Image Magic

Abandoned

Making the most of an opportunity

Hearing about a stranded yacht on a local beach, I wanted to see about taking a photo of it. Hundreds of people took snapshots of it, and the media was full of those. But I wondered about the potential of a different sort of capture. My friend and photography partner Bex and I decided a dawn shoot might be good with the sunrise and perhaps the lights of the local Pier in the background too. And so we arranged a 5 am start one morning. There was a heavy fog that morning and we took photos galore of the yacht in that strange eerie scene, but we didn’t get our lovely sunrise.

Then I realised it was a full moon, and instead of a sunrise, why not a moonrise? The above is the result. Not without getting wet feet mind you! And it wasn’t warm. I spent two hours making photos at different angles and waiting for clouds to part enough. But it was wonderful to be ‘in the zone’ and making images. There’s something magical about night time photography…

 

Forgotten Melody

 

The photo galleries are functioning again. I still have to tweak them, but everything is basically up and running again, and at least my images can be viewed.

There is a new gallery. Fine Art Images. These images are artistically created. Some only slightly, maybe a split tone colour scheme added, or a bird inserted in the scene. At various times I create an image using textures.

This is something different to what I do generally and certainly is a work in progress. I have ideas that I will be developing on, so watch this space!

The image above was taken in an abandoned house. The organ is literally falling to pieces. There is dust everywhere and ivy vines are finding their way in from the walls outside. There isn’t a lot that I’ve done to the original image, just enhanced the feel of the light by accentuating the colour tones a little. The sunlight was shining through a curtain of leaves giving the highlighted areas a warm to green colour, while the areas in the shade retain the colour usually found in the shadier spots – blue. The effect in the dust laden air is quite dramatic.

Abandoned

 

I don’t know exactly what this construction was used for, but it’s been abandoned and left to decay for some time. The shutes underneath are rusty and open which suggests nothing left inside. The wooden door and bits are rotting, and there are holes in the roof and lots of rusty bolts sticking out of the concrete.

So often when something is no longer wanted it’s just left. We see it everywhere. More often than not it looks ugly, but occasionally its setting is beautiful. Stormy weather near sunset can make anything look good!

If you find this image has an apocalyptic feel to it, it is intentional. I wish to make more like this.

Out with the old…

 

Happy New Year everyone!

Another year to place on the dusty shelf of our memories. We gradually forget most things that happen in years past. Forgotten, covered in dust and cobwebs, until someone triggers a memory. Then we quickly dust it off and bring it to the fore, but it so often isn’t what it used to be. Our memory gets a little rusty.

While we tuck away 2013, we view the new year with enthusiasm and optimism. At least that’s the intent!

What are your plans for 2014? Mine starts off with a family event. There’s nothing like a wedding to spark off the happy feelings and some of those memories will stay a little shinier.

When it comes to keeping memories shiny and in good condition, there’s nothing like a camera. A great tool that has served mankind well for many years. Like most tools, there’s usually a newer, shinier, better, bigger (or smaller), more featured and complicated model available.

I guess the old model then gets put on the shelf. Gathering dust and cobwebs, getting all seized up and rusty.