Wednesday, 14 July 2021 16:13

The Watcher - Observational Photography

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I've mentioned before that I enjoy observational photography, that is capturing something so normal and natural as to be unusual. Such instances occur all around us almost all of time and sometimes you just get lucky. In this shot, the lady in the window could have moved at any moment but luckily for me she was in a world of her own for the duration of the shot which because it was captured on a smartphone, was probably a lot less intrusive then pointing a DSLR at her. If I could capture such shots every day I would be very happy and while I realise this is not everyon'e idea of photography, it's a genre I love.

The Watcher (c) Dave Collerton, 2021

Sunday, 11 July 2021 06:11

Girl in a Hat

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I guess I am what you might call, an observational photographer. The things that catch my eye are often very simple, everyday objects and instances that might otherwise go missed :) My favourite photographers, of which there are many, include Saul Leiter, Fred Herzog, Vivian Maier, Elliott Erwitt, Shirley Baker and Sarah Moon, oh and Robert Capa, Fay Godwin and of course Cartier-Bresson. Not that I'm as good as any one of them but I like to try. Perhaps time was a little slower back then so they were able to capture the decisive moment more easily, who knows. I think there's a lot to be said for loading a film camera, setting the lens to F8 then pre-focusing so that you're ready to grab those oh so fleeting moments we miss all to often. Fortunately, for this image my subject wasn't going anywhere soon so I had those few extra moments more to nail the composition.

Although Nikon are trying hard to upset the Fujifilm applecart, the new Nikon Z fc falls a long way short of what Fuji has manage to achieve with its most recent cameras, including those such as the Fujifilm x-T1 going back to 2015. To prove a point that it's not all just about having a camera with analogue style dials, here are some of the images I have taken recently with my 6 years old Fujifilm x-T1 based for the most part on a Classic Negative emulation, or simulation as it is often called, that I like to use. The resulting straight out of camera (SOOC) jpegs offer an insight into what Nikon need to focus on to make the Nikon Z fc a real winner. Click on any image to see the full set of SOOC jpegs captured.

All images copyright Dave Collerton

 

Saturday, 03 July 2021 10:47

Say hello to new member Jonathan Fosburgh

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Jonathan, who lives in historick Fredericksburg, Texas in the USA has recently joined Pixtures and his first work has gone live. I'm sure that we are all going to enjoy some fascinating photography of that region in future months.

Tuesday, 29 June 2021 15:11

What is it with photographers and Facebook?

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I can only really speak for myself here but recently I have been beginning to re-think my love affair with Facebook. The problem for me is that Facebook doesn't really care about my photography, it's just a huge blotter sucking up images like ink never to be seen again after a day or two. And it's not just me, it does the exact same thing to countless of other photographers. Even the very best of my photos drift into obscurity within a few days unless a Facebook Memory pops up in a year or two and I share it. I have to ask myself, am I so engrossed with likes as to not think it's important to do more with my images? is it really enough just to have five minutes of fame?

Some interesting pinhole camera images created using NIK Silver Efex, my favourite B&W processing tool. The basic images were taken on a Nikon D600 with a variety of lenses including the Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro which is a good quality portrait lens. In hindsight, particularly given the poor lighting conditions, I would have been better served with my 50mm f1.4 but regrettably, that stayed at home in my cupboard.

These images along with many others of historical and cultural importance can be found by visiting the National Library of Australia's Flickr page here. If you are interested in viewing some amazing historical images related to Australia then we urge you to visit their Flickr Archive using the link above.

I've know Stuart Chapman for about 4 years now and his sheer enthusiasm for photography never ceases to amaze me. This image is just one reason why I love his work

I am amazed that many photographers still don't know about Flickr or perhaps they simply don't want to use it. For me, it's a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration plus of course, a place to find and share some great photos. It's also a place to share my photos and because it integrates so perfectly with Pixtures, it's how we prefer to pull content from our members in order to populate their photo portfolios. It's also free for the first 1000 images so another good reason to use it it to store your best or most interesting images. Even the Pro version is relatively inexpensive, currently just £4.66/m on the annual plan with unlimited storage and loads of freebies and low cost offers.

Image (c) Aldussault. No ownership of this image is either implied or inferred. It is purely used to illustrate the potential of Flickr.

On this particular day I was with an old friend visiting Exmouth to get his saxaphone serviced. That was going to take a couple of hours so we headed to the beach to laze around and grab a coffee. While watching the 1000's of people on the beach I saw a guy carring a surf board and I thought, that would make a nice photo. The only problem, there were a lot of people in the frame and since I was only sporting my little Canon G7x ii I was never going to get close enough to him to get rid of the clutter. Was I bothered, not really because I know that I can simply take out the bits I don't like to create what I do like, in this case something resembling a scene reminiscent of On The Beach with Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner. Now, for those that don't know this film, it's based on the novel by Nevil Shute and tells the post-apocalyptic tale of a submarine commander and his men who travel to San Diego in search of survivors. Anyway, a good movie and the basis for my thinking. I'll create my own post-apocalyptic tale of the demise of mankind and wipe out the population spoiling my photo. One of the great tools I have in my arsenal in On1 PhotoRAW and for this job, I know it was going to be perfect.

So, there you have it. What you see doen't always have to be what you live with. If you want something different, change it. Now, to cut a long story short, and remembering the old saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" here's a before and after shot of the 5 minute cleanup and re-stylicsation job that I undertook.