Monday 29 March 2010

Picture of the Week - Bottle Stoppers

I like simple and graphic images and this one is all about shape and colour. The graceful curve of the corkscrew contrasts with the aggressive angular shape of the stoppers. There are just three basic colours in the image, which helps to enhance its graphic nature.

Sunday 21 March 2010

Picture of the Week - Glass Flower

This picture keeps it simple. I backlit the flower and vase to leave just a few black lines and the very shallow depth of focus concentrates attention on the purple stamen.

Sunday 14 March 2010

Corporate Dive

A recent interesting job was at the Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port. It was a corporate dive and the lucky people got to dive amongst the sharks. Fortunately I was on the dry side taking photos. Quite a challenge photographing through glass and thank goodness for off camera flash controllable by radio slaves. By getting the angle of the flash just right I could avoid nasty reflections and flash bounce back.

Picture of the Week - Tulips

I'm sure tulips aren't meant to be displayed like this - they must have wilted in the heat, but I couldn't resist a photograph. To emphasise the soft pastel colours of the flowers I've made everything else black and white.

Sunday 7 March 2010

Picture of the Week - Dome

As a photographer I like to look up to see the world from a different viewpoint. I’m glad I did so under this grand dome at the Tate Britain art gallery. I knew immediately there was a picture to be had. I like the mix of angular shapes and areas of light and dark. The blue of the sky holds the image together at its edges and moves your eye to its lighter centre and the wonderful architecture around the arches.

Wednesday 3 March 2010

Picture of the Week - Cyclamen

I reckoned the best way to take these pink cyclamen was in the studio. The plain black background focuses attention on the fantastic colour, without any distractions. I love the way the unopened bud adds a splash of interest to the otherwise bland area of the stems.