Some Summer Abstracts

It’s nearly the end of the week, and since spring in the UK is very late the year (snow warnings in March!) I’m posting something brighter in the hope it will urge the rain to finally stop and the sun to come out.

First one – one of those odd compositions which sells quite well. What I was thinking at the time I’ve no idea!

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Next, out of focus tulips and a great blast of colour.

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Finally a street light shadow on a bridge – just simple shapes and colour really.00083063

All shots taken for the book cover market – thanks for looking and hope you like them!

A Few More Abstracts

Time for a few more I think, starting with a house reflected in a river, rotated and corrected for the obvious low contrast of the reflection. The green weeds underwater even look a bit like odd clouds…

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Next – a close up of a steam engine, very oily and the sunlight has provided some nice contrast.

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Finally some reclaimed window frames, nicely filthy and the ‘frames within the frames’ providing an irresistible subject.  00091384

As always these shots are taken for the book cover market, and all comments, critiques and questions are welcome.

Thanks for looking – hope you like them and they give you some creative ideas for your photography.

Shooting Cars

I’m not really into cars – well not in the sense of talking about engines and cylinder heads down the pub. If mine starts in the morning that’s all I need to know about it.

Morgan + Lensbaby plastic lens + barely perceptible chromatic aberration

However, cars do offer a real opportunity for some creative shooting. Some talented designer has spent months getting the perfect body shapes and colours.  A looked after car has nice glossy paint, shiny glass and chrome so  should look gorgeous. Even a  rusty wreck should look good too.

Rusty Wreck

So here are my best attempts so far – though it must be said I don’t find shooting cars that easy. Modern cars didn’t work that well, so these are all old ‘classics’. Don’t ask me what make/model they are – apart from the Jaguar, Morgan and the Jeep I haven’t a clue.

First a few shot on Agfaphoto APX100 developed in Rodinal 1+50 which gives it’s usual nice mid tones.

Jeep Steering Wheel

Another steering wheel on a military vehicle

APX100 toned in DXO filmpack

Just a wing mirror but a nice abstract

Don’t know what this is but it makes another nice abstract.

Second set is from some 1950s/60s cars, shot on the Lensbaby and run through the Canon 60D’s ‘Toy Camera’ creative filter. Other than these shots the creative filters haven’t been used that much, but it seems to work here.

Next a simple shot of a Jaguar headlight – can’t mess around with a classic.

And finally one from inside my car using the image in the side view mirror – just to be contrary.

As always these are taken for the book cover market, and all comments, critiques and questions are welcome.

Hope you like them and they give you some creative ideas for your photography.

I really must think of a better way to finish each article!