OUTER SUBURBS 244 – PHOTOGRAPHING IN A WORLD OF DIAGONALS (MONO)

 

 


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Walking in the lockdown, and photographing the long shadows thrown across a main road by the rising sun.  A shadow photographer – in both senses of the phrase – caught up in a world of stark diagonals.

There are three types of lines here.  Those running from lower right towards upper left are the shadows of roadside trees and utility poles.  The strong black and white lines running up from the lower middle of the frame towards the top right corner are the road’s pale kerb and gutter and, between the two, the black shadow of the kerb on the gutter.  And finally there are the road markings, a thin, dashed white line along the middle of the road at upper left, and other dashed lines, at a bus stop, towards upper right.

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Technique: TG-5 at 65mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Antique Plate 1 preset; south Bristol; 22 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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OUTER SUBURBS 237 – PHOTOGRAPHING A SHADOW

 

 


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One shadow photographs another.  Its 0550 and shops have their their security grills firmly locked down in the lockdown; its that sort of area.  The rising sun throws the gaunt shadow of a roadside tree against the perforated and striated metal, and a fat and rather shabby old man lurches uncertainly forward and photographs it.  Worn out by the effort, he slumps down on a seat, cap in hand, and a little girl, passing by, drops small change into it.  That’s the trouble with the younger generation, always small change, never anything larger and – to add insult to injury – her “small change” is not even cash >>> just what does she think he’s going to do with milk tokens anyway???

The suspect’s identification marks?  Well there’s the peak of his grimy and misshapen old cap for a start and, because the TG-5 has no viewfinder and he can’t see through its ******* rear screen while wearing his glasses, he’s taken them off and is holding them in his left hand.

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Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 320 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Modern 08 profile; south Bristol; 6 June 2020.

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OUTER SUBURBS 235 – WALL OF A HOUSE, EARLY LIGHT

 

 


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Technique: TG-5 at 65mm (equiv); 400 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Modern 01 profile; south Bristol; 1 June 2020.

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OUTER SUBURBS 234 – ENTRANCE TO A BLOCK OF FLATS

 

 


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Walking in the lockdown, in the shadow of a tall wall around a block of flats.  Ahead was an opening in the wall, one of the entrances to the flats, with the rising sun making the brickwork glow.

And there were sharp, linear shadows within the glow too, shadows from railings on the other side of the wall – but these were rogue shadows, rebels, transgressors, not conforming to the strict, even puritanical, lines of the brickwork’s rigid grid.

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 31 May 2020.

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ARCHIVE KENYA 26 – SUNRISE OVER STRATUS CLOUD

 

 


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Top of a blanket of stratus cloud, just starting to be illuminated by the rising sun: photographed from an airliner over northern Kenya, inbound for Nairobi, 25 Sept 1979.

With shots from large aircraft, I just set as high a shutter speed as possible (to reduce vibrations from the plane), focused my lens on infinity, brought the lens as close as possible to the window (to minimalise reflections) – and hoped for the best!

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Technique: Olympus OM-2 with 50mm Zuiko lens; Agfa CT18 slide film rated at 64 ISO.

THE ARCHIVE KENYA SERIES

I’m re-posting photographs that I took in Kenya over 30 years ago.  You can find more context here .  Click onto the “Archive Kenya” tag (below) to see more of these film images from Kenya.

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SOMERSET LEVELS 466 – EARLY MORNING LANDSCAPE 2

 

 


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Misty morning, just after sunrise.

The first of these images is here .

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Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens used in DX (= APS-C) format to give 450mm; 1600 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait v2 profile; Capture NX2; looking out towards Hay Moor from Swanshard Lane, on the Somerset Levels southwest of Wells; 2 Aug 2019.
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ARCHIVE 498 – THE VIEW WEST AT SUNRISE

 

 


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Looking west along the North Drain from the Jack’s Drove bridge on Tealham Moor, at sunrise; 22 Nov 2013.

I’d raced to Tealham Moor to catch the sunrise, and just before the scene was blasted by the light of the rapidly rising sun (see this image), there was this beautiful soft light, with clouds that were faintly tinged pink, off to the west. 

A group of three Mute Swans are on the water at lower left, and I’m pleased because this whole scene is just as I remember it. 

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Technique: D800 with 80-400 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 800 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4.

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SOMERSET LEVELS 465 – EARLY MORNING LANDSCAPE

 

 


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Misty morning, sun just rising.

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Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 250mm; 640 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait v2 profile; looking out towards Hay Moor from Swanshard Lane, on the Somerset Levels southwest of Wells; 2 Aug 2019.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 461 – JANUARY, TEALHAM MOOR, JUST BEFORE SUNRISE

 

 


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Tealham Moor, in winter, looking to the east.  This is winter: harsh and bleak.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 83mm (equiv); 8,000 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Astia/Soft profile; Tealham Moor, on the Somerset Levels southwest of Wells; 27 Jan 2017.
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