The Lone Walk

Something a bit different from my usual photos here. I wanted to try something with the processing that would turn a pretty standard photo into a more atmospheric, emotive shot. This is a split toned black & white conversion, that is also cropped from a landscape perspective. The point the lens is focussed on is actually slightly out of frame because of the crop, but I think the de-focussed effect only adds to the image.

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

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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

Motorcycling

This was taken in Marrakesh a couple of years ago, on a pretty cheap camera, hence the poor quality. If you’ve never been, it can be something of a shock that there are no pavements and seemingly no traffic laws, but you soon get used to it! I had to go past this corner several times a day during my visit. The best way to navigate it seemed to be to pull yourself in as close to the walls as possible and walk forward slowly!

I actually shot this from the hip. I knew the motorbikes came round here pretty fast so set the shutter speed and left the camera on autofocus. There was plenty of practice of shooting like this in Marrakesh, which meant I got fairly good at composing without looking through the viewfinder.

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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.

Deer Park

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

A female fallow deer moves through a field of long grass. The deer in this park, whilst still being wild were used to people, allowing me to get close enough to only use a 100mm lens. Most wildlife photography seems to be taken with massively long lenses (300 mm minimum), so it felt good to get a decent shot without having to resort to that. Of course, this was largely dependent on the deer being semi-tame, so maybe it wasn’t that clever! I post-processed this shot with Nik Color Efex Pro. It helped that I was able to visualise exactly what image I wanted from this software when I took the picture, which made it actually quite a straightforward and easy shot to process.

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.┬áNearly 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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