Monthly Archives: December 2016

Woodwork

Another couple of shots from my trip to St Albans Cathedral. One thing that always gets me about these places is while everyone gawps at the vast spaces inside, fewer people look at the details- the stonework, the detailing on the pews etc.

I came across a bench with some amazing scrolling woodwork on the ends . I don’t know how old it was, but bearing in mind that I walked past a “poor box” later on ( these are where people would give alms to the destitute) that dated from the 1600’s,it could have been hundreds of years old.

It was pretty dark in there so I whacked the ISO up to 1600, with an f-stop of 2.8 and handheld (as neither tripods or flash are allowed) at 1/6 sec. I’m amazed I managed to get it in focus at that speed to be honest!

As I was leaving by the south transcept door,I wanted to get a shot of that as well. Again handheld by increasing the ISO to max ( 1600 on my Canon 550d) and a exposure time of 1/4 sec. There is some blur on this I’ll be honest but I thought I’d add it anyway!

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Contemplation

I thought this picture was appropriate at this time of year. It’s from within St Albans Cathedral, which was built in the 11th century , after St Alban who lived in Roman St Albans in the 3rd century.

It’s a beautiful old building, set in an a very picturesque market town. (I posted some pictures from the St Albans conservation area a few months back, and it really is an olde-worlde English look). What made it more attractive the day I went was to escape from the Christmas shopping crowds; there was a marked difference between the streets outside and within the cathedral.

This is an image of the Lady Chapel, on the eastern side of the cathedral. The nave was busy as there was a carol service about to start, but I particularly liked this one, it seems the best fit today. Some time out from consumerism and five minutes to think.

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Blue Monday

Well it’s Tuesday actually but I thought I’d shoehorn a New Order reference in thereto link to more abstract shots that are…..based on the colour blue!

The second one should probably give you a clue as to what I was shooting. I’ve also realised that I never actually talk about what I’ve done or how I did it- this is normally because I’m just experimenting and seeing what happens in terms of how the shots come out.

I’ve always been interested in macro but can’t stretch to a macro lens in terms of cost, so I bought some close up filters for £20 a while back. I keep them just to use on my kit lens, and this time I went the whole hog and stacked all 4 on the lens- a+10,+4,+2 and a +1. That creates a pretty shallow depth of field! It did give me some interesting shots though.

I used a table lamp to sidelight it on my kitchen table, with some blue card underneath it so that I could try and keep the colour constant. Then I used my limited Photoshop knowledge to increase the saturation and tint a bit.

Let me know what you think! ( And also what you think it is!)

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Frozen flower

Forgot this one last time I posted, it was actually my favourite one I shot that day. I liked how the flower is frozen in time and obviously will never progress now as the frost will have damaged it.

I couldn’t get it to look how I wanted at first, the sun was quite low at that time in the morning and it was a rich warm glow on this flower. But when I shot it it was too harsh. I underexposed by a stop and got it to look right to me ie more how it did to my eye. That’s something I wouldn’t have known to do 6 months ago! I didn’t do any editing to it, I liked it straight out of camera.

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