A journey of photographic adventure, Two Views was born by two friends having a blast and learning from each other on a photo shoot in the autumn sunshine, asking the question “How can we continue to push our photographic boundaries in terms of technical knowledge, new challenges and creativity and have fun at the same time?” The answer we came up with was to set ourselves a project every two weeks, and then publish the results together. Two Views of the same subject / idea or technical approach. By the end of this year we will have covered 26 subjects and produced at least 50+ awesome photographs, and have learned a huge amount along the way! We’d love your comments, critiques and ideas, and if you want to “play along” too, please do let us have your shots by links in the comments sections! TJ & The Brunette
Thursday, 30 August 2012
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
The indifferent weather of summer 2012 made this topic quite challenging as opportunities to get out there with the camera have been limited at times. For me the essence of nature is being able to get up close to animals, plants and water, and to capture colour and vibrancy. I considered various ways of approaching this, and I decided to go for the "bigger" picture idea and get as much into the photo as possible to represent what nature means to me. I spent some time walking round a huge lake at Wellington Country Park near Reading taking photos and it was pretty much the last photo of the day I have chosen as for some bizarre reason the aquatic army seemed to gather together at the end of the day. It was a lovely tranquil scene and if I ever want to spend some quiet time on my own then is the kind of location I would choose.
My other photos captured individual elements of the whole story. The top left photo I concentrated on plant life with ducks in the background. Top right with the duck was a pleasing photo with the close up detail and water drops. Bottom right with what I am presuming are duck eggs is nature at work, and finally bottom right I chose a photo from Henley Regatta where amongst all the racing boats nature was never too far away.
I took these shots after a horrible grey and rainy day, I was so fed up of being inside looking out that I grabbed my camera and headed out to see what I could find! The muted light brought all the colours out and once the rain had stopped the insects also ventured out, and I was lucky enough to capture a couple just landing or hovering on flowers. I choose the final one, as I love the pop of colour and the depth of field making the background fuzzy, so the eye is naturally lead to the hover fly and its beautiful iridescent wings.