Experiments in Black & White

I’ve always liked black and white photography. In my early days of using digital cameras I produced more black and white images than colour. Many of these were in the square format and I found this form of image very satisfying.

To a small extent I’ve neglected this format but I recently discovered the work of Ian Barber, a fine art photographer here in the UK. His work has inspired me to at least make more images in the black and white/square format. Ian has produced a comprehensive se to presets for Lightroom primarily for black and white but also useable in colour post-processing.

I’ve been experimenting with these presets and here are three images that I’m very pleased with.

Nature's Sculpture
Nature’s Sculpture
Still Life #1
Still Life #1
Sunburst

Hay-on-Wye – A Collection of Postcards

As a ‘dessert’ to my trip to West Wales, I made a night stop at Hay-on-Wye, which is just about in Wales. It’s a beautiful town to visit; no Costa, Subway, McDonalds or other shop chains, just lovely independent shops… and bookshops… with photo books aplenty! Here’s a few images from the town:

And, yes, I did buy a couple of photo books: a retrospective collection of images by the great Sir Norman Parkinson and a book of landscapes from Fay Godwin, both bargains!

All images © Tony Harratt/The Fuji Freak – 2016

The Busy Bee

In truth, I’ve not been very active over the past few weeks because summer hasn’t happened in my part of the UK. Just the few nice days in Wales, of which more will follow soon.

Last Sunday wasn’t too bad a day so I went on a garden “safari” in my lovely partner’s garden. The lavender attracted a large number of bees, so I pointed my lens in their direction. I was lucky enough to catch this short sequence of one bee lifting off after feeding on lavender flowers…

Ready…
Steady…
Lift off!

Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Lots of new work to be displayed after a couple of short breaks…

I had a most enjoyable time during the middle of July visiting the south-west Wales stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in the St. David’s area. The weather travelling down was, at best, awful and it wasn’t until I got south of Aberystwyth that things got a little better. However, arriving in the Fishguard area there was sea fog, which stayed from Saturday evening through to Monday lunchtime! But it was well worth waiting for the sun to shine. I hope you enjoy these images…

Something for the Weekend – Summer in Spring

I make no apology for posting more flowers, for this afternoon was gloriously sunny allowing my lovely partner got out into her garden to set about planting for the season. There’s always a rich mix of colours and varieties of flowers from the humble daffodil to my favourite flower, the osteospurmum. Let’s take a peek at what’s growing…

All images © Tony Harratt/The Fuji Freak – 2016

NOTES: All images hand-held using Fujifilm’s X-T1 and Fujinon 16-55mm ƒ2.8 lens. No macro settings were used. Minimal processing using Lightroom 6.3 and Alien Skin’s Exposure X.

Spring in Delamere Forest

I captured some nice images in Delamere Forest during the Autumn so on a warm sunny Monday I went back to see how the Forest was preparing for spring. There were plenty of birds busy building nests and wooing partners, the trees were in bud and ferns were sprouting everywhere. The light was lovely and I was greeted by lovely light and shade, which was just ripe for an image or two.

I decided that some of the images would suit black and white and some would suit colour. I hope my selections are to your liking…

All images © Tony Harratt/The Fuji Freak – 2016