Posts Tagged ‘patterns’

Nothing ever stays the same

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

I always think that things I know will never change, but they do, and it’s a bit disconcerting. Places, people and things grow old, decay, get damaged and get altered. A place that I love and know stays forever the same in my mind, so if I see it again after a long time and find that it no longer looks like my cherished memory, it’s a real shock.

The house I grew up in looked out onto some hills and there was a prominent rock stack visible. It had a very particular shape that I came to love and know, and I would stand and gaze at it every day. Even though it was some way away I could see it clearly.

I loved it when we went for a walk on the hills and climbed up to the place where we could stand just a few feet away from the familiar shape and I could gaze and marvel at it. It looked so big and strong. My love of shapes and patterns and textures that is seen in my Flickr photostream has been with me for as long as I can remember.

A while ago the camera club I belong to had a visiting speaker who showed us his photos of the county I grew up in. I was really enjoying seeing familiar places that I love and know full size up on the screen. Suddenly I got such a shock! There in front of my eyes was my beloved rock stack thin and emaciated, it’s familiar shape completely gone. I was stunned. I just couldn’t believe it, How could it have eroded away like that. It looked old and wizened as if it was dying, my familiar childhood friend replaced by this imposter. It had looked so permanent to me as a child that I thought it would be there forever. How wrong I was.

I got another shock yesterday. This is one of my highest viewed photos on Flickr. I love the patterns and textures in it, and I took this photo because I had never before seen old tyres so beautifully stacked as if they had been woven together. It really inspired me.

Used tyres

Yesterday I was visiting a friend who lives near to where I took this photo, so I decided to go and have a look.
Of course it had gone – completely! The beautifully woven stack was just an empty yard with some ordinary messy piles of tyres behind it. Why ever did I think it would still be there? But in my mind it was. I’ve never before or since seen a stack of old tyres so beautifully arranged. I’m so glad that I got this shot of them while they were there.

Colour in the winter

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

One of the reasons that I became interested in photography, was so that I could capture the lovely colours and the beauty of summer flowers and be able to enjoy them in the depths of winter when everything was cold and grey and colourless.

Since that time my photography has expanded and I enjoy taking a variety of shots particularly pattern pictures, but flowers remain a favourite. The beauty of creation is something that amazes me. When I photograph a flower, especially if it has an insect on it, I get the chance to study them closely, which I find so interesting. I love all sorts of flowers, but roses are one of my favourites.

Here’s a photo that helps me to remember the lovely delicate pink petals and beautiful fragrance of an August rose, and to look forward to the time when I can photograph this year’s flowers. This photo is on my Flickr photostream.

Pink summer rose

Abstract Art

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

One of my favourite buildings to photograph is the Selfridge Building in the Bull Ring in Birmingham. It’s covered with 15,000 spun aluminium discs which makes it look amazing! Designed by architects Future Systems it’s said that they based their plans on a chainmail dress by Paco Rabanne. I love abstract designs like this, and I love the way that I get different patterns depending on the angle I use.
Today I had a go at making mosaics from some of my photos – here is one of them which shows what it is that I like about this building.

The individual photos can be seen in a bigger size on Flickr – click on the photos on the right.

Light Painting

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Photography is my hobby and my passion. I love colours and shapes and patterns, and that’s reflected in my photos. I’ve been told that I have a good eye, and I certainly know what I like and what I want to photograph. In spite of this, I don’t know anything about photography. I would love to know more, I would love to learn so that I can take even better photos, but it doesn’t seem to be very easy to find out the information I need. I’ve tried reading books, but they are too technical and don’t start at the beginning so I don’t understand them. Other photographers seem to either assume that everybody knows, or they want to keep the information to themselves! I have a good digital compact, but I only ever use it on auto. It has lots of other functions, but without an understanding of manual photography, I don’t understand how to use the camera’s manual settings.
Recently I went to a talk on shutter and aperture priority, and it was brilliant. They were explained really well, and even though it was very complicated with lots of numbers, I did grasp a bit of it. Then someone showed me how to use the TV setting on my camera. Armed with my new knowledge, I couldn’t wait to try it out, so I kept stopping the car on the way home from the talk to have a go at long exposures, and I took my first light painting! It isn’t perfect, but for a first attempt, I’m quite pleased with it. It has a certain charm. It was taken with a 15 second exposure, with me moving the camera in a circular motion taking in the street lights and the lights on my dashboard.
I’ll certainly try it again and see if I can improve, but I quite like this first try.
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