It's one of those things. Sometimes you just can't get it to go... Whether it's physiological lethargy, artistic jeopardy, or obstructed energy, we all get rut-stuck from time to time.
Above image: Climping Beach, West Sussex
Nikon D810, 50mm f1.4 Nikkor, ISO 64, 30 seconds at f9, 10-stop ND, tripod
21st January 2016
I treat the blogging process as very much a show and tell procedure - in other words, if I have nothing to show or to tell then I won't post anything. Trouble is, because I've been experiencing lean times in the creativity department, I've now gone for over two weeks without putting anything up.
It's not that I have been entirely unproductive recently - and I have certainly been persistent and consistent, with early starts in particular - but more that I have had several excursions that have yielded very few images (sometimes none) that I would consider keepers. The above shot is an exception in as much as I was very lucky with the all-too-brief (isn't it always?!) early morning light show. The murky sea had no surfy white-caps whatsoever - all the way to the horizon - and the distant slit between where the sea finishes and the clouds begin allowed the peachy-orange sunlight to leak onto the underside of the flat deck of cumulo-stratus but not onto the surface of the water. I really like the matt effect, compounded by the thirty-second exposure with 10-stop ND and the way the dark jade of the English Channel meets its counterpoint complimentary colour in the sky. It was just the sort of singular winter moodiness that I adore being out in.
Above image: The early twentieth-century Calstock Viaduct over the Tamar river at Bere Alston, Devon
Nikon D810, 50mm f1.4 Nikkor, ISO 64, 1/50 second at f13, tripod
16th January 2016
The above shot is more conventional of course, but a corollary of its normality and the quintessential winter Englishness of the view ensured its publication by The Guardian earlier this week. So there are some advantages to producing orthodox work as well as more obscure stuff...
As I mentioned in a previous blog: Interesting shot, who's it for? you should always make a point of varying the styles of material that you shoot; it really is a case of horses for courses - or, in the genre of toggery:
photo-creations for destinations...