Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning

Since last weeks challenge I have hardly stopped, but annoyingly photography has not been the focus of my attention. I did manage a few photographs for my 52 Challenge but that was more by luck than planning. Unfortunately, I’m still pretty busy so this weeks post will have to be a short one

According to WordPress stats there are now 1241 followers of “Say It With A Camera” and I’d like to thank all of you for your great comments and likes. Hopefully I have managed to reply to all of your comments but if I haven’t let me know.

Right, to this weeks challenge….

Grumpy Old Man

The “Grumpy Old Man” likes his morning constitutional on the beach. It’s a great place to socialize, meet lots of people, chase seagulls (not as much these days), go for a paddle and read the doggie news.

We make a great team, he does the posing and I take the pictures.

 

52/2013 Week 40

52/2013 Week 40

Living on the coast as I do, I quite often see grey seals popping up to have a look at what is going on.  Usually though, it’s just a head that appears and at some distance away, so a decent photograph is out of the question.

Yesterday, whilst I was on the shore, photographing birds, this seal popped up right beside me. Not in the least bit nervous, it swam around for some time before finally diving and swimming away.

 

5 + 5 x 5

5 5x5

Anne Camille recently asked 5 photographers to answer 5 questions and share 5 of their photographs. This week it was my turn to take part in 5 + 5 x 5 and you can see the results by visiting Anne’s blog Four Deer Oak

Other 5 + 5 x 5 photographers featured by Anne on Four Deer Oak

Emilia Brasier

Adrian Pym

Sherre Hulbert

Lynne Ayres

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturation

How often have you looked at a Black and White photograph and thought; “I’d like to see that in colour”?

Why would anyone want to photograph an indisputably colourful world in monochrome? If colour film had been invented first, would anybody even contemplate photographing in black and white? – Russell Miller

I know I much prefer working in colour but I have to be careful when I’m creating an HDR image in order not to make it too saturated.  This week all of the photographs were taken during the early evening or night time and that is one of the times I think you can get away with over-saturated images. OK! Let’s get started…

A Symphony of Lights  is a synchronised building exterior decorative light and laser multimedia display, featuring 44 buildings on both sides of the Victoria Harbour of Hong Kong accompanied by music.

Hong Kong Skyline

The show is organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and displayed every night with good weather at 8pm Hong Kong Time. An orchestration of music, decoration lights, laser light displays, and pyrotechnic fireworks, the multimedia light and sound show lasts for about 14 minutes.

Hong Kong Skyline

I’ve been to Hong Kong twice and managed to catch the light show on both trips. It’s a great experience and a photographers dream, if you’re ever in that part of the world make sure you don’t miss it…and make sure it’s in colour.

For nearly three years I lived in Berlin when the wall was still up. The wall meant that there were many places in the former East Berlin that I couldn’t visit to photograph. One of those was the Brandenburg Gate, I could see it, but from the wrong side, so to speak. The Brandenburg Gate (German: Brandenburger Tor) is a former city gate, rebuilt in the late 18th century as a neoclassical triumphal arch, it is probably one of the most well known landmarks of Germany.

Brandenburg Gate

It is located in the western part of the city centre of Berlin, at the junction of Unter den Linden and Ebertstraße, immediately west of the Pariser Platz. One block to the north stands the Reichstag building. The gate is the monumental entry to Unter den Linden, the renowned boulevard of linden trees, which formerly led directly to the city palace of the Prussian monarchs.

When I was a youngster I lived in Glasgow in a district called Knightswood which was on the north bank of the River Clyde. Greenock on the south side of the river at the “Tail of the Bank” where the River Clyde expands into the Firth of Clyde seemed so distant.

Clydeport Greenock

Last time I visited Glasgow I made it to Greenock in about 20 minutes. I wish I could have made it to Perth, Western Australia in that amount of time. It’s such a long journey, fortunately I broke mine by having a stop off in Hong Kong.

Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. It is the fourth most populous city in Australia, with an estimated population of 1.9 million living in Greater Perth.

Perth at Night

Perth was originally founded by Captain James Stirling in 1829 as the administrative centre of the Swan River Colony, and gained city status in 1856. The city is named after Perth, Scotland, by influence of Sir George Murray, then British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. The city’s population increased substantially as a result of the Western Australian gold rushes in the late 19th century, largely as a result of emigration from the eastern colonies of Australia.

My final saturated image comes from a wild and stormy evening in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. I was out on the sea front trying to shelter from the driving wind and rain, whilst trying to get a photograph of the waves washing over the causeway.

Weston Storm

The hardest part was trying to keep the camera steady enough to get a photograph. With low light you need to take longer exposures and use a tripod, but the wind was so strong it was shaking the camera on the tripod. In the end I had to hold the camera steady for about 25 seconds to get  the photograph.

So, was Russell right? Do photographs look better in colour? I believe they do but I have always stayed away from over-saturated colours. This weeks challenge has forced me to look at colour and the affect that increased saturation can have on a photograph.

 

I Am Not Amused

I am Not Amused
The “Grumpy Old Man” posing for his admirers

The “Grumpy Old Man” was on a road trip yesterday to the seaside. On the way he stopped off at the now disused Hadlow Road railway station, which has been preserved to give an authentic 1950’s look.

The station is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building. It is one of two visitor centres on the Wirral Way, with the other at Thurstaston where the platforms remain in situ, but the station has not been restored.