010
I really like this shot, i like windows and doors, i like detail and interest, here the shutters really make the picture, very interesting wood cracks and lines and hinges, and the sunny reflection in the bottom half of the window gives it a three dimensional-ness, and of course the door matches, but the shutters seem slightly faded to a lighter colour, even the moss / discolouring at the top and bottom of the shot adds to the picture, well it's another turquoise photo like yesterday.
Thursday, 7 October 2010
What an ominous picture, here's a surfer on what looks like an angry broiling sea, i like the turquoise sea in the foreground, it looks like some sort of marble with the white foam, and that dark black cloud hanging in the air above, below the surfer are some very nice reflections, gives the impression of stillness, as things are frozen in time, and above the surfer, some spray is caught in a lovely freeze frame moment, the dark blue in the left hand corner nicely complements the turquoise in the sea, a breathtaking shot.
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Here's a very posed shot, a young-ish girl standing outside a door, holding her dress almost in a curtsy, it looks like the shot was taken at night or late evening, the darkness of the upper left and right corners are not well lit, a shot almost in black and white, or in this case brown, only the red gives the game away, and her face is in the middle of the picture, which the eye is drawn to, somehow i really like this picture, it's an old house with bars on the windows, and even bars on the doors!, the brickwork is crumbling, the potted plants have seen better days, but there's a coy innocence on her face, she's really the only new thing in the picture, plus there's a lovely symmetry about the whole thing.
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Here's a not so usual angle of the Eiffel Tower, from underneath!, the tower ends up wider than it is tall!, this pic doesn't represent it's huge height, the top two thirds of the tower become quite insignificant, however because the structure towers over the viewer, you can feel the weight of the enormity of all that metal, the wide angle gives the extra weight of oppressiveness, it works in the dark with the tower lit up, and the sky goes from pink at the bottom, to dark blue and black at the top, giving an extra sense of the monolith, i'm sure coloured filters must have been used.
Monday, 4 October 2010
What a lovely shot, a beautiful silhouette, some 'laws' of photography seem to be broken here, one is to never have the subject directly in the centre of the frame, and here the parent / child are in the centre, as well as the strong reflected sunlight is in the centre too, however it still works a treat, there's a lovely shadow / reflection of the people, and footprints in the dry sand, but washed away in the wet, and you can see the line between the dry and wet, there's a luminous glow about the cool wet sand, you can almost smell the sea.
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Wow!, what a shot, it actually gives an impression of being shot underwater, and light is filtering down into the depths, that beautiful golden brown colour really makes an wonderful effect [i take it there's probably a colour filter used here], the clouds have this effervescent bright halo around them, and it's just those clouds full of interest and power, dark an ominous at the bottom, but bright and golden towards the top, it's the powerful rays which make the photograph, fanning out in light and dark beams, this shot really makes me feel part of the universe.
Saturday, 2 October 2010
I like the lines in this shot, the sea carves out some wonderful patterns, there's almost a square brickwork of seams being exposed by the sea, with a fairly long shutter speed, the incoming tide becomes a misty blur, but with a tripod the rocks remain a pin sharp mass, there must be a purple-ish coloured filter used in this shot, i like the way most of the shot is below the skyline, the sun is small, and yet not insignificant, there's a golden glow on the sea on the right, those rocks look bleak, but the ones in the middle foreground glisten in a lovely way, an inspiring shot, and to top it off it's in my own country, down in good old Cornwall, the most inspiring holiday County in England.
Friday, 1 October 2010
Here's a nice close-up shot, of a small camera, with a hand taking up a lot of the picture, and of course in the 'background' a denim shirt / jacket, it's the Red Indian Chief ring that really brings the picture alive, that would be a lot of hand with no real interest if the ring wasn't there, the thumb of the left hand gives the picture balance, the strap links the camera to the denim, it's the 'finger on the trigger' that doesn't entirely make any sense, with the lens cap still on, why are you ready to take a shot?, also seeing the lens glass would have added extra interest to the picture, but a well proportioned shot, with all the individual elements coming together to speak of a whole.