Galactic Wagoneer

Galactic Wagoneer

Latest photography posted on my Flickr Photo Stream  Night-time view of a restored customised VW Kombi (Combi) that is local to Eastbourne. It can be tricky shooting cars at night, especially when the best angle is on the other-side of a busy rat run cut through, and you have to allow for 30 odd second exposures,  and often have the risk of a light trail running through the shot.  On this occasion the combination of low angle for the composition and the happy occurrence of a passing car across the shot led to this pleasing combination of effect, composition and subject matter. 

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Night-time view of a restored customised VW Kombi (Combi) that is local to Eastbourne. It can be tricky shooting cars at night, especially when the best angle is on the other-side of a busy rat run cut through, and you have to allow for 30 odd second exposures,  and often have the risk of a light trail running through the shot.  On this occasion the combination of low angle for the composition and the happy occurrence of a passing car across the shot led to this pleasing combination of effect, composition and subject matter. 

Dont come a knocking when the vans a rocking

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Night time photo of a Chevrolet Van that hangs around Eastbourne. Part of my Americans Abroad Series too (link  to my Flickr Gallery) , my homage to all things motorised and American that I come across in my travels. 

Minas Morgul version 2

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The seventh in my Birmingham night time series. For this shot, I found myself on top of a near deserted parking  garage just behind the library. It was a very atmospheric winter night, with mist and frog, I was drawn to the BT Tower in the  near distance, and loved the red lights on top with their ghostly impressions in the low lying mist.  The scene made me think of a contemporary version of the Dark Tower from  JRR Tolkiens "Lord of the Rings". For me as well, I love the clean open urban space of the roof top parking lot, with just the solitary car in the distance, creating a sense of urban abandonment and emptiness. 

Passing of Strangers

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The fourth image from my Birmingham at night series. This photograph was taken at the Christmas Market (which had just closed) and I thought to myself to plant my camera and tripod amongst the throng of strangers, and shoot the following scene which I had in my minds eye. I like the slightly surreal, almost science fiction feel to the resulting photograph. 

RX403

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Sixth in my Hasting Fishing Beach series. Very pleased with some the comments people have made in response to this image, makes it all worthwhile to me, some extracts below:

"The light in your photos is always perfect ... " from Delaville

"Love that light! Fantastic items to shoot, what a collection. Wonderful clarity too, I think the sharpness adds an extra punch to an already great photo ..." from John 

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Hastings Herring Fair

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Fourth in my Hastings Fishing beach series. This time of the sheds where the fishing tackle and nets ect is kept. For this image, I also tried something different, inspired by my friend and fellow photographer Paul Manser was doing initially, and that was using his Canon Speedlite to illuminate a scene. For this photograph I used my LED torch which I always carry in my camera bag, to illuminate  the poster of the "Hastings Herring Festival


"El Club" Old Town Palma de Mallorca view 5

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Continuing my night time wander through the cobbled back streets and alley ways of the old town in Palma de Mallorca.

Wheeling Around

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The third image from my Birmingham series. This was taken outside the Birmingham City Library. I don't normally go for to much in the way of altering colour in my post processing, however on this occasion a little experimenting created this almost cold purple tone which I feel compliments the misty atmosphere, and I have ended up with this almost Science Fiction feel which compliments the previous post in my Birmingham City Centre series.

Self Study

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The last in my current Self Study series, think I will produce some more, as they have had a very positive reaction on iPernity, that is compared to other images I have posted, which has surprised me somewhat, then again its all about the eyes of the beholder as we know.  This version was taken in Eastbourne, and my son assisted me here, as the tripod was set up a distance from my position, so he was my trigger man on the remote. 

Just Passing Through

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Here is the second image from my Birmingham City centre series. This was me planting my camera and tripod in the middle of the path and shooting. I was drawn by the atmosphere, the contrast of the wooden Christmas market huts, the architecture of the war memorial and library in the back ground. It was only when I got home to process did I fully realise that the big Ferris behind the War Memorial appeared like a large moon or planet rising on the horizon, creating this surreal Sci-Fi feeling to the shot.  I am very pleased with how this image has worked out. Also needs to be noted that this image is number 2000 on my Flickr stream. 

Self Study

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So, here I am continuing with the self portrait theme. This was just an off the cuff idea that I liked and wanted to begin exploring without getting to technical on the get go. Someone mentioned on my Ipernity post of this image, that they thought the composition was to central, and I agreed with them to a point. However ...  sometimes I think we get too caught up in the technical aspect, and forget to just let the idea flow and see what happens  (and don't get me wrong, I am all up for getting something "just right" technically too). Someone else then backed up my viewpoint, so really its all subjective in the end and dependent on the eyes of the beholder. Someone else then  also commented as follows, and this really tickled my fancy (or should I say my ego); " Remarkable; you seem so  "intimate" there, in your "space" and yet far away too. 

Lest we forget

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First in a series I will posting that was taken back in November last year in Birmingham. I was up there for a company day conference the following day, and took the opportunity the night before to take myself for a wander with my camera and tripod. I was struck by the sense of atmosphere generated by the heavy mist and fog. There are a few styles and points of interest going on here in this image, with the war memorial on the left, hazy images of people walking slowly through the expose on the right, the ultra modern building with its steel cladding top right, and a real vibrant mix of  ambient light and colour from blue, to red to warm yellow and the bluish white of the Ferris wheel in the background.  Hope you all like the photo as much as I do. 


Self Study

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So here it is, something different for me, and a slight role reversal too, normally behind the lens, now for a change in front of it.  A self portrait , a study of myself. A way to understand my place in the environment of now, the future , the past. All blending and melding into one. This scene was taken at my sister in'law Caroline's house in Zurich. I loved the clean lines of the bedroom and the warm lighting, as well the arrangement of minimal objects in the room, in particular the tailors dummie and that wonderful lamp framing my head. The placement of the suitcase on the bed suggesting impermanence and a sense of transience, and my looking out the window a suggestion of travel and movement to places new.  I took a number of photographs in Caroline's house when we were there , and I love the house for its quirky nature and her very personal sense of taste and style.


Night Train

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Night shot with light trails from a passing Southern Rail train taken down at St Leonard's at the end of last year. For me the main draw is the urban industrial nature of the building on the left, with the street lamps running up the center of the shot, of course the timing of the light trail created by the passing train is a major positive for me creating some additional atmosphere and the all important sense of dynamic movement , the coastal aspect of the sea to the right and the rising moon in a cloudy sky - finishing touches.  As you may realize I am reasonably pleased with this photo. There is one element that annoys me, but I wont share just yet what this is. As always there is something that says to me "must try harder", and just not quite the perfect composition it could be in my eyes. 


Senlack Jack RX1066

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Third in my Hastings Fishing beach series. This time of the twin hulled fishing boat Senlack Jack designated as RX1066 (the ultimate reg for 1066 Country ...). Again I am drawn to how the huge light out of shot has lit the scene, creating this almost surreal day/night scene creating crisp and vivid colours. There is just a hint of movement from the weeds to the left of shot, and the rear of the vessel lining up perfectly on the horizon pleases my eye. Everything appears ship shape, and the boat ready and waiting for its next trip to sea. I have to admit that I feel a strong kinship with the boats and littered paraphernalia on this beach, as my Moms father was from a small fishing village called Bamf on the East Coast of Scotland, and somewhere deep in the genes is an inherited memory of pushing out into a cold sea to fish and provide for the family and wider community.