ARCHIVE 540 – REFLECTION (MONO + COLOUR)

 

 


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The prow of a small boat in Mevagissey harbour, in Cornwall, on a still morning; 24 Oct 2012.

I think this must be the most perfect reflection photo I’ve ever taken.  Conditions were ideal – an overcast morning with barely a whiff of breeze.  This boat was moored at the quay, and the rusting chain is its mooring line.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 240mm; 5000 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2.

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ARCHIVE 504 – THREE VIEWS OF ME

 

 


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Three views of me, in mirrors for sale outside a seaside gift shop in Mevagissey, Cornwall; 24 Oct 2012.

Landmarks?  Well, my cap, which is actually a designer piece (tho not bought with any knowledge of that), and which I’m told makes me look like either a train driver or a Japanese soldier.

And then the lens that I’m wedded to – the 70-300.  And lastly, left of center, my trademark paunch, without which I’d have to change my name – actually I do have to lose weight but that’s another thing!

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate windows – but don’t say I didn’t warn you about the nightmares!

Technique: D700 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 70mm; 1600 ISO.

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ARCHIVE 484 – HARBOUR SHALLOWS

 

 


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Sunlight twinkling in shallow water, Mevagissey harbour, Cornwall; 4 Oct 2006. 

A bright sunny morning, and we walked down to Mevagissey’s harbour.  The tide was out, and there were shallows above the dark rocks of the harbour’s floor.  The sun shone brightly, and as the shallow water was pulled this way and that by wavelets and currents, the bright reflections skittered around ceaselessly and fast – and I needed a high shutter speed to capture a frozen moment of this transient beauty.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window.

Technique: F6 with 80-200 Nikkor lens; Fuji Provia 400 colour slide film, rated at 1600 ISO.

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ARCHIVE 477 – REFLECTION

 

 


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Small boat moored in Mevagissey harbour, Cornwall, on a still morning; 24 Oct 2012.

There are four sets of lines here.  First, those of the reflection, which those on the right side of the boat (as we see it) seem to swing away from – maybe these two sets of lines are diverging from a common source. 

Then, left of the boat’s sharp bow, the lines on the boat’s side are more or less horizontal, and divided from the others by the bow. 

Finally, the mooring ropes and the boat’s bow produce a near vertical trend at sharp angles to everything else.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window.

Technique: D700 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 3200 ISO.

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ARCHIVE 304 – SWAN PREENING (MONO)

 

 


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Mute Swan preening in the harbour at Mevagissey, Cornwall; 24 Oct 2012.

Two of these beautiful waterbirds appear very much at home in this harbour – no doubt vastly encouraged by the people who regularly feed them!  Having been fed, this pair hung around right below the quay, and I was able to look right down on top of them.

This is a Minimalist shot.  There are comparitavely few tones, and the shapes are dominated by the huge, oval mass of the bird’s body, with the neck writhing snake-like back over the closed wing, trying to reach somewhere awkward.  My gaze was attracted to the contrast in shape between the bird as a whole and this sinuous neck.

The bird’s face is hardly seen – just the dark skin around the eyes and the base of the bill – but this is sufficient to give some focus to the shot – and the eye following the sinuous neck back arrives at this small area of black.

I’ve cropped the shot quite closely, so that the bird appears so large that it seems to be bursting out of the frame.  But keeping the dark backdrop up against the right vertical of the frame, and so preserving that soft and beautifully curving breast, was totally mandatory!

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window.

Technique: D700 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 800 ISO; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro 2, using the Darken Contrast Vignette as a jumping off point.

UPDATE: very much a long-term favourite of mine, for the reasons given above.  The simplicity of this image is really the thing; Minimalism; less is more.  Looking at it again this morning, my eye is also drawn to those half-seen little bits of plumage detail along the bird’s flank, along the image’s bottom margin.

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ARCHIVE 270 – REFLECTION OF A SMALL BOAT

 

 

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The prow of a small boat in Mevagissey harbour, Cornwall, on a still morning; 24 Oct 2012.

I think this must be the most perfect reflection photo I’ve ever taken.  Conditions were ideal – an overcast morning with barely a whiff of breeze. 

This boat was moored at the quay, and the rusting chain is its mooring line.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window.

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 240mm; 5000 ISO.

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ARCHIVE 195 – HARBOUR SHALLOWS

 

 

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Sunlight twinkling in shallow water, Mevagissey harbour, Cornwall; 4 Oct 2006. 

F6 with 80-200 Nikkor; Fuji Provia 400 colour slide, rated at 1600 ISO.

UPDATE: A bright sunny morning, and we walked down to Mevagissey’s harbour.  The tide was out, and there were shallows above the dark rocks of the harbour’s floor.  The sun shone brightly, and as the shallow water was pulled this way and that by wavelets and currents, the bright reflections skittered around ceaselessly and fast – and I needed a high shutter speed to capture a frozen moment of this transient beauty.

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ARCHIVE 150 – REFLECTION

 

 

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A still morning in Mevagissey harbour; 24 Oct 2012.

To me the boat is an object sitting on the solid, unbending, unrippled background of its own dark reflection.

There are four sets of lines here.  Those of the reflection, which those on the right side of the boat (as we see it) seem to swing away from – maybe these two sets of lines are diverging from a common source. 

Then, left of the boat’s sharp bow, the lines are more or less horizontal and barely curved, and divided from the others by the bow. 

Finally, the mooring ropes and the bow produce a near vertical trend at sharp angles to everything else.

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 3200 ISO.

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A HUGE “THANK YOU!” TO LEANNE COLE!!!

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I want to say a huge “thank you” to Leanne Cole, both for showcasing Fatman Photos on her blog, and for the good things she says about my photography – this has given me a real lift, and certainly reinforced my motivation.  THANK YOU, LEANNE!!!

Leanne’s post can be found here.

And for those newly following my blog, well, thank you, and, for better or for worse, this is me …

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Three views of me, in mirrors for sale outside a seaside gift shop in Mevagissey, Cornwall; 24 Oct 2012.  Landmarks?  Well, my cap, which is actually a designer piece (tho not bought with any knowledge of that), and which I’m told makes look like either a train driver or a Japanese soldier.  And then the lens that I’m wedded to – the 70-300.  And lastly, left of center, my trademark paunch, without which I’d have to change my name – actually I do have to lose weight but that’s another thing!  D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 70mm; 1600 ISO.
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ARCHIVE 39 – SUNLIT SHALLOWS

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Sunlight twinkling in shallow water, Mevagissey harbour, Cornwall; 4 Oct 2006.

Nikon F6 with 80-200 Nikkor; Fuji Provia 400 colour slide, rated at 1600 ISO.
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