St Ives Harbour, Cornwall – 18

Another image from our recent trip to Cornwall, deep in the south west!

ST IVES HARBOUR by John Allen

I thought long and hard about the ‘crop’ I have used in this image. I think it is very nearly all of the image as it came off the camera.

However, many would say there is too much sky, or too much beach in the foreground. Their argument being that neither adds much to the image. But I disagree : those extra elements tell of the space around the harbour; they hint at the light ( something that has attracted artists and photographers for many years ); but more importantly they remind me of the feelings of space, freedom and tranquility that I felt here.

A letterbox crop, showing just the buildings, the pier and the lighthouse, would have destroyed all of that. Only my opinion, of course!!

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CORNISH ENGINE HOUSES – 17

These Engine Houses are on the west coast of Cornwall at Botallack, a few miles north of Lands End and Cape Cornwall.

From the National Trust information sheet : “The lower of the two engine houses was built in 1835 to pump water from the mine. The higher engine house was built in 1862 to provide winding power for the Boscawen Diagonal Shaft, which ran out under the sea.

CROWNS ENGINE HOUSES by John Allen

Men were carried up and down the shaft in a gig, a purpose built wheeled box, which was also used to raise ore.”

The mining levels reached out up to 150 metres beneath the sea. In stormy weather the miners could hear the sound of the angry sea above them. It must have been a living hell!!

 

BREATHING OUT – 15

It is a little known fact ( that is to say, I didn’t know ) that plants breathe out oxygen. Apparently “Plants produce oxygen as a waste product of making sugar using sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water”. ( Source : http://www.scienceline.ucsb.edu )

The appearance of bubbles in these images is evidence that plants do breathe out.

BUBBLES by John Allen-4BUBBLES by John Allen-2BUBBLES by John Allen-1BUBBLES by John Allen-3

The images were taken by submerging the flowers into a small glass tank of water – and waiting for the bubbles to appear. The flower in image 1 is a chrysanthemum; images 2 to 4 are of blossom – cherry blossom, I believe.

All taken on the Olympus EM1 MkII with a 60mm macro lens. Images 2 to 4 are 1:1 macros; all of the images are uncropped.

IN THE FLOW – 14

IN THE FLOW by John Allen

Taken at Hurley Weir on the River Thames. The 1/10 of a second exposure in the first image accentuates the movement of the kayak through the water. In reality these kayakers are paddling against the water as it pours through the gates on the weir. So it is the water that is moving – and they remain almost stationary in the viewfinder, making them so much easier to catch!!

IN THE FLOW 2 by John Allen

LOW LIGHT STUDY – 11

LOW LIGHT STUDY by John Allen

Photography is all about controlling the light. And this image came from an exercise where I was looking to light a portrait with a single light – in this case, a masked polystyrene head ( with sunglasses, fur hat and scarf ). She (?) was lit by a single flash head fired through a light-modifier to produce a very narrow vertical strip of light ( as seen in the reflections in the sunglasses. I’m not sure if those bands of light help – or distract. Any thoughts? )

WICKEN FEN – 10

With a group of friends from the photography club, I went to Wicken Fen yesterday for a morning of fun and photography – and coffee and sausage rolls, of course.
Wicken Fen is a National Trust property on the Cambridgeshire Fens. A superb place to visit – lots to see, lots to photograph.

These are three of my images from the visit. All taken on the Olympus EM-1 Mk II; the lichen shot is a ( 60mm )macro shot

WATER PUMP by John Allen

WATER PUMP

BACK LIT GRASS by John Allen

BACK LIT GRASSES

LICHEN ON OLD WOOD by John Allen

LICHEN ON OLD WOOD