NEW from Andy White, Shed Artist of the Week.

Fishing on a calm day at Dawlish

Fishing on a calm day Dawlish by Andy White

Fishing on a calm day Dawlish by Andy White

Last summer I went to Dawlish with some friends for a day out partly because it had been in the news a lot during the winter before last when the railway line was washed away. We had never visited and travelled by train for the complete experience. After lunching in the neighbouring town of Teignmouth in light rain we arrived in Dawlish to find the sun breaking through a thin veil of clouds. The flat sea seamlessly blended into the sky and coupled with a breakwater full of holidaymakers fishing made an un missable photo opportunity. But there was a problem – no camera. I had left mine behind because I always feel guilty about going off on my own taking photographs whilst in the company of friends. Luckily I was able to borrow my wife’s Panasonic compact and quickly produced some very worthwhile images.  The moral of the story is always go with an open mind as to photographic opportunities and do not forget to take some sort of camera.

 

White steps Lyme Regis

White steps Lyme Regis by Andy White

White steps Lyme Regis by Andy White

Several months ago on one of our many visits to Lyme Regis I noticed that the stone steps near the end of the Cobb had been recently repainted. After doing a bit of scouting around the scene I envisaged an early morning photograph on a very high tide using a big stopper filter to lengthen the exposure by ten times which would then flatten out any clouds and smooth the sea to accentuate the steps and wall. There were several potential problems with getting pictures of the Cobb at high tide in the winter namely dangerously large seas coming over the top and high water flooding the harbour walkway. The first time I went the weather was benign with a dull light pre sunrise and few grey clouds. I managed to take the image I had in mind and on processing found that one of the unexpected features which was not evident at the time of taking the photograph was the lovely reflection of the white wall of the steps. Re-appraising the image I wondered if I needed a bit of sunlight on the lower walkway on the Cobb and this would mean waiting later on in the year for the sun to rise further to the north. I returned a few weeks later but the resulting image was no so good due to the reflection of a white cloud on the sea in the foreground. I will try again another time!  Here is an example where meticulous planning enabled me to take the image I had envisaged earlier.

 

Avenue in fog

Avenue in the fog by Andy White

Avenue in the fog by Andy White

I love going out taking photographs in the fog or mist. Not only are colours accentuated but the spooky atmosphere gives a new dimension to photographs. The only bit of planning I did was to get up before sunrise and then decide whether to turn left or right out of my hotel. I know this area of Norfolk very well and being foggy there would be opportunities for photographs wherever I went. This image was taken in Lady Anne’s Drive at Holkham which is the road which goes from the coast road down to the beach. The majority of the trees have been planted at the same time which is an advantage as there is no discrepancy in size. The fog was coming and going and I took a whole series of images.

I have decided to present this image in a different way. I usually process my RAW files in a fairly normal way using levels, curves and black and white conversion. On this occasion I thought this image deserved a different approach and so I have used the digital version of the ‘Orton effect’ which entails layering multiple copies and manipulating focus and exposure.  I do hope you like the result!!

Artist of the Week: Andy White.

Some good photographs are produced as a matter of luck whereas most require a good deal of conscious or unconscious planning. Most photographers will take some sort of recording device with them at all times whether it be a SLR or compact camera, tablet or phone. They may well come across something which they feel a need to photograph and that could be considered as pure chance. 

Receding tide, Holkham by Andy White

Receding tide, Holkham by Andy White

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If you are staying in an area for a few days no doubt you will wander about and consciously look at the various opportunities on offer. From this we will, depending on experience, decide on the optimal time of the day, weather conditions etc etc to produce the photograph you have visualised in your mind.

Mist in the vales by Andy White

Mist in the vales by Andy White

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Some of the more professional operatives will consult Ordnance survey maps, tide tables, sunrise/set times and angles of the light at various times of the day and month of the year. This does make the whole experience almost like a military operation but careful planning can reduce wasted time and journeys.  I must admit there is one idea of a photograph I have thought about for years which requires a red, early morning sun to rise through mist along a particular part of our cliffs. As the sun only rises at this particular spot for about two weeks in the spring and again in the autumn it should be possible to produce but misty weather is unpredictable and I still wait for my picture.

Colmers Hill by Andy White

Colmers Hill by Andy White

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We’ll have more from Andy with some of his newest work later this week…

RNLI Photography by Andy Lyons

The RNLI is a charity close to the Shed teams heart. The Shed directors grew up by the sea and know many people who sail or who give up their time as serving members of the charity. They are brave local men who go out in all weathers selflessly risking their lives for others.

Andy Lyons our AOTW has uploaded a new collection of images and we will give 10% of every sale from this collection to the charity, so if you have ever thought of buying a print then maybe now is the time!

Winters Training by Andy Lyons

Winters Training by Andy Lyons

BUY IMAGE : Poole Lifeboat running up a wave during winter training exercise with Swanage lifeboat.

 

Swanage Lifeboat at Old Harry Rocks by Andy Lyons

Swanage Lifeboat at Old Harry Rocks by Andy Lyons

BUY IMAGE : Swanage Lifeboat punching through the waves at Old Harry Rocks on the Jurassic Coast.

 

Lifeboat Sunset by Andy Lyons

Lifeboat Sunset by Andy Lyons

BUY IMAGE : Shot from the Lifeboat, this unique shot captures the sunset, Old Harry Rocks and the Lifeboat on a stunning autumn evening.

 

Last Slip by Andy Lyons

Last Slip by Andy Lyons

BUY IMAGE : This was the last ever shot down the Swanage Lifeboat slipway before the slipway and boathouse were taken down in preparation for the new boathouse, slipway and boat.

Please go to Andy Lyon’s profile to view his whole collection.