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Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated by the essential unreality of the mind.
(Not my words - generated by Artybollocks ... but they fit my world view perfectly, so what the hell - I thought I'd add them!)

Follow your own path; following someone else's path will only lead you to their destination or where they want you to go.
(Those are my words - thought of them the other morning, and it seems appropriate for the photographic journey Smile)

Two photographic thoughts that I'm trying to cement into my head at the moment are (1) "The poor concept, perfectly executed, still makes a poor photograph" (Misha Gordin) and (2) "Technically poor images are like poems written with poor grammar - they may have volumes of insight to convey, but they have difficultly doing it successfully" (Angela Farris Belt). I may have a way to go, but that's what I'm aiming for ...
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  • Down Low

    Welcome from me too, Rae Smile

    Patricia's picked up on the one thing I gleaned from your comments above - the 'magic'.

    What is it about Deception Bay that takes your breath away? Is it the landscape itself? The way the light falls? What emotions does the place conjur up in you that you want to try and evoke in your imagery of it? Sometimes, it's that emotive side that's the key to 'working' with a location until you get the images you want. It's also not easy sometimes, as some days you'll feel differently to others.

    Blue sky and fluffy white clouds are lovely, don't get me wrong, but often a location takes on a completely different atmosphere in stormy, moody weather. Threatening skies, hints of light here and there, shadows that seem sinister ... that kind of thing.

    The other thing I'm noticing in the image above is that, although those rocky formations are intriguing, I'm kind of wondering about the trees beyond them. What are their root systems like? Are they twisty? Half buried in water? Dry and dusty? Part of me wants to see them in their entirety visually and I'm finding myself wanting to walk into the image and over those rocks to see what's beyond them ...

    • 6 Oct 2016 6:41PM

    Tish - some possible subjects for Action & Movement (depending on your environment, of course - rural or town/city):

    - runners / joggers / other sports that involve fast movement
    - horses and other animals (cats, dogs running around in local park, etc)
    - vehicles (cars, cyclists, skateboarders etc)
    - creative movement with things like birds (slow shutter speed to blur them instead of getting them sharp - swans on the local pond, etc)
    - kids down the local park on things like swings, those crazy roundabout thingies, stuff like that ...

    Try panning the subject with a relatively slow shutter speed - I tried it once with local runners and you can get some very interesting results Smile Or, for a twist, find a naturally slow moving subject (ie a snail or something similar in the garden) and use a slow shutter and move the camera horizontally to introduce movement into something you would normally see moving 'fast' ... ?

    Depending on how slow a shutter speed you use, some of the panned ones could also become rather abstract as well.

    • 6 Oct 2016 6:31PM
  • Calanais IV

    Quote:these stones could be an astrological measuring device or a tribunal liturgy place or even a burial site.

    Yep, or they could just be one of the places that ancient people used to go to get pi**ed at, have indescriminate intimate relations with other gatherers and freak each other out with ghost stories ... Wink Probably not, but that's my head-space today so that's what I'm sticking to.

    Having said that, it's an absolutely gorgeous image Grin The sense of remoteness, that wide open sky and the endless questions there are about these ancient places are there to see.

    • 6 Oct 2016 1:32PM
  • Close Up

    Sherman, I can only reiterate what's been said above. I have that very same lens, as do many other people, and it's capable of producing pin sharp images if used properly.

    This image, though nice, isn't sharp enough. Did you handhold this or was the camera on a tripod?

    1/80s shutter speed with that lens, and factoring in the 1.6 crop sensor element, would mean that your effective focal length (100 x 1.6) is 160mm. As an absolute minimum you'd need 1/160s shutter speed to even have a hope of sharpness ...

    In some ways, using the Shutter Priority (S) mode instead of Aperture Priority (A) mode would have been a better idea. That way, you could know the minimum shutter speed you'd need for sharpness and the camera could do the rest. That could mean:

    Shutter speed = 1/160s
    ISO = 100
    Aperture = f/2.8.

    But that wide an aperture, unfortunately, could have shown up any focusing errors even more. The slightest breath of wind, movement on your part or on the camera's part would ruin the results that this lens is capable of. Alternatively:

    Shutter speed = 1/160s
    ISO = 200
    Aperture = f/4

    That might have given you the edge on the sharpness side of things. If you wanted to be absolutely sure of a sharp image, then:

    Shutter speed = 1/250s
    ISO = 400
    Aperture = f/4.5

    You'd have more digital noise, certainly, but better that than an unsharp image. Is this a crop from a much larger image? That might account for the amount of noise the image is displaying.

    In some ways, try and think before you even press the shutter what's most important to you in the image. Depth of field? Use a smaller aperture (or a wide angle lens). Movement? Use a slow shutter speed if you want to capture movement, or a faster one if you want to freeze it.

    But always, always, ensure you look at the resulting images on the back of the camera using the histogram. If it's not what you want, delete it and try again until you do get what you want. Sometimes that's a creative decision; sometimes it's a technical decision. But either which way, it's a decision YOU need to make.

    • 5 Oct 2016 5:16PM
  • Farewell Barbs

    She may be gone, but she won't be forgotten
    • 5 Oct 2016 1:48PM
  • the model

    Good stuff, Oliver! Love the hint of "maybe" that the wide aperture gives.

    I think the LB Velvet 56 is one of those lenses that, once a photographer adds it to their arsenal and begins to explore the myriad ways in which it can be used, fast becomes a firm favourite for that 'creative edge' that it gives Grin

    • 5 Oct 2016 1:45PM
  • Linford Lakes Fox

    You're going to slap me for saying this, Neil ... but I think I actually prefer your fox pictures to your bird images! *ducks quickly*
    • 5 Oct 2016 1:39PM
  • I finally got round to having a proper look at your stuff, and yeah ... I really do like it! Love the art nude stuff too - the lighting on some of those is utterly sublime and definitely something I want to try and emulate Smile
  • Loving your work, Gill, very inspiring Smile
    • Posted on GillyB's profile
    • 5 Apr 2016 1:56PM
  • One of the lovely things about this site is discovering portfolios that you never realised existed ... and I've just discovered yours Grin
    I'm blown away - really enjoyable and inspiring work!
  • Great images! Really enjoying your work Smile
    • Posted on chudzy's profile
    • 21 Jan 2016 6:59PM
  • Thought I'd have a peek at what else you do when not on max strength cold and flu medication and 'atmospheric' music ... Grin
    Glad I did - you do stunning landscape work!
    • Posted on BobShaw's profile
    • 4 Jun 2015 12:04PM
  • Wow, what a portfolio! Inspiring work and I've thoroughly enjoyed having a bimble through it Grin
    • Posted on backbeat's profile
    • 13 Apr 2015 11:19AM
  • Your portfolio's developing rather nicely here Grin I'm thoroughly enjoying what you've done so far, and looking forward to seeing more.
  • I don't think I've actually looked through your portfolio before ... glad I have now, though. I think that you have an amazingly eclectic, bizzare and wonderfully twisted mind. Even better, you've also got the processing and manipulation skills to go along with that imagination.

    It's a visual smorgasbord, with a little bit for everyone and a massive dollop of appeal Grin
  • I can't believe I've never actually left a comment on your portfolio, saying just how much I like your work! Bonkers ... thought I had, but just 'viewed all' and obviously not ...
    So - your stuff is achingly wonderful and I hate you (only kidding on that bit).

    Your creative art is so inspirational and beautiful Smile

  • I've got to say, I love the way you process your images Smile There's a wonderful sense of the primeval about a lot of your shots that I find very appealing indeed. I loved the Bellever Forest image in particular. It's a fantastic portfolio of imagery that is a pleasure to view.