Still - 2008-12-09 20:43:22

Generally I'm not a big fan of November and December in England. It's dark all the time, the weather is mostly bad, and while the magic of Autumn is long gone it still seems like an age till the Christmas holidays. On the plus side you can still catch the sun rise at 8am and occasionally you get mornings like this one! If I ever were to emigrate (big if) these cold clear mornings would definitely be on my top 10 'miss' list.

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Lost in thought

Lost in thought - 2008-12-08 16:16:12

One from the tail end of summer to remind me what warmth actually feels like! This was taken at the same time as 'West Pier', just looking to the right instead of to the left. It was lovely golden evening light, the sort photographers get too excited about. While this shares the lighting, it is nonetheless a very different image. This is my daughter Ruby lost in one of her games. While I'm biased there's a real innocence to this picture that I like. Technically it's a little front-focused but in my defense she moves quickly ;-)
I managed to get out and about this weekend so I'll be posting a more seasonal image tomorrow...!

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Flight - 2008-12-05 21:57:10

I'm not sure about this one. I've had a few ideas on how to process it but all of them feel, well, a little overdone. If I wasn't trying to post daily I'd probably move on. In any case, maybe it will be to someone's taste!
On the positive side, it should motivate me to get out and take some fresh shots this weekend!

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West Pier

West Pier - 2008-12-04 20:33:29

This is Brighton's West Pier, or what's left of it. While the Palace Pier is still open to visitors, the West Pier closed in 1975. There has been a great deal of support for restoring the pier to it's former glory, however 2 deliberate fires started in 2003 have left it in it's present state, with restoration seeming unlikely. Even so, it's still an inspiring structure.
For more on the history and some finer photos than this check out the West Pier site.

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Bridge of Sighs

Bridge of Sighs - 2008-12-03 20:41:05

Here's one I made earlier, almost 2 years earlier, at least it's seasonal! I've spent 6 hours on a train today travelling from Oxford to Sheffield and back so I'm resorting to the archives....This is the bridge of sighs in Oxford.

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Black Coffee

Black Coffee - 2008-12-02 19:22:21

Another result of a wet Sunday like only the UK can produce! I'd really like to get out and shoot but the weather has been so miserable lately. This image was really a big cheat. I shot everything individually and arranged in Photoshop. The clue is in the shadows! I liked it equally in colour and black and white, but in the end monochrome won the day, it seemed even more abstract.

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Tricolor - 2008-12-01 19:35:00

I've been experimenting a bit with off-camera flash, mainly inspired by the excellent When it's cold, dark and wet outside it gives you a few more options to play with! This triptych is assembled from 3 separate images. Apart from creating the montage they are unedited, the colours came from using coloured gels on the flash units. I also used extension tubes to get in close.

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Autumn - 2008-11-28 13:52:47

I'm wary of posting too many shots of my own kids. Inevitably the images will mean more to me than others, it's harder to be objective. That said, much of my time with a camera is also spent with the kids, so they are bound to feature highly! Also, I like portraits and I like shooting people so I won't apologise too much. This was taken on an autumn walk near home. It's one of those 'look at Daddy' surprise shots. I like eye contact, but it can quickly look posed, so sometimes the surprise approach is best. I love the autumn colours in this shot. My only hesitation is that Ruby looks older than her 3 1/2 years and it could be an advert for the new coat!

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Red Chilli

Red Chilli - 2008-11-27 13:04:06

I grew some chilli peppers over the summer and this was one of them. It didn't taste very spicy but made for a decent subject! This was lit with a 580exii speedlite bounced into an umbrella back right and a reflector card was placed front left.
Update - This got voted 'Noteworthy' on PhotoFriday for the 'Food' challenge. Many thanks to all who voted!

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November - 2008-11-26 16:19:55

This was taken close to sunset on Saturday by the river near where I live. It was taken in landscape and heavily cropped. It's actually what I had in mind, I just took the wrong lens ;-) I've warmed up the sky, cooled down the foreground and tweaked the contrast with curves. Hopefully not overdone. I used to be against too much re-touching, especially in landscapes. Now I'm starting to think that the important thing is to visualise the final image, and then to do what you need to achieve it, be it in camera or in post. The test of an image is really how it stands on it's own, the road that led there is irrelevant to most.

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