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.
These images were all taken at Copped Hall, Essex on a cold February evening.
We spent two or three hours playing with light in the grounds of an old house. Very experimental – and great fun.
blue dusk by john allen
blue dusk long exposure by john allen
A two minute exposure with a ‘big stopper’ to put some movement into clouds.
silhouette by john allen
Spot the person standing behind me with the flood lamp? This with the camera on a tripod and fired by a remote trigger.
lit tree by john allen
light painted folly by john allen
Two shots merged into one – one of the lit interior, the second ( you guessed it ) the lit outside of the folly.
Not a self-portrait! More a study in mono still-life.
A plastic skull with smoke added later in Photoshop.
All taken at this year’s London Lumiere event.
Having visited the West End last time ( 2016? ), this time we went to the area behind Kings Cross station.
Artificial lighting – not the easiest of subject to captures, but hopefully these images give you a sense of the spectacle!
london lumiere by john allen 01
london lumiere by john allen 02
london lumiere by john allen 03
london lumiere by john allen 04
london lumiere by john allen 05
A studio shot of this orchid – with one light through a soft box, a white reflector and a black backcloth.
I like the final image achieved with the simplest of lighting set ups.
He certainly looks the part! Taken in the old market place in Montreal.
As I said sometime ago now, I’ll have a go at photographing anything!
Especially if it doesn’t move! So here’s another example.
Taken at the new Walthamstow Wetlands in North London.
What attracted me were the colours and patterns and the graphic shapes created by the arrangement of the tables and chairs.