I struggle with colour. The myriad opportunities, along with all of the inspiring colour photography available, makes it difficult for me to decide what I want to do (and I’m not experienced enough with colour to necessarily have an idea of how to get where I might want to go.)
So it is rewarding to come back to monochrome every now and then because I do love B&W photography.
Plastic plant on desk 🙂
A photo in Prague of a photo of Prague
My lad has taken a liking to cars. “Car!” he cries when we see anything with wheels.
He took the tyres off the Jaguar and the truck just might need a new wheel bearing. But he still loves them.
I got tagged in a Facebook chain-status that’s doing the rounds. I tend to do these if they’re amusing, fun, or for a good cause, though normally I hate chain emails and messages.
This one was for an unexplained B&W photo every day, and I do like B&W photos.
I liked the Acros film simulation but hadn’t looked in detail at what it does to noise and grain. I did a bit of pixel-peeping and the way it replaces noise with simulated grain, rather than doing plain noise reduction or leaving digital-looking noise is effective.
These are JPEGS from the camera that have been slightly adjusted in Capture One, mainly adjusting the white and black levels.
Day 1: Up a little early, microwaving The Boy’s milk.
Day 2: Fun and games with Hud and his ball pit 🙂
Day 3: These cabbage flowers were in our kitchen, I didn’t know cabbages had flowers. The structure came out very well.
Day 4: STRANGER THINGS! Love this show.
Day 5: On the road today for work. Photo taken at idle revs and parked for obvious reasons.
Day 6: Low Loss Suspension
Day 7: Off to Ikea to load up with furniture. Check out the Helios bokeh; the other photos are all on the XF35 f2.
Ha! I made a minor joke, the title rhymes!
Anyway, we went on a short holiday to the Isle of Wight. Bright skies and shining seas made for some good photos. I experimented with monochrome for some of them and quite liked the results.
Blackgang Chine theme park has a fairy-land area. The fairies are rather inappropriately dressed for the climate.
This flower has great colours, but makes for a nice b&w image due to the contrast with the background.
Might’ve pushed shadow and highlight recovery a little too far on this one, I like the depth of field though.
Me & The Boy! He was wriggling a lot, I got a bit of a kicking.
Beach pebble detail.
Ships at anchor, waiting to unload cargo or oil.
We took The Boy to his grandpa’s for a barbecue. Grandpa has an epic wooden cabin playouse complex that’s bigger than my garden.
Also a Little Tykes car, which I never had but as an adult always wanted, which is silly because I have a real car now. Anyway, I’ll get one for The Boy.
Please excuse his McClane-vest, his clothes were soaked through from a pool misadventure.
I’ve been trying to take better colour photos; happy with this one. But there was loads of light.
“Hey I’m DRIVING here”
Getting out to lay the smackdown on some terrorists / international master-thieves
Hughenden is a manor house in Buckinghamshire, England. In the 19th century it was the home of Benjamin Disraeli, who was married to Mary Anne Disraeli. He once joked that he married her for money, but would do it again for love.
Sculpture, stone, Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (1804-1881) by Major-General Lord Albert Edward Wilfred Gleichen, CB, KCVO, CMG, DSO (1863-1937)
I cannot find any information on this statuette. Regardless, I like the colours and shadow 🙂
‘Brick in the Wall’ featuring Summers (and his natural aura of dystopia)
Disraeli had an extensive library, though sadly had to sell many books to pay off debt.
There is an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ trail, which we followed – widdershins.
I was in Las Vegas recently for a work kick-off event. I came up with a cunning plan to try and photograph the dawn by getting up early. I also thought it would be very quiet out since everyone would be nursing hangovers or still sleeping.
Anyway, I couldn’t see far enough to catch any colours and on this morning at least, the transition from night to day was as though someone had flicked a light switch. Not very dramatic!
I felt it would be interesting shooting the empty Strip. However, there were still plenty of folks around including workers cleaning the streets and hotels as well as all-night partygoers tiredly wandering home.
I regret now not being bolder and photographing these people. They make Vegas what it is, not the replica landmarks and bright lights.
There’s… something on the wing… Some.. THING! (Fortunately just a variety of lift devices)
It’s not widely known, but Caesar’s legions did make it to Nevada and erected a statue in his honour.
The president has his own chain of hotels! Mad times.
UFO. I wonder if aliens would think Las Vegas is the capital of the world, as it’s festooned with replica landmarks.
Moon Above the Wire
Flying cars! FINALLY!
This is what 0550 at Bellagio’s fountain looks like.
I didn’t think this shot would be one of the better ones but I like it, the wider angle worked well
Dawn sky silhouette
Saw an ambulance rushing somewhere at about 0630.
Paramedic following the ambulance; hopefully not for anything serious.
Hurried snap crossing the road; love the angle and lines, regret not waiting a second for the guy to leave shot
The wider angle worked well again. The people add a sense of scale, but I might have preferred it empty for clean lines.
Saw the strong shadows in this one; Vegas is a warm place to skateboard around in.
Get up early, catch the street-cleaners and see an unusual sight; puddles (of water) in Vegas!
The Montgolfiers would have been proud..?
I liked the pattern here, and the repeated reflection in each circle.
Something took a chunk outta this skyscraper.
The odd boat-singularity that’s outside the Vdara hotel.
The first day I spent with my son without any motherly supervision, we went to see tanks at the local military museum. He was only 9 months old so it was difficult to know if he liked them. I assume he did.
Chieftain and Challenger
Interesting textures up close; these vehicles have been outside for many years
Drive a ten-tonne vehicle whilst looking through a tiny vision slit? Easy!
More satisfying texture on the side of this transport
I need somewhere to host my (very amateur) photography, so GGC is going to have both geek stuff and photos. Some images will even be of geekery, so it makes sense, sorta.
I’ve been using Flickr, but I don’t really engage on the social side there so it makes it a bit pointless. Using my own site allows me more freedom in displaying my photos.
My 9-month old son, Hudson, looking over the Tamar Valley on the borders of Cornwall and Devon. (X-Pro2, XF18-135mm)