ARCHIVE 586 – CROW, IN WILD SKY

 

 


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Carrion Crow over our back garden, not long after dawn; 27 Nov 2011.

I very much like the limited palette of colours but – as is so often the case – I prefer this version to monochrome.  The crow – which looks for all the world like a Photoshop insert! – is purposely positioned away from any of the composition’s visual strong points, but with space ahead to fly into.  Actually quite a reasonably sized bird, it looks so small here against the vast sky and very solid looking clouds:  this is intentional.

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Technique: D700 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 200mm; 800 ISO.

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ARCHIVE 573 – MORNING SKY, LOOKING NORTH (MONO)

 

 


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Looking up, looking to the north, early on a spring morning.

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Technique: X-T2 with 10-24 Fujinon lens at 15mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, using the Provia/Standard film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Landscape preset and adding a Split Tone; Bourtonbridge Drove, Queen’s Sedge Moor, on the Somerset Levels; 26 April 2019.

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OUTER SUBURBS 275 – EARLY MORNING 11

 

 


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Cloud and contrail, at sunrise.

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Technique: TG-5 at 49mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Modern 01 profile; south Bristol; 4 Aug 2020.
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OUTER SUBURBS 272 – EARLY MORNING 10

 

 


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Technique:  TG-5 at 65mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait profile; south Bristol; 2 Aug 2020.

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OUTER SUBURBS 265 – EARLY MORNING 6

 

 


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Walking past an uncertain row of shops at sunrise, and pausing to look up.  There wasn’t much up there but, as can often happen – both in Life and in images too – that didn’t seem to matter.  The bottom line was, that it felt good being there, looking up.

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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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OUTER SUBURBS 256 – THE YEAR IS MOVING ON

 

 


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As ever, time – and Life – move on.  The longest day is past, and each day a little shorter than the last.  Now, if I walk out about 5am, I meet the sun just starting to rise and, for perhaps up to an hour – if I’m lucky – the light is wonderful, even if only for enjoying the light show in the clouds overhead.

Over the past few years, I’ve come to realise that autumn is my favourite season, and even now I can feel myself looking forward to the faint chills in the air, the mists and the wonderful  colours.  Some might wonder why I’m not attracted to the warmth and colours of summer, but I have to admit to what really gets to me and – in terms of the seasons – it is the gradual closing down of the northern world as each year starts to wind down towards its end – and the more so if I can be out and about with a camera to record it.

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Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait profile; south Bristol; 13 July 2020.
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OUTER SUBURBS 254 – EARLY MORNING 2

 

 


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A beautiful, calm summer’s morning, 5.30am in fact, the sun just starting to rise, and I’m walking down the middle of the road in a silent but ‘comfortable’ street – expensive houses, security lights and cameras everywhere, and big cars on the driveways, quite some way away from the already blaring main artery that leads out southwards from the city’s heart.

A humanscape certainly, but with only one human (I use the term loosely …) in view.  A fox pauses, unsure of me; Jackdaws are already noisy up around their beloved chimney pots; and up above all there is the moon, appearing and disappearing behind softly drifting, fluffy clouds yet to be touched by the sun’s full glare.

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Technique:  TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait profile; south Bristol; 10 July 2020.
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ARCHIVE 529 – CLOUDS IN THE EARLY MORNING

 

 


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Early morning clouds over our garden; 22 Apr 2013.

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Technique: D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens; 400 ISO; all underexposed to various degrees in Capture NX2 to saturate colour and bring out detail.

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OUTER SUBURBS 243 – EARLY MORNING, LOOKING UP

 

 


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Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 250 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Modern 03 profile; south Bristol; 14 June 2020.
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ARCHIVE 523 – LOOKING UP AT SUNRISE (MONO)

 

 


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Looking up over our garden this morning – clouds and a contrail caught by the rising sun; Bristol; 22 Apr 2013.

I was just on the point of making that greatest of luxuries, the morning’s first cup of tea, when I glanced out of the window.  And then came one of the great improbables – a FATman moving at a rate of knots – in a frantic dash out into the back garden!

I love skies and clouds but, especially when the sun is just appearing or disappearing, and when contrails are moving steadily across the sky, things happen quickly – and there’s no time to hang about!

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Technique: D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 135mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Fine Art High Key preset.

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