Last orders for Christmas

Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting some of our most viewed and biggest selling images from our gallery.

We all hope to convert our creative process into a sale, which as I’ve written extensively about before is very difficult. It takes time and dedication both by galleries and the creatives themselves. However there are many, many people who write to us and send us messages through social media saying how much they admire the work we show and how they will one day find the right place or the right time to buy an image.

With Christmas fast approaching and orders and still coming in we have a deadline of tomorrow, Friday 12th for all orders that need to be received in time for Christmas. Here are a few of our favourite wintry images that are new in the gallery by Nathalie Roberts called First Cold

Kris Dutson, whose image Cool Dawn was published in both the Guardian and the Times

We will keep taking orders but if you absolutely have to get that perfect photograph for a gift then please do so by then.

During the dates of the 21st December to the 5th of January we will be taking some time to recharge the batteries for the coming year with changes to our website and dates for upcoming exhibitions to be announced in 2015.

The Cobb at Christmas

The Cobb at Christmas by Rob Coombe.

Ben and Chelsea

Susan Furber chooses her favourites from her fellow Shed Creatives.

 

My passion is landscape photography, inspired by travel.  I very rarely include people in my imagery.  I love looking at other styles of photography, particularly travel, wildlife and macro and enjoyed looking through the images of the great creative on the site.  These are a few that caught my eye:

 

Martin Gillman – The First Tree

The First Tree by Martin Gillman

The First Tree by Martin Gillman

I am a sucker for a great sky – I love clouds – the way they form different textures, patterns and the way they can completely alter the mood of an image.  I am also a very strong black and white enthusiast, so this image by Martin with the beautiful light, tree in silhouette and the amazing sky definitely caught my eye.

 

Stephen Banks – Milky Way above Durdle Door

Milky Way above Durdle Door by Stephen Banks

Milky Way above Durdle Door by Stephen Banks

Having been lucky enough to live in the Dorset area for the last 3 years, and explore some of the amazing landscapes and landmarks, Stephen’s unique captures of the landmarks with ‘stargazing’ skies caught my attention recently on the site and social media.

 

Charlotte Fielding – The Fire Mountains

The Fire Mountains by Charlotte Fielding

The Fire Mountains by Charlotte Fielding

I have just returned from a short photography trip to Patagonia, with some stunning mountain ranges I know how difficult they are to photograph with the weather and conditions playing a bit part in the opportunities.  I love this image by Charlotte, captures the glimpse of sunlight on the snow covered mountains perfectly – a beautiful capture.

 

Rachael Talibart – Tulip 2

Tulip 2 by Rachael Talibart

Tulip 2 by Rachael Talibart

I met Rachael on a landscape workshop, and love her style and captures, but it is her macro work that I particularly like.  I love experimenting with macro, and capturing different angles and viewpoints on such detail subjects is a challenge.  Rachael does this extremely well in my opinion.  This is one of my favourites from her macro collection

 

Astrid McGechan – Twilight

Twilight by Astrid McGechan

Twilight by Astrid McGechan

This image caught my attention because of the beautiful blue tones and the composition which I loved, of the rocks leading up to the snowy mountains.  This is also a location that is very high on my wish list to visit – Norway!

Shed Artist of the Week, Susan Furber.

Introduction

I am really pleased to have the opportunity to join the Shed Photography Community, as a new creative, after seeing the great opportunity it provides to showcase my work as well as meet other creatives.  Here is a bit of background about me and my photography journey.

The morning after by Susan Furber

The morning after by Susan Furber

What first drew you to photography?

I started my photography journey back in high school, learning how to process black and white film and then did a further advanced course later while I was working.   I tended to only really dabble in a street photography, travel landscapes, a bit of wildlife and some macro in parks and gardens.  When I started a working holiday in the UK 6 1/2 years ago, I bought a new digital SLR, a Canon 400D, before I left, but had no idea how to really use it – as I hadn’t learnt much about digital shooting or editing.  I loved taking snaps on my travels and was drawn to capturing the landscapes of countries more so than people.

In 2008 I went on a photography workshop in the Pyrenees with Fine Art Black and White photographer, Jonathan Chritchley through his workshop company, Ocean Capture.  He taught me how to shoot in manual mode, how to start to see and compose images differently, but more importantly about connecting more with the emotion of photographing.  This trip ignited in me a passion for capturing the landscapes of the amazing locations I have been able to travel to and I have been developing my style over time with my travels.

Sea horse by Susan Furber

Sea horse by Susan Furber

What is your favourite photographic memory, and why?

I have been lucky to have done three trips to Iceland, a popular location for photographers nowadays, but on my first trip is was relatively unknown.  The third trip was a complete 360 trip around the island to photograph the varying landscapes from the rugged west coast to the waterfalls in the South.  In the west, we stayed in this great little guest house and early one morning I got up to explore and photograph sunrise along the waters edge.  I was completely by myself, lost in my long exposure shoot, joined only by a sheep on the shore and a seal in the water.  It was such a surreal moment.  This was also the morning after witnessing the Northern Lights for the very first time, so it will always be a very special memory and place for me.

Who is your favourite photographer, and why?

This would have to be Jonathan Chritchley (http://jonathanchritchley.com/) who has taught me more about photography than I could ever expect one person to do.  I am not a very ‘technical’ photographer and I think this is why I never previously completely connected with all the fstops and numbers, there was a missing link – which he has helped me find.  His images, which are fine art and black and white evoke emotion and every new one I see I like more than the last.  A mentor and friend.

South Wales by Susan Furber

South Wales by Susan Furber

What would be your ideal camera, and where would you take it?

I have just recently upgraded to the Canon 5D Mark 3, which I have just used on my trip of a lifetime in Patagonia.  There are many more countries and locations on the list to explore still, including a return to my home country, Australia next month to continue the photographic journey.

Tell us what you enjoy most about your own work, and what has inspired you recently.

Learning the long exposure technique was a big find for me.  It enables me to take a photograph how I love to – caught up in the moment, finding peace and tranquility in the busy world we live in and with only the sounds around me.  I enjoy trying to see new perspectives on things, finding a different angle, or viewpoint – I am not always completely successful but I enjoy trying.  I was recently inspired by a workshop I did in France where we were introduced to Michael Levin, a very successful Canadian photographer. His journey, approach and editing process were all completely different from mine but I learnt so much about thinking outside the square, persistence and having your own identify, all of which are vitally important to me and my work.

Stormy Sun by Susan Furber

Stormy Sun by Susan Furber

Do you have bursts of creativity – and when/where are you most creative?

Definitely – I often have times when I know it is not worth going out and shooting as I am just not feeling it and then others when I am inspired.  Generally when I am relaxed, calm and happy I am at my most creative.  I love photographing the ocean and have spent much time over the last few years doing this, but I also very much enjoy wandering around parks, or gardens with my macro lens to find some of the smaller details in life as well as the larger landscapes.  This is an area I would like to develop further in the future

What are the most important elements of a successful photo?

I think for me, it has to be that it evokes an emotion in the viewer.  I know this sounds cliché and is not necessarily the best selling image, but it needs for someone to see it and say…’I remember’…or ‘I feel….’

I find commercial imagery very ‘samey’, especially now that the digital world enables us to view so many more images than we ever could, so something a bit unique or a different viewpoint, for me is also an important element of a successful photo.

 

Tell us about your favourite photograph…

One of my favourite photographs that I have taken, is called Determination and is available in my Collection and also on my website.

Determination by Susan Furber

Determination by Susan Furber

Ironically this is not a traditional landscape image or part of my usual style, but it had many of the elements that I love –  enabled me to capture movement, emotion, landscape and wildlife.  It was taken on an Ocean Capture trip to the Camargue in France, where the white horses run through the sea and the plains and the feelings of freedom, anticipation, excitement and calm all engulf the photographer over the course of the shoot.  I won a small prize for this image, so it has a special place in my heart as the first of my images to do so.

How do you spend a creative day? 

The ideal creative day for me involves shooting, preferably in the morning at a new location that I am seeing for the first time. I have started trying to use different techniques and come up with ideas as I shoot – so generally the location is ideally visited a further time to fine-tune the image ideas.  This isn’t always possible on big trips away or far-away locations, so I try and be creative as I can within the timeframe given.  I also quite enjoy editing my images, but I have learnt that it is better to give a bit of time between shooting and editing, so that you don’t have the emotion of the image tied up in your edits, so it is a more measured process and image selection and processing can be done more accurately.

What’s next

I have now travelled to over 20 countries and have visited 6 continents to explore and develop my portfolio.  In December I will be returning to live in Australia again, after 6 years in the UK.
I am currently planning some further photographic travels, including some time travelling around my home country, Australia and hopefully further visits to Africa, Asia and South America.

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