This is definitely one of my favorite shots of the year, the recent hoar frosts have created simply the most spectacular cold weather I have ever seen in England. On days like this I feel grateful to be a photographer, and appreciated how lucky I am to live in the beautiful countryside that surrounds Guildford.
This image is actually a stitch of 3 separate exposures, the widest lens I had on me was a 24mm , and that didn't quite show the whole panorama that I was seeing, so I re-constructed the shot using PTGui to stitch the images together. The color's have been slightly enhanced, with a warm cast removed from the snow.
I've just been looking through some of the other shots taken on this day and realised that the pictures I stitched were taken on my Canon G10 not the Nikon D300, I've updated the EXIF info accordingly
Continuing with the cold theme, here's another shot from the weekend. I can't describe how truly beautiful the frosts have been here, maybe even more beautiful than fresh snow. I'll be putting up some more landscape shots in the next few days.
It's been a long time... As you can see from this shot, I'm not in England this Christmas! In fact we're in Spain right now after a wonderful 5 days in Morocco. Christmas day saw us go to the beach, where my finacees brother enjoyed riding the waves.
After a busy end to the year, I've finally been able to get out and shoo, taking a nice collection of shots from Morocco and Spain to post over the coming days.
This is the widest photo I have ever posted on Lightflows and is one that I've been meaning to put up for a while. It was taken at lake Wanaka in New Zealand and for me is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
The stitch is made from 5 separate exposures, that I put together in Photoshop , normally I use PT Gui, but PS worked great on this sequence. Apart from the lense flare ,which shows a nasty thumb print :-( I'm reasonably happy with this one.
If you have the bandwidth and want to see a larger version , it is here.
This is one of my lunch time shots, where I get out in the West End of London and see what I can capture on my break.
Although quite dark, and with a moonlit quality, this was actually taken in broad daylight as the EXIF data shows. The window frame was a very lovely emerald green colour, which initially caught my eye, but overall I felt the shot and textures worked better as a black and white, I hope you like it.
For February the weather today has been amazing, sun all day long. We've been sitting outside on the deck for the first time this year taking pictures of the cats playing and just relaxing in general.
Being such a clear day, I thought there might be a good sunset , so we went for a walk at our local mount, Gibbet Hill, which overlooks the intriguingly named Devils Punchbowl an area of natural beauty.
Sure enough , as the sun went down, we were treated to a gorgeous misty sun set. Here's one of the better ones that I took today.
It looks like its going to be a great day tomorrow as well, so we are off the the coast with friends, I'm looking forward to the photo opportunities.
This is the penultimate shot in this abstract series, tomorrow's post has something other than sky in it, so maybe that'll be a little more interesting :-)
Today I got out to the beach at sunset, and although really cold, the light was nice, so I may have some new material to post on Monday.
This is the second of the 4 abstract posts and is a sunset shot. Although taken in May, in New Zealand it is becoming winter, so you get the sunset's early in the day.This is one of my personal favorites , I like the whispy ice clouds and the orange through magenta hues in the alpine air.
I prefer these shots with the light rather than dark theme :-P
"And now ", as Monty Python say, "for something completely different!". This next series of shots are from my trip to New Zealand the year before last.
What blew me away, staying in the southern Alps down there, were the amazing skies we were privileged to see on a daily basis. Inspired by that the next 4 posts are going to be skies all quite different in tone and mood.
After the last few posts of moody dark B&W's , I fancied something with a little colour in it. I live in the country, but work in London and have been making the most of the urban environment and getting out at lunchtimes to shoot some new material.
This shot is of the delivery entrance to the famous London store 'Liberty', it's just off Regents street and is a stones throw from my office. I like the different coloured tiles, offset by the reds and the blue neon with the yellow lines of the street, quite a mixture of primaries there, which is unusual for them to be all together.
I took a number of shots in this alley, there were a number of other interesting buildings and bits of graffiti that i'll probably post in the next few days. I've got to admit that I was getting a number of strange looks and comments shooting this sort of the subject, to the tune of "What's he taking a picture of that for..." , guess they haven't stumbled upon photoblogs and the crazy details that we find interesting.
As for processing, the lense distortion was removed in DXO as it does a great job of straightening out the clean but large distortion of my 12-24mm lense, other than that, the doorway is a little offset, but I like that and the image is cropped to a strange aspect ratio as none of the conventional ones covered the composition I was after. I hope you like it!