• Abstract,  Architecture,  Black & White,  Snapseed,  Street,  Travel

    Reflections on a trip to Birmingham

    Living in Worcester means I am not too far from Birmingham.  It’s just half an hour on the train from Worcestershire Parkway to Birmingham New Street.  That station has a lot of glass panels all over it, and they make for a useful source of reflection images. I was lucky enough to be there on a cloudless day with lots of sunshine.  The colours of the surrounding buildings against the blue of the sky were fabulous.  Isolating just a small section of the reflection made the image into an almost painterly abstract. Above one of the entrances there’s another lot of glass panels, and the sunshine gave strong shadows.  The…

  • Architecture,  Composition,  Creative Photography,  Travel

    Pylon the pressure

    On a walk with a friend on a lovely sunny day we came across a large electricity pylon.  The appearance of pylons divides people, but whether you like them or not it’s worth looking up and seeing if there are any images to be found. The sun was shining through the glass insulators on the pylon.   I used a couple of stops of negative Exposure Compensation to try and keep the highlight detail in the insulators, and this had the bonus effect of darkening the very blue sky.  It was worth waiting till a small cloud had moved away so it was a plain blue background. Sidebar: there is a…