It's that time of year again when we all look back on the year and pick out the good bad and the ugly bits. As a photographer it's a great exercise to review your images and choose your top 10 photos from the year.
When I do this I break it down into different genre's of photography, this year I've broken it down into 3 categories: Street photography, Personal, and Family. After I've done that I'll then choose my overall top 10 of the year.
Today is part 2 in my series of best of 2017, this time looking at some of my personal work which I often use for camera club competition. If you missed part 1 on Street Photography click here
Each year Boots holds a photography competition to create a fundraising calendar for Children in Need. This year's theme was 'Whatever the Weather' and I'm delighted to tell you that I'll have 2 were selected for this year's calendar! Out of 225 entries, two of my photos made it through to the calendar which will go on sale as part of Boots corporate fundraising for this year's Children in Need appeal. Sadly it won't be available to purchase in stores, but it will be available to buy in Boots Head Office and across other events to be announced.
Man I love black and white photography!!!
I love the how monochrome images are stripped back to 3 core things:
Colour gets right out of the way. Colour can sometimes be a distraction, your subject might be in be the foreground where you want the viewer to focus, but you've got this bright red object in the background. Guess where the viewers eye goes, well its not on your intended subject, its on the bright red object in the background!
This image isn't quite as extreme as my example above, but colour would definitely distract from the subject. The bright green grass in the foreground, or the lovely blue sky would draw your eyes attention away from the grey columns in my image.
So why did I take this image?
It's simple - the light!
The low light is casting these columns with beautiful evening sun light on one side and deep shadows on the other. The light gives these columns there shape and form. The fact that they are darker than the sky highlights the columns their tone. It's a simple but beautiful image.
So what's the story:
There are at least a couple of these structures on the beach front in Blackpool! Who would have thought it?!?! Blackpool! I could have taken this in the middle of the day and it would have looked dull, as I've already said, it's the lighting that makes the image.
I love black and white photography, but it's been one of the few times that I just knew this would be perfect for black and white. I switch the X100s into it's mono setting and just snapped a few frames, I didn't even consider a colour shot, the scene was black and white through and through.
Of course, I shoot in RAW, so I always have all the pixel information I need, whether that's black and white or colour.
Enjoy the weekend!