At 8 points around the UK coastline there are peace camps. Produced by Artichoke, the people who brought La Machine to Liverpool, and in collaboration with Fiona Shaw the peace camps are glowing signals to embrace peace. They operate from dusk to dawn and are something quite special. Cemaes Bay is a little bay on the north west point of Anglesey. It’s a beautiful place. They ask a lot of the anyone wishing to visit a camp. You have to book an hour time slot between 9:30pm and 5:30am. You’re in for a treat though. There’s no humming generators, or portacabins or anything like that. There’s the sound of the waves, the wind and poetry emanating from the tents. It’s astonishing. The tents act as one speaker collective. It’s just lovely to sit and soak it all in. Having been commissioned to photograph it I felt quite lucky that I could spend all night there. I saw the sun set, the colour change through the night and the sun rise. I loved it. There’s some videos and photos from around the UK on Artichoke’s Facebook page.
I think its been about 2 weeks since I last posted. Sorry about that. I’ve been incredibly busy writing the new HDR book, sorting The Print Aid Project, working on Rezz and doing commercial work in between. Its good to be busy.
This is a HDR image, or more precisely was and has been tone mapped so you can see it. Anyway its the sort of style you’ll see in the book.
I’m sure the Palm House lights up. Unfortunately it didn’t appear to while I was there specifically to photograph it lit up at dusk. Still, I like this photo of it but I will be back.
An empty lonely park bench on a chilly night in Sefton Park.
Although it doesn’t look like it I did use HDR here. 7 exposures bracketed, merged and then adjusted in Lightroom. Why use HDR if it doesn’t look like it needed it? Well I didn’t really know what the end result was going to be so I put everything into one shot and had a play. The detail was there in the sky, the ground, etc. Lots of nice detail in the shadows without any noise and retention of detail in the highlights. I probably could have just used a ND filter but I didn’t have one with me so HDR to the rescue. I really am liking doing the cleaner more non-HDR looking HDR than my older shouty HDR style.I should probably update the HDR tutorial with some new tips one day.
Back in 2005 I photographed this road in summer with an infrared filter. The brilliant thing about the infrared filter is it makes a summer scene look like winter. In fact, it seems like the infrared summer scene is prettier than the actual winter scene. This is because the trees have leaves which add to the winter effect.