PEOPLE 216 – 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.

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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STILL LIFE 32 – CHALET 1: CHAIR, WALL AND SIDELIGHTING

 

 

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We recently took a short holiday near Perranporth, in Cornwall, under a scheme run by The Sun newspaper.  These “Sun holidays” are very cheap – it cost us £70 (including all-we-could-eat power) for four nights’ self-catering.  And self-catering suits us, we like to be free to do whatever we want whenever we want – the thought of having to organise ourselves around set mealtimes is a vast turn off!

We have been on many of these holidays – and have found that the accommodation can vary from excellent to, well, in a very few cases, quite appalling.  Mostly these breaks are in caravans, but in this case we had a very comfortable, two-storey chalet, in fact it was more like a small, semi-detached house.

I enjoy lounging around in holiday chalets and caravans.  Its a wonderful opportunity to sprawl back in comfort and enjoy the moment – and also a good chance to watch how the light interacts with things as the sun moves across the sky.  This is the first in a short series of such photos from this chalet.

Here, with lighting from the left, a chair at the bottom of the stairs throws its shadow onto a rough wall.  The woodwork at upper left is part of the banister of the narrow stairway.

This photo is something of a departure for me as its one of the few times that I’ve used my 50mm lens: most of my images use focal lengths far above or below this “standard” lens, which roughly approximates to human eyes’ field of vision.  I ought to use this lens more often.  It has a very useful maximum aperture of f1.4 and so is good in low light situations, and using the D800 in DX format, when focal lengths are magnified by 1.5, I end up with a very useful – inspiring, even – 75mm f1.4 chunk of glass.

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D800 with 50mm Nikkor; 3200 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4; 11 Apr 2016.
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ARCHIVE 92 – 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 perhaps – no, 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 umbrellas and an old streetlight outside a pub in Perranporth, Cornwall; 25 Oct 2012.  The impression of robed beings was immediate.

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

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ARCHIVE 91 – FIRE ESCAPE (MONO)

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Fire escape, Perranporth, Cornwall; 26 Apr 2007.

An image from the early days of this blog, posted nearly three years ago.

F6 with 24-85 Nikkor at 85mm; Fuji Sensia 400 colour slide rated at 800 ISO; mono conversion method unknown.

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PEOPLE 139 – ELDERLY LADY, 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.

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

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