Who’d live….

A while back I started a project where the idea was to take pictures of each room in our house.

So as the days are now pretty much at their shortest, the weather is rubbish, and I sometimes lack the time to get out when conditions are good, I added a room to the project. This time it’s our bedroom. I’m hoping the images convey a sense of who’s room it is. Maybe you can tell something about us from the pictures. Maybe not. It’s hard to become disconnected enough from somewhere so personal, to be subjective about it.

I hope I got across enough about us in the images I’ve posted here. And although they were all taken within the space of 5 minutes, I don’t feel they were rushed. It’s not a big room, and of course I know it intimately, so I already knew what I wanted many of the images to look like. the gallery is arranged as a walk around from one side of the room to the other.

Click on the image below, and enjoy the gallery.

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That time again…

The Christmas Markets have arrived in Manchester (Actually, they’ve been here over a week!) and as I was in town on Sunday, and had 40 minutes to spare so I thought I’d better take some pictures. It was a little easier than usual, as I was Wife free, so I could wander, and stop and take pictures as I pleased. It was also a good opportunity to get put a manual focus lens on, and get back to a slower way of shooting, waiting for the right opportunity, rather than trying to grab shots.I have to say I enjoy this style of picture taking. I feels a little more like ‘real’ photography. I also set myself the challenge of minimal post processing. It should all be done in Camera, if at all possible, and with one exception, I’m happy that I achieved my goal.

The markets are a great opportunity for some proper street photography, which is something I normally shy away from. My 100 Strangers project is starting to help me find it a little easier, and using the Fuji X-T1 I’m also really quite invisible, so unusually for me this time, there are people in my pictures. Not many I’ll admit, but I’m getting braver :-).

I don’t think there is any doubt as to whether these are documentary or not. For me, they fall very squarely in that camp. They tell a story of the Christmas Markets, and (some of) the people visiting them. Click on the image below, and see the full gallery if you fancy. No hard feelings if you don’t…

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Is it right…

When Wife and I took a visit to the Tatton Park flower show, I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to challenge myself. How to photograph a subject which is all about colour, in black and white?

It really is quite a challenge, but I think I did an ok job. I think the trick is to realise that most flower pictures depend on the colour to separate the various elements of the image. Converting a colour image to black and white can leave an image which is to busy,and simply looks messy.

I have tried to keep this in mind both during shooting, and selecting my final images. Some of these do actually work better in colour, but I think they all work well enough in black and white. In fact you could simply argue that the colour images are not better,but different. They have impact for another reason. and that is what I like about black and white photography.

Are they Documentary? No, not these. Again, there is no story, no coherence. They can be viewed individually, or in any order and nothing changes.

As always, click the image below, for the full gallery.

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It’s not about the camera…

The other day, whilst lusting after the Fuji X-T1, I was reminded that it is not about the equipment, it’s about the image. The final, finished image. No matter what kit was used, and how it was post processed (or not) so long as it lives up to the photographers vision (or clients if it’s paid work) then that’s all that matters.

So this past few days, I have used my phone to take some pictures, and edit them in camera. Lightroom was used purely for cataloging and export.

They are not great images, but I had fun making them.And I like them enough that one or two will be hanging on my wall shortly.

I still want an X-T1 though…!

Click the image below for the full gallery.

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Why Black and White?

Why Black and White? What is the attraction?
I shoot mainly, but not exclusively in black and white. I also shoot RAW +JPEG, so will always have a colour version anyway.

Aside from all the usual reasons (timeless look, no colour distractions, blah blah blah) I have also have 2 others of my own.

I like B&W, I like the tonal ranges, the way we can make pictures of patterns and textures. And I would like to become good at it, so it’s what I focus (no pun intended) on. By choosing to concentrate on black and white, I hope to improve in a way that I don’t think I could otherwise.

The other big draw for me, is that I started my photography journey shooting black and white film, and continued to shoot B&W film right to the very last thing I did before turning to digital. I always liked the ability to develop and print myself, retaining full control over the process. So there is undoubtedly a little nostalgia in there also.

Whatever you shoot, film or digital, colour, black and white or both, have a splendid week.

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