You have to see not just look

As photographers, we should always be looking for that shot but they say that familiarity breeds contempt.
The first two shots below are examples of the fact that you can always find something new to photograph no matter how many times you have been to an area or place.

Fujifilm X-E2, Fujinon XF18-55mm F/2.8-4 R LM OIS

This image was taken at Batsford Arboretum, which I have visited many times throughout the seasons. But I never noticed the tower at the end of the garden of Batsford House itself. Once I have seen it, however, I loved the way that it seemed to come out of the surrounding undergrowth almost organically.

Fujifilm X-E2, Fujinon XF18-55mm F/2.8-4 R LM OIS

For this photograph, I was crossing a field not far from where I live and which I had walked many times. I had obviously seen the pylons before (they are hard to miss) but had never felt compelled to take a photograph before. This time, however, I turned around and looked at the pylon and the cloud formation and knew I had to take the picture. The title also came to me at the same time too.


The last two photographs are the opposite of not seeing a photographic opportunity at the time. I love taking pictures of shadows. For me, they are a visual impression of light moving over, around and sometimes through physical objects and they fascinate me. I was in my garden and these two photographs just appeared. The images are a simple impression of shadows falling across objects and creating interesting images. In this case, it was the wavy boards on a larch-lap fence and the shadow of washing on the lawn. The square or 1:1 format seemed right for these two images, laying emphasis on the abstraction of the images components.

Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-135mm F/3.5-5.6R LM OIS WR

Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-135mm F/3.5-5.6R LM OIS WR



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