The mysterious corridor

I came across this corridor while looking back over some old images. It is still one of my favorites; I love the mystery. Where does the door on the right lead to? Is there someone watching me in the curved mirror? The abandoned trolley. Those doors, all the way in the distance, what’s through there?

‘The Corridor’

Tree Reflection and Ice

We have not had any snow in these parts at all this winter yet so here’s an image from last winter that I have just processed. I’m still hoping for a cold snap but my trip to North West Scotland in a few weeks time will hopefully provide me with the opportunity for landscape images with snow, and maybe even a tree or two!

‘Tree Reflection and Ice’

‘Copse and Sunlight’ – Peak District

To think that I was not going to go to the Peak District last Saturday. I had planned to go on Friday evening and stay overnight in my camper but a few late nights last week and lack of time led me to the decision not to go. However, talking it over with my other half, she suggested I just get up early in the morning and go, ‘just go’ she said, I was persuaded.

I arrived just after 08:00 into the bottom of the Peaks as I approached from the south, from the A50 towards Ashbourne. The light was beautiful. Lovely morning sunlight with broken clouds. Light rays streamed across the landscape, ever changing and never repeating. I was on a mission, I was looking for trees. I had it in mind that I would find trees on hills and I already had a vision of the kind of image I wanted.

‘Copse and Sunlight’

I was not disappointed. There were many trees on hills and I had taken several potentially good images before I reached Ashbourne. This is one of them. The lovely light did not last long and by lunch time the wind had become quite strong and it clouded over completely with a little light rain. That was it, I did not make any more photographs and headed home mid afternoon, happy and excited to upload my images.

A little street photography

I took a little trip to London at the weekend, a festive trip (not Christmas shopping!) with my girlfriend. Naturally I took a camera with me in the hope of some opportunistic street shots. All the images below were taken with my Olympus OMD E-M5 fitted with a Panasonic 14mm pancake lens. 14mm on a Micro Four Thirds camera has a 35mm equivalent of 28mm which, in my limited experience of street photography, I am finding is quite a useful focal length. Additionally, this is a sharp fairly fast lens with a maximum aperture of F2.5 which I find useful.

I have become more confident pointing a camera at people over the last few months and although I have used my full frame DSLR for street work in the past I do think I feel more comfortable with the Olympus due to it being much smaller. Add the fact that it is lightweight, with the 12-50mm zoom that I have is also small and light, and I never notice the weight.

I processed all the images below with Silver Efex Pro 2 from Lightroom. Within Silver Efex Pro I applied the Kodak Tri-X 400TX Pro film type. I love the contrast and I included the grain. A little adjustment was made to control the highlights after applying the film type.

Last Thursday at the Amersham Photographic Society Monochrome Group we had Fabrizio Quagliuso come to give a talk and show some images. I really enjoyed his work and his approach to his projects. A documentary and street photographer who likes to get in close with his edgy images. He’s not afraid to cut someone in half and use imaginative unconventional compositions and I have to say I was somewhat influenced by him in my photography at the weekend.