2011-10-14

Photography - inspiration or not so much.

A link to some superb images... and some I don't like as much as the others, but isn't that just the thing with photography, photos &, to a far wider extent, life.... what one person sees as pleasing another finds... not so much..

Getty Images... a little inspiration or not so much, you decide

While wedding, event & portrait photography are what pays for my car to be fixed, new photography equipment & keeping a roof over my head, it's also something I enjoy.  I try to be creative, within the realms of what drives & motivates me & I also try to feel the vision of the clients that hire me for assignments & see things through their eyes too.

Here are just a small selection of Images I've taken that I really like.  Sports, portraits, weddings, performance events & natural landscape type photos too.  All offer a different experience and require their own approach both technical & aesthetic.


I just really really like this one.  Loads of contrast & I really like the stance & the curve of the beach. Once very cold early spring morning at South Gare.  I was well wrapped up, it's a good job she liked running :-)


I like photos, especially taking photos, when the person, regardless of how little they are... just shows their own personality... what is he doing?


Sometimes I even get out of bed at stupid o'clock in the morning & drive hundreds of miles... on the off chance I may be able to get a photo... like the image above.  I knew the conditions would be good so off I went up to Bambrugh Castle & waited for the sun to come up.


Other times, I just get lucky.... I didn't check the huts were still there, didn't know the tide was high & the sun just came through the clouds brilliantly.... sunny Whitby very early one morning.


Positioned myself to get a strong contrast & knew I'd be pushing the contrasts post process to create the image I'd imagined in my head.  It didn't need much work, get it right in camera as much as you can, but I knew it would be black & white for the effect I wanted.  Stockton, near the Tees barrage white water course.


Wedding photography is great, I really enjoy the pressure: no second chances, and trying to be creative within an ever changing time limit.... you just don't keep the meal waiting!  It's not just the single photo, it's how they will combine in an album.  Seeing one images & knowing how you'll present it with another to create an effect.


Sometimes a little twist adds a fresh perspective, again, I'd taken the background image.. which worked great by itself & took the backs to the camera shot with this combination in mind.


After gazing at dad.... the little head turned and... click. Sometimes you just get lucky! be prepared!


Other times, you've watched the rehearsals... seen where the lights go & where the performers go & can position yourself, without disturbing the paying audience, to capture the moment.  Darlington Arts Academy's Viva Las Vegas performance,  I just liked the energy & red, black & white contrasts.  Camera set to manual and no flash photography.



I look for strong contrasts & love black & whites, so they are often reflected in my photographs.  I enjoy watching and anticipating, sometimes I get it right & sometimes I get to try again ;-) s
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