By Any Other Name

The first rose in the garden has bloomed. This particular bush doesn’t produce many flowers, but it has a nice colour to it.
Rose
Rose

Alas, they don’t last forever.
petal

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Portrait

portrait

Of all the shots in my back catalogue, this is the one I’m proudest of. Taken six years ago, this was part of my first personal photo project. Taking advantage of the Government’s edict that parents could take a certain amount of unpaid leave to look after children, an opportunity presented itself where I needed to take a month off. I decided that I would spend the month following my two year old daughter around and capture that period of her life.

I decided on a 1 camera, 1 lens, 1 film approach for the month. My choices were a Nikon F100 (I really do miss that camera), a 50mm F1.8 AF-D and because most of the shots would be in the house I opted for Kodak T-MAX 3200 as my film.

This shot was taken as she was settling down for the night and was lit with a single bedside lamp, a simple and natural setup.

I love this shot. I like the composition, the way she is staring at the camera. I love the grain and the contrast of the film. Kodak really made a great film in the 3200 T-MAX emulsion. Most of all I really love the lighting, which for me, makes this image.

A sad anecdote: I posted this image elsewhere shortly after it was developed and someone commented that it was out of focus and too soft, suggesting I should have chosen a lower ISO. It made me realise that there was a generation of photographers growing up without understanding the finer points of film, especially a film like T-MAX 3200. Made me feel very lucky to have grown up on film.

More from the Wharfe

Otley Carnival today, and while we were waiting, we decided to feed the ducks on the River Wharfe. I didn’t get many shots as the swans were in a feisty mood, not only fighting the ducks for the bread, but each other. Plenty of hissing going on. I guess they were feeling a bit neglected today.

Swan

The ducks must have felt a bit hungry too as they came a little closer than usual today.

Duck

Now the carnival is over, I’m sure life will get back to normal and they’ll soon be feasting on the scraps of Otley’s loaves once more.

Checkmate

Chess game

This chess set is located outside the Central Library and Art Gallery and whenever the sun shines there are always people playing. Some of the games get quite a crowd and it’s hard to get a shot in, but the day I was there it wasn’t too bad. The previous match had just finished and the new game was about 4 or 5 moves in when I took the shot.

Versatile Blogger Award

versatile blogger award

A big thank you to Lea Jurock who nominated me for the Verstile Blogger Award (and apologies for not getting this post up for so long). Lea’s blog, Lea at Sea, is an inspiring mix of writing and photography. Well worth checking out.

The rules of The Versatile Blogger Award are:
If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded The Versatile Blogger award.

  • Thank the person who gave you this award.
  • Include a link to their blog.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

I know many of these blogs have received this award before, but it can’t hurt to get it again. These are the blogs I try to keep up with regularly…

  1. The Future is Papier Mache
  2. Claire Atkinson
  3. Mostly Monochrome
  4. ckponderings
  5. Helen’s Photomania blog
  6. Aileen Pettigrew
  7. Urban Archiver
  8. Shootabout
  9. the Climbing Bum
  10. Laura Lee Anderson
  11. Perpetuum Mobile
  12. Doli Siregar
  13. Personal Perceptions
  14. Walking with a Smacked Pentax
  15. Chris’ Creative Musings

Finally, 7 things about myself…

  1. As a kid, I was a member of the Air Training Corps.
  2. I was a Mormon missionary in Arkansas. I also got to spend time in Mississippi and Memphis.
  3. I like washing the dishes after dinner – I put on my music and I’m left to my own thoughts. Nice and peaceful.
  4. I’ve had 3 short stories published by Aphelion Webzine, and a 4th is almost ready for submission.
  5. I remember faces, but I’m hopeless at remembering names.
  6. My favourite movie is ‘The Breakfast Club’ – John Hughes’ finest hour.
  7. I read Orson Scott Card’s ‘Ender’s Game’ and ‘Speaker for the Dead’ every year. I gain something new every time I read them.