Closer Still(s) | PT.XVIII [II] | 35:Chronicle

35mm, close-up, colour, nature, photography

Moss, Inside Droplets |  A Colour Excursion.


Two days ago I posted a few close-ups (almost macro, maybe) of a little of the moss on my garden wall, after a light drizzle. As many of you who read my posts and view my work, it will be all too apparent that my preferred medium is black and white and, as such, I tend to think in this way when I am envisioning and composing a shot. Still, there are many who like a little colour and I cannot neglect those of you either. Though I shoot and post for myself (don’t take that the wrong way, only, I resist the temptation to shoot or process images based on expectation of any audience) I do sometimes process for colour representation, just – not very often (unless the colours are the reason that I want to make the frame in the first place). On this day, when I made these shots, the light was rather flat; however – diffuse, cloudy light can be rather useful for evening out exposures and, also, can render saturation of colour far more pleasingly than harsh or direct light. As such, for Rajeev and for Quy, and anyone else who might have wondered how I would have seen the images of #107 in colour – here they are. I can only hope that they were worth your wondering. (I haven’t included the IR frame – false colour infrared really doesn’t do it for me, I’m afraid).

[On a slightly technical note – I love to use minimal equipment and carry as little as I possibly can. Not many of us like gear or choice to get in the way of how we shoot and I am a huge fan of minimal.  With that said, I have no need for a dedicated macro lens and, while my normal 35mm FoV lens focuses down to a minimum of around 6″ (I just have to be more careful not to block the light I wish to use, and predictably, the wider the lens, the harder it becomes) – I get a lot closer when I pop my Hoya +10 on the front of it. The +10 was also used for these frames, though not at closest focus distance.]

I do hope you’ll enjoy these few captures.

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Sticking to the Rules | 35:Chronicle

35mm, autumn / fall, close-up, colour, nature, photography

Thirds: in Three Different Directions.


Crikey – a non infrared post; my first in a while, I’ll admit. It feels a bit strange posting shots taken in colour too, seeing as B&W is my much preferred output but, here goes. 

After summer and early autumn, I usually feel a little photographically-directionless for a while which, probably explains my silence over the past seven days – well, that, work  and hospital appointments, however – it takes me a while to get into a different rhythm, so to speak. It’s almost as if I spend so much brain energy (over an almost six-month period) on IR shooting that I forget how to shoot anything else for a while. Of course, that’s not actually the case, I just have to adjust. Insosaying, I have been out, doing my best to see a little differently and, no pun intended, these few are just some of the fruits of my labours. Not wonderful, but – it’s a (re)start. From composition and tone, to colour and balance – I feel like I have to start over, whenever I switch format or output. Now, I don’t know if that makes any sense but, it’s my excuse and, I’m sticking to it. 

Okay – so, also sticking to one particular rule, that of thirds, here are a few frames composed vertically, diagonally and horizontally – just to make a point. See? I haven’t forgotten everything.  Here, I’m shooting with an entirely new camera setup – one not familiar to me, so, more on that another time. (I’m not so happy with frame two but, I like the shot so, it’s here to remind me to pull my socks up!)

Enjoy, and I hope you have a great weekend ahead!

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On the Turn | 35mm.

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Pick Meee! | 35mm.

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While the Sun Shines | PT.I | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, colour, landscape, nature, photography, summer

Making Hay.


As I looked out of my living-room window yesterday morning and, to the fields opposite, it was clear to me that it is again that time of year. Oddly, as the years pass, certain annual events seem to come more quickly than ever before, and, so soon, it’s baling season once more. Part of me would love to live in or close to a city, with amazing architecture and dazzling lighting; interesting folk too busy to notice another would-be street photographer, perhaps. But I live in the country and so, the country revolves around my life, I suppose. For years, I have been meaning to get out and shoot the fields dotted with their bales under warm evening, late-summer sunshine and I have always either missed the opportunities or, just been too lazy to create them. Until this year. Being right outside my door, for me to have not made these frames would have been a personal crime.

(The first three frames were obviously captured during daylight hours, but the last exposure (of 30″ at ISO:100) was captured around 10pm – as baling continued well into the night.)

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It is my plan to publish three posts in this series because, not only have I used visible light to capture the scenes (as in this post), but, as regular readers may well suspect, I have made a number of infrared captures of different wavelengths, too. Starting with the visible-light frames I believe is the more natural way to start this little series off but it will, I hope, become very clear as to how alternative wavelengths and focal-lengths can offer a very different visual perspective to similar compositions, in the posts to come. 

As one apt old saying goes – we must make hay, while the sun shines. (With camera in-hand, who am I to argue with that?)

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Closer Still(s) | PT.XII | 35:Chronicle

35mm, close-up, macro, nature, photography

Purple Poppy-Pods.


I. | 35mm – 1/3″ | f10 | ISO:100

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II. | 35mm – 1/2″ | f10 | ISO:100

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Foxgloves | PT.I of II | 35:Chronicle

50mm, close-up, colour, nature, photography

Pretty in Pink?


The woodlands and scrub around my house are festooned with Foxgloves and, it would be remiss of me if I weren’t to have a little fun with them. It’s easy to see why this flower is a very popular subject for photo-enthusiasts. In this first instalment, I concentrate only on the colour frames – the final image being made indoors, as the breeze began to hamper my efforts somewhat, even with the use of the tripod.

I hope you’ll enjoy these few grabs.

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Closer Still(s) | PT.VIII | 35:Chronicle

35mm, close-up, colour, Indoor, nature, photography, spring

Spring Broom | PT.II of II.


Righto, this is the second of two posts (otherwise it gets boring!) containing shots that I made last week of the gorgeous red and yellow broom flowers that are in massive numbers at the back of my house right now. They truly are stunning little flowers and, though most of the shrubs are offering yellow flowers only, there is just one out of the entire lot of ’em that has given up these beautiful variations, the like of which I have not witnessed before. To look at them with the naked eye, they are not all that remarkable, however, when getting up-close and very personal with these 15mm or so flowers, they do take on a much more intricate character, if that can be said of a plant? 

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My macro / close-up set-up is pretty basic really and shooting only with a 35mm lens (which is not a macro-lens either) does make my choices very simple – I either can shoot what I envisage or, I can’t. It’s as simple as that. There are of course limitations but these only serve me to do my best to get more creative with what I do have in my bag. Yes, I have mentioned my little 49mm Hoya +10 Close-up filter a few times but I cannot stress how abso-bloody-lutely brilliantly useful that little filter is. Having spent countless thousands of pounds on photographic equipment over the many years I have been enjoying the art, it truly is a revelation to know that instead of forking out (and carrying around) more lenses, I have finally managed to put together a collection of three cameras and a few filters that even collectively weigh less than my last DSLR with it’s 50/1.4 mounted. Picky, I am indeed and I would be the first to be unhappy with my images if my chosen rigs weren’t producing the goods that I work towards – and the only duds I ever find are those reflecting my own mistakes. 

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I love these images and I am very happy to have made them – yet, though I don’t expect anyone else to share my utter enjoyment of them, I do hope that some will find a little pleasure in them. Such an understated plant and yet, so full of form and vibrance that I find incredibly appealing. To have these frames is a real pleasure for me because, very soon, the garden floor will be coated in a carpet of faded yellow petals and, the hedgerows? Well, they’re certainly going to be left wanting, aren’t they?

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Closer Still(s) | PT.VII | 35:Chronicle

35mm, close-up, colour, nature, photography, spring

Spring Broom in Bloom | PT.I of II.


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To May, Farewell | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, colour, infrared, landscape, nature, photography, spring, trees

A Small Tribute (from a Country-Boy).


Every year for as long as I can recall, May always seems to be the finest month of them all. The coming of the Spring, the new growth – and the welcome respite at the tail-end of another long, cold and windy winter. This is, I realise hardly a fitting tribute for all of the light, warmth and, even hope that May brings, however, it’s all I have time for before the last day of this beautiful month, ticks-tocks away for another eleven. 

(23:40 – 31st May 2018) 

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Bluebells. | 35mm

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Calves | 35mm

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Contrails | 35mm | 720nm Infrared

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Under the Boughs | 35mm

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Old Stones | 35mm | 720nm Infrared

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Farewell… | 35mm | 720nm Infrared

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Until next year, then?

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Either Side of the Day | 35:Chronicle

35mm, colour, landscape, photography, skies, sunrise, sunset, waterscape

Shades of Blue & Gold.


To the East.

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The Writhings on the Wall | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, close-up, colour, nature, photography, spring

Sterling Moss.


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Current Alternate | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, colour, nature, photography, spring, sunset, trees, waterscape

Ups & Downs.


Intending to head out and catch the sunset over the water – hoping for its often noted millpond stillness, I found myself a tad disappointed on arrival. Though not choppy, there was just too much movement on the surface this evening and, though the sunset was utterly beautiful, I found that the calming of the waters just wasn’t worth the wait. After an hour, loss of light and, several insect bites, I gave it up for the night; but, not before making a few frames. (I’m easily consoled.)

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Land-Escapery | PT.I | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, landscape, nature, personal, photography, trees

Snapped.


It took me a lot of years to find my way into making landscape photographs. The main reason for my late arrival to the genre was purely one of my own perceived inadequacy at being able to capture any two images that didn’t look the bleedin’ same. Perceived or not – I found it extremely difficult to produce images that were either pleasing to me or, worthy of showing to anyone at all, ever. However, someone once told me that we always want what we can’t have and, maybe because I had so much difficulty with capturing landscapes, I tried even harder to do so.

The first few years was a struggle, much like when I decided (rather foolhardily, many years ago), to take up golf – and I actually did end-up snapping my driver in acceptance of the futility of it all).  I don’t really know what happened in my head (we’re back on photography now – forget the golf-thing) but there came a point where it started to make some sense and I have enjoyed the genre ever since. Though I’m far from where I want to be, creatively, I enjoy it now, more than ever, which is good because I really don’t fancy trying to snap any of my cameras in ‘alf!

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Distant Mist.

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Home.

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Home w/Double-Rainbow.

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A Little Bit of Delicate | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, close-up, colour, nature, personal, photography, spring

[…and a Smidgen of Rustic]


Okay, so I have been completely lazy here. With little by way of an agenda today, I spent my time titivating the garden and enjoying a little more sunshine, while we’re fortunate enough to have some. (Good weather for six days straight has to be some kind of a record in the UK but, I’m loving it). As the afternoon wound down, I followed suit soon after and, took another appreciative look around this little corner of my world. I never tire of its rusticness, the ever present multi-layered birdsongs, the sound of the brook just past the front of the house and from the outskirts of my garden on two sides, there’s plenty of attractive woodland with, among many others, tall pines audibly filtering the occasional breeze and straining the sunlight. I decided to grab my camera, to take a short stroll and, make a few frames before the light dipped for the day. 

There’s no real artistic merit here – just a small handful of hand-held grab-shots, still, it’s a lot less predictable than, ‘Dear Diary, Today, I did next to bugger all except to sit on my arse!‘. Besides, simply capturing life is exactly what I’m loving about sticking with one focal-length and just – going with it. It’s a lot more liberating than I’d ever imagined it would be, in more ways than one. 

(And, no – I’m not a Walton, but, on days like today – there sure is no place like home!)

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I. Beneath Filtered Rays.

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III. Almost in the Shade.

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Infrared Lucidity | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, infrared, landscape, nature, photography, spring, summer, trees, waterscape

Monochrome Waterscaping | 720nm Infrared.


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Closer Still(s) | PT.VI | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, close-up, colour, nature, photography, spring, summer

Dent de Lion.


We call it the Dandelion, from the French meaning ‘lion’s tooth’; but it has many more names, not oft’ used or heard such as: cankerwort, swine’s snout, witch’s or, yellow-gowan, monks-head, milk-witch, blowball, Irish daisy, priest’s-crown, wet-a-bed (presumably because of the diuretic effect of its roots when ingested), and, white or, wild-endive. No matter what we call it here in most parts of the UK, it’s generally regarded as a weed (but this is more than likely promoted as such by chemical companies producing consumer lawn and garden-care.) Nonetheless, though the humble dandelion is an all-too-common sight at this time of year, it would be a mistake to think that it wouldn’t be worthy of a frame or two. 

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