Cloud Abstract

Cloud Abstract - Port Quin, Near Port Isaac, North Cornwall

Cloud Abstract - Port Quin, Near Port Isaac, North Cornwall

This was taken at Port Quin, late on a beautiful summer evening as I was strolling back from Kellan Head after taking sunset shots. For me it encapsulates everything I felt about that day, though I realise for others it will be just a cloud. Have a great weekend.

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Texture – Porthcothan Beach, Near Padstow

Texture - Porthcothan Beach, Near Padstow, North Cornwall

Texture - Porthcothan Beach, Near Padstow, North Cornwall

This unusual texture was found on Porthcothan Beach and illustrates one of the great advantages of digital photography. I made his image about 20 minutes after the sun had dipped below the horizon and the area of this rock face was in quite deep shadow, but the camera was able to pick out all the textures. It has also given the image a cyan cast which I like. But what is it? It’s a cliff rock face that was covered with a slimy weed. Amazing what you can find on the beach !

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Flower Zoom

Flower Zoom - Lanhydrock Estate, Near Bodmin, North Cornwall (David Carvey)

Flower Zoom - Lanhydrock Estate, Near Bodmin, North Cornwall (David Carvey)

I have been expermenting lately with camera movements, that is moving the camera while taking the image. The image above is he result of one such experiment. How was it made ? First I selected a small aperture, in this case f25 and then took the shot while at the same time zoomed in to the scene. It took me a number of shots to get a satisfactory result, and ideally I could have done with a slower shutter speed, which in this case was 0.3 secs. I think in the future I will try an ND filter to try and extend the shutter speed, but for the moment I am very pleased with the result of this particular experiment. Of course I could have used the zoom blur function in Photoshop with the click of a couple of buttons, but I think this has a more organic feel as chance and luck have played a part in the creation of the image. Hope you like it. Feedback and Comments are always welcome

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Woodland Impression

Woodland Impression - Hart Wood, Near Bodmin, North Cornwall (David Carvey)

Woodland Impression - Hart Wood, Near Bodmin, North Cornwall

Here’s another of my impressionist images. Again captured by moving the camera vertically during exposure. I really like the results I am getting with this type of photography, although I realise that not everybody would be of he same opinion, nevertheless I will continue experimenting. Comments and Feedback are always welcome

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Bluebell Wood Impression

Bluebell Wood Impression - Pendarves Wood, Near Camborne, West Cornwall (David Carvey)

Bluebell Wood Impression - Pendarves Wood, Near Camborne, West Cornwall

After taking a number of bluebell images I was starting to get bluebell overload and was finding it difficult to find original compositions. I had recently been reading an article by Alan Briot describing how to use creative blur in-camera, so I thought I would try to create an image using these techniques. I needed a slow shutter speed so I attached my ND filter in order to reduce the shutter speed to about half a second, then moved the camera vertically at the same time pressing the shutter. Sounds easy doesn’t it, but in order to get a satisfying result I varied the speed of movement, the starting point and the shutter speed. In all I must have taken about 30 frames in order to get to this result. I think it presents a different view of a familiar subject and as such was exactly what I intended. I tried using the Blur tool in Photoshop but I felt the result was too mechanical, whereas this image has a more organic, hand-crafted feel. I hope you like it.

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Frozen in Motion

Frozen in Motion (David Carvey)

Frozen in Motion

This shot was taken at a shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, a speed I find difficult to imagine. It is the merest moment and has captured something that nobody can actually see with their naked eye. As such this is a ‘unique’ image capturing a moment in time that I would be unable to duplicate, well OK if I had taken another image immediately after, although similar it would not have been identical. This is what I find endlessly fascinating about photography, its ability to capture a single unrepeatable moment in time, or by extending the exposure speed and capturing and stretching time beyond the single moment. Only a camera can do this and reveal the nuances of a scene.

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Timeless – Treyarnon Bay, Near Padstow, North Cornwall

Timeless Two - Treyarnon Bay, Near Padstow, North Cornwall (David Carvey)

Timeless Two - Treyarnon Bay, Near Padstow, North Cornwall

Ocasionally I am at a location and am so engrossed in making an image that time seems to stand still and in this image I hope to convey that impression. I had decided to head off to Treyarnon Bay in the late afternoon and was walking the coastal footpath between Treyarnon and Constantine Bays when I cam across this scene. Yes it is very simple and could probably have been taken at any number of similar locations, but that is what I like about it, its lack of specific location information means the viewer does not have any visual clues to latch on to. This scene is also not time specific it could have been taken this year, 10 years ago or if you were able to time travel 2000 years ago, the scene would have been substantially the same. What the image represents to me is Time, the passing of time has not impinged itself upon these rocks or the waves that continue to break on them.

To make this image I set my tripod on the path, angled down towards the rocks, composed the scene, selected aperure and shutter speed and focussed, then I attached my 10stop ND filter to capture the image. The shutter was open for about 45 seconds, and in that time a dozen waves crashed on to the rock, hence the blurring effect on the water. The area of relatively calm water has taken on a lovely turquoise hue and provides a visual counterpoint to the turbulence around it. I have called this image ‘Timeless’ as it captures a slice of time, but is not of its time. I hope you like it.

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