Monthly Archives: September 2012

It’s Not Just About The Capture

This picture illustrates three important things to me. Firstly the importance of having a camera with you every where you go. I came across the scene on my way in to London one morning. Everybody on London Bridge had stopped to stare at the scene. The low sun was hitting the side of the building and light rays were being scattered and reflected in all directions. I always have a camera with me, in case of need, and on this ocasion I had my trusty Samsung compact system camera. The second important thing is that it doesn’t matter what the camera is, you don’t need an expensive DSLR to get a good picture. It is the scene that matters. Many people were taking pictures with their mobile phones. Finally for me it shows how important post processing is to an image. The version you see above is the one I processed for my landscape photography site but I also have a street photography site at www.the-decisive-moment.co.uk and for the project I was working on there I needed something much more contrasty. I wanted something that had the feel of the Fritz Lang film Metropolis, which led to the treatment below.

Posted in Black and White, London, Processing

Dunstanburgh By Moonlight

Dunstanburgh By Moonlight

I call this image Dunstanburgh by Moonlight but to be totally truthful, that should have inverted commas round the moonlight. It is in fact sunlight. I can hear the sharp intakes of breath from people now but for me my landscape photography is not about a perfect truthful rendition (whatever that may mean). It is about communicating a feeling and an emotion. This is what this image does for me. I remember this castle on the Northumberland coast very well from my youth. We had friends with a weekend cottage along the coast in Craster and we would often join them there from Newcastle for a few days. My brother and I and our friends children would walk to the castle and play cricket on the beach near by. The caretaker here would tell us all ghost stories, so I wanted to bring out a spooky feeling to match that tone. I did this by using a Lee big stopper filter to create a long exposure and under exposing the image. To me it looks like moonlight. It may not be everybody’s truth but it is mine.

Posted in Northumberland