This is the first entry in my year long assignment to capture Emsworth through the months.
This is my final week of black and white, and whilst I don’t have any profound lessons to share it has been an interesting month. At times frustrating as colour can often define an image, but overall my fascination with mono has increased.
Week 3, the week I finally cracked. I awoke early on Saturday to a crisp and clear winter’s morning and decided to take a walk around Emsworth Harbour. I was treated to a particularly beautiful sunrise, the sky a fiery orange and vibrant blue contrasting wonderfully with the cold white frost covering the Quay and Mill Pond. How could I represent this dramatic scene in black and white and ignore those glorious colours? I couldn’t… Continue reading “Harbour Contrasts”
Week 2 of my month in monochrome, and I’m not quite sure where it went. Lacking inspiration after last week I decided to begin shooting some of my daily commute. It takes a large part of my day and I feel it will be the hardest part of my year of challenges to capture.
A difficulty I often have when capturing a particular scene is selecting which image to use. I’ll come back with several shots that I am pleased with but as I can only pick one what do I do with the rest? I struggle to delete them – am I being too precious with my work?
Quick update – I’m proud to announce that my image “Ready to sail to the Moon” won the November round of the Emsworth Life – ONE Day competition! The image will become the official picture for November on the Emsworth 2017 Calendar. This is the first competition I’ve entered so I’m very pleased to have won.
You can find further details on the Emsworth Life page here: Emsworth Life ONE Day Winners.
As you may have already read, this competition is the inspiration behind my 2016 Assignment, so hopefully I will be able to repeat this success over the next year; I’m looking forward to see what the coming months will bring!
I’ve owned various cameras over the years but only ever used them for holiday snaps and family pics, however 2015 was when my photographic adventure truly started helped in no small way by photochallenge.org, which I have entered every week since the start of the year. The other major inspiration was my camera, the Fujifilm X-E2, which not only produces fantastic images but makes the whole experience of taking a picture an absolute joy. It feels like an extension of myself and I don’t believe I could have experienced that with any other camera.
Here are my favourite shots from the year to give you a taste of where I have come from and what I hope to build upon in this blog in 2016!