Night and day, shadow and light

I didn't really appreciate just how much of one's time a baby takes up until Emily was born. It's not even just things like rarely having a moment alone; it's the other stuff, like major limits on spontaneity, especially in winter. Zoe and I can't just decide to go out somewhere now, as we need to consider how accessible it will be with a baby and maybe pram. Consequently this leaves less time for photography of the non-baby-picture kind, so I've been grabbing what opportunities present themselves. A quick drive to the local chippy, a wander around Norwich. »

Further darkness

As is common this time of year, the sky was quite heavily overcast. Despite the gloom, Zoe and I and my parents went to Norwich, primarily to look at beds for my parents' new house, but we also went for lunch at Giraffe. We took Em, who was again remarkably well-behaved despite the usual initial upset when we, big meanies that we are, put her in the car seat. Gosh she doesn't like being put in the car seat! And yet, once we're under way everything's fine again unless we stop for too long. Dark weather, dark pictures: I'm continuing »

Afraid of the dark

The monochrome preset I usually use for my raw files in Capture One has a small amount of shadow boost applied, and I tend to increase it even more when there are large dark areas in an image. As I mentioned in a previous post, though, darkness isn't really a bad thing in pictures, depending on the feeling one is trying to evoke. Certainly for these pictures, taken on a dull overcast winter afternoon, the tonality conveys well the way I saw things at the time. The pictures are the output from Fuji's new X Raw Studio application, which uses »

Walking in woods and fields

A while back I went for another nice walk in nearby Dunwich Forest, but for whatever reason didn't get around to making a blog post of it. So, here we are: some pictures of a roughly hour-and-a-half walk. »

Winter Sun

In case it's not obvious from previous posts, I really like the photographic opportunities winter provides. At a latitude of around 52°, by mid-December there's a mere 7 hours and 45 minutes of daylight, and the sun barely reaches 14° above the horizon, so shadows are long throughout the day. 12:30, and the sun is at its highest point of the day. With the sun so low, it's hard to see to the south. The long shadows are particularly good for bringing out the texture of things. Tracks created by a large earth-moving vehicle. The low side lighting also »