ARCHIVE 556 – ELDERLY WOMAN, WAITING FOR SOMEONE

 

 


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Elderly woman, waiting for someone, in the main street of Perranporth, Cornwall; 12 Sept 2013.

I like the way that she is sandwiched within – and only partly emerging from –  a world of reflections.  She is real, but many of the other contents of the picture are the reflected images of things that are not, in a material sense, within the frame.

Aside from the parts within plain view, much more of her is visible through the shop window of the Family Butcher.  But because her left hand and arm are protruding sufficiently far left, they are reflected in this window.  Her pale blue jacket harmonises with the paler blue-greys around her.  And a sense of depth is given by the right hand vertical window edge cutting her form, while the wider window edge further left is cut by her hand.

This picture was taken within a very brief timeframe.  As I walked along the pavement, another woman was walking towards me and the elderly lady was just behind her – and gazing about all over the place, looking for the person she was due to meet. 

She turned away to look into the distance, I raised the camera and readied it in one movement, the woman approaching me looked momentarily askance – and I fired.  There was just time for two frames – before the woman in the doorway, catching sight of her friend, was gone.

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

Technique: D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO.

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ARCHIVE 506 – SHADES, SCOOBIE’S AND ME (MONO + COLOUR)

 

 


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Selfie in the main street of Perranporth, Cornwall; 14 Apr 2016.

A rack of trendy sunglasses outside one of this seaside town’s many gift shops and The FATman – forever vain! – snapping his reflection.

And although we didn’t go in there and get our snouts in their trough, google tells me that Scoobie’s is a diner.

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

Technique: D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 800 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the High Structure Harsh preset and selectively restoring colour; flipped to provide readable reflections.

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ARCHIVE 327 – THE THREE KINGS ARRIVE IN THE WRAITHS’ CITY (MONO + COLOUR)

 

 


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FANTASY: three tall kings, resplendent in richly coloured robes, enter the spectral city of the Wraiths.  I’m influenced by Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings perhaps – not perhaps >>> most certainly!!!  These three are in Tolkien’s Minas Morgul, the city of his Ringwraiths, walking into its deathly glow.

REALITY: three furled sun umbarellas and an old streetlight outside a pub in Perranporth, Cornwall; 25 Oct 2012.  The impression of robed beings was immediate.

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D700 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 800 ISO; conversion to mono and re-colouring in Silver Efex Pro 2; further processing in Capture NX2.

UPDATE: the first of this blog’s Fantasy posts, from sometime back.

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STILL LIFE 66 – CHALET 5: THE VIEW FROM THE CHALET (MONO)

 

 

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On a cheapo holiday last spring, we were very comfortably accommodated in a two storey chalet – well, actually, it could very easily pass muster as a house.  And relaxing with the time to look around, I took quite a few photos of things within the chalet that caught my eye.  Some of these pictures have already been posted here – you can find them here, here, here and here.

And lolling back on a sofa, a favourite occupation, especially in the late afternoons, I looked to my right through the chalet’s open door and saw the lowering sun making light and shadow on the chalets opposite our’s.  And – and this is really decadence gone mad, not really as bad as Nero fiddling while Rome burned, but getting there – and I remember putting down my glass of Belgian beer and, still lolling, picking up the damn great Nikon which was lying on the sofa beside me, and starting firing through the open door.

It was always going to be about light, shadow, shapes and texture, and so I’ve converted the image to gritty and quite contrasty black and white, using Silver Efex Pro 2, the software that no one serious about black and white digital photography should be without.

The roof on the far right makes a diagonal shadow across the house front; and the the shadow of the tree on the building on the left and those few tree branches sticking out from behind that building, both add something living and organic to the scene.

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D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 195mm; 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2.  Near Perranporth, Cornwall; 11 Apr 2016.
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STILL LIFE 44 – CHALET 4: CURTAINS BACKLIT BY THE SUN 2 (MONO)

 

 

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Sunlight shining through the curtains of our holiday cottage near Perranporth, Cornwall; 12 April 2016.

Lounging on the sofa, sipping good Belgian beer and watching the changing light and shadow as the sinking, late afternoon sun shines through our curtains.

Visually I enter this image (and most images in landscape format for that matter) from the left, and first encounter quite rough and patchily shadowed texture. 

Moving right, the shadows deepen and there is a cleft in the fabric in which the patterns are compressed and disrupted.  Climbing on right, up out of this cleft, I find myself in a near vertical zone of gradually lightening shadow, in which the curtains’ patterns are perhaps seen with greatest contrast.  Further right again, and my eyes cross a sudden divide into the brightest tones in the image, which lighten and almost bleach these patterns away. 

But nothing bright lasts for ever and, unable to resist the draw to the right, I enter deepening shadows once more, before becoming blind in the image’s final, dark confines.

There are earlier images in this series, and more context >>> here, here and here.

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Full Dynamic Smooth preset and adding a split tone.
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STILL LIFE 42 – JACKDAW WITH ELECTRICS (MONO + COLOUR)

 

 

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Jackdaw near Perranporth, Cornwall, 14 April 2016.

What do I think about this image?  Well, to start with, it looks odd, and the more so perhaps because I’ve re-coloured the more colourful elements after taking the whole thing into slightly toned black and white.

Then there is a disparate assemblage of elements here, the living, natural bird on the one hand and all those decidedly non-natural electrics on the other – and those electrics are held up in the air, safely away from the likes of you and me, on wooden poles – which are formerly living (and now rounded for purpose) natural things.

And the bird is looking out of the picture, away from all the technology.  Is there disdain there, in that averted gaze, for the immobile, Unnatural World?  Or maybe there is the knowledge that that World has certainly, by one means or another, significantly reduced the numbers of this country’s wild birds within the lifetime of the FATman who, out of frame, is standing below this tableau and looking up.

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D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Yellowed 1 preset and selectively restoring colour.
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STILL LIFE 37 – CHALET 3: MORNING SUNLIGHT ON STAIRS (MONO)

 

 

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Morning sunlight streams in through the window of our holiday chalet near Perranporth, Cornwall, lighting up the stairs ;  11 Apr 2016.

The actual steps of the stairs are not visible.  The camera is looking through the stairs’ wooden bannister/guard rails, to where the morning sun is striking the wall that borders the far side of the stairs.  Reflections from the blazing illumination light up the edges of the stairs’ wooden rails while throwing the rest of their stark shapes into silhouette.

A Minimalist abstract, the bare bones of a scene.

Other images in this series can be found here and here.

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D800 with 50mm Nikkor; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Full Dynamic Harsh preset.
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CORNWALL 85 – DECAY (MONO + COLOUR)

 

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Window frame in serious need of some tlc, Perranporth; 14 Apr 2016.

We like Perranporth.  Like Somerset’s Burnham-On-Sea, its cheap and cheerful – no frills and what you see is exactly what you get.  But this simply makes it a fresh and unpretentious little place, and relaxed wandering is the order of the day.

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 800 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Full Contrast and Structure preset and selectively restoring colour.
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STILL LIFE 34 – CHALET 2: CURTAINS, BACKLIT BY THE SUN

 

 

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The sun shining on curtains, seen from indoors; Perranporth, Cornwall; 12 April 2016.

Our holiday chalet had windows facing east and west, and so was doubly blessed.  Here, lolling back on sofas, we basked in the late afternoon sunlight until, it becoming a little too dazzling, we pulled the curtains across the tall western windows and enjoyed the many shadows and patterns that appeared upon them.

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The first image in this series can be found here.

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 170mm; 800 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4, including cross-processing.
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PEOPLE 216 – SHADES, SCOOBIE’S AND ME (MONO + COLOUR)

 

 

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This image is best viewed enlarged – click onto it to open a larger version in a separate window.

Selfie in the main street of Perranporth, Cornwall; 14 Apr 2016.

A rack of trendy sunglasses outside one of this seaside town’s many gift shops and The FATman – forever vain! – snapping his reflection.

And although we didn’t go in there and get our snouts in their trough, google tells me that Scoobie’s is a diner.

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 800 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the High Structure Harsh preset and selectively restoring colour; flipped to provide readable reflections.
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