Saturday, 27 September 2008

Hay303 Stacks

Taken on a section of the A303 (not that far west of Salisbury), hence the pun...

[I wonder if that will amuse me in a few years - here's a note to that future me - did it amuse? If so, leave the answer here... Now that does amaze me - a sort of time travel! Here's me talking to a future me - and much later, that future me will come back here and reply. Weird!]

Anyway, back to the shot. I think this is another one of those "standard" shots that every photographer has in their portfolio - almost like a sampler that people learning needle-work do.

A few times recently I've travelled along the A303 route on my way back to Plymouth from Staines and I've seen rolls of hay, bales of hay and stacks like these, just itching to be captured through my camera lens.

On my most recent journey, I took a short detour
close to West Knoyle to try and avoid some heavy congestion and where I rejoined the A303, this faced me in the field opposite. Perfect happenstance - I just had to grab my camera...

I guess, having not long passed by Stonehenge on the way back from my weekly commute, this particular viewpoint gave me echoes of those famous standing stones.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

So many sails at Sainsburys...

Sainsburys, Marsh Mills, Plymouth.
I managed a couple of hours or so in the digital darkroom to process this one. I liked it because of the framing provided by the trees - and the fact I found an angle to capture all the sails.
Not the best of the bunch, but a good addition to the study.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Home and banqueting table

I spotted this network of a tunnel web spider's lair in the corner of a high window in Mansour's workshop. I had to climb a conveniently-placed supporting scaffold to make the shot - all a bit mucky but worth it.
I was slightly off with the dof but it was challenging because the blanketing web over the main tunnel extended deeply into the foreground, beyond where f9 could reach. As I was waving around in the breeze a little bit, I couldn't go slower than 1/15s shutter speed and still hope to get a shot. Still, I'm happy with the end result.

Friday, 12 September 2008

Map showing where my ParkArt exhibition is

Here's a map showing where my exhibition is - you'll want the B marker (reception). If you look at the satellite view, the Phase II building where the exhibition is, is the first one immediately south, on the other side of Davy Road, marked as C on the map as I look at it today.

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Monday, 8 September 2008

Well hung...

Whew... glad that's done - the canvases are now proudly on display! There's one or two minor hiccoughs still to sort, not that you'd notice. Thanks to Martin Bush and John Miles, organisers of ParkArt for all their help today - good men! :)
The lovely lady, Amy, photographer for the Evening Herald, turned up spot-on punctual for a few shots for the local paper. She had a lovely manner and put me at ease - my smiles didn't feel forced, she was that good!
So far, so good... let's see what the first week brings.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Big day tomorrow

Tomorrow is my big day - hanging the canvases at ParkArt. Masavision came up trumps on the canvases, I just had to string them ...and Martin Bush was a great help in all that last minute stuff, so many thanks to him :).
Now fingers and toes crossed!

Friday, 5 September 2008

Meet the Artist salon date set for 6th October

As part of my showing at ParkArt, there is going to be a "Meet the Artist" evening. The date has been set for Mon 6th October 2008 and it'll run from 4pm to 7pm.

Avoid the rush-hour and chase away those Monday blues - browse at your leisure and then have drinks and nibbles with me! I'd be really happy to chat with you about my work. There'll be various things happening during the event you might find interesting; those pencilled in so far are:
  • Book signing
    Copies of my coffee-table books will be there for you to buy and bring to me for a personalised message.
  • The first prize draw selection
    Everyone who leaves an email address will have their names put into a hat - the first one out receives the mounted paper print of Sutton Backlane on display there
  • Continuously running slideshow of some of my other popular work
Hope to see you there :)

Mark Highton Ridley

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Another hotel shot

I hummed and hawed about uploading this image, being worried about any possible copyright infringement of the hotel's logo. However, it's incidental to the shot and is partially obscured so I'm fairly comfortable about it.
I really like this shot - it took a lot of walking around the grounds of the hotel to find the pov that worked best and then for the sky conditions to be right. It's lucky I was staying there during the week for a few months!


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