Sometimes the margin between success and perceived failure can be measured in 1/100s or even 1/1000s of a second. I was there like some visual gunslinger ready to draw and be ready for whatever little moment may present itself. And, then quick as a flash, it duly did.
However, I felt so annoyed that I missed this opportunity to make this image sharp and 'technically' perfect that I didn't look at it for months after. I keep it because I thought I may soften my feelings to it and, thankfully, I have. I may even go far to suggest that its imperfection actually adds rather than detracts from the final look and feel. There may also be an analogous lesson about being easier on yourself, accepting imperfections and realising things aren't as bad as first percieved...but I'll leave that to you.
Till next time...
Three Billboards in Digbeth
What you doing?"
"What you doing that for?"
I get these questions regularly when I'm out shooting, but never more so than my recent couple of visits to Milton Keynes.
This month Brazilian photographer Marcio Cabral was stripped of the much coveted Wildlife Photographer of the Year award because he had faked his winning image by placing a stuffed Ant Eater to create the scene.
It's the UK's only dessert
It's the location of Derek Jarman's garden
It's the site of a nuclear power station...
When photographer Stephen Shore moved to Montana in the early 1980s he didn't take a single picture of the beautiful plains and mountains of his new home for 2 years. His reasoning was that he needed that time to truly see and understand the landscape; to see how the light and land continually change and to get beyond the clichés and excitement of a new view. What then do you do when you only have a couple of weeks or in this case just a day?
More than ever I'm starting to feel my age. Don't get me wrong, I've got the hairline, waistline, 2.4 nuclear family to go with it, but like most men my mental age is usually between 16 - 21.
The iPhone X is out and it is promoted to have the best camera on an iPhone so far. That was also said for the 8, 7, 6,6s,5,5s and 4s , but hey, who's counting?
The coastal location out of season is rich and enduring topic for photographers. Mine is from one day in Coney Island, January 2018.