It’s #PhotoFriday! Today’s image, “The Glorious Dead at Peace” features Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, France.
Caterpillar Valley Cemetery is located just west of Longueval, France. In the autumn of 1918 a small cemetery was created at this site containing 25 graves. It was not until after the Armistice in November 1918 that this cemetery was greatly enlarged to accommodate the graves of more than 5,500 officers and men who where brought from the battlefields of the Somme and from other smaller cemeteries to be interred here. The memorial and the cemetery was designed by the architect Sir Herbert Baker.
Happy #PhotoFriday everyone! This week offering is “Multi-Coloured Midnight”.
Taken from the Vauxhall Bridge, this is a view of Vauxhall, London, at midnight. Almost abstract due to the darkness, this image is one of the most popular images ever on my 500px profile. Why not check out the rest of my images over there? Here’s the link to my Profile – https://500px.com/reclickphoto. Enjoy! If you like any of my images they are available for license for re-use.
Happy Photo Friday everyone! To celebrate I will share with you a treasure from the ReClick Photo vault. Today’s image was taken at Morecambe last summer, it is one of my favourite shots from the trip and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Keep a look out for the images taken from my recent London trip. #Coming soon!
In a follow up to my last post Right Place, Right Time, I thought I would share some more of the images I took of Morecambe bay. Everyone likes a sequel, or is that just me?
Unlike my other posts, I will keep the text to a minimum in order to let my images speak for themself. Before I let you see what I managed to capture that day, I would like to let you know that if you like what you see and would like to use any of these images you can license them via ReClick Photos store page on 500px, here’s the link – https://prime.500px.com/reclickphoto.
I hope you have enjoyed the images as much as I did taking them. Here is the link to my store on 500px again – https://prime.500px.com/reclickphoto where you can purchase licenses for theses images as well as many more.
When it comes to capturing the right image, it can take some planning in advance. Research the best location, consult the weather forecast, decide on which time of the day would be best, arrange to take the proper equipment to the location etc. There is sometimes you find yourself in the right place at the right time, and with a single click you capture an image that would never have been possible no matter how prepared you had been in advance. How can we define this situation? As far as I’m concerned it is sheer and utter luck!
Let’s take a look at one of those moments I experienced at Morecambe Bay.
I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw what I captured. Needless to say I took many more images whilst I was there while the weather conditions were like this. It was a fantastic experience, I wanted to capture everything I possibly could because it was only a matter of time before everything would change. This is the thrill of landscape photography. I had been at Morecambe bay earlier on in the day and the conditions were dull, and overcast, I’m so glad I stopped off again at Morecambe on the way back to Lancaster. It was a prime example of being in the right place at the right time.
What you see above is practically what I took, all I did was to heighten the colour ever so slightly and apply a little gradient to the top and the bottom of the image. That is it.
You cannot anticipate moments like this, so how can we be prepared for an other occasion like this? In truth we can’t. But we can be ready just in case. What I do is when I know that I am going out for the day, I try to make sure that I have my camera with me. Mostly I can’t carry it about with me all the time, but 9 times out of 10 it’s in its carry case in the car ready to go.
Maybe I really shouldn’t be sharing this; sometimes when it comes to image retouching, just leave it alone! Everyone of us when we have a camera in our hands are on the ultimate quest for capturing the ‘perfect’ photograph.
What is the ‘perfect’ image? I firmly believe that there isn’t one! That may sound controversial, and I’m sure there are many of you out there will disagree with me. Let me elaborate on what I mean by that statement. I do not believe in complete perfection. As far as art is concerned, there has never been a work of art created, nor will ever be produced in the future that everyone will like, let alone love. Art is a matter of taste, it is totally subjective. What one person loves, another hates. Whilst at University I quickly realised that the search for perfection is utterly futile.
If perfection is unachievable, what is possible? What I strive for is a sense of completion, being happy and content with what I have achieved. knowing that I could not do anything more to enhance what has been created. Sometimes the skill in creating a piece of art is not adding further to it, but knowing when to stop.
As I have demonstrated over previous blog posts, sometimes taking a photograph is just the start of the the creative process. Today I will show you an example that sometimes, when it comes to photography, a click of a button can compress the whole creative process into a fraction of a second. Lets take a look at the image:
What a beautiful view! This photo was taken whilst visiting the picturesque village of Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond. Surrounded by a large number of people all with their cameras, I stood at the end of the pier and took as many photographs as I could. Thankfully we are now in the age of the digital camera, we are only limited by the capacity of our SD cards.
What effect has that had on our photography? To be able to take thousands of photographs at a time is a fantastic thing. On the other hand, when you are limited to the amount of photographs you can take it makes you think a little bit more. You really take into consideration everything before clicking the button on your camera. When you have only one 24, or 36 exposure roll of film at hand you don’t want to waste it.
Maybe a helpful exercise for us all would be to only leave enough room on our SD card for 24 or 36 photos. It would be interesting to see if we would approach taking a photograph in a different way.
I’m sure there will be some of you would look at the image above and want to change a few things about it. But for me I’m delighted with it the way it is. As the title of this blog post says, I have decided to just leave it alone.