Monday 4 December 2023

A winter wonderland

We don't get much snow these days but there was plenty at the weekend.  Yesterday was just below freezing and was cloudy and still after further overnight snow so I took a walk through Gosforth Nature Reserve.  Every twig, leaf and branch was covered in white, every footstep crunched in a magical winter wonderland.

Tuesday 25 July 2023

The Shambles

Perhaps my favourite image from the night shoot in York.  The Shambles is normally thronged with tourists but. perhaps not surprisingly, was deserted at midnight on a wet Monday in March. Click on the photo for a full view.

Sunday 23 July 2023

King's Square, York

A second photo from my night shoot in York in March.  It was a rainy night then and a rainy day today has given me time to learn to process this one, removing rain spots, etc.  Click on the photo to see large.

Friday 30 June 2023

Friday 2 June 2023

A night shoot in York

This was my first organised photography trip since the pandemic.  Prior to that I was going on one or two trips a year to learn more about landscape photography and to experience new places.  Although these outings were enjoyable I did find that up to six consecutive days of non-stop photography was a bit much for me.  I decided to restart with a couple of day trips within travelling range, although this first one was at night.  I went to York in March with Mark Banks, who I first met several years ago.  We were doing a night shoot in the city, learning to use exposure stacking with a lot of post-processing in Adobe Lightroom.  When I got home I found my old Lightroom 6 didn't do exposure merging and my ageing iMac couldn't support Lightroom Classic.  So I ended up buying a new computer to run the software to process the photos, making it a very expensive trip!  I have recently completed an on-line tutorial with Mark and here is the result of the first image of York Minster.  Click on the photo to get a closer view.

It has come at the wrong time really, with long light evenings, foxes and badgers to watch, and so much natural history photography to process.  Each of these landscape pictures is likely to take me an evening so it may be a while before I get more done but I'll post them here when I do.  A week later I went to Berwick with Mark to do abstract rock photography using exposure stacking in Adobe Photoshop so there is even more to be done.