Shadows and Lines

Following on from last weeks post I have some more images which I originally tagged as abstract, however this time I believe they actually do belong in that category.

The images and their subjects are sufficiently far enough removed from their origins, that their use of, “shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect,” legitimize their categorization as abstract photographs.

The two images below show my interest in using shadows to arrive at a creative vision for the photograph. I generally spot meter for the lightest area and let the shadows take care of themselves. The contrast is then enhanced in post processing.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-120mm F/4



Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-120mm F/4



The final image is an abstract in colour. By isolating the side of the building, I created a balanced abstract picture, which also benefits from the textures and colours on the panels.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-120mm F/4


Photographs #13

I like taking abstract photographs. The individual’s visualisation of something on which they are laying their own interpretation is both gratifying and exciting.

There is always the risk of course that someone may not be able to see what it is you are trying to pull out of an object or a scene, but to a certain extent that is the case with all forms of art. It is as individual as the person making it.

The first two images here were taken at the Coventry Motor Museum. I got in very close and as the images were hand-held, they were at a low shutter speed and a high ISO. Nevertheless, I like what I got out of the images and I think they work successfully as abstract and minimalist expressions.

They were taken with a Nikon D800 and a 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 lens at an ISO of 3200



Situation Normal


Metallic Gills


The final picture is a re-take of an image I took a while ago again at the Motor Museum. This photograph has always sold quite well for me but I suppose it helps to be in the city that Jaguar Land Rover continues to build. The original image had been taken with an Olympus E-series camera and I wanted to see what the result could be with a camera such as the D800, which has a much better ISO capability in low light. The noise level in the resultant picture with the Nikon was much lower and required a lot less noise reduction.

The photograph was taken with the Nikon D800 and 24-85mm lens.






Out and About: Midland Air Museum

Today I took a trip to the Midland Air Museum and was very impressed with the aircraft they had there. I’m not an aeroplane fan-boy, what I know about military aircraft comes from Airfix modelling in the days of my youth, but I did recognize some of the aircraft on show. A couple of English Electric fighters (far bigger than I expected), an American Phantom (a scary looking plane), the beautiful Sea Harrier and the grand dame of them all the iconic, awesome-looking Vulcan bomber – which is huge – were the favourites for me from quite a large collection on show.

I also got to sit in the cockpit of a Meteor F.4 fighter and then just had to supply the museum with aircraft sound effects including my rendition of machine-gun noises and jet sounds as I waggled the joystick about and pressed the (inactive) firing buttons.

The shoot was a time for abstracts and close-ups rather than shots of the jets in their entirety. The picture below was taken with a Fuji X-T1 and the 18-135mm F3.5 – 5.6 lens.



OUt and About – Chatsworth House

Today saw us driving up the M1 to Chatsworth House. It had been a couple of years since we have been there and if I remember correctly we didn’t actually go in the house.
The weather was very sunny, but very cold. There was supposed to have been a large bonfire party on the 2nd November, but it was cancelled due to heavy rain. Instead it was being held on the evening of the day we were there and there were hordes of people busy everywhere on the estate.
Some of the garden was cordoned off a round a huge bonfire  and from what looked like hundreds of dangerous looking fireworks being set up alongside the lake, ready for the display in the evening.

Again I took the D800 and the low sunlight and deep dark shadows posed some interesting problems when taking images.

The image below is of the lake and some ornamental slate paving by its banks. I turned the image on its side, and liked the way that the green and the slate fragments looked like a cross-section through a plant stem.

Stem – Nikon D7100