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 PEOPLE 9 – MAN ON STAIRS


Stairs in a pub, Newquay, Cornwall; 13 Sept 2011.

After lunch, as we left the pub, this colourful chasm opened up on our right.  Letting it go unphotographed was out of the question.  It was awash with colour and I was especially taken with the black and white edges to the steps, which are presumably there to help prevent inebriate revellers from going head over heels – or, as we earthy Brits might from time to time term it, arse over tit – down the stairs.

Two things came to mind.  First, I wanted those black and white steps to be somewhere near vertical in the finished product, to give the effect of a wonderfully coloured wall, or of a receding series of coloured columns.  Second, a problem, there was great contrast in the scene, with the sun blazing in from the left, so I used a low sensitivity – 400 ISO – to give more latitude for digital manipulation later on.

I took two frames and, as I clicked the first, this chap appeared from nowhere and provided an unwitting focal point for the converging lines!

I’ve rotated the shot, and used NX2‘s control points to lighten both the left hand wall and the man.  I’ve also slightly raised contrast in the sunlit areas, to better bring out the patterns made by the thin window frames.

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Technique: D700 with 24-120 Nikkor lens at 24mm; 400 ISO; Capture NX2; rotated 90 degrees anti-clockwise.



ARCHIVE: STILL LIFE 27 – KING WILLIAM ALE HOUSE


The wonderful exterior colour of the King William Ale House, a favourite watering hole of mine in Bristol city centre.  An old pub, with good beer and comfortable seating – just the place for quiet afternoons of decadent imbibing and good conversation by those of us in the retired classes.

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Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; rotated anticlockwise; Capture NX2; King William Avenue, Bristol city centre; 1 Oct 2019.

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.



BRISTOL 176 – STREET SCENE 16

 

 


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The Apple Tree, a little pub on the backstreets of Bedminster, in Bristol’s southern suburbs.  Its a cider house, wonderfully decorated with apples and, quite simply, I’m not sure I have the courage to pop in there for a drink – even though I live not too far away, I think I might well be regarded as an outsider.

But I have to say that I like what I see.  I spent 12 years in the Third World, in Kenya, and although I returned to the UK to live 31 years ago, those dozen years have to some extent altered my outlook on Life, for which I am grateful.  I am of course back at home here, only 20 miles or so from where I was born, and that’s a wonderful feeling, but since returning I have never really identified with or fitted in with many of the things that seem to motivate and excite modern UK society >>> LOL! rampant Materialism being a prime example!

And so back to this pub, and its simply being what it is and not caring what others think – at a time when a lot of the pub industry is dominated by big business, and fairly sterile and anaemic pub chains, that are mass produced and that offer exactly the same welcome wherever you are in the country.

In a nutshell, I suppose, I admire The Apple Tree because, in an age dominated by hype, brands and the media, it is totally real and genuine.
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Other images in the Bristol Street Scenes series are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 .  Searching on the “street” tag (below here) will also find these posts.

Click onto each image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended, especially for the lower photo..

Technique: TG-5; Lightroom; Bedminster, south Bristol.

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OUTER SUBURBS 209 – CORONAVIRUS 2: THE DAYS WE LIVE IN

 

 

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Still with some (hopefully decreasing!) leg problems, I’m out walking the early morning streets of the Outer Suburbs again.  Decidedly quiet and deserted streets, a strange hush and calm over most areas and, in this lockdown, I’m allowed to walk as this counts as my one period of exercise outdoors per day.

I thought about taking some pictures of the lockdown but, mostly, its just that – nearly everything quiet, closed, shut down, locked down, hardly the stuff of interesting images – I’ll leave someone else to document it.

But this did catch my eye.  Outside a favourite pub, with the sun coming up, the children’s playground in lockdown too – no one goes on the swings today.  I found this very striking, and moving too, the virus reaching down through all age groups of our society.

The pub itself, behind, is closed indefinitely as are all pubs in this country, with notices on the windows saying that no cash or food / drink stocks are stored within – for even in times of trouble and distress like these, there are always those ready to take advantage of any opportunity.  And in the background, a car park beside a major supermarket, with but a single car.

However, sad though all this is, I will continue to walk the streets: it makes me feel good and, quite apart from the virus, we need to keep up our mental health too – and its always good to be out bright and early in the day.  And I’ll continue to drink world class Belgian beer too, for that matter – though I realise that this may be a rather less than universally accepted panacea …

My first post on coronavirus is here: 1 .

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Technique: TG-5 at 28mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 28 Mar 2020.

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