BRISTOL 118 – EARLY MORNING, TEMPLE GATE (MONO)

 

 

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Looking up at a cloudy sky, just before sunrise; Temple Gate; 24 Feb 2017.

Post-apocalyptic perhaps?  Or fan as I am of the Terminator films, is this The Rise of the Machines?  That innocuous little line of cloud that was wafting gently overhead now looks more like the result of an air strike.

Well, it may be that, but what it isn’t of course is a true representation of reality.  It is how I choose to portray things – which gets back to yesterday’s post about freeing ourselves from photography’s conventions and “rules”, freeing ourselves from what we think is expected of us, from what others may expect us to do, and instead following our own creative feelings, emotions and gut instincts.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujifilm lens at 305mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, including substantial underexposure.
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BRISTOL 113 – MENS OUTFITTERS

 

 

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Gazing in through the window of a menswear emporium, on central Bristol’s now only slightly classy Park Street; 2 Dec 2016.

Gazing in … longingly … perhaps …?   Well, hardly.  I mean, its the sort of place I’m dragged into, kicking and screaming, once or twice a decade. 

Although it often seems more frequently than that. 

Makes the blood run cold just thinking about it, to be honest.  Far, far worse than a garden center.

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D700 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 220mm; 25,600 ISO – and I wish you all a very, very good New Year.
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ARCHIVE 252 – DREAMWORLD (MONO)

 

 

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Tree in mist, near the Castle of Comfort Inn, on the Mendip Hills, Somerset; 28 June 2013.

A good deal of creativity and manipulation in SEP2 here, aiming for something unreal. 

This is an imagined landscape, a place in which we often find ourselves, wary and ill at ease, during our troubled nights.

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D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 400 ISO; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Film Noir 2 preset.

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ARCHIVE 196 – NIGHTMARE FROM THE GUTTER

 

 

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Nightmare! – the distorted reflection of a window and a cloudy sky – as seen in a car’s shattered wing mirror found in a Bristol gutter; 17 Oct 2004.

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Tripod-mounted OM-4 with 50mm Zuiko; Fuji Velvia 50 colour slide.
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FANTASY 31 – BLUE TORNADO IN MY MIND’S NIGHT

 

 

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FANTASY: as I sleep, a blue tornado, the precursor perhaps of dreams to come, gyrates through my mind’s night and, steadying, pauses to watch me.

REALITY: a water-filled ditch on Tealham Moor, on the Somerset Levels; 31 Mar 2014.  Radical underexposure post-capture has turned the slightly rippled water surface a deep blue, and all else black; the image has been rotated, so as to be upside down.

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO.
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ARCHIVE 57 – SOLIFUGID

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Solifugid found dead in a bunch of bananas bought in a market in Nairobi, Kenya; probably late 1970s.

Solifugids are stealthy, swift (up to 10mph), fierce and voracious carnivores, that prey on small lizards, termites, spiders and so on. They are arachnids, and so cousins to spiders, scorpions, ticks, etc.

Solifugids’ prey is detected by means of sensory pedipalps that project out from the front of their body, and then grasped with the formidable pointed mouthparts (chelicerae) shown here. Once captured, the prey is killed and broken up by the chelicerae, after which digestive juices liquify it prior to its being taken into the digestive system.

OM-1; 50mm Zuiko; extension tubes; tripod; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO.
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FANTASY 17 – DREAMWORLD (MONO)

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Tree in mist, near the Castle of Comfort Inn, on the Mendip Hills; 28 June 2013.

A good deal of creativity and manipulation in SEP2 here, aiming for something unreal.  This is an imagined landscape, a place in which we often find ourselves, wary and ill at ease, during our troubled nights.

Nikon D800 with 70mm-300mm VR Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Film Noir 2 preset.
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FANTASY 14 – CONTEMPLATION

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Lost in thought, in a walk in wardrobe; 27 August 2007.

Totally lost in thought, critically regarding herself, or simply wondering what to wear?  And in a walk in wardrobe?  On FATman Photos, where else?

What am I trying to achieve here, and why this title?  Well, to begin with, this is posted under Fantasy and I want it to be just that.  It was taken in a mirrored, walk in wardrobe, and the repeating images, with alternating front and rear views of the model, go a long way towards a feeling of strangeness.  I think this was taken at 24mm – how I wish I’d had a wider lens in those days, to capture more of the endless reflections receding into the endless distance!  And, to further derange things, I’ve given it quite severe manipulation in Levels and Curves which, with a colour image, introduces inaccurate colours.

And the title?  It would be easy to use something like Fantasy Of Mirrors or Technicolor Daydream (ouch!).  But the model has a contemplative, perhaps even grave expression, and I’ve chosen Contemplation over the gaudier, tabloid front page, alternatives.

Nikon F6 with 24mm-85mm Nikkor lens fitted with a Hoya Softener (A) soft focus filter; Fuji Superia 800 colour negative film; processed in Capture NX2.
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BIRDS 33 – PREDATOR 2 (MONO)

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Herring Gull at St Ives, Cornwall; 27 Sept 2012.

Giving this one the Film Noir look, like something serious and questioning, an uneasy and approaching presence in a troubled, before dawn dream.

The first Predator image is here .

Nikon D700 with 70mm-300mm VR Nikkor at 300mm; 800 ISO; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro 2, jumping in at the Film Noir 1 preset.
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FANTASY 6 – NIGHTMARE: TWO TREES, APPEARING OVER THE SKYLINE, SEND A LANDSLIDE HURTLING TOWARDS US (MONO)

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In our nightmare, two huge trees appear over a hilltop and, stretching wide their arms, send a landslide careering down the slope towards us.

And the two trees at once looked like people – giants – emerging over the crest of the hill.  Selective lightening of the hill’s slope with an SEP2 Control Point, together with the greatly underexposed and poorly resolved bushes, produces a tumbling, avalanche-like effect.

I am greatly stimulated by thoughts and visions like this, they get to me.  OK, living in a fantasy world maybe but, as I heard somewhere recently, fantasy can help us deal with reality.  And, quite apart from that, I value my imagination – I mean, you know, thanks be that I’m a bit dotty.

Looking north to Ben Knowle Hill, from Swanshard Lane, on the Somerset Levels; 11 Apr 2013.

These are the fruits of another D800 long range experiment – for further explanation, see the first one – here .

Tripod-mounted Nikon D800 with 70mm-300mm VR Nikkor used at 1.5 format, giving a focal length of 450mm; 200 ISO; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Film Noir 1  preset.
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