It’s been a while since I have posted in “Photo of the Week”. I have been very busy with the camera but where my work is spread over a range of different genres it’s hard for me to pick favourites and I also think to choose a photo routinely based on a calendar is a bit false. However this photo of a Grey Heron did well for me in a recent club competition and I like it so much I think it deserves a place here. Having said that I also got some cracking photos of terns too.
When it rains we sometimes don’t get out with the camera especially if you are going through a wimpy phase like me at the moment. So I took the opportunity to revisit some old ideas. There are a number of images like this I want to create but this is still a new area for me. I started with a portrait of the lovely Emma and a photo of some typically dodgy paint work from the Dordogne. Multiple cloning to prepare the starting image, around 6 layers, several liquefying processes and 4 hours later, this is the result of my self inflicted homework. “Now you see me. Now you don’t!” or should it be called “Chameleon”?
This dog portrait of Vincent the Hungarian Vizsla did well in the club competition last night earning me a Seal of Merit and top marks. The judge, Jim Pascoe, was very complimentary about the technique and quality which is very flattering because Jim has many years of experience in portrait photography himself.
Even though Joanne said she needed one it seems a MOP doesn’t make a good Valentine’s Day Present. Although ironically she is going to need to use it!
This was last week over at Hatchet Pond near Beaulieu. I took a similar photo some 30 years ago and then used it to do an 8ft x 4ft painting which is still on our dining room wall. The silver birch tree wasn’t growing on the island then but the clear water in the reeds is just about the same. There is more cold weather forecast over the next few days. Maybe we will get some more great landscapes.
There has been a Great White Egret down at Pennigton Marshes for a few weeks now. On this day the light was very good and he was catching loads of 3 spined sticklebacks. I have to choose this image because you can see the fish so clearly even though there were some photos with great reflections as well.