Recently, I was fortunate to go hot air ballooning during the Canberra Balloon Festival (a gift from my thoughtful wife). It was a fabulous experience, and I was able to take a fairly large collection of images. The flight was early in the morning, and as we drifted over the fields below, what constantly struck me were the wonderful lines, patterns and shadows evident in the strong cross-lighting of the morning sun.
Later, when looking through the images to do some editing, I felt strongly that many of the images would look great in monochrome, because it would emphasise the strong pattern of lines, shadows and textures. I have created a new gallery of images under the "Projects" menu above, where you can see the full collection of images that make up the "From Above" project.
Geoff, April 2012
I've begun to be quite a fan of photo projects recently. I find that it's very easy to be unfocussed (no pun intended ;-) ) when my photographic activity consists of going out to find something that might be interesting to shoot. Sometimes I'll come home with a few good images, but this is by good luck rather than good management or discipline. However when I set myself a photo project with a particular theme and style, I find it far more likely that I can produce a series of images that I am proud of.
I've just recently added an extra set of pages to my website under the general heading of Projects , and added 2 photo projects that I did some work on during 2011.
The first is Streams which is a series of monochrome images in which I explored the movement of water in mountain streams. I chose to present them in mono because the emphasis could more readily be on light and water movement, free of the distraction that colour can sometimes bring to images.
The second is one I completed over the Christmas break, titled Shoreline , and again, the images are in monochrome to emphasise form and texture that can be found just by simply taking a stroll along the ocean shoreline for a couple of hours.
My happiness with the way these have turned out from an artistic point of view have given me encouragement to continue to set myself photo projects. Why not give it ago yourself ?!
Geoff, January 2012
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