STILL LIFE 263 – WALL OF CONCRETE BLOCKS, DEFACED BY RED LINE


 

Strolling down tatty back alleys behind a row of small shops in the blazing summer’s sun, and reveling in the burgeoning and totally uncaring unkemptness of it all.  The shops’ fronts might look alright, but back here behind the facades there is only sordid and refuse strewn reality – what you see is very much what you get, and what you get is pure, artless, drab functionality, bereft of all thoughts of beauty or attractive design.

And I found a wall of made of concrete blocks – breeze blocks as we Brits call them – on which some bright young thing had scrawled a long red line.  Up behind the wall was a fence of crudely painted and rusting metal panels.  And in the foreground, parked up close and personal against the wall, a car, patterned by the bright reflections of its stark backdrop.

And – rather an epiphany I suppose – I realised that, should I linger too long in these scruffy and unkempt surroundings, anyone passing by might think me a very real part of them.  So I hastened swiftly on, anxious to give a better – if false – impression elsewhere.

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Technique:  TG-5 at 49mm (equiv); 200 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Modern 01 profile; south Bristol; 1 June 2021.



STILL LIFE 262 – BARBERING LOUNGE


This car’s driver?  He’s inside, having his hair cut.

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 320 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Modern 01 profile; flipped; south Bristol; 1 June 2021.

STILL LIFE 261 – THE VIEW INTO A FISH AND CHIP SHOP DURING THE PANDEMIC


Looking in through the windows of a fish and chip shop during the pandemic, just as the sun was rising.

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 320 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Modern 01 profile; south Bristol; 1 June 2021.



STILL LIFE 260 – RADIATOR (MONO)


 

Looking at a radiator.  Its true, I don’t get out much, but here there are repeating lines, structures and reflections; and textures too.

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Technique: TG-5 at 74mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the B&W 07 profile; at home; 18 May 2021.



STILL LIFE 259 – FLOWERS BEHIND CLOUDED GLASS


 

Looking into a shop window, at flowers misty behind clouded glass.

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 200 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 30 May 2021.

 

STILL LIFE 258 – PACKET OF PARACETAMOL, PARTLY USED, AT SUNRISE (MONO)


The rising sun shines in through the kitchen window, lighting up a partly used packet of pills on the granite worktop.

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Technique: TG-5 at 30mm (equiv) in Microscope mode; 400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the B&W 08 profile; in our kitchen; 18 May 2021.



ARCHIVE: STILL LIFE 1 – ARTIFICIAL FLOWER (MONO + COLOUR)

 

INTRO

This is the first post in 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.

 

Artificial flower on the railings in front of a house.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom, using the Classic Chrome film simulation; Capture NX2Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Film Noir 1 preset, selectively restoring colour and adding a tone and black border; York Place, Clifton, Bristol; 21 Apr 2017.



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