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.






Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Dappled Reflections


I was skimming through my photos trying to find a half decent selfie (not easy, I do not photograph well) and I came across this pretty reflection from Melbourne and wondered why I had never posted it. I have found that with 'memory' photos sometimes the image is not as evocative to others as your own recollections of walking the river foreshore in the early dawn with camera feeling happy as a bug, but unless I share it I will never know.



The last glimmer of fairy lights.

Have a good end-of-week everyone
Val.

Friday, 7 July 2017

More Architectural Reflections


My previous post was of modern Sydney architecture. Here are some shots of tow fine historical Sydney buildings. There's something lovely about the way sandstone absorbs then reflects light.
The building is the Department of Lands building link built in 1878 and the church reflected in the glass doors is St Mary's Cathedral. Shot with my iPhone because that's what I had with me, then edited in photoshop. By the way I often wondered how professional iPhone photographers came up with print-worthy resolution shots, you now the ones on billboards because if you blew up normal phone photos to that size they would look grainy and pixellated. They do it with special lenses attached to their iPhone cameras. Mystery solved!
link to the story about 'shot with an iPhone' advertisements





Have a good weekend everyone.
Val.