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SteveBudd
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Shot of the week - Sunday 10 Feb 2019

Postby SteveBudd » Sun 10 Feb 2019, 19:55

Hi folks.

I'm up for trying for a shot a week from this point, so opening the batting is 'Black sky', a shot snagged on the Ricoh GRII while Ruth and I were out thrashing the dogs at Selsdon Wood. I've been a fan of Don McCullin for well over two decades. McCullin would often shoot landscapes between conflicts, as a means of trying to escape the psychological consequences of the terrible things he'd recorded through his camera over the years.

He admitted that even so, his experiences still led him to style his routinely monochrome images in a dark and brooding way that deliberately rendered the landscape almost overtly threatening, with high contrast tones.

I had Don in mind as we stopped at a bench mid way up Great Field. The sun was in and out from behind clouds when I glanced up at the over reaching branches and with the Ricoh set to 'High Contrast Monochrome' ran off a few shots, anticipating adding a red filter in post processing to blacken the sky and lift the cloud.

In McCullin-esque style, the dark branches reach over the viewer, filtering the view of the sky, while the trees beyond are an impenetrably dark barrier.
Looks like I chose the wrong week to quit amphetamines... :D :D :D

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Re: Shot of the week - Sunday 10 Feb 2019

Postby Iggy » Sun 10 Feb 2019, 20:35

Hi Steve,
Welcome to SOTW.
I have just come off from watching Don McCullin's "Looking for England" on BBC4 Iplayer.
Rather enjoyed it and picked up a few ideas too. Noticed that Don liked shooting in portrait rather than landscape.

Nice image, full of foreboding.
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Re: Shot of the week - Sunday 10 Feb 2019

Postby Mike Farley » Mon 11 Feb 2019, 08:02

Hi Steve

Welcome to shot of the week. I hope that you will have fun doing it.

I have heard good things about the lens on the GR cameras and based on your shot it does seem to have done well in picking out the details. It helps emphasise the starkness of the trees at this time of year.

Iggy wrote:Noticed that Don liked shooting in portrait rather than landscape.

Well, he certainly orientates his camera vertically for portraits, but I did not see any evidence in the programme or looking online that he does so routinely in the remainder of his work.
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Re: Shot of the week - Sunday 10 Feb 2019

Postby SteveBudd » Tue 12 Feb 2019, 16:14

Iggy wrote:Hi Steve,
Welcome to SOTW.
I have just come off from watching Don McCullin's "Looking for England" on BBC4 Iplayer.
Rather enjoyed it and picked up a few ideas too. Noticed that Don liked shooting in portrait rather than landscape.

Nice image, full of foreboding.
Iggy


Hi Iggy.

Thanks for that.
I still have the DM documentary to watch (I remember a much earlier one narrated by Melvin Bragg I believe). I dug out his book 'Perspectives' that I bought many moons ago and the images are a mix of portrait and landscape (keyed to the subject), so perhaps he's used portrait more in recent times?
I'm a big fan of Fay Godwin too - here's a documentary on You Tube that's worth a look, albeit not great quality on the imaging and sound but engaging nonetheless.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JE8I44Ak7o


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Re: Shot of the week - Sunday 10 Feb 2019

Postby SteveBudd » Tue 12 Feb 2019, 16:43

Mike Farley wrote:Hi Steve

Welcome to shot of the week. I hope that you will have fun doing it.

I have heard good things about the lens on the GR cameras and based on your shot it does seem to have done well in picking out the details. It helps emphasise the starkness of the trees at this time of year.

Iggy wrote:Noticed that Don liked shooting in portrait rather than landscape.

Well, he certainly orientates his camera vertically for portraits, but I did not see any evidence in the programme or looking online that he does so routinely in the remainder of his work.


Hi Mike.

Thanks for that.

Aware that a GRIII is pretty close, I still bought a new GRII and have to say am glad I did, although there remains an ever present danger I'll wind up with the new kid on the block if the reviews are right.

As you know, it lacks an AA filter, an aspect that's billed as one reason it spits out sharp images but the glass is well regarded too, so I guess the two combine to give the results it does. I absolutely love it - the Archilles Heel is its apparent predilection to suck dust into the body when the lens goes to sleep but I carry a mini rocket blower and use it prior to shut down. I also have a third party metal dust cap but this has to be removed prior to start up to avoid killing the lens motor.

A cracking bit of kit.


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Re: Shot of the week - Sunday 10 Feb 2019

Postby Laura » Fri 15 Feb 2019, 11:17

SteveBudd wrote:Hi folks.

I'm up for trying for a shot a week from this point, so opening the batting is 'Black sky', a shot snagged on the Ricoh GRII while Ruth and I were out thrashing the dogs at Selsdon Wood. I've been a fan of Don McCullin for well over two decades. McCullin would often shoot landscapes between conflicts, as a means of trying to escape the psychological consequences of the terrible things he'd recorded through his camera over the years.

He admitted that even so, his experiences still led him to style his routinely monochrome images in a dark and brooding way that deliberately rendered the landscape almost overtly threatening, with high contrast tones.

I had Don in mind as we stopped at a bench mid way up Great Field. The sun was in and out from behind clouds when I glanced up at the over reaching branches and with the Ricoh set to 'High Contrast Monochrome' ran off a few shots, anticipating adding a red filter in post processing to blacken the sky and lift the cloud.

In McCullin-esque style, the dark branches reach over the viewer, filtering the view of the sky, while the trees beyond are an impenetrably dark barrier.
Looks like I chose the wrong week to quit amphetamines... :D :D :D

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Steve

Hi Steve, a belated welcome to the "one-a-week" sub club :D
And what a greatly moody image to start with! High contrast mono really served you well. I do like the way the branches extend over the viewer, as you say - intriguing and almost impenetrable. The cloud behind them adds interest.

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