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.
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
One image this month – December 2017
Christmas, Spirit & Joy
One image this month – December – taken during a Bath City photo walk workshop in early December. My group and I were concentrating on landscapes, architecture and people, so this image was part of our remit for the day. This street seller was very obliging and allowed a couple of us to capture her spirit at Christmas time.
Fuji X-T20, 35mm lens @ f/2, ISO 800, 125s, Acros R
One image this month – November 2017
Style & Lollipops
One image this month – November – The image I have chosen to represent November was from a street photography trip I took to central London. My aim was to look for compositions with the colour red so that I could pop the colour afterwards in editing. The stylish lady and her well dressed daughter was my favourite from the day.
Fuji X-T20, 23mm lens, f/8, ISO 200, 1/250, Classic Chrome
One image this month – October 2017
One image this month – October – The image I have chosen to represent October was captured from the high street in Bath. It was getting towards the end of the day and I noticed the two students enjoying a drink. I was drawn to the graphics and geometry within the shop. I also liked the window light fittings and the light they cast.
Fuji X-T2, 23mm lens, f/4, ISO 800, 1/250, Acros
One image this month – September 2017
One image this month – September is a busy a month for work as the workshop season kicks off again in full swing and I was tempted to put an image in from a recent workshop. Instead I decided to display a street photography image captured during my summer travels in Europe. This made me chuckle when I saw the rail workers stood like zombies looking at the train. In turn, I was looking out through a steamed up window.
Fuji X-70, 18.5mm lens, f/2, ISO 400, 1/160, Classic Chrome
Hand held and focusing on the window droplets
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
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