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Landscape Photography : Long Exposure Sun Trails

Sunlight brings me a sense of peace and calm. Feeling it against my skin lifts my mood instantly and reminds me that there is more to the world than any problems I may be facing. In general I find being outside and open and uplifting experience, my sense of adventure kicks in, a child like wonder gasping to explore and discover. I have been lucky in building a life whereby I can spend time outside each day, time searching, finding, creating and feeling free. This is a stark contrast to how I feel when I’m stuck inside an office, fluorescent lights flickering, green and sick. I feel trapped, I don’t think it’s how we are meant to live. Whilst certainly a reality of the modern world, it has become who we are. Rise in the morning, head to work, spend the entire day stuck in an office, head home and do it all again. It’s a lifestyle so many are unhappy with, yet there is so much pressure to do it, because it’s how things are done, it’s life.I’m not a religious person, but i find a sense of power, of something greater within nature. As such I love spending time with nature, just being, feeling and breathing. I am currently working on a new series that documents the path of the sun as it rises and sets. Captured using long exposures over a number of hours I get to spend time with the sun and with light. The extended exposure times are almost a forced meditation, the sense elf calm reflected within the subtle tones and textures of each image.

This is a series in the making, I have been experimenting with various techniques to capture sun trails for years, a new series will be released around this technique soon, but for now, here is a sneak peek.

Landscape Photography Sun Trail 1

   

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Like Ships In The Night

One thing I’ve not been able to shake since childhood is a sense of wonder at long haul travel. Whether it’s a ship or a plane, I still feel a quiet sense of excitement at the fact that someone is going on an adventure, even if that someone is not me. I wonder about the people on the ship, what their stories are, where they’re going or what they may be delivering.

There’s an old world romance with travel on the seas. It almost doesn’t belong to this modern, electronic era of instant gratification. Instead, there is a commitment to the journey and steady planning – there would surely need to be as it’s not an easy path. The process is so slow. It’s at the mercy of nature. It’s pensive and follows its own rhythm.

Each exposure in this series is named after the ship that it studied on its journey out to sea. Exposures of up to several hours capture the paths of the ship and/or it’s support vessels, it’s lights painting themselves onto film as it meanders in and then out of my life.

Hill Baltic

Hill Baltic

Costa Crociere S.P.A

Costa Crociere S.P.A

Rhapsody of the Seas

Rhapsody of the Seas

   

Gillian Farrell - Sam, just love this series, elegance in simplicity
Gilly

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Libertine

Within the accepted bounds of photography one is taught never to place the horizon in the centre of an image. We are taught to work to thirds, a long established guideline for a visually pleasing image. However, I like the stark manner in which the centrefold breaks the picture into two. It offers a clear divide and focus. It seeks its own pleasure and imposes no preconceived notions on the viewer. There is sense of space, of nothingness and of a canvas left empty enough for one to find their own meaning.

Libertine I

Libertine I

Libertine II

Libertine II

Libertine III

Libertine III

Libertine IV

Libertine IV

Libertine V

Libertine V

Libertine VI

Libertine VI

Libertine VII

Libertine VII

Libertine VIII

Libertine VIII

Libertine IX

Libertine IX

   

Hypersilence

A funny thing happens when you sit at a beach for a long time. You become numb to the crashing waves. Sounds blend into a mash of white noise. Colours and events blur and average out, and within all of this there is silence, both mentally and aurally.

The long exposures of this series mirror this experience. The colours are whitewashed, much like their corresponding sounds. A visual silence is achieved. The dramatic tones of reality are muted and what is left are subtle variations, as if seeing life through tracing paper. The beach is vast and empty, yet so full of emotion.

By keeping the shutter open for up to three hours, a median between dramatic sunlight and cloudy periods is captured.

Hypersilence I

Hypersilence I

Hypersilence II

Hypersilence II

Hypersilence III

Hypersilence III

Hypersilence IV

Hypersilence IV

Hypersilence V

Hypersilence V

Hypersilence VI

Hypersilence VI

   

Daniel J Vega - me parece que sus fotos son magnificas, esa contemplación que alude a la vibración y a l tiempo, a través de la contemplación, algo que solo la fotografía puede representar y lograr eso pragmático en mí.

espero un día conversar con usted aceda de sus motivos de obra.

Daniel J Vega

ketan - Great idea and great shots!! How did you prevent the colors from getting washed out completely after a three hour exposure?

Don’t Fall

Photographed in the months following my mother’s death, this series visually deviates from the airy nature in much of my work. Standing in a forest can feel lonely. The light seems far away and shadows engross you, if you allow them. It’s easy to become entangled in the detail of the shadows and even easier to descend deeper into them, making surreal the reality around you.

In these times I always remind myself to stay grounded. This series is a message to myself, don’t fall.

I translated this notion photographically by allowing the lens to physically fall over the period of a long exposure, as if out of control, yet at the same time guided by the constraints of the camera design.

Don

Don’t Fall I

Don

Don’t Fall II

Don

Don’t Fall III

Don

Don’t Fall IV

Don

Don’t Fall V

Don

Don’t Fall VI

Don

Don’t Fall VII

   

Amnesia

Childhood toys represent all that is playful and innocent, however a transformation takes place when they’re left alone and without a child. Questions arise around whether the toys were lost or forgotten. Are they missed? And what becomes of each item once it has been misplaced? Don’t we lose things because at some point we forget about them?

I’ve found that the images in the Amnesia collection resonate with people and create quite polarising reactions. Some revel in the whimsy of a toy abandoned in such a beautiful environment and others are reminded of an innocence lost or a forgotten childhood. Some see darker undertones and others are simply reminded of a cherished toy they once forgot.

Amnesia I

Amnesia I

Amnesia II

Amnesia II

Amnesia III

Amnesia III

Amnesia IV

Amnesia IV

Amnesia V

Amnesia V

Amnesia VI

Amnesia VI

Amnesia VII

Amnesia VII

Amnesia VIII

Amnesia VIII

Amnesia IX

Amnesia IX

   
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