Shaldon Lighthouse

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Walking along Shaldon seafront I noticed this chap with his patient girlfriend setting up his Tripod, pulling out his gurt big camera from his oversized rucksack, he set the camera on the tripod. Out came the filters, then the light meter. 10 minutes later he was still there and finally set to take the shot. “Morning,” I said as I pulled out the ol’ Trip. A quick click later and I was on my way to the cafe with my wife to enjoy a nice hot cuppa…… And the chap? I believe he is still there 🙂

Film: Fomapan 400
Development: Paranol S 1:20 7mins

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Composition

Now, before you read this little piece I’d like to make it clear that I’m no expert but I currently have my head buried in a fantastic book on composition that has made me look just that little bit more closely when peering through the viewfinder.

Below is a quick snapshot I took whilst travelling across Dartmoor.  We stopped off for a quick cuppa in the camper and I spotted this stunning mountain just begging to be captured.col259

A nice scene I thought, but surely it could be made just that little bit better.  A quick ramble around and things got a bit more interesting.

col258.jpgSame mountain but now we have some added foreground interest , tucked in just to the left and obeying the “Rule of Thirds”.  The tree also gives the scene a sense of scale, something to gauge the size of the mountain.  Anyway, the point is when you see a scene that draws your attention you’ve sometimes got to take your time and  look around a bit.

The book is called “The Photographer Eye” and it by Michael Freeman.