Beautiful, elegant, tranquil

Beautiful, elegant, tranquil

… that’s how I’d describe the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park. We ‘discovered’ it during our recent visit to London. I’m sure we will return (often!). This week’s photos will all be from here.

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We had two spells in the Kyoto Garden (with coffee in between). Even on the second session, when it was much busier, there was a sense of calmness. The garden seems to instil something in those who experience it. I highly recommend a visit.

Taken at the Kyoto Garden, Holland Park, London

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Rapids

Rapids

I know that I’m stretching the point with the title for this entry. This one was about the energy, swirl and movement at a flatter part of the burn/river.

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I’ve realised that this type of photo (capturing movement) is only effective if there is a clearly focussed, static element. In this case, this is the river bank and the branch in the right foreground. Without these features, I think it would be a blurry mess.

Any thoughts?

Taken at: Quarrymill Woodland Park, Scone.

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Torrent

Torrent

This photo was intended to capture the power of the water as it flowed down a steep drop in the river bed.

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It strikes me that it’s reminiscent of a scene from an Indiana Jones movie, where a dam has been breached and the mass of water is racing towards the hapless hero. Well, it’s maybe a wee bit like that!

In response to a recent comment, this one was taken at Quarrymill Woodland Park, Scone.

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Water flow #1

Water flow #1

On a recent Saturday morning walk, I dabbled with some motion blur photos of water. This is an effect that I’ve always admired but struggled with.

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I’m still not clear about the ‘right’ exposure to get the ‘right’ effect. There was a high rejection rate from this batch – due to the trial and error process. But in the end, I think this was worth it.

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St Paul’s at night 5

St Paul’s at night 5

This is the final shot of St Paul’s for this wee series.

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This image is quite similar to yesterday’s. But it’s not a B&W conversion of it. Similar, but different!

In this one, there’s a couple of ghostly, motion blur figures in the foreground. Beyond that, much the same really!

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St Paul’s at night 4

St Paul’s at night 4

Same ingredients as recent entries, but a different location.

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This shot was also taken at a different time – 2200 on a Sunday night. The number of people in the vicinity was dramatically reduced so I could wait to get the foreground clear before taking this image. I like the ’empty space’ and the small group of people in the middle distance.

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St Paul’s at night 3

St Paul’s at night 3

Another variation on a theme – night time, St Paul’s, Millenium Bridge, motion blur. What can I say? I like these ingredients!

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I think the B&W version gives more prominence to the dome of St Paul’s. I also like the disembodied shoes in the foreground – probably best seen by clicking through to the larger version.

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St Paul’s at night 2

St Paul’s at night 2

Although I’ve labelled this entry “St Paul’s at night 2′, I think the Millennium Bridge shares ‘top billing’. Switching to portrait layout was intended to give an emphasis on the bridge and the ramp leading to the main deck.

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I’ve done my best to overcome the different lighting conditions – to minimise the shadows on the ramp. But I haven’t been completely successful.

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