A perfect sandy beach within 2 minutes walk of our rented condo in La Jolla made for the best scenario for watching the surfers back-lit by the setting sun.
On my way back from a long walk in the sunlit woods of Ontario, my last photograph was of this splendid tangle of branches, leaves and seed heads. The afternoon sun was lighting up every little hair on the branches of the Sumac tree. Looking towards the sun made a rather lovely blue flare on the lens too.
Sleeping on a blow-up bed in the study for a couple of nights I awoke in the dark to this cheerful scene. The blue and green of the answering machine and the broadband router glowing away in contrast to the softer, warmer light of the sodium street-lamp, casting soft shadows of delicate foliage outside the window and wooden slatted blinds on the inside. In a sleepy fumble and with blurry vision, guessing at camera settings, I tried to hold the camera steady for the long exposures but I think I like the inevitable soft-focus result.
I am a great admirer of Thomas Heatherwick’s work and this week had the chance to see his Sitouterie in an Essex garden.
It is a hard subject to photograph but I went for the simple approach, looking in from the outside and looking out from the inside of the same corner. The metal spikes are hollow with amber translucent material at their tips so showing tiny spots of amber light on the inside. A young girl who happened to be there at the same time called to her grandfather “Grandpa, come and see, its the best bit of art I’ve ever seen” (I think she might have been 7 years old at the most!)
On the north side of the Thames estuary near Pitsea, Essex, the mud banks, marshy grassland and still water at low tide made for a magical scene of light playing on the water, deepening shadows as the light faded and the promise of the sounds of sea birds calling – a quiet place of reverie – an example of the south Essex landscape that my brother loved so much.
A difficult subject, looking across water and expanses of wet reflective mud towards the setting sun – I only had a phone camera but did some tweaking in Camera Raw afterwards. Unfortunately it is slightly out of focus but it has captured a moment and much of the detail of the scene, the paraphernalia of the crane, the wire fencing, the jetty, life buoys and all the complicated outlines of the boats. A tripod and a digital SLR would have made a better image and I should have included the top of the crane but I did successfully capture a moment in remembrance of my dear lost brother.
A lovely sight – sunset and rain over the Menai Straights