Silhouette

Silhouette

Strong sunlight, interesting sky, dramatic structure… why wouldn’t I?

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Sometimes all of the ingredients line up nicely – aka right place, right time. It doesn’t have to be difficult.

Taken at St Andrews Cathedral

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Double header

Double header

This shot fulfilled my low angle brief on two counts – the daffodils and the church in the background.

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There is a wonderful display of daffodils right outside the church.  Getting the steeple and the flowers in shot was pretty tricky – especially as I’d added another criteria for my shoot. By the time I took this photo, I’d resolved to use my 25mm lens for the whole shoot.

I’m trying to set myself challenges of this nature. As you can see, I didn’t quite get the top of the steeple in the frame. Also, the leaf in front of the daffodil flower (low centre) is quite distracting.

Taken at St Leonard’s in the Fields, Perth

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St Monans Windmill #2

St Monans Windmill #2

Given that I took this photo mainly because of the blue sky, why would I convert it to black & white?

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Well, the short answer is: to see how it would look.

And… I like how it turned out. Maybe the shadows are a bit more prominent, maybe the windmill is more dominant. Either way, I think it’s an improvement (which I’m a bit surprised about).

Taken at St Monans, Fife

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St Monans Windmill #1

St Monans Windmill #1

Looking at the windmill from this side (as opposed to Thursday’s entry), there is not a cloud to be seen. I thought the sky was truly awesome.

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So, I allowed plenty of ’empty space’ in the frame to capture the brilliant blue.

Taken at St Monans, Fife.

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Salt pans’ windmill

Salt pans’ windmill

This windmill is on the path from St Monans to Pittenweem. Originally, it was used to pump water for the salt pans in this area.

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My interest was in its architecture and, specifically, how it looked against the brilliant blue sky.

Taken at St Monans, Fife.

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The start of the working week

The start of the working week

This photo was taken shortly after 0900 on a Monday morning. I was fascinated by the light on (or lights in?) the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building. It seemed that the lights were being switched on progressively from the bottom up. I have no idea what was creating the effect, but it was noticeable on a drab, grey London morning.

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Laughing with or at?

Laughing with or at?

Regular readers will know that taking photos of people is not one of my strengths. Needless to say, I’m not comfortable with the concept of the selfie.

However, these mirrors at the V and A offered an opportunity for a bit of fun.

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If you position yourself carefully, you can get a triple reflection. That’s what I was trying to do here. I’m not sure that my family appreciated how tricky this was!

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At the ‘V and A’

At the ‘V and A’

I guess that most people visit the Victoria and Albert Museum for the artefacts and exhibitions (which are amazing). For me, there is something about the building and the atmosphere that draws me back here. I love the red brick that features throughout the site. I love the elegance of the lines. On this visit, I was captivated by the juxtaposition of modern and traditional architecture.

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It might seem odd to talk about the red bricks and then convert the image to black and white, but I like the elegance of this version. You can see the coloured alternative at Flickr.

For the record, I did go to an exhibition as well as taking photos. It was a photography exhibition!

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Prater Riesenrad

Prater Riesenrad

As regular readers of this blog will know, I have a tendency to get a wee bit obsessed with some subjects. That is certainly the case for the Riesenrad (giant Ferris wheel) in Vienna. Images of this iconic structure will feature here for several days.

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When we visited in June, we experienced different weather conditions. Initially, the sky was blue and the sun was strong. Then the clouds came, which offered this opportunity to create a silhouette of the structure. Sometimes you just get a bit lucky!

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Schönbrunn’s gardens #2

Schönbrunn’s gardens #2

Today’s ‘alternative treatment’ is a favourite of mine – the black & white conversion, then pull through some colour.

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This one was a bit intricate and took a lot longer than I’d intended. But, I think it was worth the effort.

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