This time it's a photography related post. I was recently asked to provide some photos for a website, which so happens to be my husband's music site. My brief, take photos of instruments. It's a very general brief so I had to be fairly varied in the shots I got. So I had to include him playing some of his instruments, then I had to take individual photos of some of them and then try and do some detailed ones. I enjoyed doing the detailed pictures as I got to play around with the editing a little bit more and make the shots a little more arty.
It was very different from working with my usual fluffy subjects because.. they didn't move! I was able to play around with light falling on the instruments and angles, though I was limited by having to do the work indoors and our indoor lighting is a little lacking. I think I am personally happier outdoors using natural light and getting as filthy as my subjects, so though I did enjoy this work I will for now be keeping my main focus on our adorable canine and animal friends.
If you fancy going to take a look at my husband's site he offers music lessons on various instruments over Skype as well as teaching music theory : www.music-waves.com
I decided to have a look through some images I have taken in the last coupleof years and came across some I thought could use a little re-editing, and even some I hadn't even touched before. After doing some black and white editing lately I decided to have a play around with some older photos, a mixture of some of the dogs I have had the pleasure of meeting and playing with, some on a photo shoot, others as regular visitors to our household. One thing I love about going back is remembering the days of each image captured, what the weather was like, the mood in the air. It all adds up to making a moment a permanent memory to remember.
I am a huge fan of dynamic images, capturing things in motion. I often prefer to work in colour to be as close to what it was during the shoot as possible.. but there's something about black and white. I'm not sure if its because instead of glaring colours hitting you, instead you are drawn to the finer details, or perhaps the feeling of the moment seems to come through more clearly.
In an effort to grow my love of black and white images I have been playing around with the format. Taking different pictures to see if I can alter the feeling or emotion within the picture, or truly capture the joy as seen here in Serendipity as she charges into a deep and muddy puddle after a toy. The focus in her gaze, the splash of the water, the freezing of motion, it all speaks of the moment captured and held still.
So how does this work with landscape/scenery pictures? Again I feel that often black and white seems to just capture the character of the place or scene so much better than a colour image. You have likely seen some of my landscape photos in an earlier blog, all in black and white and sepia. Maybe it's a personal liking for old vintage photos, before colour imaging was even possible. I'm not quite sure what it is, but I would love to hear others ideas about it. In the meantime enjoy some more local images I took recently.
One of the things I like about photography is that it captures a moment, a moment that will never happen again. You can capture the essence and tranquility of a peaceful landscape, you can get a glimpse at the personality behind the eyes of an animal as it watches you intently waiting for your next move. Ultimately you are capturing a moment that will last forever and as they say a picture can mean a thousand words.
I was fortunate this week when I decided to take a walk with my husband as I wanted to take some pictures of the local area. I quite like taking skyscapes of clouds, sunsets and sunrises. But I fancied capturing local flora and walkways. I didn't realise I would end up capturing the treacherous muddy path we had to navigate, the full to bursting river as it flowed past the local Abbey and the enjoyable wild birds resting and hunting near the river blackwater at the exit bridge from Coggeshall to Kelvedon.
I have posted the birds I took pictures of in my photo gallery. I was pleased to see the resident couple of swans had successfully reared two beautiful cygnets who were nearly the size of their parents. I watched as a seagull flew down from the sky, landed in the river and caught a fish right in front of my eyes. Those moments are hard to repeat and leave a lasting impression on your soul. Wildlife photography is by far one of the hardest forms of photography. You cannot guarantee you will capture what you want. Indeed I was able to photograph a robin perched on a fence post, but he was too far away for the photos to come out clearly once cropped. It was sadly a missed moment but it encourages me to keep going with my work, and one day I will have the lens I need to capture those unforgettable moments when wild animals allow you to capture a moment of their time.
Dog Trainer, animal lover, artist and photographer