The Waterfall of Light
Yes, I know it's a bit of an arty title, but then again, it's a bit of an arty shot! This is actually a rarely taken scene from a hugely popular location - Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in Indonesia, containing Mount Bromo, a currently active volcano. Sometimes, where there is a violent volcanic eruption, the ground left can collapse, leaving a massive crater knows as a caldera. In this particular one, the Tengger Caldera, it also left five smaller volcanoes in the middle of it; Mount Bromo being the most popular of these. The land inside the caldera is mostly barren landscape, known as The Sea of Sand, the edges of which can rise up to 600 metres. It was on one of these high edges that I saw this wonderful scene. Everyone was busy snapping away at the sunrise hitting Mount Bromo (and the other volcanoes) in the middle, whereas I had turned my back to see what was happening behind us. The low, rising sun was streaming across this tree-filled plain on the lush ground surrounding the caldera. That, coupled with the low-lying clouds in the basin meant that the beams of light from between the trees became very prominent. At the time when I took this shot, I knew I'd like it, but I wasn't too sure how to process it. I tried black and white first and bingo, that was the one. This is pretty much straight out of camera with just some monochroming, slight denoising, slight selective sharpening and some contrast work. I think this shot is a love it or hate it shot, but I hope you love it as I do!
King of the Hill
An Icelandic horse stands atop a rocky outcrop, next to another horse that might be sleeping or dead. Who knows.
The Black Waterfall
A monochrome long exposure of Svartifoss in Skaftafell National Park, southern Iceland.
The Ruins of St Paul's
Now, sometimes people talk about flying visits to places. Well, my visit to Macau consisted mainly of queuing in customs, getting a million stamps in one of my passports, seeing one of the only landmarks that isn't a casino and then jogging to the ferry port. Thankfully Macau isn't as big or as interesting as its neighbour Hong Kong, but it's still worth a visit (for other reasons apart from gambling). In fact, Macau has the biggest casino in the world, The Venetian. As you may have guessed, this photo isn't of The Venetian. This is of Macau's other famous landmark; The Ruins of St. Paul's or Ruínas de São Paulo if you speak Portuguese. Or indeed, 大三巴牌坊 if you can read Chinese. It was built by Jesuits and was a 16th century complex in Macau including of what was originally St. Paul's College and the Cathedral of St. Paul, also known as Mater Dei. These days, it's simply a stone façade, but due to being one of the only landmarks, and partly due to the time of day I was able to visit it, it was completely surrounded, covered and dripping in local tourists. Very difficult to get a decent shot. I pointed my camera up to avoid the crowds, which then adds the problem of a very dull, grey, daytime sky. To combat this I did my usual trick; covert to black and white. Once this happened, it took on quite an unearthly feel, so I heightened this with some more post-processing.
The Cloudy Gherkin
With the launch of the new site, this is my first proper photo post, as opposed to adding old shots in pre-launch. This photo has been sitting around on my computer for quite some time now and I didn't really know what to do with it. I quickly worked on it the other night and frankly hated it. Then, it started to grow on me... Read the rest at: http://thefella.com/blog/the-cloudy-gherkin
Long exposure building.
Houses of Parliament viewed along Westminster Bridge and over the River Thames.