I’ve had another busy month for photography. It started off with me still working at the BBC’s semi-deserted Television Centre for a few days covering the Local Elections, and I’m still trying to catch up with the backlog of urbex images I made there. I promise to publish more soon! But I have been able to show you some of the Face Down Tuesdays I made there, namely the Dangerous Dentures Edition, Paint Shop Pro Edition, and Silent Escalators Edition.
May meant Mono MayHem was back! A month of mono image making, as well as my usual Photo A Day shots. Here’s one which was nearly selected for 30th May, a view of Dunston Staiths, taken on a murky bike ride along the Tyne:
I found some more great subjects for my 50 @ 50 project too. I made #18, #19, #20 at various locations close to home, and #21 in Newcastle, where I spent the last week of May visiting Alistair.
During my stay, we embarked on various northern outings, including a Tynemouth Cycle ride:
Alistair and I embarked on a long, hot, sunny bike ride to Tynemouth and back today – a round trip of about 17 miles. It’s the longest ride I’ve done for quite a few years, so I was glad of the pit stop at the pub for a refreshing pint at The Wooden Dolly in North Shields! The final hill up to Tynemouth Castle from sea level is a killer, but at least the Coat Road is mainly flat on the way back to Walkergate.
Willington Cut Bridge takes the Metro over the valley and on towards the coast:
Today I received my report card from the 2nd Annual Port Talbot International salon. I was pleased with 3 entries last year, but absolutely chuffed to find 7 out of my 12 entries have been accepted this time around – a definite improvement! Here they are:
They had recieved 12,049 images from 1,122 entrants across four sections, and the acceptance rate was approximately 30%. So I’ve beaten the average with nearly double that (58%)!
Light painting indoors or spinning physiograms are fun, and can be a great creative stop-gap when its raining or too dark for anything else. But it is a bit of a cop out… Some amazing effects can be seen when you venture outdoors and find the right location for your light painting activities.
It’s often tricky to balance the exposure for the ambient light of your scenery versus the light from your painting tools. That’s where the experimentation comes in.
After getting my LED Lenser V24 and Disney lightsabres early in the year, I had a go at light painting in various locations. This one was made with Alistair in Newcastle, with him waving the Lenser wand around while I minded the camera. It nearly made it for Day #1533:
I ventured out alone a few days later when I returned home. Hylands Park is pretty deserted after dark – but you can clearly see the flow of traffic on the A414 next to it. This one nearly made it for Day #1548:
I even had the foresight to drag the Lenser with me when I did the Paris overnight shoot in June – in the pouring rain! This one nearly made it for Day #1616:
Since then, I had not done any outdoor work until recently, when friends from GNPC suggested an after dark Light Painting workshop at a churchyard in the middle of nowhere. Several of us had fun using various tools. Here’s one image which were near misses for Day #1774:
When I was heading to the seaside the other day, I thought there may be a chance of an interesting location at dusk, so packed the light painting tools in the car. I got a few shots before the batteries in my LED Lenser were about to fade – this one nearly made it for Day #1789:
As you can see, with the right location, you can get some pretty impressive results. In another post, I will tell you a little bit about my lightpainting tools. And I’ll be sure to write more when I set about using them to make Orbs and Domes – hopefully soon!
I had a few photographic opportunities during March, mainly from a week long trip back to Newcastle for Science Week. Beamish Open Air Museum was an interesting place to visit and the sun even shone for a while!