December 31, 2016 at 10:56 am #13298January 3, 2017 at 10:25 pm #13376
I’ll kick off this month’s theme with a couple of photos of Christmas lights taken in Weston.January 6, 2017 at 9:53 pm #13413
Here’s a few more photos I took of the Cheshire Hunt just after New Years day:January 9, 2017 at 9:02 am #13420
Super start Peter, certainly seasonal in showing things happening this season, we could interpret it as pictures from our club season if anyone wants to really broaden things. I like the way the dogs seem to tumble down in a diagonal from the rider in the last shot. Of course the judge would moan about the number of people in the background, but the composition is very effective. I wonder too whether a softer treatment would work better. It is probably the effect of changing colour space. The shots I took on Saturday of the new Plaque, I lifted the saturation just a touch and they looked fine in Lr or Ps, where they are colour spaced correctly but, viewed on a web browser, without the proper colour correction they looked a bit alarming!January 9, 2017 at 2:34 pm #13422
Thanks for your comments John. That’s a good idea John as some members may not have taken any photographs over the festive season so the theme could be interpreted as being our club season.
In the last photo the hounds were in deep shadow while the huntsman was on brilliant shine. Every photographers nightmare. So the dogs had a blue cast and the huntsman was in a warm toned sunlight. I could have reduced the contrast more to soften it, but may have lost a decent black that I like to have. Perhaps I should have selected the dogs in lightroom and warmed up that area of the picture a bit.
I like to have people in the background if they are contributing to the picture by supporting the main subject. If they’re leaving the picture or look disinterested then they cause a problem for me. It’s a shame the little girl is wearing a pink coat which pulls the eye.January 10, 2017 at 4:37 pm #13423
I like the photos of the Cheshire Hunt and think they capture the energy of the dogs. The horse in the last one looks exhausted. I’m sure it isn’t easy to capture shots without getting trodden on but I’d love to have a go. Anyway I’ve dug out a few “seasonal” pics that I enjoyed taking.January 10, 2017 at 4:40 pm #13425January 10, 2017 at 4:41 pm #13427January 10, 2017 at 4:42 pm #13429January 10, 2017 at 4:45 pm #13431January 10, 2017 at 8:33 pm #13433
Thanks very much for posting these Kath. My photo of the tired horse was taken at the start of the event so the poor thing had to endure about 4 hours of cross country running! I waited for well over a hour but they hadn’t come back so I went as it was getting cold and the sun was dropping so I went home.
Your photos certainly display the festive spirit. I’m guessing that the first one was taken without flash under bright lights. I like the way you’ve caught the choir with their mouths wide open showing them singing. The church interiors are atmospheric and warmly lit and clearly have the Christmas spirit. I like second interior shot best. They both have good depth.
I like the lead in and lighting in the church exterior photo. Again it creates a good atmosphere. I think there’s a touch of colour noise in the sky that lightroom could help you to hide. It would have looked a lot different just after dusk with a bit more light in the sky. I think it may have helped.
The last one is totally different being taken of a frosty morning and converted to black and white. It creates a totally different fresh and frosty atmosphere. I like the layers of foreground, middle ground and background. I just feel that it needs a focal point for the eye to rest on. What do you think?January 11, 2017 at 4:03 pm #13438
Thanks for your comments Peter and I agree with all of them. The indoor shots were taken without flash as I wanted as natural an effect as possible. I probably should have used a tripod but tend to only do this when I really have to (being a bit lazy and not wanting to “miss the moment”). I had to use a tripod for the outside church shot as the natural light was all but gone. I used Lightroom to remove the noise but perhaps didn’t go far enough. The last pic was all about trying to convey the remoteness and “out of bounds” feeling of the old house on a cold winter’s day.
I like your themes because it gives me a chance to show some of my pictures outside the confines of competition and to get some feedback.January 16, 2017 at 9:58 am #13455
Here’s a few seasonal shots of a frosty Crewe Park:
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