ARCHIVE 10 – MINIMALISM 2 (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!

Nikon D700 with 70mm-300mm VR Nikkor at 300mm; 800 ISO; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro 2, using the Darken Contrast Vignette as a jumping off point.
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CORNWALL 40 – REFLECTION (4) (MONO)

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Reflection 3 given a darker look courtesy of Silver Efex Pro 2.  Which do you prefer?
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CORNWALL 36 – REFLECTION (3)

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The prow of a small boat in Mevagissey harbour, 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.

Two earlier pictures in this series are Reflection (1) and Reflection (2) .

Nikon D700 with 70mm-300mm VR Nikkor at 240mm; 5000 ISO.
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BIRDS 24 – 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!

Nikon D700 woth 70mm-300mm VR Nikkor at 300mm; 800 ISO; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro 2, using the Darken Contrast Vignette as a jumping off point.
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CORNWALL 34 – FRIENDLY CAT (MONO + COLOUR)

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A friendly cat in Mevagissey; 24 Oct 2012.

We both have a great liking for cats, and I grew up with one who – it always seemed strange! – was two years my elder.  The one shown here was wearing a pink collar and, on seeing us, she immediately came over for a closer look, and the inevitable – from us – large dose of stroking and affection.

Eschewing all thoughts of reality, I’ve started off this image in one of SEP2’s High Structure presets and then loaded in more structure and contrast, along with selective restoration of colour, and a sepia tone.

Half face seems to work well, and I like the way the fur “swirls” around her eye – like a whirlpool, or one of those Catherine Wheel fireworks that are now considered too dangerous to have jolly good fun with.

Nikon D700 with 70mm-300mm VR Nikkor at 300mm; 3200 ISO; converted to mono and selectively re-coloured in Silver Efex Pro 2.
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PEOPLE 86 – 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 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!

Nikon D700 with 70mm-300mm VR Nikkor at 70mm; 1600 ISO.
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CORNWALL 33 – REFLECTION (2)

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In Mevagissey harbour, on a still morning; 24 Oct 2012.

This one is seen more up close and personal than the first of these reflections, perhaps with more of an abstract feel about it – 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 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.

Nikon D700 with 70mm-300mm VR Nikkor at 300mm; 3200 ISO.
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CORNWALL 31 – REFLECTION (1) (MONO)

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A still morning in Mevagissey harbour; 24 Oct 2012.

Its all too easy to always opt for heavy atmosphere and grittiness in mono, but here I’ve tried for something more delicate and high key.  The boat is there and solid alright, but the real subject here is its gently undulating reflection.

Nikon D700 with 70mm-300mm VR Nikkor at 270mm; 3200 ISO; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Fine Art (High Key) preset.
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COLOUR 24 – TWINKLING ABSTRACTION IN HARBOUR SHALLOWS

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

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

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