Landscapes & Nature

When I was young, I remember taking photos of the waves, trying to capture the splashes on the rocks. I didn’t know why I couldn’t capture those splashes. This was just the beginning of my love of photographing Landscapes, Seascapes & Nature. Here are some of my latest works.

February 2020 – Photo Project – Anna Atkins

February 2020 – Photo Project – Anna Atkins

This month’s photographer inspiration: Anna Atkins

In February, I am gaining inspiration from an English botanist and photographer, Anna Atkins. Born in 1799, Anna Atkins lead an unusual life for a woman of her time. Bought up by her father, who provided her with a scientific education that ultimately led to the area of her life that I will be investigating, her Cyanotype publications.

Read more about Anna Atkins’ life on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Atkins

Over on my Instagram account, I set myself 3 challenges.

  1. Choose a photographer of the month and explore their work in my daily posts
  2. Post 1 photography a month, inspired by the photographer of the month
  3. Post one project each quarter

January 2020 – Photo Project – Q1

January 2020 – Photo Project – Q1

Project title: Standing Strong

I have set myself the challenge of producing one project per quarter in 2020. The first project is one that I have been working on since 2014.

During these years, I have studied a tree that is at the end of my garden. I have admired its beauty through the years & seasons. I was struck by how stunning it looks in November when the sun sets behind it. I felt it’s soothing tranquillity in spring. I felt its emptiness in the winter, with snow dusting its branches. I enjoyed the shade of its leaves in the summer sun.

This project focuses on one section of this tree and shows how the same section of tree changes in its appearance, strength, structure & growth throughout the years. All the time this strong tree stands in the garden, something can always be gained from its presence.

January 2020 – Photo Project – Ansel Adams

January 2020 – Photo Project – Ansel Adams

This month’s photographer inspiration: Ansel Adams

Inspired by Ansel Adams photograph “Boards & Thistles”, I wanted to photograph an image with similar composition, lighting and style.

Here is my photograph of a shed, it’s called Titipu. I love the rustic boards and conifer branches. It is inspired by my research into Ansel Adam’s work. I was particularly interested in his early work, where he photographed everyday objects. The other 6 images were taken on my mobile phone, all inspired by Ansel Adam’s early work.

Ansel Adams photograph can be found here: https://www.moma.org/collection/works/45506

Over on my Instagram account, I set myself 3 challenges.

  1. Choose a photographer of the month and explore their work in my daily posts
  2. Post 1 photography a month, inspired by the photographer of the month
  3. Post one project each quarter

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 25

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 25

This week in my #photoaday challenge over on Instagram, I have focused on flowers and how they change throughout the season. I am looking at flowers as they fade as well as when in full bloom. There is a beauty in the flower and petals throughout it’s entire process.

For this week’s #photoaweek, I decided to continue looking at these flowers, in particular poppies. I took my Canon 5d iii and Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Planar ZE Lens out on our walk and photographed some of the poppies that have featured already in my #photoaday using my phone.

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 18

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 18

This week in my #photoaday challenge over on Instagram, I have moved onto a new theme of “Flowers”. This year, in particular, I’m really enjoying seeing all the flowers in bloom.

For this week’s #photoaweek, I wanted to experiment with flowers photographed on a dark background. I took these photos using my Canon 5d iii and Zeiss 50mm lens. Placing the flowers in a portable studio with a black background. Using natural light only.

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 17

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 17

This week in my #photoaday challenge over on Instagram, I have continued looking at my current theme of “Light”. This theme has made me look for light throughout the day and forced me to keep my eyes open. That’s why I love my daily photo challenge.

For this week’s #photoaweek, I took the opportunity of a tiny sliver of sunlight in an otherwise cloudy day to photograph the beautiful pink flowers that grow on our neighbour’s fence every year. I didn’t want to just photograph the flowers as-is and I noticed that some of the flowers are fading already, with browning edges. I wanted to show the beauty of the flowers but also highlight the delicacy and contrast between the beauty and the loss of colour in some of the petals.

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 16

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 16

This week in my #photoaday challenge over on Instagram, I decided to set a theme so that my photos of the day have a focus. The first theme is “Light”.

For this week’s #photoaweek, I wanted to continue this theme and have spent the unusually sunny bank holiday in the garden photographing flowers/trees/leaves.

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 14

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 14

This week in my #photoaday challenge over on Instagram, I have looked at landscapes, reflections, flowers, the weather & urban environment.

For this week’s #photoaweek, I decided to spend some time in the garden playing around with shallow depth of field and multiple exposure (Additive).

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 13

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 13

This week in my #photoaday challenge over on Instagram, I have looked at a variety of subjects including “finding beauty”, “light” & nature.

For this week’s #photoaweek, I decided to experiment further with flower photography and wide aperture. Last time I noticed chromatic aberration on a couple of the photos and wanted to see why this had occurred.  These flower photos were taken using my Canon 5d iii.