One image this month
The Aim – To display one image from each month of my photographic world.
The Ethos – The essence of a photograph is the ability to capture a story and an experience in a single moment. So whatever the bias, whether artistic, documentary, travel or simply enjoying the process of making the image, this monthly update and post has one purpose: to showcase a single image each month without prejudice, influence or favour.
Captioning – Giving an image a title is a good way to gauge whether or not the image works successfully. This is especially true when making documentary or street photographs.
Two images this month – November 2018
Sunset on The Somme
Two images this month – yet again I succumbed to needing two images – November (no 2) is an image that simply had to be reposted this month. It was made just over two years ago whilst visiting France. This poigniant and emotionally moving photograph was made at sunset looking through the graves in front of the Thiepval Memorial.
Quite literally looking out over the battlefield where so many died.
One image this month – November 2018
A Complementary Canopy of Colour
One image this month – November – is an image made on a workshop reconnaissance day trip to Bath in Somerset. I always like to plan well and although I have a good knowledge of Bath, I wanted to check out a few new locations and whether they would work for a new autumnal one-day workshop planned for 2019. The day was a great success; indeed I have added at least 4 or 5 new locations to use in future workshops. Ironically, this month’s autumnal image is not from one of them – this is a regular spot I have been to many times before. I just loved the canopy of colour that framed this image with two complementary colours of blue and yellow working so well together.
Fujifilm X-T3, 16-55@ 16mm, f/11, ISO 200, 1/180sec, Provia std, Hand held
Two images this month – October 2018
A fool for falls in autumn
Two images this month – well it is autumn! – October (no 2) is an image from an unplanned shoot at my favourite time of year. On a very cherished sleepy Sunday afternoon, spontaneously, my wife and I decided to go for a drive and explore the beautiful hidden Dorset countryside. The rain was absolutely tipping it down so we enjoyed lunch in the comforts of our camper-van until the storm abated. We then decided to stretch our legs and were rewarded for our efforts.
Fujifilm X-T3, 16-55@ 50mm, f/11, ISO 160, 2.3sec, LEE 0.9 ND filter, Provia std (SOOC). Tripod
One image this month – October 2018
A simple mist opportunity
One image this month – October – this month’s chosen image is one from the beginning of the year when the trees were bare and the mist engulfed this forest. In my landscape workshops I am often found advising on the merits and strengths of keeping the composition simple. At first glance this image appears cluttered and busy, but it remains simple in composition and the entire frame is a small abstraction of a much bigger scene. I believe the simplicity works.
Fujifilm X-T2, 56mm, f/11, ISO 200, 1/125sec, 0.6ND Grad, Provia std.
One image this month – September 2018
One image this month – September – this month’s chosen image is back to basics for me, a landscape (well actually a seascape). A short family break to the little island of Guernsey and I have chosen what was one of just a few images I made over the course of the 5 days we were away. My first attempt at this composition was rained off just as I set up. The second visit a day or two later produced dividends with good light and sky colour. I enjoyed making a peaceful image out of what was a rugged coastline with a turbulent incoming tide.
Fujifilm X100F, 23mm, f/16, ISO 200, 35sec, 0.6ND Grad, 0.9ND LEE, Polariser, Provia,
One image this month – August 2018
One image this month – August – A bit different this month as I have chosen a wildlife image for a change. I was enjoying a relaxing family day out in the New Forest and was armed solely with the Fuji X70 compact camera with its relatively wide 18.5mm fixed lens, I was amazed to be able to get so close to this colourful little chap!
Fujifilm X70, 18.5mm, f/4, ISO 200, 1/340sec, Provia, Handheld
One image this month – July 2018
Strutting their stuff
One image this month – July – I had just enjoyed hosting a street photography workshop with a group of keen photographers in central London. The day had gone well and I had a couple hours to kill before catching my train back to Dorset. As is normal with the ‘street genre’ my kit bag was small, just the one Fuji X camera fitted with a 23mm lens and a back up 18-55mm lens; no filters or tripod of course. As the light began to drop I started to look around for something different. Looking across the river my interest was caught by the juxtaposition of the cranes and city architecture sharing the sky. The geometric shapes of the cranes were strutting their stuff over the rooftop towers. By metering for the sky I created a silhouetted skyline which emphasised the dynamics of the cranes and rooftops vying for attention. It fitted my ‘something different’ remit!
Fujifilm X-T20, 55mm, f/11, ISO 200, 1/240 sec, Provia, handheld
One image this month – June 2018
The rising sun
One image this month – June – is a rarity for me as a landscape photographer. Like many landscapers, I am not a great lover of including the setting or rising sun in my images; preferring the highlights to stay well under my control. The trees came to my rescue.
Fujifilm X-T2, 16-55mm lens, f/16, ISO L100, 1 sec
One image this month – May 2018
Solitude in chaos
One image this month – May – was made during a recent visit to London. This chap was lapping up the warm shaft of sun bestowed on him whilst taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the street near Charing Cross station. My attention was caught because his eyes were closed and his head angle suggested he was perhaps unwell. I soon realised he was merely enjoying the moment and I feel privileged to have captured it. I liked the gritty appearance of his face.
Fujifilm X-70, 18-5mm lens, f/4.5, ISO 320, 1/250s, Classic Chrome
One image this month – April 2018
Time stood still
One image this month – April – is a street image captured on a train station which caught my interest at the time; ‘time’ being the key word. The guy with the hat appears resigned to a state of ‘no emotion’. His body language says he has all the time in the world on his hands. The juxtaposed position of the lady to the left slightly less so and hoping to move on quickly as she looks up at the train times. The time pieces in the background just seem well placed to play on the time theme even more!
Fujifilm X-70, 18-5mm lens, f/8, ISO 1600, 1/100s, Acros
One image this month – March 2018
Observation – things to come
One image this month – March – is an image from a previous trip to the Swiss Alps in 2017. This is an astronomical observatory located high above the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland. It gets its name, ‘The Sphinx’, from the rocky summit on which it is located. I spent biggest part of my time on location with altitude sickness – 11,716 feet!
We are looking forward to a return trip soon.
Fujifilm X-T2, 18-55mm lens @ 24mm, f/11, ISO 200, 1/1000s, Classic Chrome
One image this month – February 2018
One image this month – February – is an image made on a recent photographic workshop in Cornwall. Godrevy Lighthouse is an iconic location and I am pleased to say I have spent many many hours there with a camera. On this occasion the sunset provided the warm glow which projected onto the rocky headland. The long exposure time created a tranquility which was opposite to the thundering tide at the time.
Fujifilm X-T2, 16-55mm lens @ 35mm, f/16, ISO 200, 48s, 1.2ND LEE filter, Prov Std
One image this month – January 2018
New Year Memories
One image this month – January – is an image from the past (8 years past). I am pleased to display it this month as it was also chosen for the Dorset Life Magazine centre spread for February 2018. The day began at -7 degrees, involved a 2 mile trek in the snow (each way) and I can remember the joy of watching an otter beyond the bridge walking across the the frozen River Stour.
Canon 5D3, 24-105mm lens @ f/16, ISO 100, 200s
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