One image this month
In May 2017 I started displaying one image from each month of my photographic world. The essence of a photograph is the ability to capture and experience a single moment in time. So whatever the bias, whether artistic, documentary, travel or simply enjoying the process of making the image, this post has one purpose: to showcase a single image each month without prejudice, influence or favour.
One image this month – August 2017
One image this month – August means ‘time to travel’ for my wife and me. We usually try to get away in our campervan for a few weeks for an annual summer sabbatical. As a busy teacher, my wife’s main holidays are limited to the school holidays. As a free-spirited photographer I am grateful I can program my own schedules to fit with hers. This year, her birthday has a rather large ‘0’ in it, so we celebrated by taking a trip to the spectacular Bernese Alps.
Fuji X-T2, 55-200mm lens @ 93mm, f/11, ISO200, 1/320s, Soft Astia
Sirui T-025X travel tripod, LEE Seven5 0.6 soft grad filter, Fuji remote release. (6.00am)
North West France
One image this month – July’s image is chosen from a trip to St Malo in northern Brittany. The cosmopolitan public of St Malo do not bat an eye as they go about their day in the presence of three machine-gun-clad soldiers patrolling the city centre. I am pleased to say that guns on our streets still shock me (even in the name of security).
Fuji X-T1, 35mm lens, f/8, ISO320, 1/500s, Classic Chrome
Hand-held from a high vantage point on the wall of the old city
One image this month – June’s image is chosen from a street photography session in London. The blonde lady caught my eye as she emerged from the tunnel. She was deep in thought and looking elsewhere which added to the interest in the image. Her central position to the tunnel lights was vital. It wasn’t until afterwards when reviewing the image that I noticed the two sisters behind, clearly enjoying a good laugh, presumably at the blonde lady’s expense. I keep thinking how I’d love to revisit the moment of capture to see what they were laughing at.
Fuji X-70, 18.5mm fixed lens, f/8, ISO400, 1/250s, Classic Chrome
Shooting from the hip, zonal focusing
One image this month – May’s image is chosen from a workshop shoot in Wiltshire. The macro adaptor assists a closer view with a shallower depth of field than normal, so I was blown away by this Fuji macro extension and the quality it delivered. A cheaper alternative to the Fuji 60mm macro lens.
Fuji X-T2, 56mm lens, f/1.2, ISO200, 1/250s, Pro neg std
Fuji MCEX-16 macro extension tube, tripod and reflector