|Pictorial Composition, E Gordon Barber, Fountain Press|
Back in 1946, most photographic work was done in monochrome. Monochrome was a medium with which I loved to work and must admit to still thoroughly enjoying this medium to this day. Being able to picture an image as a monochrome shot focusses your eyes on structure and form; vital components of a strong image. Where the various elements of an image are placed as well as how they interact with each other can either make or break the shot or transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.
So let me start off this series (if indeed that ever happens) with some photographs of daffodils. For the first image I was really inspired by the light on the leaves and that almost misty look to things. I was looking at the leaves, noticing highlights as the sunlight hit water droplets on leaves and how the leaf colours changed when the light was reflected or passed through the leaf. I looked at scenes with the light in front of me, and also with the light behind me. Looking into the sun emphasized the misty appearance of the light and then I spotted a daffodil. The way the light passed through its petals was just gorgeous, and then there were the highlights in the background. Using a tripod I managed to get into a position where I could include all the elements that I'd been enjoying on my walk. Highlights from water droplets on leaves, somewhat misty appearance to the scene and nice play of light on some of the leaves. I used an 85mm lens at f2.8 as I wanted the background soft and those highlights to be as round as I could get them. Exposure was measured for the flower as I really wanted detail in the petals. f2.8 let me get most of the petals in focus.
|Lone Daffodil in the early evening light. Hall Lee Bank Park, Westhoughton, England.|
|Daffodils in my front yard. Auckland New Zealand.|
|So many daffodils!! Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate, England.|