Chair

Chair
Following on with the theme of chairs, this is a picture of the backrest.  I think the holes make a fascinating pattern.  I also like the way in which the light falls off into the distance with the black ellipses of the holes gradually disappearing into the darkness of the top left hand corner.  It was taken with a large aperture, ensuring a small depth of field.

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Silver Chairs – 2

Silver Chairs 2
Here is an image with a rather different feel to the one I shared with you last week.  The same stack of chairs, but with a strong vertical component.  I like the combination of vertical and horizontal strands in this image.  The glistening twirl down the middle then the ladder-like horizontal rungs against the black of the left hand side.  If you hadn’t seen the title, would you know the source of the image?  As there is no sense of scale it is left as an interesting abstract.

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Silver Chairs

Silver Chairs
It’s always good to challenge yourself afresh, whether in photography or elsewhere.  What better way to do this than at the start of a new year?  Consequently this week’s image is rather different from my usual flora, fauna and landscapes.  Indeed it has a rather industrial feel to it and on a superficial glance there is no clue as to the size or scale of it, which adds to the interest.

The photograph is actually of a stack of chairs in the corner of a church meeting room.  I liked the way the light was shining on them and the wonderful patterns that were made as they interlocked.  When I started arranging them and then moving around them with my camera at different heights and angles I realized there were plenty of possibilities for attractive photographs.  This week I have focused on the intermingled legs of the chairs.  Further posts will look at other parts.

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Model Mercedes

Mercedes Model
I took this picture of a Mercedes SLS last year.  I didn’t require any filters or processing to give the narrow depth of field as it is, in fact, a model in a display cabinet.  The only editing was to remove a few scratches to the reflective surface the car is standing on.

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Mercedes Formula 1

Mercedes Formula 1
This picture was taken on my last visit to Mercedes Benz World.  I liked the way in which the Formula 1 cars were curving into the distance.  The image is mainly monochromatic, with small amounts of colour here and there.  The brightness of the image removes all surrounding distractions.

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Duck

Duck
Continuing with last week’s water theme, here is a picture of a duck taken at Dawlish in Devon a number of years ago.  Dawlish is know for its black swan population, but probably not for its white ducks.  This duck was busy taking a drink from the weir in the river which runs through the centre of the town.

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White Swan

White Swan
This swan was photographed on a bright, sunny day.  As the sun was behind the swan parts of the image have been overexposed.  Rather than trying to fix this I decided to leave it as it was, giving a high-key image.  The rule-of-thirds, so beloved by photographers, has been broken on this occasion – but that’s what such rules are for.

On reflection, not a bad picture!

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Sheffield Park and Garden – 4

Pampas GrassThis photograph was taken during an Autumn day – a similar subject was posted in September 2012.  One thing I like about this shot is that the clouds, in the lower sky, in some way echo the shape and shading of the pampas grass.  The dark red leaves behind the pampas help darken the grass and prevent the area in the photograph from burning out.  A useful juxtaposition of tree and grass on this occasion.

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Sheffield Park and Garden – 3

Sheffield Park and GardenThis is a more unconventional image of the lake at Sheffield Park and Garden.  I chose to take the picture looking out from under one of the trees along the bank.  Although the tree is in shadow there is still enough light falling on it to allow the viewer to make out sections of bark and root.  The tree also frames the left edge of the image nicely.

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Sheffield Park and Garden – 2

Autum Trees and LakeSheffield Park and Garden is justifiably well known as having been planted to give one of the finest displays of autumn colour in South East England.  For this image I wanted to capture the wonderful variation of autumn colours across the lake whilst avoiding the landscape view that often graces the Sunday papers at this time of year.  Here we see the blue of the sky reflected in a triangle of lake water.  We are close enough to the nearest trees to feel they are part of the foreground, whilst seeing them as part of  a continuous border around this part of the lake.

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