Lavender

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A quick post this morning before I head off to work, to share a photo of some lavender in bloom from a visit to Chartwell, Kent about a year ago. Lavender has such a distinctive and powerful smell, that even a relatively small quantity has a big effect. I can only imagine what it must be like to walk in a lavender field. There were quite a few of those in the south of England, not too far from where we lived. I’ve had in mind walks that would pass by (or through) these fields, but sadly they never came to be. Well there must always be something to look forward to ‘next time’.

Headlands and Coastal Tower near Lapsi

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I was already preparing to share a different photo today. Another one taken on this same outing to Lapsi, after I was done with the long exposure and was playing around with the telephoto lens. Just like the one I shared last week, in fact. But then I realised that I had already mentioned this long exposure, so I didn’t want to put it off again.

So, effectively this is the shot I had in mind when I headed in that direction. It was harder shooting than I anticipated, with the sun pretty much at my back I ran the risk of having a flatly lit scene. However, the contours of the coastline did their bit, causing enough shadows to make things interesting, and I’m rather pleased with how it turned out. It was rather tricky to avoid getting my shadow and the camera’s in view, but in the end I figured out a way, with no Photoshop involved. Post processing was also rather tricky due to the high contrast and our very reflective rock. The colour cast removal technique I shared a few posts ago worked its magic, and all that remained was the usual selective curves and dodge & burn layer.

I have a few other photos from that outing that I want to share, and I’ll get to them over the coming weeks. Yesterday I even found some time to process a few more photos that I had pending. With some luck I’ll also find the time to post more often…

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A quick post today to share a photo from a year and a half ago. I remember the photographic society had a session on composition, and this included a practical segment followed by some critique. I thought I’d take the opportunity to try my hand at what is not normally my style. We had recently bought the 100mm macro lens, and I took only that with me, forcing me to try things I usually wouldn’t. It turned out to be a good idea, and I have a number of photos from that session that I’m reasonably happy with.

I remember R also came for that session, and I have a portrait of her that I hope to share with in the weeks to come. I also have this memory of losing my camera’s eyecup at that session. I think it was the first time I lost any of my photo gear, and I was rather annoyed. In the end it was easy enough to replace at a local camera store, and not as expensive as I feared.

Enjoying the Remains of the Day

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Things have been busier than usual lately, so last week I didn’t keep up with my usual blogging schedule. As it’s a new week already, I’m sharing another recent photo from Malta. Almost three weeks ago I drove down to Lapsi after work, to enjoy the sunset and take a few photos. I meant to walk down ix-Xaqqa (literally ‘the crack’), but soon realised the descent was steeper than I expected, and not relishing a climb out in the dark I decided to leave that excursion for another day. Instead I headed towards Ras Ħanżir for a viewpoint I meant to revisit.

I have been in the area a few times, between walks and climbing meets, so I knew what to expect there. I explored different vantage points, and eventually set up for a long exposure with the late golden light. I’ll be sharing that image another day. Afterwards, I changed lenses and looked for extracts. Today I’m sharing one of these, a more minimal image of the late golden light, with a few men enjoying the remains of the day, fishing.

Quiet Moments

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Something a little different than usual today. Lately I’ve been trying to experiment with making minimalist images. I find myself drawn to minimalist imagery, whether in photography or painting, but for some reason I really never do that kind of thing. Perhaps it’s just because it’s more challenging than it might look. Which is yet another reason for me to try my hand at it more often.

In landscapes I find that the first time I visit a place, I’m taken in by the view. Which usually translates to a wide angle photo. On further visits, I start to notice little details, which look great as extracts with a telephoto lens. Perhaps after enough visits, I get to work with the overall ambience / feeling of the place. Who knows, that might translate well in more minimalist images.

I took this particular photo a short while after one with the tower at Għajn Tuffieħa. I set up for a long exposure using a couple of hard-edged ND grads. In post, I darkened the image considerably, burning the cliffs until the detail is barely discernible, and the blue sea almost fades to black.

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