Looking back on 2013

So far this month I have not done very much photographically speaking, mostly due to a flu bug and then a persistent cough, which I still have!  However the close of the year is usually when most photographers look back over the year to take stock and assess the images they have made during the year.  I have tried to pick just one image for each of the year and have found it to be a difficult task.  After some deliberations this is my selection:

A cost wet January night

January: a wet night at the Titanic Signature Building

 

February flag protestor at City Hall

February flag protestor at City Hall

 

March - uniforms not in sync!

March – uniforms not in sync!

 

April snow at Spelga Dam

April snow at Spelga Dam

 

May and looking like Spring has arrived

May and looking like Spring has arrived

 

Installing the Clinton Exhibition in advance of the G8 Sumitt

June exhibition for G8, its the shadow that does it!

 

July at Craigavon House

July at Craigavon House

 

August, Lambeg Drum at Dundonald

August, Lambeg Drum at Dundonald

 

September: autumn on the horizon

September: autumn on the horizon

 

October mist at Spelga Dam

October mist at Spelga Dam

 

November at Ballintoy, but not looking like November!

November at Ballintoy, but not looking like November!

 

December with Brunswick Accordion Band

December with Brunswick Accordion Band

 Now looking forward to see what 2014 will bring!

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Repeat visits

Returning to Spelga Dam in the Mourne Mountains has taught me a couple of things. Despite the fact that I photographed this location from the same vantage point in 2010 it does pay to revisit locations and to experience different lighting conditions.  The second lesson is to develop patience, something I am not known for!  In my last visit I waited for three hours to get the shot I was after.  

Over the past two days I took around 150 photographs at this location, which is a bit over the top, but I have been rewarded with a couple of successful images.  The moral being that leaving with just one good image makes it worth the effort.

I did have a number of objectives which I set out to achieve, these were to capture the subtlety of the light and secondly to ensure that the texture of the snow was recorded. There is nothing worse that whiteout snow!  The last two days of shooting at this location has been very rewarding.  I have selected two  images, one from each day.

 

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Shooting in snow

With the unusually severe snow across the UK last week I thought I would make my way up the Mourne Mountains now that the worst of the snow has subsided to take some snowscape images before it all disappears. There are two problems with taking photographs in snow; the brightness of the snow fools the camera’s built in meter producing under exposed images which render the snow in an ugly grey hue and secondly the snow picks up colour cast from the surrounding light producing a blue tinge.

However these issues are easily dealt with.  In the first instance I keep a keen eye on the camera’s histogram and ensure that I am exposing to the right, but ensuring that I don’t blow out the highlights as it is important to retain the texture of the snow.  I can also use EV compensation if I need to.  This covers the metering issue.  The blue tinge issue is easily dealt with by adjusting the white balance when I am processing the images in Lightroom.

Shooting in snow can produce pleasing results by shooting as the sun sets, the following are some of the images from my Mourne Mountain shoot:

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Titanic Signature Building

In these images the snow reflects the hue of the light it was picking up and the sky reflects the pink hue from the setting sun.  This is what I was after!

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