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A germ of and idea…

Branches overhanging in a churchyardWorld © Geoff Wilkinson – All rights reserved

I think this picture is becoming one of my favourites,  in fact I’m sure it is. It first appeared on my blog Wanstead Daily Photo as the post for Easter Sunday. It is also probably one of the quickest pictures that I have ever taken. I was looking for an Easter photograph that involved a church but wasn’t to obvious so I headed off to St Mary the Virgin in Overton Drive, Wanstead. This is a lovely church designed by the architect Thomas Hardwick in the late 18th century. The foundation stone was laid in 1887 some 70 foot north of the original medieval church and today the church still retains the original 1790 pews.

The churchyard lies behind the church, it’s one of my favourite places, and as I wandered along one or the paths it passed under the the branches of a low hanging tree with new growth on them. The contrast  struck me immediately  between the new shoots on the branch and the old gravestones behind, I knew I had a picture.

I knew however that I needed some separation between the two, because the branch was only about two foot from the camera and the gravestones were much further it would be easy to throw the background out of focus. I chose an aperture of f2.7 that combined with a focal length of around 50mm would give me a shallow depth of field. I focused on the shoots of the overhanging branch and framed the churchyard behind them, I took two pictures in quick succession, one upright and one landscape, the landscape composition won by a mile. The whole process took under a minute, I  concentrated thinking of three things, light, composition and depth of field.

So I started with a germ of an idea not really knowing where it would lead me and just by looking and a little thinking I ended up with a favourite. I thinks it’s quite subtle, not to obvious but it conveys what I was trying to illustrate for Easter Sunday..

 

Technical stuff: The camera was a Leica D Lux type 109. The shutter speed was 1/100th of a second and the aperture was F2.7 which gave me that lovely out of focus background. The ISO was 200 and the picture style was set to vivid. The focal length was appx 50mm equivalent on 35mm format.

 

 

Tip for the week – Wait for the sun

 

LR L1010093 copy

World © Geoff Wilkinson – All rights reserved

LR L1010094 copy

World © Geoff Wilkinson – All rights reserved

I really like cold, clear winter days with a blue sky and a low sun, perfect for photography.

I took these two pictures just before Christmas, it’s of Christ Church, Wanstead looking across Evergreen Field, not remarkable images in themselves but look at the difference between them, look at the light. They were taken just a minute or so apart but what a difference the sun on the church makes, look how much warmer and better the stonework looks.  It brings the whole picture alive. So whether you are shooting landscapes or cityscapes try it on a day when the sun is out, if a cloud comes along just be patient.

Tech info: Leica D Lux 6 hand held with 28 to 90mm zoom (35mm equivalent) The exposure was 1/2000th of a second with of f2.3 aperture. Both these images straight out of the Leica, no Photoshop or other adjustment.

 

It’s worth a try….

World © Geoff Wilkinson - All rights reserved

World © Geoff Wilkinson – All rights reserved

I had been told that the river Roding would be really high Thursday night, and I though it might make a picture. I picked up my Nikon D7000 with a Nikon 17/55mm f2.8 lens, my Nikon 10/24mm and Nikon 70/210 zoom lenses and popped them into a small Lowepro bag With my Nikon SB900 flash on the camera I grabbed my Manfrotto unipod pulled on an extra sweater and a warm coat and off I toddled. Continue reading

Happy New Year..

 

Christ Church, Wanstead as seen from the High St looking across Evergreen Field with barbed wire in the foreground.

World © Geoff Wilkinson – All rights reserved

I took this photograph a few days before Christmas. I had intended to just get a good shot of Christ Church looking across Evergreen Field, Wanstead and that worked successfully. However, as I stood reassessing as I usually do after the first photograph, I was drawn by the three strands of barbed wire across the top of the fence. For some unknown reason it stirred memories and emotions of less hospitable places and camps that I have been to in my career. Maybe it was the time of year with everyone getting ready for Christmas, I’m not sure. How lucky we are to live where we do, lets bear that in mind for 2014.

This photograph also appears today on Wanstead Daily Photo.

Technical info: Leica D Lux 6 with 24 to 90mm zoom (35mm equivalent) at 24mm handheld. The exposure was 1/125th of a second at f8, the ISO was 200.

Happy Holidays…

Snow covered tree on Christchurch Green Wanstead, London E11

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Hope you are all enjoying the holiday surrounded by family and friends at this special time of the year. This photograph is one of my favourites, I took it in February last year in Wanstead, no such snow at the moment just rain, rain and more rain. I really like the little dog and the solitary figure above it, they are an important part of the picture for me.

As from January 1st I am hoping to publish a lot more photographs, stories and tip’s on this site so please keep watching. In the meantime enjoy the rest of the holiday and prepare for a great New Year.

Technical info: Nikon D7000 handheld in Aperture priority with a Nikon F2.8 17 to 55mm zoom lens at 17mm. The shutter speed was 1/125th of a second and the aperture was f5.6, the ISO was 250.