I have had an order for Startled Hare – but I do not have any in stock. So this morning I have been printing this rather large collagraph plate. Here are some snaps of the process.
So, Hubby and I went to Orford Ness for a weekend with the scary camera. I generally twiddle things and press buttons until I get a shot I like – my photography teacher called it ‘instinctive’ – I think she was being polite. Hubby, who is far more analytical, is getting into histograms and actually expects me to know what the twiddling will do before it does it. I suspect he will make a better photographer than me in the long run.
A day was spent stalking Little Egrets and Herons, we also saw Stonechats but they refused to sit still and consequently came out blurry. With much excitement, we watched a tiny black dot circling over the reserve which may or may not have been a Marsh Harrier…of course it is just as likely to have been a pigeon. I do not pretend to be a very knowledgeable bird watcher and I could include on our spotting list some ‘little brown ones’, ‘a red legged one’ confirmed by a bearded fellow with a huge telephoto lens to be a Redshank, and a little creamy orange one with a white eyebrow which turned out to be a Wheatear. This was confirmed by my friend Gwyn by dint of a behavioural description and the photo posted below. I guess this makes me a retrospective bird watcher – I take a photo and ask someone about it later.
I am learning though.
On returning home we played with Adobe Lightroom and discovered that some of our pics were not too bad. I have to credit Hubby with the Little Egret – I think this beautiful creature will be appearing in a new collagraph print soon.
About a year ago I enlisted on a one day photography course and bought myself a very lovely DSLR camera, the idea being I would head off into the wilds of Norfolk and shoot wildlife (with the camera!). With my head swimming with F-stops, aperture settings, shutter speeds and focal points I dutifully headed out, immediately forgetting it all as the first bird flew past and I realised I hadn’t taken the lens cap off. I am sure I heard the camera sigh!
The next attempt was less ambitious – limiting myself to just the macro lens and a promise to make a start on understanding shutter speed and depth of field I ventured into the garden to see what beasties lurked there. Here are some of the results – I don’t know whether any of these creatures will make it into artwork but I really enjoyed myself.
My wonderful husband suggested that I should write about where I find my inspiration and about what I get up to in the studio – so here I am trying to decide what to include in my first post.
Blank paper syndrome…
Hey, there’s an idea. My first post – blank canvas to finished painting.
It is called ‘Cliff Top’ and is painted with acrylic on canvas. This is a piece I hauled out of the archives – painted in 2011. From now on I will try to record my new pieces in stages and post them here.