Artist of the Week Tim Firkins with his submission for Instant.

Swan at Hatchet Pond

Whilst stood on the edge of the water at Hatchet Pond in the New Forest, preparing to capture some long exposure shots of the setting sun, I noticed this swan heading into shot from the right. After frantically adjusting camera settings to make sure I could freeze the swan in the frame, I managed to get the timing just right and was able to capture the silhouette of the swan’s reflection in the water.

Swan at Hatchet Pond by Tim Firkins

Swan at Hatchet Pond by Tim Firkins

During the floods of 2013 I’d heard that the water on the river around Hamble-le-Rice was particularly high, so I headed down to the village’s small harbour early one morning. I spotted this small boat at anchor which had partially sunken as the waters rose, and was pleased to be able to capture it as the sun rose just out of frame to the right.
Sunken Boat on the Hamble River by Tim Firkins

Sunken Boat on the Hamble River by Tim Firkins

The waters around Kommetjie in South Africa are alive with Crayfish, much to the delight of fisherman and locals. Whilst visiting late one Sunday afternoon I spotted the chance to capture this atmospheric shot as the setting sun briefly broke through a gap in the clouds.
Fishing for Crayfish, Kommetjie, South Africa

Fishing for Crayfish, Kommetjie, South Africa

This war memorial, depicting a First World War soldier, stands overlooking Winchester Cathedral and on this day proved particularly poignant since there was a military funeral taking place in the cathedral. It was difficult to capture the moment without intruding on the privacy of those attending, so I chose this particular composition in order to keep the mourners out of shot.
Monument to the Fallen by Tim Firkins

Monument to the Fallen by Tim Firkins

The beautiful old town of Gamla Stan in Stockholm, Sweden, deep with snow and completely deserted. This was the coldest I’ve ever been in the pursuit of a photograph, but the light from the old street lamps brilliantly illuminating the coloured old buildings made it worthwhile.
Gamla Stan in The Snow by Tim Firkins

Gamla Stan in The Snow by Tim Firkins

The New Forest is scattered with numerous unassuming clearings; you can walk or drive past one day and notice nothing of note, whilst the next day you’re presented with a captivating and beautiful scene. This shot was captured on a late autumn afternoon whilst on a drive through the forest with my two young boys. The sun bursting through the trees and illuminating the leaves floating on the brook was awe inspiring!
Autumn Light in the New Forest by Tim Firkins

Autumn Light in the New Forest by Tim Firkins

The Oasis Cafe on Lake Travis in Texas, built into the hillside above the vast lakes, is a famous location to which people come from miles around to watch the sun set. Having been there a couple of times previously, I was aware that it was likely to be very busy on this particular occasion which would make capturing the “classic” sunset picture difficult without lots of people in shot. I therefore decided to go looking for alternative view points, and this shot of the sun setting behind a deserted part of the building, with a statue of a trumpeting boy in the foreground, was the very satisfying result!
Texas Sunset Statue by Tim Firkins

Texas Sunset Statue by Tim Firkins

Taken from the harbour wall at St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall, this photo was actually captured on a family holiday whilst waiting to board a boat trip around the island. A miserable start to the day’s weather had given way to broken sunshine, and as I noted the interesting cloud formations against the deep blue sky I kept the boat waiting until the very last minute so I could capture this shot!
St Michael's Mount Harbour by Tim Firkins

St Michael's Mount Harbour by Tim Firkins

Artist of the Week Debra Cox with her submission for Instant.

Whimsical Fields of Winter – Wading through wet fields and looking for some inspiration, I saw the light change which was also reflected on the broken riverbank so I captured the moment.

Whimsical Fields of Winter by Debra Cox

Whimsical Fields of Winter by Debra Cox

 

Tunnel of Light – A spontaneous capture where I noticed the light coming through the bare branches which gave an illusion of a tunnel.

Tunnel of Light by Debra Cox

Tunnel of Light by Debra Cox

 

Rustling Autumn Leaves – A walk through a woodland in Autumn to capture some colour when I turned around and captured this beautiful corridor of colour richness.

Rustling Autumn Leaves by Debra Cox

Rustling Autumn Leaves by Debra Cox

 

Birds through a lens – Seagulls were scrambling for titbits on the shore when I momentarily captured them in mid-flight.

Birds through a lens by Debra Cox

Birds through a lens by Debra Cox

 

Twisted Cloud – My intention was to capture spitfires performing a flyby but noticed the quick changing cloud formation with their unique patterns and mystical light coming through that really caught my eye.

Twisted Cloud by Debra Cox

Twisted Cloud by Debra Cox

 

Pompoms – Cherry Blossom in a pompon formation captured between showers and changing clouds in this fleeting Spring image.

Pompoms by Debra Cox

Pompoms by Debra Cox

 

Boat – How could a static boat be an instant or spontaneous image? Well this was captured in changing light in Dungeness. Another moment and the timber detail would’ve looked different again!

Boat by Debra Cox

Boat by Debra Cox

 

Boy on Rocks – This should’ve been aptly named ‘Child’s Play’ as this was a momentary capture of a young boy (my son) playing on rocks, briefly stopping to sit down.

Boy on Rocks by Debra Cox

Boy on Rocks by Debra Cox