A pictoresque ruin of an old abbey. Water. Hillsides. Sunset and sunrise. What more could any photographer wish for? I had it all in abundance on this trip to Whitby a few months ago, and I am pleased with the photographic results.
A picture of the flooded river Ouse in North Yorkshire reminded me of one of the conclusions from the press photographer 2012 exhibition: Pictures of natural disasters have more impact if there is a human context.
I went to Southend-on-Sea to take some long-exposure shots of the sea. It wasn’t all plain sailing, but 8 seagulls helped me to get a picture that communicates “continuous water” as intended (sounds weird? I know….)
A sunset picture of The Houses of Parliament with the London Eye to help frame the picture, and a few words about finding the timing of the “magic” moment when floodlit buildings balance nicely against the night sky. As a bonus, there’s also a night-shot of The City.
Balloons. Water. Darts. These simple ingredients, and surprisingly little trial-and-error, resulted in some almost otherworldly pictures of water-balls suspended in mid-air, split seconds before they discovered gravity and disentegrated.
Often used to adjust white balance, cheap, coloured strips of plastic (gels) can also be used to add oomph to a picture, by deliberately introducing bright, bold and beautiful colour casts. This post explains how to turn a glass of water, a strawberry, and a couple of gels into a piece of wall-art.