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Simple (Two Photographs)

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They say that sometimes simple is best. And in these uncertain times simplicity and clarity would be a godsend. In photography it’s not always easy to get that artistic background that makes this kind of photograph work.


Street Glass (Two Photographs)

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I found these as they are. They made me look twice and that is my objective, to shoot photographs that make people look (often popularly called “impact”). There is a lot of “language” in photography, some is not entirely clear to everyone and I have seen several dictionaries on line, none of them complete.


Down But Not Out (Two Photographs)

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Fall is full of colour and there is a new randomness to nature. Leaves fall, trees get more colourful with increasing moisture and the wind mixes it all up. Abstract art by nature. It’s very much like intimate urban landscape photography, you have to keep your eye out for the details, the light and colour.


Texture (Two Photographs)

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Texture has many meanings in photography; it can refer to mood, background or even the subject.  I try to keep this in mind when taking and processing photos, as it’s an element I can make creative use of. I chose these photos because texture is front and centre.


Minimalism (Two Photographs)

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I have seen more than one article recently, on minimalism in Photography. It is an interesting approach to photography and like many genres has its place and includes brilliant pieces of art. If you haven’t tried it, give it a go, it can’t hurt.


Moore -ish (Two Photographs)

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I have been fortunate to have seen many of Henry Moore’s sculptures as well as the work of Giacometti, another sculptor. These photographs remind me of their work or put another way the post processing was influenced by their styles.

 

 


Modern Art or Nature?

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There is a body of modern art that escapes my ability to make sense of. Moreover when it comes to the kind of randomness Jackson Pollack was famous for, my view is that nature does it better.


Tree and Bark (Three Photographs)

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These photographs are all about contrast and I used various types of contrast, sharpening and other effects to get what you see here. The results work for me. Like many other areas of photography, the application of contrast is something to be studied and practiced.


Natural Abstract (Two Photographs)

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I like to think, before I take a photograph, about how it will turn out after I have shot and processed it. That permits me to focus on what I want in the frame and what my camera needs to capture (settings that need to be considered etc.) . This kind of photo makes that easier than when photographing a bird. I find it improves my photography.


Imagining an Outcome (Two Photographs)

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From my days working with professional photographers in my teens I realized what made a pro a pro was their ability to describe what the photograph would look like before they took it and guarantee the results.

Envisioning the final result is an important step in my work. Though I will admit that it sometimes does not work quite the way I hoped.


Show-Time (Two Photographs)

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I went to this fair where local craftsmen, antique shops etc. show and sell their goods. Normally these events provide  significant opportunity for great shots. But this year I was hard pressed to see something I had not seen the year before. I took very few shots, of which these two may be the best.


Street (Two Photographs)

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I took this shot and realized that for some reason my white balance was completely off, but also realizing it would not have a significant effect on the black and white version if I used a blue filter in processing. With contrast, and exposure settings I was able to make this the drastic and somewhat odd photo you see in black and white.


A Colour Photograph

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If it were not for the garbage on the ground it would be hard to tell if this was a black and white or colour photograph. What caught my eye was how the light hit the concrete and gave it some tonality.


Car Reflections (Three Photographs)

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I went to a local festival recently that was pretty disappointing. The only really interesting thing I saw was this dirty vintage car with its many reflections. I used contrast and detail extraction to make the reflections stand out.


Shadows

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I was walking down the street and saw this sculpture. (I couldn’t find the plaque indicating who did it, so I apologize for not naming it). I took two sets of photos of this, one the first view you see here and another that simply did not capture the shadow as dramatically. I like the statue but I like it more with the shadow as shown here.


That Political Look (Two Photographs)

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There is a restaurant with two statues on the roof that I believe are meant to represent the Blues Brothers. I was walking by and it looked like an East German politician giving a speech. After many masks, Luminar’s A.I, Sky Enhancer, Photolemur and a bunch of other tricks in my software package I got the mood I was after.

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Wall Art (Two Photographs)

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If someone created this it would be called art but it’s probably all natural. So much the better, weather generated art. Infrastructure aging not gracefully perhaps but certainly in an interesting way. Just for the record I will give it dignity and call it wall art.


Shadows (Two Photographs)

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Shadows are under appreciated in photography. When I see a photograph with great shadows it’s the one thing that is almost never discussed. I think this is because there is noise in shadows and photographers choose not to focus on noise. Here is a photograph that but for shadows there would be no photograph.


Brutalism or Compromise (Three Photographs)

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Brutalist architecture, like art nouveau or Bauhaus are loved by some hated by others. I am sure cost is a reason why glass and concrete are so widely used and more complex approaches are history.  Of these the standing pipe is a favourite of mine, the brutal windows are simply a bad example of modern architecture, and the wall etching too mechanical to be real art and just a distraction from glass and steel construction.


Shapes and Forms (Two Photographs)

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My eye is caught by interesting shapes and forms. Often the best way of capturing the idea is in Black and White because there are fewer distractions from the essential elements of the photograph. An added bonus is to be able to affect the tonality of the photo with colour filters.


Doors (Three Photographs)

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On my walks I cannot resist doors, few of which end up meriting processing but a few stand out for their creativity, style texture etc. My fascination probably lies more with the quirky designs than what might be behind the doors.


Antique Finds (Two Photographs)

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I took these shots with my Fuji XT-2 at an antique fair in an old barn. I have seen quite a few photographs like these, especially kitchenware in museum collectionssimple, detailed and concentrating on shape and form.


HDR (Two Photographs)

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Many of you will be familiar with HDR, high dynamic range processing. It is a way to expand the amount of light your camera registers by combining more than one photo, usually three photographs, one under, one over and one properly exposed to the get this lighting detail. Often this has meant psychedelic results and efforts have been made to get a more natural look. I am game for anything and they tell me that the latest Photoshop does a great job with HDR. We’ll see. These are my first efforts.


Contrast (Three Photographs)

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In photography contrast can mean many things, including tightening the tonality, contrast between colors. contrast between objects etc. A very flexible word. These were taken on different days but contrast is an obvious choice for this series of photographs. In my experience people see the connection even if they cannot articulate what connects these types of photographs.