Black And White Flowers

Not a lot to say about this image. I’ve been looking at Michael Kenna’s photos a lot and his use of black and white has influenced my decision to go colourless here. I can’t say there are any other similarities between our photography. His choice of using medium format cameras has inspired me to pick up my Rolleiflex again though, which I’m going to use when I head out tomorrow morning. I had intended to go out this morning as it was supposed to be a misty one, but after a week at work I thought a Saturday morning lie-in was more important. This was the wrong decision, I’m sure you’ll agree.

This is just a quick post to share one of the flower shots I have taken recently. I don’t know what type of flower this is exactly, but I think it’s some sort of daisy. If anyone can expand on ‘some sort of daisy,’ that information would be greatly appreciated.

Last weekend I decided to try something out of my comfort zone and attempted some street photography. The results weren’t great though, but I may I post some of the better photos on here when I’m in a more self-abasing mood. Today is not that day though, so it’s back to tightly framed macro shots for now. This is a reent photo I have taken using only natural light. You can see a black and white version of this shot, along with the other two photos in the series, on my Flickr.

As promised in my previous post, here is a photo from one of my many trips to the walled garden here in Brighton. There’s been a lot of green in my photos recently so I decided to black and white for a change.

It’s been some time since I last posted on here and instead trying to make up for lost time with one marathon post I’m going to keep it simple with a one image post. I have taken inspiration from the Daily Post‘s Weekly Photo Challenge, the subject of which this week is ‘today.’ Given my previous form when it comes to posting I can’t really see me making a post a day, so I’m not tagging or titling this post as such. So here is the image.



This was my breakfast this morning. Not much, I know, but I wanted to get out and take some photos before the weather turned bad, so I didn’t have time to go to the shop. I’ve made good use of this extended bank holiday weekend, visiting the walled garden down the road from me to practise photographing flowers for June’s round of Amateur Photographer’s annual photo competition. The results of these photo sessions will follow in the not too distant future, or at least that’s the intention.

This is my entry into Amateur Photographer magazine’s Amateur Photographer of the Year competition 2012.Just as before I left it until last minute to get my entry in, fretting over which picture to use. I didn’t make it into the top 50 of the previous round, but there were some excellent photos entered, so I don’t mind so much. The gallery for last round can be seen here.

Here are a few photos from the afternoon I spent at a local park. These are the first photos I’ve taken where I’ve really put my macro lens to use, which reminds me that I should use it more often because I really enjoy taking my time over these close-up shots. It also reminds me that I should make a post of my (small) collection of gear sometime. I didn’t have my tripod with me on this occasion so it was tricky taking these shots freestanding. I set my camera to continuous shooting mode and luckily a few of the frames came out in focus.

I’ve been hoarding these films for about a year now, or so I reckon. It’s been at least long enough for me to forget what might be on them. One of them was probably from the day I was out walking with my parents in the Sussex countryside, the time we came across a herd of cows in a field who would remain perfectly still when I raised my camera to my eye but when my back was turned would slowly approach me, full of menace.

I miss that sense of anticipation you get from waiting for a film to be developed since switching over to digital (I’ve never dabbled in the darkroom, so haven’t experienced the instant gratification you get from seeing your photos developed in front of your eyes), so I’ve decided to get one film developed per month and post the results here.

Watch this space!