Wild Flower Meadow 2 – to suggest is to create

_MG_6640I am getting the hang of colour photography now, the inoculations really helped!

I was asked by Fat Man if my mono photography has gone?

Below is my reply to his question.

Mono hasn’t gone its just that I have found ways to explore colour. I’ve had Color Efex Pro for years and never opened it, when I did, I found it worked completely differently to Silver Efex. So I left it. Then I watched a not very good Color Efex tutorial on YouTube recently and thought this isn’t so scary after all. At the same time I found a Lensbaby Zone plate adapter that I had forgotten about that gives soft glow in the highlights.

So I combined the softness and glow with film grain. This combination reminded me of a book called “By the sea” by Robert Farber done in the 80’s with Agfa 1000 ASA film.

There is no such thing as a new idea in photography only combining and adapting old ideas.

Then I did some proof prints to replicate the size of the Agfa 1000 film grain. So its a work in progress at the moment. The idea was to take a couple of thousand pictures and may produce up to 20 A2 prints as part of talks and training courses.

The point is that these pictures are interpretations – I have taken over 500 pictures in three different locations hand held with shutter speed of around  1/2 sec – sharpness is very over-rated. But sharpness can be controlled if you have the vision and craft to make your own pictures and not take what the camera gives you.

If you want to learn how to take control of your camera before you press the button see the ABC of CameraWork course on my website.

A big hello to all the new followers of my blog this week.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014


7 responses to Wild Flower Meadow 2 – to suggest is to create

  1. LensScaper says:

    I’m enjoying this new phase, Andy. And your writing reminds me it’s about time I unearthed the Nik software I bought a while back and still haven’t up loaded. where does all the time go to when you are retired?!


    • andybeel says:

      Hi Andy yes its strange how some things that are the flavour of the month when new slip away in to disuse. May be its because with use we find out the real pro’s and cons! True for me with Silver Efex. Andy


  2. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful picture, Andy, and good to read about your experiments with colour. One thing’s for sure, as you say – “sharpness is very over-rated” – you’ve never said truer words! For some it is the one thing and it certainly has its place – and the new Nikon D810 is touted as being sharper than sharp – but really, in the right context, softness is equally valuable. Adrian


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