Posted in Mentoring Service on September 7th, 2015 by Phil – Comments Off
This month there were two themes somewhat related – hanging by a thread and falling apart at the seams. Can you see which theme the picture was based upon?
Picture of the month this time goes to Marilyn’s Mondrian-esqe shot of the rooftop at Castle Drogo. We love the composition here – it’s sort of abstract, but real world too – really classy photograph!
Posted in Mentoring Service on September 3rd, 2015 by Phil – Comments Off
A belated selection of pictures from July, with the theme Gothic. Liberal use of incandescent white balance here!
Posted in Mentoring Service on July 9th, 2015 by Phil – Comments Off
A very varied bunch of pictures this month – partly caused by new mentorees sending in pictures that are historical rather than theme related. It was interesting to know how people saw this theme – some people feeling the stress of modern life, some people noticing direct and straightforward bodging!
This month’s picture of the month is one of three taken by Rob – I wanted to talk about why I chose the one picture I did. As you know we always push for maximum impact and drama whilst not losing sight of the need to be a picture that is natural looking. I think this picture gives us the theme, as well as nice exposure, nice three-dimensional shape, and a slightly elusive quality. In this second picture, Rob has done a good job of representing a three-dimensional shape in a two-dimensional image, not giving us too much text to read (which is just confusing), but giving us enough drama to hold our interest. You will see the slightly lesser versions in the following two pictures.
Sometimes catching the attention is slightly magical – it can feel a bit random which picture “works,” but in reality it will be the one that has enough drama and interest to hold our attention, while not so much that it becomes abstract or artificial looking.
Posted in Mentoring Service, Uncategorized on July 1st, 2015 by Phil – Comments Off
Most photographers hate having their pictures taken (good excuse to hide behind the camera), and true to form very few pictures this month featured actual recognisable faces.
Picture of the month this month was telling the story with objects – Sally-Anne tells us quite a bit about herself with a few choice objects – note how some are lovingly worn. It’s a portrait rather than a landscape, so low f number, watch the white balance and try to get it lined up without looking too obvious.
I’ve cropped it in for more drama (hopefully) without losing the essential information.