OK, so it’s not the best photo I’ve ever taken technically, it was after all grabbed during a brisk walk along the seafront at Southend on Sea, and a damp freezing fog had just started rolling in from the water on the only camera I had available at the time, the trusty iphone 6. Now we all know that in low light, it’s not the best you’re going to see, but it was in reality pretty bright out. Nevertheless, the fog has reduced the contrast far better than I could have done in post production, giving the image a somewhat surreal, almost watercolour like effect. I’d promised myself that only my best images would get uploaded here (unlike my Flickr account which has a lot of painful reminders of amateur errors) but there’s just something about this one that I keep coming back to. Despite it’s appearance, I can assure you this one is straight out of the phone, no editing whatsoever.
Bit of a rush job for a change, that never quite worked out how I wanted it to, but nevertheless ended up working quite well I think.
I once saw a photo of a girl in a shower, mascara running down her cheeks. Although she wasn’t crying, the raw emotion on her face that the photographer captured was obvious to anyone viewing.
As soon as I saw this weeks theme, a similar idea started to form in my head because the only thing I could think of that related to hidden was ‘feelings’ or ’emotions’. that led me off on a path of pondering and it occurred to me that chaps, or gentlemen of a certain age don’t deal with emotions particularly well. For some reason we ignore them for the most, and certainly never ever talk about them (unless drunk !). I wanted to try and capture this with an ironic tip of the hat to the girl in the shower shots to say that blokes have feelings too…..
Unfortunately, space and time were a bit short and I never managed to capture the RAW emotion I saw in my head. Partly because I was too much of a coward to face the camera and partly because I couldn’t see what I was taking (I could do wirth a wireless way of triggering the camera) .
I was hoping that the image would be strong enough to convey this without the lengthy description but the couple of people that saw them before I posted didn’t get it at all (Erm it’s a bloke in a shower? being the primary response)…….. I’m kind of hoping that it will get you all thinking anyhow, be interested to know what spring to mind.
Was worth doing, just to get me out of the comfortable still life mentality. Out of my comfort zone for this week’s theme. I could have taken the easy option and gone for hidden beauty, or hidden detail but decided to plough ahead with this one. Didn’t quite convey the message I intended and the composition isn’t quite right (which effectively kills the entire photo) but think it was a reasonable effort and still makes you think about what’s going on a bit.
Been messing around with different editing actions and techniques this week (as you may have noticed). One from the weekend’s visit to Burnham on Crouch, messed with, butchered and murdered in three different ways
First Up, a Dual Colour split tone process
Next – A more traditional black and white conversion, with different crop.
Finally – An ‘Antique’ Tint and vignette – Keep coming back to this one, but not at all sure why it appeals so much.
All of these were taken or more specifically snapped, by a bench by the River Crouch, just along the footpath beyond the sailing club, atop an old pill box thingy at Burnham-on-Crouch.
Was too windy to sit there for long, but gave me another shot to experiment with. Keep going back to the ‘antique’ look at the moment, hopefully it’s just a phase. Otherwise, not sure which of these three works best.
It’s not guns that kill people, it’s people that kill people. The mantra you hear fairly regularly these days. However, in the right hands it’s a fairly useful tool (and rather good fun too).
To clear up any speculation before it even begins – they’re not my hands……