I have added another 4 images to the "Recent" section on my portfolio website. Please go and check them out. Thanks for looking.
It is my normal Wednesday off work. My two girls are already busy at their desks home working when I come downstairs. A cup of tea for everyone and then its time to restring my 2008 black Gibson Les Paul Traditional guitar. I usually have one of my guitars on a stand in the lounge … Continue reading 8th April 2020
Day 2: Wednesday 25th March It’s another glorious day again today in the UK midlands. The sky is completely blue and if you get out of the slight breeze it’s very warm. The first job today was to set up Emz’s workstation in the study. Both Mrs M and I use laptops, but Emz bought … Continue reading 15 Days – Day 2
Day 1: Tuesday 24th March The whole of this week was supposed to be a celebration of our daughter’s 30th birthday, with the family being involved in an event every day. Obviously, in the last week, the plans seemed doomed because of the awful Covid-19 virus. Everything that we have planned has now been cancelled. … Continue reading 15 Days – Day 1
Today I received the third volume in the monochrome photographic trilogy by Paul Hart on the Fens in the East of England. This last book in the series is called ‘Reclaimed’. The other books in this trilogy are ‘Farmed’ and ‘Drained’ and together they form an incredible body of work. The books themselves are superbly … Continue reading Paul Hart – Reclaimed
As I add new images to the “Recent Work” section on my Portfolio I will give a heads-up to the addition on here. This image, which I call “Iron Landscape” was taken in the Living Museum of Beamish in Durham. It was originally a portrait format image of the side of a boiler in the … Continue reading Portfolio Addition
I’ve always loved monochrome photography. From the time I was at university developing and printing my own films in the cavernous dark rooms under the building up to now with digital cameras and processing. Of course, I have always done some colour images. In the eighties, it was transparencies with Fujichrome, but even then I … Continue reading Monochrome or bust
More images from the Midland Air Museum again this week. Once again they are close-ups of the amazing aircraft at the museum, but this time in monochrome. I must admit I really enjoyed pulling out all the chipped paint and details on these images in post-processing. For the whole of the shoot, I used the … Continue reading Rivets and Chips
There are some more images taken at Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire this week. This time, however, I am showing four monochrome photographs. Although there are some beautiful colours to be found at arboretums all year round there are also marvellous tones, textures and shapes that can be emphasised with careful post-processing. MANY LIMBED Fujifilm X-T1 … Continue reading Monochrome Arboretum
The majority of my photographs end up as black and white. I also shoot RAW which means that I have the full information of the scene I took with the image file. This means that I can dodge and burn, enhance or reduce until I get the final image that I require. The initial step … Continue reading Looking through the colour
There are three more monochrome images this week. One is a close-up and the other two are somewhat unusual for me in that they are of people. They were taken on a warm Sunday at the National Trust property of Calke Abbey, and they show people at leisure, enjoying the scenery and the weather. EXPECTATION … Continue reading Enjoying the Weather
When you think of your favourite (and successful) photographers I would like to bet that almost all (if not all of them) have their own “field of photography” for which they are known. It might be landscapes, portraits, street photography etc. Also when you see these photographers images you immediately know that they are their … Continue reading Genre and Style
We’re still in Northumberland this week with my photographs. I’m not going to apologise for it, it is a fantastic county and there is just so much to photograph there. The light and the weather change so often, that it is impossible to get bored or have photographer’s block whilst you are there. … Continue reading Fragments of Northumberland
Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive. – Elliot Irwitt As can be seen by regular visitors to my blog, 99% of my images are monochrome. When I am taking photographs, I tend to see most things in a black and white way. I have no problem in processing the images most of … Continue reading Working in monochrome
Many years ago I used to print my own photographs in a little wet darkroom I had in a walk-in wardrobe at home. With the advent of digital, I was happy with processing the images and placing them on Flickr etc. I did get some images printed for galleries, my Royal Photographic Society submissions and … Continue reading Printing your own
This issue of view, the free photozine, is the twelfth and so concludes the first year of its publication. If you have downloaded every copy since the first then well done and thank you. Here's to the next year, 2018.
Three more photographs this week from the Bradgate Park photo trip. This time as you can see I have processed them all as monochrome. LIVING ON THE EDGE Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 The first image was taken because I really liked the way that the scene was split into three distinct areas, the … Continue reading Rocks and Trees
The first two monochrome images make use of convergence and vanishing points. Perspective points in an image provide a very useful and powerful tool in giving the impression of depth of field in photographs. BENEATH THE SURFACE Fujifilm X-2 Fujinon XF 35mm F/2 The first photograph uses the converging lines on the underside of … Continue reading Following the lines
Edition ten of the free photozine view, issue X is now available for download.
This week, all three of the images concentrate on texture and detail. Getting in close to a subject for detail or abstract shots is an ideal way to isolate parts of the subject. In the first photograph, I wanted to really show the wonderful texture and splits in the grain of the aged wood and … Continue reading Detail and atmosphere
All of these images were taken whilst I was on a walk one afternoon. I was on a public footpath and had just climbed over a stile when I was confronted with a crop field that had been harvested. The machine had left about six inches of plant sticking out of the ground and in the … Continue reading Converging interest.
When I bought the Fuji X-E2 mirrorless camera, I did so thinking that it would be a great camera to stick in a small bag whenever I was just popping out to take a few quick photographs. I thought I would still use my Nikon's for most of my work, but instead, I started to … Continue reading The wind of change
The next issue of the free view - photozine is now available.
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 … Continue reading Shadows and Lines
I look at other photographers images all the time. I browse their websites, I buy their books and I eagerly soak up their images. I look at their photographs with admiration, envy and I gain inspiration that I try to channel into my photographs. Every now and then I see some images that literally take … Continue reading A Thin Veil
Some close-up images today which when I first produced them and today when I pulled them out of Lightroom to use in this post I had tagged as "abstract". However looking at them after a certain period of time has passed has made me realise that they are not abstract images, but close-up photographs. I … Continue reading Correctly labelled
The first two photographs this week bring to an end the collection of winter images I have been showing over the last few weeks. I try and get out a couple or more times a week, work and other commitments allowing, and so a backlog usually builds up of processing work to be done. I … Continue reading The Last of the Winter
view issue VIII is now available for free download.
The seventh edition of the black and white photography photozine view is now available for free download.
I love the detail in this first image that I photographed in a church graveyard. But I didn’t see the humour in the notice until I started writing this blog post. Duh! I know I can be slow sometimes. I’ll need to go back and try and catch an image of the sign with the … Continue reading Field and Fence
Inspired by the photographer, jazz guitarist, web designer and general all-round cool dude, Ted Viera, I decided I was going to make a photo zine. What is a zine? It is usually a small circulation, self-published magazine showing original artwork , prose or in my case black and white photographs. Taking my lead from Ted, I … Continue reading View – A new Photozine
“Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive.” – Elliott Erwitt As is obvious if you look through my blog, most of my photographs are monochrome. I'm often asked why this is so. The quote above by Irwin is exactly why I process the vast majority of my images as black and white. A person … Continue reading Why black and white?
Museums can be great places to take photographs. You have the architecture of the buildings themselves, some of them are marvels of modern architecture. Then there are the people who visit the museums looking and absorbed in the exhibitions and finally but not least, you also have the exhibits themselves. The three photographs in today’s blog … Continue reading Black Country history
Last post I showed three colour images that I took whilst out on a walk near my home. This week, I have another three photographs from the location but processed in black and white. The first is a landscape which shows tractor tracks disappearing into the mist across the field. I got down low with the … Continue reading Countryside Studies
It is important in monochrome images that the photographer can get his vision across to the viewer using only the attributes of that medium. The careful construction of an image should give visual weight to the components in the frame enabling the viewer to see what the photographer intended with his photograph. In the first … Continue reading Open and Shut
I do take a fair number of close-up photographs, not as many as other styles of images I take, but a few. The three here are a fair representation of the subjects I sometimes take when I get in close. I do take flowers, both in colour and monochrome, but the latter are by far … Continue reading Get In There
I have three photographs this week that were taken at the very atmospheric Magpie Mine in Derbyshire. This former lead mine is one of the most famous lead mines in the area as it is the only one that has a significant part of its buildings still standing. The mine was first recorded in 1795 … Continue reading A Light on the Past
Ok, I make no apologies for showing some more photographs that I took on the trip Mrs M. and I went on down to Weston-Super-Mare. I got some great pictures on that trip. As I have said before, the weather was stormy and the first photograph below shows the magnificent display of clouds we were … Continue reading Photographs #17
Following on from my last post, these are some images taken from the visit that Mrs M. and I made to Weston-Super-Mare during September. The weather was stormy and very, very changeable. The clouds were boiling over the sea and pushed by a brisk wind were heading for a collision course with the town. These … Continue reading Photographs #16
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 … Continue reading Photographs #13
The three images in today’s post appeal to me for different reasons. One for texture and detail, one for the questions it asks and the other both for its suggestion of mysterious overtones. The first picture is in my favourite format of 1:1 or square and monochrome. The plant, is a thistle, with its seeds … Continue reading Photographs #12
Colour photographs by their very nature rely in some way on their main characteristic of colour to draw the viewer into the image. So, when you are looking to take a monochrome image, you have to discount that attribute and rely instead on other aspects of the subject to give to your viewer. There are … Continue reading Photographs #11
Flowers and plants have to be one of the most popular subjects for photography. For the most part they are easily accessed, they are usually colourful and striking and can be taken indoors or outdoors. Probably the first thing we notice about flowers are their colours and as you walk about the many gardens that … Continue reading Photographs #7
Most of the images that I take, and have taken, over the years are monochrome. That’s not to say I don’t like colour images, I do, very much, it’s just that l like to produce black and white photographs. I find it easy to visualise the monochromatic values of a scene when I look at … Continue reading Photographs #6
These three images were taken at Stowe gardens like those in 2015 Photographs #4. Once again they were taken with the Nikon D800 and the 24-120 f/4.0 lens. I do like taking statues, as they are not usually prone to moving and with some creative positioning, exposure techniques and post processing a decent image can sometimes … Continue reading Photographs #5
I always try to inject some atmosphere into my black and white photographs and the following images taken at Stowe gardens are indicative of how I try to make my photographs more interesting. When I’m out on a shoot I tend to see most of the pictures I take as monochrome. I look for … Continue reading Photographs #4
The following photographs were all taken at Buscot park in Oxfordshire. Once again they were all taken with a Nikon D800 and a 24-120mm f/4.0 lens. The first image taken of the copies held at Buscot of some of the terracotta army is in my more usual format of 1:1 or square. I opened … Continue reading Photographs #3
These two images were again taken with one of my Nikons that I had in 2015. This time it was the superb D800 and the lens was the very good Nikkor 24-120mm f/4.0 zoom. Both images were, as I normally do, shot in RAW, imported into Lightroom CC as DNGs and then processed mainly in … Continue reading Photographs #2
I have always been a huge fan of Michael Kenna’s photography. I think I have been inspired to do many of my black and white photographs in square mode because of him and his use of Hasselblad cameras. I have however never aspired to taking long exposures like him but his minimalist, beautifully visualized photographs … Continue reading Michael Kenna – Forms of Japan
A trip to Cosford RAF museum bought the opportunity not only to look at the fantastic collection of aircraft they have from the First World War to the Cold War but also to get some great close up and abstract images. The image below is one I took of a safety ribbon which was attached to … Continue reading Out and About: Cosford RAF 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 … Continue reading Out and About: Midland Air Museum
Today I wanted to test out the Nikon AI-S lens with the Fujifilm X-E2. Mrs M and I went to Hanbury Hall in Worcestershire and had a wander around the lovely house and gardens. As I said yesterday, the Nikon lens through the adaptor on the X-E2 would have no electrical connections whatsoever, so everything … Continue reading Out and About – Hanbury Hall
Here’s the second infra-red test, this time on a building, a temple at Stowe. Perhaps not such a pronounced effect as the statue picture, but then again real IR photographs don’t always work, it depends on the light and subject. >>©<<
S13’s new yearly book project has been announced, and I fancy approaching it from an infra-red point of view. Now, not having a spare camera to convert or wanting to go down the road of filters, I thought I would see if I can come up with some settings via Photoshop and NIK that could … Continue reading Faux infra-red trials
I actually managed to get five images for the first of the 12 by 12 projects from my trip to Stratford as mentioned a couple of days ago . I presented them to the Flickr group as square photographs with the River Avon and its attractions as the main theme. I was quite happy with … Continue reading Out and About extra: Stratford 12 by 12 result
I’m sitting here at my desk currently going through RAW images that I took in June 2014 and wondering why on earth I took them. I know at the time I saw something that I thought was worthwhile recording and then working on, but looking at some of them now I can’t for the life … Continue reading Why did I take that photograph?
Although not a street photographer myself, I am a huge fan of Vivian Maier’s work and the people who have gathered and correlated most of her amazing output, have launched a new website featuring some her best pictures. Maier has been gaining importance as one of the great 20th century street photographers and rightly so. … Continue reading New Vivian Maier website
I took the image below on a trip out to Blenheim Palace at the weekend. It's no wonder shops are suffering this Christmas with less trade, everybody was at Blenheim - the place was completely rammed full. Anyway, this is an image of one of the statues by the fountains. I thought it would show … Continue reading D7100 image
I've just realised that I hadn't put an image on the blog for the photo hunt that took place at Baddesley Clinton a couple of weeks ago. Here's an image of the gate in the corner of the garden. When I had originally converted the image to mono, I wasn't really impressed with the … Continue reading Photo Hunt Image
I've just noticed that whilst I blogged the last image processed for 2012 here, I haven't blogged the first one I completed for 2013. Well here it is. Taken in Stoneleigh village at the start of the year, there wasn't as much snow as the previous year, but I thought I might get some good … Continue reading First image 2013