As Christmas approaches I was reflecting back on the year and decided to use my post display a photo per month chosen from shoots, workshops and personal days throughout 2016. It was quite hard to choose just a single image from so many photographs, especially as it has to represent the whole month. Each image is a fond memory of an excellent experience at that time.
Reflecting back – January 2016
Sculptures by the Lake – Dorset
Fuji X-T1, 35mm, f1.4, ISO 200, 1/3500s, Fujifilm simulation black & white R.
I liked the dynamic shapes and angles of the sculpture and chose a monochrome film simulation and wide aperture lens to create a shallow depth to the image which in turn isolated the sculpture. The photo shoot was part of a project to produce a series of images from the park. This particular image was different from the final gallery of coloured photographs which had a layered texture added. For a look at the full project gallery please see Sculptures by the Lakes.
Reflecting back – February 2016
Bath Reflections – Somerset
Fuji X-T1, 35mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 1/350s
The Bath Photo Walk is a workshop I normally host on the streets of Bath in December. I always like to explore new opportunities so this was an image from a reconnaissance weekend away in February. An abstracted view from over the river. I liked the geometry and shapes of the bridge reflections and especially the pedestrian on the bridge!
Reflecting back – March 2016
Kimmeridge Bay Sunset – Dorset
Canon 5D3, 16mm, f8, ISO 100, 55 secs
February and March are always busy with group workshops on the Jurassic coast and West Cornwall. This image was actually taken from a set of just 3 images captured during a 1-2-1 tuition workshop day. The participant was as thrilled as I was to take advantage of what was a beautiful colourful sunset. The 55 second exposure only enriched the colours further and of course flattened the water.
Reflecting back – April 2016
The Waterfall – Jurassic Coast
Canon 5D3, 24-105mm @ 85mm, f11, ISO 100, 5s
I am drawn more and more by locations that are less popular to the public, so this image (made at Kimmeridge Bay) is certainly bucking that trend, Kimmeridge Bay being very popular with photographers of course. All photographs are ultimately an abstraction or a slice extracted from a bigger scene. Often good composition is about what is not included in the overall scene. Even though this is a honeypot for the photographic world, the success of this image for me is due to its generic appeal – it could be anywhere in the world!
Reflecting back – May 2016
West Woods – Wiltshire
Canon 5D3, 70-200mm @ 160mm, f5.6, ISO 800, 1/160 s
A workshop participant on a Bluebell day workshop in Wiltshire in May. I had to admire his determination not to get wet during a light rain shower. Just as I was moving between various photographers, I looked across and couldn’t resist snapping this image. Johan was a gentle giant of man with a lovely attitude to his photography. This image makes me smile every time I look at it.
Reflecting back – June 2016
Liquid Gold Reflections – Honfleur, France
Fuji X-T1, 18-55 @ 55mm, f4.5, ISO 6400, 1/25 s
During a summer trip to France in the campervan we stopped off overnight at the very pretty and picturesque town of Honfleur in northern France. Whilst the hoards of holiday makers and photographers were busy taking the obvious terrace quayside buildings, I quite literally turned 180 degrees and looked for something different. To my delight I spotted this reflection (I love reflections). The sodium street lights, the blue nautical twilight and the reflected medieval buildings all came together perfectly with the slow exposure to create what is one of my favourite images from 2016. It also shows off the high ISO capabilities of the X-T1 Fuji camera!
Reflecting back – July 2016
Thiepval Memorial – The Somme, France
Fuji X-T1, 18-55 @ 55mm, f4, ISO 200, 1/125 s
Without doubt the most poignant and memorable experience of the year. A personal visit to where The Battle of the Somme took place. The Thiepval Memorial is dedicated to the allied, French and British forces that fought, died and were injured. The loss of lives on the first day alone was around 20,000! This image is one of a number I made throughout the week and I feel it should take priority of place as one of the most important experiences of my year (life).
Reflecting back – August 2016
Fuji X-T1, 55-200 @ 200mm, f4.8, ISO 400, 1/950 s
I decided to include this wildlife image as it’s without doubt a rarity for me to capture wildlife. But hey! A photographer is a photographer..right? I am always amazed to hear professional photographers baulk at the idea of shooting other genres – isn’t that the challenge? I can’t say wildlife images float my boat but I am always impressed by the dedication wildlife and nature photographers have to their chosen subject matter and even more bowled over by the quality of the images they produce. So here is my little foray into bird photography for 2016.
Reflecting back – September 2016
Fuji X-T1, 55-200 @ 78mm, f3.8, ISO 400, 1/80s
Inspired by Claude Monet, this image caught my eye whilst on a day out with my better half. At the time we were preoccupied watching a kingfisher nearby and then we turned the corner to this view. The artist in me sprung into action (l told you I am not into wildlife). I always enjoy being surprised by a photographic opportunity when I am not expecting it from a location.
Reflecting back – October 2016
Fuji X-T2, 55-200 @ 60mm, f16, ISO 200, 50 s
Just a few days after taking delivery of the Fujifilm flagship camera the X-T2, I was keen to get out and about and put it through its initial paces. The artificial lights on the cranes and docks in darkness were the perfect recipe to see how it performed in low light. I am very keen on reflections as well as lines, angles and geometric shapes so this was a great opportunity. I wasn’t disappointed and it proved to be an image I enjoyed making.
Reflecting back – November 2016
Fuji X-T1, 35mm, f11, ISO 400, 1/150 s
I just love the use of complementary colours and when the autumn leaves started to change colour this was a great chance to match the different shades of yellows with a rich blue sky. The low November light added the missing ingredient to make the dynamic branches a colourful and spectacular photograph.
Reflecting back – December 2016
Fuji X-T1, 18-55mm @ 31mm, f11, ISO 4000, 1/60 s – mono R film simulation (in camera)
The final photograph chosen this year was made on a Photo Walk Workshop around Bath in early December. Atmospheric conditions on the day added drama to the image. Good use of the architecture and reflections in the river, together with a couple of young lovers and a railing and it all came together.
Thanks for viewing!
Have a great Christmas and a very happy and peaceful New Year!