Friday, 18 August 2017

Riding the Rails



I was standing on the platform at Strathfield Station, Sydney, waiting for a train when I noticed the way the people on the platform were reflected in the train windows if you saw them from the right angle and from the shadows. Out came the iPhone.






Have a good weekend everybody,
Val.




Friday, 11 August 2017

It felt like Spring


Yesterday in Sydney was a spring day, even though the calendar says it's a bit early yet. I had to be in the city for work super early. The sky was putting on a show of first golden light and ripply clouds as a soft breeze stirred the air and life felt good. The last shreds of winter will soon be gone.



Old and new. St Mary's Cathedral overlooking the fountain and the hidden roof of the Aquatic Centre.




You wouldn't know it was there from this photo (below) would you?





After work - I was on a half day - I went for a walk through Woolloomooloo to Potts Point. I don't know this area. It is often overlooked by the more glamorous and tourist-friendy Rocks and is a curious mixture of Naval Base, pubic housing and expensive waterfront residences. It's steeped in character and history and historical buildings like St Vincent's College  link
I'll be back with more than a iPhone, when I can get out of bed early enough!

Have a good weekend,
Val


Saturday, 29 July 2017

Medieval Fair


Hi guys,
I have no reflection shot today but instead I have been going through some photos I took earlier this month at a medieval fair north west of Sydney in a semi rural area where there is still enough open ground to experience the odd freezing night and early morning mist. I remember it was very chilly when we got there but burnt out into a dazzling sunny day. Anyway I was going through my photos wondering if any are good enough to enter into my photo club's monthly competition and thinking, 'They don't quite hit the mark'  and 'Why don't they capture what I want them to?' Well I've had something of a epiphany. Photography is all about the light. Cliche, cliche. Of course it is but not just in the scientific sense of light hitting the sensor and the amount of aperture needed and so on. It occurred to me that it is about presenting your subject in their best light. About the light hitting them from the best angle and the interaction between them and the light. So simple I'd missed it, till now. On the street and at any public event there are constraints of course, like not wanting to spook a horse or get hit by an arrow or not being able to physically get to the optimum spot because of barricades and so on. But from now on I will not think so much about where the light is in relation to me and my camera but really look at how it falls on the subject. Like I said 'duh!'





















Which photo you like best?
Have a good weekend,

Val.