I am very lucky to live close to Sherborne Abbey (well 20 minutes away by car). As a freelance photographer I regularly have assignments which take me close to or on occasions into the Abbey but like most things the more you see it the less you tend to notice. On Monday, I had an assignment for the local paper to go to the Gryphon School and photograph a Lego model of the Digby Memorial. Their next project is to build a scale model of Sherborne Abbey also in Lego and this really made me think of what I could achieve with a little photoshop licence. So off to the Abbey I went and snapped a few pictures trying to visualise how I would like the finished images to look. It was quite a grey day which was ideal as I would get no sun flare, reflections or heavy shadows. Below are the before and after shots. Hope you like them and I would be interested in your comments.
If you enjoy photographing wildlife, I am sure you would agree that there’s no substitute for shooting in the animals natural environment, but, that will usually mean a long and expensive trip abroad. However, a more practical alternative is to visit your local wildlife park. It’s surprising the kind of results you can get. All you need is a digital SLR with a long zoom lens and a lot of patience. Your lenses should be able to cover 35mm to 200/300mm but be aware if you start changing lenses it could cost you the shot of the day. So instead be prepared to move forward or back if the subject moves. Do your homework on the layout of the zoo and pick your shooting points taking into account, visitors, feeding times, fences, glass, and the time of day for shadows and sun? A rainy day is not necessarily the best day as the sensible animals will be undercover and therefore not offering the most natural shots. In most zoo environments, you will have to contend with bars, glass or other barriers. Glass is less of a problem than bars, if you get right up to the glass to eliminate any reflections. Resting the lens hood on the glass also provides some support and reduces camera shake. It goes without saying that flash should be avoided as it would simply flare off the glass anyway. Why not give it a try next time you are looking for a project or just a day out.
Here are a few of my images….
Have you ever been out and about with your camera and you suddenly have a eureka moment where you have to snap the scene in front of you although it makes no sense at the time? Well, such a moment happened to me last Saturday. I was in a rush as usual on my way back to the car having completed an assignment for the local paper, when I saw this lady sitting on a bench. OK you might say! So? Well, that’s how I felt, but something in my head was telling me there was a great picture in this scene, (Eureka moment). Snap…. the deed was done. No messing with settings, no contact with the subject, just click and keep going. This is my eureka moment!
Don’t think it would win any prizes do you?
OK,now from camera to computer where the transformation begins.
The first thing was to get rid off the parts of the image which were not required and then sort out the background behind the wall. With that done it was onto the magic of adjusting contrast, clarity, saturation and colour using my old friend the Luminosity Mask. What are Luminosity Masks I hear you cry! Well that will be a post for another day. With all of that completed herewith my eureka moment titled Remains of the Day.
Well here they are….. my final photos of 2016.
We looked at the outside temperature, minus 3°C and nature had been hard at work while we slept in and effort to entice us out. So it was on with the layers and coats, extra socks and walking shoes and off we go cameras in hand. WOW…. we were not disappointed. Nature had really been working overtime. Sadly, all this hard work was only to last for less than an hour as the weak winter sun broke through the mist. So in 2017 enjoy and respect every moment because you never know what the future holds.
Hope you enjoy the following slide show…..