Richards Ramblings

Film, Imperfectly perfect

Film Let’s go back to the days of film. That is where I started. With a roll of 36 shots costing anything between £3 and £8. The camera was manual with an internal meter. I grew up with a manual camera that people find difficult today. Creative choices about shutter speed and aperture became second nature. No auto no program. The back was closed, and the film wound on a bit. First shot. Through the viewfinder. The image was taken for...
May 10, 2021 No Comments

Meaning within an image

Meaning What meaning do you put into your image for other people to take away? What meaning do you take away from images you look at? Why do some capture you and others that are equally as good pass you by? It is part of the story-building process that we use to convey a message of the time, place and feeling of the moment. Semiotics This is the study of semiotics. It is the addition of signs and signals into your images to convey a message...
May 3, 2021 No Comments

Failure, getting up and carrying on

Getting up “Failure is not an option” How often have you heard these lines in films. We cannot fail and onwards they march overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles in search of the final goal. The obstacles are overcome normally by some devious and unfeasible deed where someone comes out a hero, dies or some other nonsense which we all ignore being caught up with the stupendous special effects. Not so much the story. In practice,...
April 26, 2021 No Comments

Alien worlds

  Today was a grey day. Not bad. just the unrelenting sea of grey of the clouds. They were loaded with the promise of rain that did not come. What this does is diffuses the light. A huge softbox from above. There is no contrast, normally I would go to the forest or woods but this being lockdown and unable to drive as a result I walked to the reserve with my macro lens. I found that we can see an alien world on our doorstep. It...
April 19, 2021 No Comments

A journey towards peace and quiet

  It is 8 weeks into the third lockdown. This one is different; it has a different feel to it. I want to say resignation, but that would be wrong. I feel less inclined to go out. Less, inclined to take my camera anywhere. Less inclined to exercise. Definitely less inclined to write. This is now the fourth, no fifth time I have started writing this. The peace has gone, the quiet remains but only in the physical...
April 12, 2021 No Comments

Adding Value

Adding Value In the process of looking at my photography and life for this blog, it apparently has to add value for, you, the reader. Teach you something or give an insight you might find useful something, be worth something to you personally. So, I thought, what do my hikes along the river add to your life. What value do they bring? How do they make a difference in your life? How does me, taking an image, make your life more complete?...
April 5, 2021 No Comments