Moonshadow

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An eclipse, partial or otherwise, is a pretty amazing event but the difference between 95% and 100% coverage has to be experienced to be believed. We ‘only’ had a partial eclipse in southern England last Friday and heavy cloud didn’t bode well. As it turned out, I think the cloud added to the occasion – although I wouldn’t have been quite so happy had it been a total eclipse!

Partial solar eclipse with coloured cloudsThis was taken before the maximum coverage but, for me, best conveyed the drama of the moment.

(All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)

Becalmed on Lake Vättern

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It’s been a while since I posted a colour image – driven to some extent by the fact that we’ve had a particularly dull winter in this part of the world :(

This image was rescued from the archives and conjures up recollections of an ‘interesting’ day spent at Karlsborg (I think!) on Lake Vättern in Sweden; interesting in that it was a ghost town with most places closed up for the season and barely a soul in sight. A curious mixture of exhaustion and quiet expectation …

Minimal colour image of sail boats moored up on Lake Vattern, SwedenAnother contributing factor to my lack of posting recently is that I’ve been working on a major update to my website with images divided into more accessible galleries. (Thanks to Michael J. Locke for providing the kick I needed!) I’d really appreciate some feedback so please take a look and let me know what you think – constructive criticism always welcome!

(All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)

IGPOTY 2014 – Commended

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Having posted relatively recently that I’m not really one to blow my own trumpet …..  I’m doing it again!

In November I found that one of my images had been shortlisted for IGPOTY 2014 (International Garden Photographer of the Year) in the ‘Trees, Woods & Forests’ category. Last week, in the midst of my Five Day B&W Challenge, I attended the preview and press launch at Kew Gardens and am pleased to say that ‘The Way Ahead’ received a  Commended award.

Fine art, B&W photograph of Avebury - IGPOTY commended

This image hasn’t previously featured in my blog and it, as well as others from Avebury, can be seen on my website.

Quite a satisfying result considering an entry in excess of 17,000 but hopefully, one of these days, I’ll make it to the next step up!

(All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)

B&W challenge – Day 5

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I started the Five Day B&W Challenge with an absolutely black and white image; feeling the need for some sort of aesthetic balance it seemed fitting to end on one also! Thanks to Herman van Bon for inviting me to join – and I hope I succeeded in my aim for diversity.

Day 3: There’s nothing new about this concept but it’s an irresistible one all the same :)Fine art, high contrast image of a zebra

Today’s nomination is Mark Simms of Mark Simms Photography – currently taking us on a technicolour tour of India and with a skill for capturing both the bigger picture as well as the smaller details. Of course there’s no obligation to take part – just a bit of fun if time allows.

(All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)

B&W challenge – Day 4

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At the beginning of this challenge I said that I’d try to make my five images as diverse as possible to ‘up’ the challenge (as if it were necessary!) and this one is a real challenge for me; not only another daily post but a ‘people’ photograph – regular followers will know that people just aren’t my ‘thing’!

Day 3: My first experience of a live recording in a studio …Backlit, B&W image of mixer with mixing deck

Today’s nomination is Joshi Daniel – a man who puts my poor attempts at portraiture to shame! Of course there’s no obligation to take part – just a bit of fun if time allows.

(All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)

B&W challenge – Day 3

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Three days ago I cautiously picked up the Black and White Five Day Challenge gauntlet thrown down by Herman van Bon Photography – I mean, how difficult can it be? The answer to that lies in the fact that I’m now absolutely convinced that my decision to never even contemplate a 365 project was the right one!

Day 3: Still aiming at making my five images as diverse as possible  … Misty morning of a rural scene

Today’s nomination is Helen Boyd of Helen’s Journal with her hauntingly atmospheric landscape images. Of course there’s no obligation to take part – just a bit of fun if time allows.

(All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)

B&W challenge – Day 2

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Thanks (I think! :) ) to Herman van Bon Photography for throwing down the gauntlet of the Black and White Five Day Challenge.

Day 2: A different take on Salisbury Cathedral …Square format, B&W, fine art image of Salisbury Cathedral gothic arch windows at night

My second nomination is Mike Osborn for his beautifully intimate images of London (and beyond!) and for seeing through the bustle of everyday life to the spaces in between; of course there’s no obligation to take part – just a bit of fun if time allows.

(All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)

B&W challenge – Day 1

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At the beginning of the month the Black and White Five Day Challenge gauntlet was thrown down by Herman van Bon Photography; five consecutive days of posting a monochrome image and nominating someone else to take up the baton. Of course there’s no obligation to take part – just a bit of fun if time allows.

I generally avoid challenges like these as I have difficulty enough posting as irregularly as I do – but this one appealed. I also thought I’d add to it by making my five images as diverse as possible.

Day 1: The image I launched this blog with – it seemed an appropriate start and it would be interesting to get some feedback on it …

Fine art, B&W image of road markings and car headlightsMy first nomination is Louis as I love the way he sees and and interprets the everyday world so easily ignored.

(All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)

Stonehenge

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I live not far from Stonehenge, an iconic subject if ever there was one. Every now and then I wonder why I don’t photograph it more often but the fact of the matter is that access is limited and, how on earth do you do something different when the subject has been photographed literally millions of times before? Occasionally there is an opportunity and I saw potential for a new image a few months ago – it’s been a long wait for the right circumstances to coincide! Fine art B&W image of Stonehenge backlit at nightTo make up for being so remiss in the past I have included a small gallery of my other personal favourites (a good snowfall is rare!) …

(All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)

EXIF data: ISO 100, 51s, f5 at 135mm, RAW file converted with Lightroom 5

Seeing the wood for the trees

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There is something about planted coniferous woodlands; they are relatively sterile, lifeless environments and yet at the same time their uniformity and symmetry have a certain appeal. I have to be honest, they are generally not a favoured haunt of mine but I saw a different side as I threaded my way back through one after a recent dawn shoot.

The diminishing light as a muted dawn chorus receded in the distance, my silent footsteps and a light mist trapped in the trellised crown all contributed to a sense of quietude and one of entering a secret world. Amongst the countless trees my careless meandering led me to this, the statesman of the woods.
B&W square format fine art image of forest with individual twisted tree

Perhaps my footsteps weren’t unguided after all? …. and I finally saw the wood for the trees!

(All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)

EXIF data: ISO 200, 5s, f11 at 60mm, RAW file converted with Lightroom 5

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