ARCHIVE: STILL LIFE PICTURE GALLERY 3 – POSTS 21 – 30


I’m currently posting images from my large archive of (loosely defined!) still life photos.  These photos are being posted singly, with full text.

To make viewing of these images easier for those with little time to spare, I’m also posting groups of these images with minimal titles.  This is the third gallery – you can find the earlier galleries here: 1 2

Clicking onto each image will open a larger version in a separate window: doing this often enhances the image.

21: Out in our back garden, long ago, looking up at backlit leaves and out of focus highlights in the backdrop.

22: Nightmare! – the distorted reflection of a window seen in a car’s shattered wing mirror found in a gutter; 2004.

23: Tiled roofs, Stanton Drew, near Bristol; 2013.

24: Two women ignoring a pigeon; Bristol; 2013.

25: Jackdaw with electrics; Perranporth; 2016.

26: Cloud, blasted by the sunrise, above our back garden; Bristol; 2005.

27: The King William Alehouse, a favourite watering hole; Bristol; 2019.

28: Plantain from our front garden; Bristol; 2014.

29: Morning sunlight, Christmas Steps; Bristol; 2016.

30: Looking up at sunrise, at the railway station; Bristol; 2016.

ARCHIVE: STILL LIFE 24 – TWO WOMEN IGNORING A PIGEON (MONO)


Two women in Bristol city centre purposely ignoring a pigeon that, after all, was only trying to be friendly; photographed from the upper deck of a bus, 24 Apr 2013.

And before you ask – this outcome was not in my mind when I took the shot.

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Technique: Canon G11 PowerShot at 140mm (35mm equivalent); 200 ISO; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro 2, jumping off at the Silhouette EV +0.5 preset.

ARCHIVE STILL LIFE

This is a new category on this blog – Archive Still Life studies.  The Still Life definition will certainly be followed loosely – e.g. some studies may only have been made “still” by the split second opening of the camera’s shutter – and my objective will be to use as many different types / genres of subject matter as possible.  Some images will be Minimalist and, in general, I try to make simpler images, rather than cramming them with visual content.

Some new Still Life studies will (hopefully!) continue to appear.



OUTER SUBURBS 269 – EARLY MORNING 9

 

 


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Wood Pigeon – and clouds, the higher ones illuminated by the rising sun and lower ones still in our planet’s shadow.

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

Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Modern 01 profile; south Bristol; 4 Aug 2020.
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BRISTOL 138 – SHAFT OF SUNLIGHT, IN A GRAVEYARD (MONO)

 

 


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This picture is best viewed enlarged: click onto it to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to further enlarge it – recommended.

A day out together photographing in Bristol: Paula and I walked up the narrow St John’s Steep, heading into the Old City.  Street art and interesting facades and alleyways were all around, and on our left was a fenced and partly overgrown area with several obviously old graves – it was part of an old, disused graveyard.

A shaft of brilliant sunlight lit the scene, illuminating hosts of flowers that had run wild, and also some of the greenery around them. 

Then, a pigeon walked into the scene and was – for an instant – silhouetted against the glare.

Technique: Z 6 with 24-120 Nikkor lens used in DX (= APS-C) format to give 180mm; 800 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Neutral V2 picture control; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the High Contrast Yellow Filter and adding a moderate Coffee tone; St John’s Steep, in Bristol city centre; 3 June 2019.
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BIRDS 83 – FERAL PIGEON

 

 

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Feral Pigeon Columba livia on masonry beside Bristol Bridge, central Bristol; 16 Sept 2016.

This is the pigeon familiar in many of the world’s towns and cities.  It is descended from the wild Rock Dove, which this individual closely resembles, which is now found in the truly wild state in the UK only in the wild and rocky country of the far west and northwest.  Due to centuries of interbreeding, including use as a food source in medieval castles under siege, the plumage of these town pigeons can have a great variety of other colours and patterns.

Start scattering bread crumbs in many city centres and you will soon have many of these birds as your firm friends!

X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 6400 ISO.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 165 – PIGEONS AND A CHIMNEY (MONO + COLOUR)

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Pigeons on a roof – beside a chimney – at the Clarks Village Retail Outlet, Street, Somerset; 23 Sept 2013.

We have a strategy when visiting appalling (in my opinion) shopping centres like this – my wife browses the shops and I lurk outside with my camera, receiving curious glances. 

This caught my eye, and I was pleased to be able to render the sky featureless white.

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 70mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the High Contrast Harsh preset and reintroducing colour.
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BRISTOL 65 – FOGGY MORNING (MONO)

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Foggy morning along the Wells Road near Broadwalk, south Bristol; 13 Mar 2014.

The huge Plane tree in the foreground has had its branches pruned many times, including recently, giving it its bare, knobbly appearance.  At top left, a pigeon perches, probably a Wood Pigeon, gazing down at the crawling traffic below.  There is another pigeon, further right.  The tree behind retains its growth of thin branches from last year.

Canon G11 PowerShot at 63mm (35mm equivalent); 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Film Noir 1 preset.
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ARCHIVE 54 – WOOD PIGEON (MONO)

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Wood Pigeon at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire;  11 Aug 2010.

A close in portrait, shot against a dark, unobtrusive background.  Once again, close in use of a telephoto throws the background right out of focus.

The largest of Britain’s pigeons and a common and increasing bird – an agricultural pest and one of the few birds that can be legally shot here.  They are in our garden every day, and I love both the slow, deliberate, ponderous manner in which they waddle around – and the way they clap their wings during their soaring display flights.  I ate a couple a decade or more back but was unimpressed with both the taste and quantity of the meat.

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO; mono conversion via Capture NX2.
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