With just a day before the Royal Cornwall Show opens where this year, in the West Country Arts and Crafts Marquee, I have my own stand, my house looks more like a warehouse. With bubble wrapped framed prints, mounted prints in cellophane bags and boxes of cards and other sundries spread about finding somewhere to sit has become a pressing issue. Having been so very organised, as the opening day approaches, it all feels a bit chaotic with a ton of things to think about and others things yet to do. It’ll all come together I’m sure.
Taking a break, I’m still working through the photographs I took whilst Poppy was here. I think in my last post I mentioned there’d be more from St Ives and I think this picture gives you a sense of that very special light I talked about. Here it can be seen, working its magic on an overcast shot of the harbour at low tide. Click on the image for a clearer sharper view. :-)
I’ve just learned that my picture of a Pentireglaze sunrise here in Cornwall is a finalist in the See. Me International ‘Exposure 2014‘ competition.
I’m thrilled and more than a little humbled given the standard of photography and art on display amongst the finalists. This is my picture..
I’d really appreciate it if you could stop by https://exposureaward2014.see.me/ and give my picture a ‘like’. You can sign in to See.me with Facebook or sign up. There is some really wonderful art and photography on display at See.Me and it’s a site well worth taking a look around. Thank you. :-)
This has got to be one of the most photographed of all plants, the seed head of the dandelion and with good reason, get close and you really begin to see what an amazing plant it is. No wonder it is so successful, in my garden at least.. ;-)
I’ve taken this picture before and I expect I’ll be taking it again. It’s always different. This is what I woke up to this morning. I love these misty late spring/early summer mornings. When the day starts like this, it’s got to be a good day and it was. I hope the same for you..
Because of the nature of Porthleven Harbour, great surf is created at the entrance to the harbour just as it would be if the swell were coming up on a beach. This is a favourite spot for local surfers who enter the water at the edge of the harbour. In the picture below, if you look very carefully, one guy can be seen with his board on the steps of what I think might be the old lifeboat station. They then paddle out to enjoy some exceptional surf and great wave riding, even on a freezing cold March day like today..
32mm f/11 1/160 sec. ISO-100
..up the garden path.
I’ve been visiting with Poppy this last week. With the Royal Photographic Society distinction exams being held in a suite at the NEC, Birmingham, staying with my friend in Malvern, about 40 minutes drive away from the NEC, was not only hugely convenient but a great chance to catch up and to go out and take pictures together.
Yesterday, we were in the Malvern hills for the sunset but we were a little early so we decided to go looking for a good spot for some other pictures. I suggested we go down onto the plain on the western side of the hills as the late afternoon sun would be casting a nice soft light. We drove down and at each junction I just followed my nose suggesting either a left or a right turn. Some part of me seemed to know where we were going Seeing a sign for Coddington, I felt that Coddington was where we should go. What a great name for a village. Passing a lane that had a sign saying ‘dead end’ and ‘Bush Farm’ we decided to take the right and drive down the lane.
As we were approaching some farm buildings we saw an elderly man carrying a bucket. At his heel, following faithfully, was a collie sheep dog. Poppy stopped the car and I wound down the window asking if would be OK to take some pictures of the farm. ‘I don’t see why not’ the man replied so we drove a little further on and parked the car. We set up our tripods and started taking pictures. The man came back down the lane.
‘Let me show you something very special’ he said ‘follow me’.
We followed onto the farm, through an arch and around the back of the rather lovely farm house. Here we were treated to a lovely view of the Malvern Hills. Feeling very privileged indeed, we started to taking pictures..
Back into the farmyard we noticed the faithful sheep dog’s kennel cleverly cut out of the wood pile. This photo opportunity was a real gift. As is the way with collies generally, she was a lovely dog and seemed quite happy to pose in her kennel..
Moral of the story, when you’re out taking pictures, if you need to get onto farmland or take pictures of farm buildings, it’s good to ask permission. You never know what this might bring in the way of bonuses. We were very lucky.
As we were leaving the man said
‘It’s a shame you were just a little too late to capture the light.’ I replied with
‘the late afternoon sun especially makes for some very nice photographs’.
‘It takes all sorts’ he said.
Thanking him again we left. I will make a point of sending a print when I return home. An opportunity to show him why the afternoon light is so special.. :-)
“Twelve significant photographs in one year is a good crop” – Ansell Adams
That many? Twelve? That’s quite a tall order and I think he’s right. These words are of great comfort when I come back from a shoot and the pictures are just not doing what I want them to. It seems it’s not just me.
My aim is to capture and convey my passion for Cornwall and my love of the ocean that surrounds it but more than that, the photographs are an expression of how I see, feel and experience the world. The breathtaking awe inspiring moments I witness at dawn while the rest of the county sleeps. Me, my camera and the remote empty, heart stopping, tear inducing wonderfulness that for a short time at least, will take away the pain and the grief and the madness of it all..
To quote Ansell Adams again, he said that landscape photography was the supreme test of the photographer and also often the supreme disappointment [of the photographer]. I look, I feel, compose and expose, feel the creative spark and press the shutter and so often the image will not live up to the experience for me. How can one get everything one is feeling and seeing onto that tiny little sensor? It can be done of course but it’s tough and I struggled to pick the twelve that I feel get somewhere close. Anyway, these are my 12 significant photographs from the past year.. I hope you enjoy them
24mm f/11 1/125 ISO-100
24mm f/11 60 sec. ISO-100
36mm f/11 120 sec. ISO-100
36mm f/22 1/160 sec. ISO-800
Wishing Everybody a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2014!!:)
I was down on the beach at first light this morning and, unusually at this time, I was not alone. A fisherman was out in the surf casting for bass. He didn’t catch anything but as we were chatting, I suggested it wasn’t really about the fish though was it? To be out here at dawn surrounded by all this beauty, ‘No’ he agreed, it wasn’t about the fish. If he caught anything it was a bonus and I feel pretty much the same about my photography. If I get a picture it’s a bonus, as it was this morning, thanks in part to my new friend the fisherman and a rather impressive medium format Phase One 645 DF camera, a P45+ digital back and a Schneider Kreuznach LS 28mm f/4.5 Aspherical lens but more about all that another time. For now, I hope you enjoy the picture. I certainly enjoyed taking it. ;-)
28mm f/11 4 sec. ISO-1oo