MMX: Florence I

Taken in Florence, Italy, this was a trip to celebrate my wife’s 50th birthday. An absolutely fantastic location. We spent four days there experiencing and expolring the old city. You can’t help but take good photographs in Florence, there is so much beautiful architecture and works of art. All you have to do is point the camera and take the picture.
This image is of the statues above the main door of the courts of justice. This medieval palace was thirty feet away from our superb hotel.
Taken on an Olympus E-620

MMX: Burning Ivy

This was taken on a visit to the National Trust property at Canons Ashby in the autumn of 2010. The ivy on the front of the building had turned a gorgeous red and gave me the impression that the whole of the wall was on fire, with the flames licking around the window.
I have done several versions of this image, and in fact the one in my book ‘MMX’ is not quite so strident as this. This time, I wanted to try and bring out the fierce colour of the ivy even more, so I put it through Nik Color Efex Pro’s tonal contrast which increased the vibrancy and then enhanced the light in the area around the window.
Taken on an Olympus E-30.

MMX: Beer

This image was my submission for a club project entitled ‘beer’. I tried various different cans of beer, glasses and tankards in many different setups and eventually settled on Guinness (my favourite tipple) and a pewter tankard. I particularly like the lighting on this image and the simple yet effective arrangement of the objects.
Taken with an Olympus E-620.

MMX: The Boulder

This image was taken in the lake district with an Olympus E-30. It was a gloriously sunny day but very windy. We had pulled into a lay-by by a stream to get some shots both up the valley from where we had just come from and down the valley in the direction  we were headed. When we stopped at the small lay-by, there were no other cars parked. Within five minutes three other vehicles stopped and other people got out with their cameras.
Just as I set up my camera and tripod to take the road disappearing into the distance a man got out of his car armed with a point and shoot and stood right in front of me to the right of the boulder as you see it in the photo. He completely ignored me and carried on taking pictures. After three or four minutes he had apparently finished and walked back to his car. I took this picture just as he disappeared behind the boulder.

MMX: Slow Water

Everyone at some point who has a tripod and some neutral density filters tries a long exposure on water. This is one I took whilst in the Lake District with an Olympus E-30. The exposure was at f/11 for 1/5 second. Whilst not having the sometimes over-used ‘smoke’ look about it I think that it does show some of the power of the water as it careered through the rocks in the river.

MMX: Blea Tarn

This is an image taken at Blea Tarn in the lake District. There was a slight breeze that day which prevented the tarn from actually being totally still. That being said, I still the the reflection works well. The water levels in the Lake District in 2010 were down considerably and rocks that were normally submerged were  becoming visible as the water levels all over the national park dropped.
taken with an Olympus E-30.

MMX: Derwent Jetty

Taken in September, this image of the jetty on Derwent Water must have been taken a million times before by a million people. That however in itself is not a reason to ignore the chance of a picture when it comes. There is always something new in a picture, no matter how many times that particular object or area has been captured before on film or digital. Rather than a straight forward landscape shot, I wanted to try and capture some geometric movement in this image using the jetty to push the viewer out further across the water. The sky was overcast, but for a couple of seconds a shaft of sunlight hit the last quarter of the wooden planking of the pier and it was this that provided the unique part of the image. Taken with an Olympus E-30.

MMX: Geometry

Continuing with the collection of images taken in 2010 and included in my MMX book, this was taken in the Lake District, during a three day long club shoot. I just loved the total abstract look of the edge of this building with the diagonal and vertical lines, the circular window and the textures on the walls. Taken with an Olympus E-620.