Shadows, mainly in the kitchen

Like everybody else with much reduced horizons I’m looking for things to photograph around the house; I am allowed to go for my daily walk, but stopping to take photos is somewhat frowned up as not being in the spirit of the thing. So I’m largely falling back onto my two old standbys of photographing the garden and photographing shadows. One of the nice things about our house is that the west facing windows mean the low, bright, sunshine in the late afternoon often casts amazing shadows…

Sloth..not a deadly sin..

Went over to the Cotswold Wildlife Park again (sans school party) yesterday, much more restful. Fortunately one of the sloths was not only just over the path in the tropical bird house but also decided to take a peer at at us which was great. One advantage of the Canon 6d and 24-105 lens is that it gives me the ability to crop in quite well to bring out his/her (I have no idea which) wonderful expression

How do people find, and keep track of, photographers to watch?

It is a fact universally acknowleged that the photographer who wants to improve needs to look at the work of photographers who are better than they are, who inspire and create great images. The problem I find is how to find new work, and when I’ve found it how to keep track of it. Of course if one had a limitless photobook budget this would be easier, but I for one do not. I do read Black and White Photography and The British Journal of Photography every month, which are both full of inpsiring stuff, but I find the problem is that I haven’t found a way to keep track of them all. I could make notes of their names in a book, or bookmark their websites with something like Pocket or Instapaper, but that doesn’t turn into a way to keep going back and looking at their images.

One idea which is sort of developing in my head is a version of those digital photo frames which you can use to show a rolling slide show of your photos (As an aside I keep thinking of getting one of those) but rather than flipping through my own work it would pull up an image from somebody else’s website and display it. Now all good inventions, well actually all inventions, start with a wild idea: the issue is turning it into a reality. I’ve broken this down into two phases

The finding an image phase.

How do I pull an image from somebody every day? One possiblity would be to use something which already exists like Pinterest to do it, which would definitely be easier than trying to write something which visits the website of a selected photographer and downloads a random image.

The displaying phase.

How do I show the images? I’m thinking of something around the Raspberry Pi computer or Arduino board using Wi-Fi and hitched up to a small monitor, somehow then showing full screen images.

Anyway, it’s a crazy idea in my head at the moment. If there are no further blog posts on this topic you’ll know that’s how it remained!

Lions, heading for divorce

I went on a school trip this week to the Cotswold Wildlife Park with the GCSE photography group. Their teacher decided we all ought to pick our best photo from the day and this one is mine: I call it “Lions Heading for the Divorce Courts” as she looks soooooo cheesed off with his posing 🙂

It’s never easy photographing with other people, and doing it with a whole school party to help manage is well nigh impossible, but I do like this one!

Morocco Revisited – tis done

It’s taken a while but finally I’ve sorted, selected, scanned and sequenced the photos from our 1988 trip to Morocco. It’s been a fun project in which I’ve found the images are so different in many ways to the machine processed enprints (remember when they were called enprints?) from SuperSnaps then. I’d say about 75% of this final selection had been in my original sort, while the remainder were ones I’d discounted at the time; in some cases I’m just not sure why. I’ve captioned where I ‘believe’ they are, but if anybody wants to correct me then feel free in the comments: I’m not precious about this…

One thing which is notiable is that the colours are often more punchy, even without processing on the scans and the dynamic range is greater – apart from the baker who still has that huge sinister black pit of an oven next to him. I also noticed differences between rolls which must be down to processing as while they all (there are 8 in total) were bought at the same time and place and so must be out of the same batch, were processed at intervals. The film is almost certainly Kodak Gold 200, though I can’t prove this it was very much a goto film at that time for me and the photos would have been taken on a Pentax K1000 with the 50mm Pentax lens and a Super Paragon 135mm telephoto.

From what I’ve seen in videos now, Morocco in 2020 is a different place to Morocco in 1988, so these are in some ways an historical document!

So, here you are now