Textured Road

Another textured shot that comtinues the book cover challenge. There are several different textures here (about 5), with plenty of layer masking and opacity changes for each texture to create this final image. In particular, the road needed a fair bit of masking so it didn’t disappear into the textures.

Although this image seems like it is quite far from reality, it really isn’t. Of course the sky wasn’t this yellow, but it was full of low fog with the rising sun behind. The fog diffused the sunlight, and also obscured the form and shape of the trees in the distance. Really, the textures have just enhanced what was already there. I think that should always be the aim of texture work, and I am quite pleased with the result in this case!

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

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Fox Hill

Sunset over a meandering path

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

On the day I shot this, I had intended to only have a short-ish walk of about 3 hours. This was taken about 6 hours in! With hindsight, it might have been better to wait the extra half an hour for the sun to reach the horizon, but I had already taken several hundred pictures by this point and had, by several hours, run out of the snacks and water I took with me. Being thirsty, hungry and tired really does encourage you to get home a lot quicker and not stop to wait for the conditions to be perfect for a photograph! This was the first photo I have processed out of this trip, but as I get around to doing others I have selected, you should be able to see the rest of my seven hour journey.

Stormy

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

This is an HDR image, which I feel brings out a lot of the subtlety of clouds. It can be quite difficult to get the colours and just general ‘feel’ of a cloud if you don’t incorporate post-processing into your workflow. They should feel soft and fluffy like cotton wool, which means applying de-noise filters – basically the opposite effect to sharpening.

In this photo, the horizon is right in the middle. A tenet of landscape photography is to put the horizon on one of the one-third lines, but this isn’t always the best thing to do. Here, I’ve tried to use the general form of the track in the field to give an imperfect mirror image of the form of the clouds. Whether it’s successful or not is up to you!

Morning Light

Sunrise over a field

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

This is taken just after sunrise, very early one morning.¬†Within a few minutes of the sun rising, it had gone behind the low cloud and became far less spectacular. This seems to frequently happen around the beggining and end of the day. That is, the sun always manages to find a gap in the clouds just above the horizon where it shines brightly for a handful of minutes. If you are ready, you can usually extract a decent picture from the scene, even if there isn’t much of interest on the ground, as in this case. Having a long enough shutter speed to just give a hint of movement in the clouds can also add some needed drama to scenes like this.

Storm Clouds

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

This is another view of the passing storm that is in black and white on my main website.

The setting sun is actually behind the camera here, but somehow not all the clouds are lit by it. Luckily, the big storm emerging from the centre of the clouds didn’t reach me. I foolishly didn’t have any kind of weather protection for my camera gear, so I’m quite thankful for that! These kinds of storm always seem to produce spectacular light, it’s just a shame they don’t crop up that often. More trips to storm-ridden lands I think!

The Church Door

The door to an old church

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

Although I primarily shoot landscapes, sometimes you find a macro or close-up scene that can speak as powerfully as a landscape.

This is the door of a fairly old church, with a couple of textures overlaid to really emphasise the age of the building. Wide angle lenses are also really good for this kind of picture. Pointing them even slightly away from the horizon starts to dramatically alter perspective, so that a picture like this appears to be taken from high above the ground. Obviously this isn’t the case, as you can tell from the height of the door. The wide angle does leave a nice space in the bottom right of the photo though, that the eye is (hopefully) drawn to.

Into the Light

A man passes through a tunnel

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

A man passes down a cobbled street into the light.¬†Nearly always, it’s a good idea to attempt a crop of your photos. Generally, the fixed aspect ratio of a camera does not lend itself that well to actual pictures that you can visualise. This photo is a good example of that. I think the bikes up against the wall of the tunnel provide a good lead in line to the man passing into the bright sunlight. Leaving in the extra tunnel wall to the left would have made the photo unbalanced.

I always look out for high contrast scenes like this when I am in a city. They are always perfect for conversion to black and white, and seem the most interesting kind of landscapes you get in them.

Hover Poppies

A hoverfly visits a poppy

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

This was a particularly lucky photo, as you will know if you’ve ever tried following insects around in order to get a picture of them. In this case, I was just intending to shoot the two poppies, thinking they would make an excellent image on their own. As I had just composed and focussed on the front flower, this hover fly appeared and waited, right in the line of focus. All I had to do was press the shutter. I think the slight texture applied gives an almost painted feel to the image.

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