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Watching my wife, Mandy, knitting baby clothes, concentrating, and being lit by a stray beam of light, put me in mind of the techniques of the old Dutch masters, hence the title.
|Fields of Barley
Walking near Terrington with my camera in an afternoon when the light was very flat, and in somewhat short supply, I took some shots with my 500mm mirror lens, which on my camera, is a 750mm equivalent, and a fixed aperture of f10. Tricky because its hand held, with a very fast shutter speed, and the ISO wound up to max. When I saw the results I was a little disappointed, but, with a bit of work, I got what I regard as a pleasing, atmospheric result.
Oil flower was created to go into our recent creative competition, but there was a bit of a mix up, and it was never judged. However, I like it, and Harry passed a positive opinion, so here it is.
It has been described as the best view in Yorkshire, and has been photographed many times by far better photographers than me. So, when I find myself standing at the top of Sutton Bank with my camera in my hand, I just have to have a go. The weather was very changeable, but I liked the sky, and I think it makes quite a dramatic shot.
On the same walk that got me to the previously described image 2, I shot a few of the poppies that were in amongst the barley. Most of the images I took were where there were quite a few poppies grouped together, but this single poppy stood out as the best shot.
This guy looks so intelligent, so all knowing, so cool, he deserved to be photographed.