Another image from our recent trip to Cornwall, deep in the south west!
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!!
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.
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!!
We are in Cornwall at the moment,staying in a converted barn on a farm in St Erth, a few miles east of St Ives.
This is a shot of the lighthouse at Godrevy.
The weather here today has been perfect, let’s hope it stays that way.
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.
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.
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!!
My photography club has a theme of ‘Spring‘for April. So here’s my take on the theme – Spring-Time!
A composite shot consisting of five layers matted together in Photoshop.
Hawthorn Blossom ( I hope!! )
A touch of spring caught in my studio/garage! Taken on a piece of glass resting on metallic blue wrapping paper. And a few water droplets for added interest.
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? )
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
BACK LIT GRASSES
LICHEN ON OLD WOOD
One from the recent weather across the UK – my back garden taken through a crystal-glass ball!
Almost as it came out of the camera – apart from the falling snow which, bizarrely, I had to add in with Photoshop.