Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Car park, Aberdeen

As a result of visits to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary I've had the opportunity to spend time with a camera in the hospital car park.

I initially got some monochrome images showing interesting views on the ramps between floors, but then discovered that with the right light and choice of White Balance settings the colour of the steel-work comes alive. The first image is abstract showing the colour and detail as originally visualised. The second image has a warmer light and more clearly shows that this is a car park.

Steel Work Abstract

Car park, Aberdeen

The car park is a modern multistory (12 or 13 parking levels) - a great improvement on the previous parking arrangements. 

Monday, 19 February 2018


I have been reviewing the photographs that I made last year, asking myself which images I like best. I've realised that many of my personal favourites have abstract qualities. Such images may warrant , or require, longer viewing times than images with more realist subjects. Abstract images are less likely to do well in an SPF or PAGB competition where an image will get a high score only if it has immediate impact. Photographers often don't know that judges at SPF / PAGB competitions view each image for only 3 to 5 seconds (true!) before giving a score. Any image that demands a longer viewing time is probably doomed in such a competition.

Given the speed of the judging process it is amazing how good a job the SPF / PAGB judges can do - in just a few seconds they will usually pick out any serious technical flaws and make a good assessment of an image's visual impact.  The overall result is that the stronger images succeed. This judging process does however work against some types of images - for success at SPF / PAGB immediate impact is essential.

In a monthly club competition the judge will always spend longer looking at the images, so different types of images can do better that those sent to SPF / PAGB competitions.

The images below, both January 2018, are more-or-less as found on the ground beneath my feet. Adjustments were done in Lightroom, no Photoshop.  The images were originally prepared as prints, with approximately A4 dimensions for the intimate mono "Road marks" image, and A3 for "Cosmic cold".

Road marks 1

Cosmic cold

Monday, 29 January 2018


Most of my photographs come from "found objects", either scenes or items in and around the house. A few photographs are at least partially inspired by dreams. The "Bees" image was from a vaguely remembered dream and this image is also based on a dream. When I put a print of "Ascent" into a club competition the judge wondered if it was something to do with advancing through life. I'm not sure what it's about, but in my dream the climb surface was not rock - I only remember that there was no fear despite the crumbling handholds and more of the climb behind me than ahead.


Saturday, 27 January 2018

P is for Pomegranate

Extending the alphabetography with fruit. I was looking at colour wheels* and wondered if fruit could be arranged as a colour wheel.  This image is as close as I could get with the fruit at hand. The fruit are not pure colours, and the plate provides the blue.

Fruit Wheel

Note*: colour wheel - pure colours arranged as a wheel - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, magenta, red ... etc.

I bought a pomegranate intending to include it in the first fruit image, but it didn't fit on the plate


Monday, 11 December 2017

Monday, 24 July 2017


Inspired by children's Alphabet books, two letters of the alphabet, C and J. 

The Golden Boy

The original photo of Mungo the cat was taken without any thought of the golden C. Having added the lettering I wondered if this idea could be extended.


Thursday, 25 May 2017

More badgers

I tried for an eye-level shot of the badgers this evening while two of them were enjoying their evening meal of peanuts. The second badger arrived at about 11.45pm. I very slowly opened the front door and peered out camera in hand while lying on the floor about 10-15 feet from them. I lay there for a few minutes getting focus - not so easy in the low light - then got two pictures. In the first shot they they had their backs to me. The flash prompted them to turn round, but after a few seconds pause they went back to eating. I then got this second shot before they moved away.  

Eye-level shot of two badgers