Richard Anderson Photography: Blog http://www.raphoto.me/blog en-us (C) Richard Anderson Photography (Richard Anderson Photography) Fri, 05 Jan 2018 18:47:00 GMT Fri, 05 Jan 2018 18:47:00 GMT http://www.raphoto.me/img/s/v-5/u254172952-o470245842-50.jpg Richard Anderson Photography: Blog http://www.raphoto.me/blog 93 120 Photoartistry at a Gallery Near You http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2018/1/photoartistry-at-a-gallery-near-you ChesterChester ALERT, ALERT: Photoartistry will be gate-crashing a gallery near you soon, very soon. Photoartistry is a new form of art and is emerging, up to now, drawing virtually no attention to itself. With a few notable exceptions, photoartistry is shunned by purist photographers for ignoring the classic rules of photography, and yet it is shunned by many others for using photography at its core rather than paint. Nevertheless, a dedicated cadre of artists around the world is creating the most amazing body of work, ranging from the whimsical to the terrifying, from the impressionistic to the ultra-realistic. And all of these artists have two things in common: much of their work is based on photographs and all of it has been digitally manipulated in its creation.

Of course, people have been using Photoshop and other photo-editing software to enhance images since the dawn of time (actually Photoshop came out in 1990 – it just seems that long) and there are many, many fine practitioners who create composites, often commercially and others who use software to improve on their classic photographic output, just as photographers in the old days, such as Ansel Adams, used a variety of tools in wet darkrooms. But photoartistry as a discipline in its own right is growing in energy and the tsunami that is building around the globe is quite literally going to crash in to a gallery near you soon!

Some artists are already exhibiting in galleries, but really no more than a tiny proportion of those who have embarked on this new genre of work. Currently photoartistry is just coming to the simmer and is bubbling through the internet, on Facebook, in websites, in dedicated training groups, and photoartists everywhere are creating the most extraordinary work. Just look at “Living the Photo Artistic Life” the online magazine, edited by Sebastian Michaels, one of the pillars of the photoartistry community. Michaels has provided training to literally thousands of individuals who up to recently have felt constrained by their existing photographic or artistic lives.

Many of us seemingly had cameras implanted in our limbs since early childhood: I myself had my first camera at the age of five. A friend recently asked whether I ever put my camera down. My response: why would I do that? But as photographers, from all around the world, we have been feeling frustrated by the norms that traditional photographers seem to want to impose on us, and we are now breaking free of those limitations, able finally to create with passion in a style that suits our personal artistic ambitions. There are no rules: we are exploring through a whole new Wild West of art, clearing paths to anywhere that we want to go, whether it is photorealistic unicorns or new perspectives on sights we have all seen. The excitement in Michaels’ online groups is palpable.

And many of us are now ready to launch our work on this unsuspecting world. But why should you pay any attention at all? After all, isn’t there enough art work out there? And surely there are more photographs than you could ever shake a stick at.

A quick Google search will tell you that an estimated 1.2 trillion photographs were taken in 2017. Also, Google will tell you that there were approximately 2.1 billion smartphones held by the world’s population of 7.6 billion people. Guessing that most people who own a camera also own a smartphone (but not necessarily vice versa of course), that means that they each took an average of in the region of 550 to 600 photographs. Of course, this is only a very rough average with heroic assumptions: but I know that I personally took something like 18,000 photographs this year on my main camera and maybe another 1,000 on my iPhone.

And so therefore photography is ubiquitous: it is available to almost 30% of the world’s population. So how on earth can something that is so mundane, so available, so “just there” be art? And yet something like 15 to 20 billion pencils are made each year: an average of about 2.5 pencils per person in the world. And nobody questions that pencils can be used for creating art.

And perhaps that is the point: in some sense art needs to be created. Who cares whether the starting point is a pencil or a camera? Well actually, according to many gallery owners, the public does care. Forget the fact that the highest ever paid for a work of art was something like $106m (Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves and Bust was sold by Christie’s in 2010) and the most paid for a photograph was $6.5m according to Peter Lik. But the kind of art that you or I might like to hang on a wall is unlikely to be a photograph, because, according to gallery owners, people like to think that a work of art should be a one-off and not reproducible.

This is of course strange because many, many galleries will sell you limited edition prints of works by artists like Jack Vetriano (there is a Vetriano print in a gallery local to me right now, which is one of 275 prints). And many, many sculptures come in limited editions with ten, twenty or more bronzes being cast. The economics are such that an artist can in many cases only both be affordable and make enough money to live if they reduce the average sales price by increasing the number of copies available for sale.

So, we can put the issue of reproducible art to bed (because most of the art sold today IS in limited editions) and let’s get back to that issue of “creating” a work of art. In just the same way that a sculptor might start with clay, or a piece of marble, or a painter might start with paints and a canvas, we start with photographs: whole photographs, parts of photographs and we mould them into the shape we want. We craft the light, we shape the shadows, we invent whole new worlds, all created from photographs and using the tools of our art.

Innovation in any field is often resisted by existing practitioners. We only have to look at the Salon des Refusés where the Impressionists exhibited in the 19th Century to see the inward-looking nature of the art establishment. In many senses while everything has changed, nothing has changed. Who can say that given the opportunity Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo or Rembrandt wouldn’t have used today’s techniques, had they existed?

My call to action: go out and find photoartists near you. Find out what they are doing. Find those that give you cause to question your prejudices. Those who create images that speak to you. Those that resonate with you and your life. Discover those that give you joy. And buy their work.

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(Richard Anderson Photography) art gallery digital artist photo artistic photoartistic photoartistry photographer photography http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2018/1/photoartistry-at-a-gallery-near-you Fri, 05 Jan 2018 18:45:20 GMT
The Photographic Philosopher and the Alleyway http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2017/12/the-photographic-philosopher-and-the-alleyway The Alleyway, ChesterThe Alleyway, Chester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have called this photograph "The Alleyway" and in many respects, it represents my style, my philosophy...

It might or it might not be my best image, but I have been thinking a lot about "The Alleyway". I tell myself that it truly represents what I think I am becoming as a photographer and digital artist. I argue that I am trying to challenge preconceptions of "pure-play" photography being the only way to go. I am challenging the static norms of photography: one view, tack sharp, perfectly exposed. You know the sort of thing: bird on a stick, perfect landscape, squared-off architectural shot. I admire people who do that, I simply do not want to... I want something much more creative.

So early in my creative journey, I started to play with the idea that I could merge three or more, sometimes up to 20 photographs, to create an image. That the light was mine to mould and shape to the design I had in my mind. I was, and remain, enchanted by low light environments, like my images of London buses and tube trains, and of course this Alleyway.

So I was delighted to come across the renowned photographer Pep Ventosa and his 360 degree photographs (I prefer them to the ones on his website where he creates an image from the same perspective using many different photographs). In a sense it was a validation that someone else was already out there playing with similar ideas. But I struggle to find opportunities to do a Pep Ventosa 360 degree photograph, because of the lack of objects that allow you to make that full rotation - perhaps there is just more space in the United States!

So there I am in Chester last week, we had driven in especially to see the lights after dark. Alright - we had driven in specifically so that I could photograph the lights after dark... and out of the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of some lights in an alleyway. For those of you that know the City, you will know the "Rows", the two levels of shops. As quick as my gammy knees would allow, I was up those steps and starting to capture the light in the alleyway: tight white brick walls, opening up to bright lit shops, restaurants and bars with people wandering along, others catching a last drink before going home. Sandstone paving slabs worn smooth and glistening in the damp, reflecting the lights strung up above.

Five sets of five exposures later and we walk through the alleyway to the other way and I turn around and fire off three more sets of five exposures. Why five? Why three? Why not four and four, or five and five? Who knows? There was no great plan at that stage, apart from the fact that I did envisage two images.

And then we got home - after a long drive from Chester via the Cotswolds to drop my mother off with my sister - and I started to process the photographs. Given the light all of the photographs were HDR ready. When shooting for HDR, I always shoot five images, -2.0, -1.0, 0.0, +1.0, +2.0. I had over 200 exposures in groups of five, so I merged them in Lightroom - disaster: Lightroom is useless at merging low light HDR's. So I went back to merging them in Photoshop.

And then I came across the 40 exposures from this particular alleyway. Still undecided, I processed them all at the same time so that I had eight HDR images ready to play. And then I found myself pulling them all in on top of the first. With liberal dollops of Topaz and Aurora, as well as Camera Raw and all the tricks of bending light to your will, I eventually came up with "Alleyway". And I almost felt that I had come home: not only was this my increasingly standard fare, it was also taking photographs from two ends of the alleyway.

How often can you recall the exact nature of a street scene when you have gone home and reflected on your day? I think you remember impressions, light, dark, movement. Often your memory doesn't even allow you to recall which end of the street you were standing, it merges it all into an impression in your mind's eye, an impression that you are never, ever able to recreate when you visit again. And that, by serendipity, is what I think I have finally created with "Alleyway". Who knows which end I was standing? Who else was there? What they were doing? But we can all imagine a light-filled, bustling alleyway with early Christmas revellers, and lights to help the festive mood.

And that, dear friends, is enough reflection for a Christmas Eve!

Have a great Christmas wherever you are!

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(Richard Anderson Photography) digital artist photo artistic photoartistic photoartistry photographer photography http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2017/12/the-photographic-philosopher-and-the-alleyway Sun, 24 Dec 2017 20:47:39 GMT
Photographer AND Digital Artist http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2017/11/photographer-and-digital-artist Oxford Street (4)Oxford Street (4) I describe myself as a photographer and a digital artist. Over the last eighteen months or so, my work has undergone something of a transformation. I began to find myself being frustrated by the limitations of what I could extract from the camera. Not because I am not a perfectly competent photographer who understands his craft, but because I wanted to say something more than was possible with a "straight" photograph, even one which could be worked on in my digital darkroom. And so, over these eighteen months, I have been metamorphosing from "photographer" to "photographer and digital artist", which means that I use my photographs, and therefore light and dark, shadows and highlights, as the tools of my art, just as a novelist uses words, a painter uses oil paints or a sculptor uses clay. 

This has been a liberating experience because I am no longer tied to a single photograph or a single perspective in any one image. This gives me room to challenge preconceptions and to capture the essence of my subject, rather than to create a photograph of record. I can create a sense of hustle and bustle, or a scene of calm...

Weir in the River VerWeir in the River Ver And I do not need to be any more worried about the exactitudes of accuracy any more than any other artist. This means that I am now free to inspire, to delight or to challenge preconceptions. And while I am not undermining the ability of "pure" photography to do all those things, either as photo-journalism or as a discipline in its own right, that is not the medium I choose to use.

I choose to take images and bend them to my will to create the image and the feelings that I want to convey. Of course, once the image has left my hands, it takes on a life of its own: I can no more tell people how to react to my images than I can tell them how to live their lives. But that is true of images, or words, of photographs, of novels or poems. My images live on in the perceptions that others develop of the image. But just as carefully-crafted words in a novel will chill, or warm, or enthuse, so I believe that a well-crafted image can challenge, delight or inspire and of course can continue to give delight in years to come. 

I know that my approach is anathema to many traditional photographers. But to them I say, we have been doing some of this for many, many years in the darkroom. Now we can do much more. But in fact, even as the photographer clicks the shutter button they are making artistic decisions, in terms of the lens they use (and they may only have the one lens), or the aperture, or the speed, or they may be allowing their camera to make those decisions for them. But these all determine what will come out of the camera. So why not take the freedom that is so granted and extend it? Why not see what happens if you combine two or three or more photographs together and play with the light. You may be amazed at the results.

My refreshed website has many more examples of photoartistic images. Take a look, and let me know what you like or what you dislike. I thrive on your feedback and your comments.

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(Richard Anderson Photography) digital artist photo artistic photoartistic photoartistry photographer photography http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2017/11/photographer-and-digital-artist Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:03:57 GMT
What will that look like on my wall? http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2017/3/what-will-that-look-like-on-my-wall Hustle and Bustle - A Day in the CityHustle and Bustle - A Day in the City

I think it is often difficult to envisage just what an image might look like on my wall. Sure, I can see it on my phone, or my laptop, or, if you are fortunate like me, on a large screen. But it doesn't quite give you the same feeling as if you were looking at the genuine "wall art". So I am trying an experiment... Here are five images of images! Each of them is placed on a wall over a sofa. The underlying images are all on my website. 

City on the Move - A Day in the CityCity on the Move - A Day in the City

 

And the third:

Bikes Gone Mad - A Day in the CityBikes Gone Mad - A Day in the City

The fourth:

Sensory Overload - A Day in the CitySensory Overload - A Day in the City

And the fifth and last one...

Time for Home - A Day in the CityTime for Home - A Day in the City

All of the original images are in my "Impressions" gallery. Go and have a look, and let me know what you think!

Thank you for looking

 

Richard

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(Richard Anderson Photography) images wall art http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2017/3/what-will-that-look-like-on-my-wall Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:53:34 GMT
Enchanted woods http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/11/enchanted-woods Silver Birch in Haddon Woods.

When I was a little boy we had a wood behind the house where I used to explore with my older brother. At once terrifying and enchanting, woods of all sorts have held a fascination for me ever since. Haddon Woods, above, is close to where my mother lives today. For more woods, look at my gallery "Impressions

I just wanted to remind you of my Christmas offer... 25% off prints and other print based products (but not postage and packing) by using the code Christmas2016 when you are checking out. The code is valid until 24 December 2016.

Happy shopping!

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(Richard Anderson Photography) Christmas enchanted impressions offer woods http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/11/enchanted-woods Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:21:03 GMT
Christmas is coming - my offer to you... http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/10/christmas-is-coming---my-offer-to-you Autumnal TunnelAutumnal Tunnel I really am not sure that I like writing that in October, but already we see decorations ready to go in Oxford Street, and people writing about Christmas food preparations on Facebook. Everyone is beginning to think about Christmas presents, and I thought what could be more unique than a Richard Anderson photograph... So I thought I would have a little twist to my blog this time round. I am offering you a 25% discount on the price of my photographs (but not off the cost of shipping). You can purchase any product, ranging from simple prints, to fully framed photographs or prints under acrylic (which look simply gorgeous) from my main portfolio (click here). Feel free to browse, and you can use the coupon as many times as you like up until Christmas Eve this year. The coupon is Christmas2016.

Of course, if you would like any photographs not in the main portfolio, you just need to drop me an email and I will make the necessary arrangements... Sometimes the panoramas need specialist printing because of their dimensions - but believe me when I say that printed big they make a great statement on your (or your loved one's) walls...

Use the coupon Christmas2016 early, and use it often!

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(Richard Anderson Photography) 2016 Christmas discount offer http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/10/christmas-is-coming---my-offer-to-you Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:36:30 GMT
Sunrise to sunset http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/9/sunrise-to-sunset Sunrise over MarathonSunrise over Marathon I am not an early morning kind of person! But I discovered that there is nothing quite so invigorating as getting up to watch the sunrise over the ocean followed by spending the next hour or so swimming, free of the crowds and without the extreme heat of the day. Whenever I go to Marathon, I think of the history associated with the place. Today it is so tranquil, it is hard to imagine the battle that raged there all those years ago.

A couple of days after this was taken we were on a flight back to the UK when we saw this from the window:

New moon taken in the skyNew moon taken in the sky It might not be the most technically perfect photograph, but it was outstandingly, achingly beautiful to watch from the window of the plane. I started taking photographs on my iPhone, but quickly I grabbed my camera from the overhead locker. I was blown away by the richness of the colours and the brightness of the new moon. 

So it is probably fitting that I start my return to the UK with a sunset, taken on an evening walk on Nomansland Common, which in itself has echoes of battles a century ago:

Sunset through the trees - Nomansland CommonSunset through the trees - Nomansland Common The sun was well on its way towards setting and as we turned, we saw it shining through the tree with long, long shadows, and the freshly mown common showing every bump in the shadows on the grass.

I don't often talk about how I took my photographs, but for those who are interested, this is a composite of five photographs to create a high dynamic range (the human eye can see a greater range from dark to bright than a camera sensor, so we have to artificially recreate that depth of range), and I also closed the aperture right down to get the maximum starburst effect from the sun. Of course when I opened the photographs up I saw that there were multiple starbursts, because the sun is broken up by the branches.

All three of these photographs are available to buy on my website, or else contact me directly. In any event, I would love to hear your feedback on my photographs!

Thanks!

Richard

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(Richard Anderson Photography) England Greece UK colour gold moon new moon orange sunrise sunset http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/9/sunrise-to-sunset Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:41:04 GMT
Sunsets closer to Athens http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/8/sunsets-closer-to-athens New Moon at MarathonNew Moon at Marathon Last time I shared some sunsets over Greece, so I thought I would start today with the new moon rising over the sea looking away from Marathon with the sun having set behind me and the moon rising across the bay. The light pink turned brighter before turning orange.

But the setting sun a few days earlier made the water play with colour:

I have been swimming late in the evening to enjoy these glorious waters, still body temperature warm that just lap you up. Simply divine! The fabled jellyfish of Marathon Bay have stayed away so far this August, but I may be tempting fate saying so. While not as vicious as many, they can still give an unpleasant sting.

Just a few miles away, Lake Marathon, a reservoir which provides much of the water for the surrounding area has provided some spectacular views as the sun set behind the distant mountains:

What a glorious backdrop to a lovely restaurant! Well worth a visit!

 

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(Richard Anderson Photography) Greece blue colour full moon moon orange pink sunset http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/8/sunsets-closer-to-athens Sat, 20 Aug 2016 09:58:43 GMT
Sunsets over Greece http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/7/sunsets-over-greece Fingers of the Gods: sunset over Mount OlympusFingers of the Gods: sunset over Mount Olympus One thing that is abundantly clear from my travels round Greece is that it is hard to find a bad sunset! The one above was taken in a small village on the coast near to Mount Olympus, and here you can see the "fingers of the Gods" reaching up from their home to the sky, which then contests with the modernity of the bottom half of the picture. But this is by no means the only sunset I have photographed so far on my journey round northern Greece and back down towards Athens.

This one too has Mount Olympus on the left disappearing to dark blue sky on the right.

This one also has mythological connections. Taken from a small village on Mount Pelion where the Centaurs lived, it looks over Pagasitikos Bay and the very modern city of Volos, from whence Jason left in a very small boat with his argonauts. I say Volos is modern: it was badly damaged by an earthquake in the early 1950's and was totally rebuilt, but its roots are truly ancient.

And just for a last true sunset, here is one over Lake Kerkini

Sunset on Lake Kerkini, in Northern GreeceSunset on Lake Kerkini, in Northern Greece Lake Kerkini is a manmade lake which irrigates much of the agriculture in the region. But the way it is managed means that it has become one of the most important wetlands in mainland Europe with a wealth of birdlife including herons, pelicans, storks, cormorants and many, many others. I plan on going back for the annual stopover of many thousands of Flamingos later in the year.

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(Richard Anderson Photography) Greece Mount Olympus light orange sunset http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/7/sunsets-over-greece Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:13:04 GMT
Water Lilies http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/6/water-lilies Pink Water Lilies, BodnantPink Water Lilies, Bodnant I went to Bodnant Gardens near Llandudno recently. On a gloriously sunny day the gardens were spectacular and I was especially taken by the water lilies. I don't think much more needs to be said about them!

Red and Pink Water Lily (2), BodnantRed and Pink Water Lily (2), Bodnant And one final one:

Red and Pink Water Lily, Bodnant GardensRed and Pink Water Lily, Bodnant Gardens Enjoy them! And if you would like to hang them on the wall, let me know!

Best

Richard

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(Richard Anderson Photography) Bodnant blue glowing leaves lilies orange pads pink purple red water http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/6/water-lilies Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:25:56 GMT
Wall art http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/6/wall-art

I call this photograph Jumping Jack Trees. I think it has the potential to be a stunning work of art worthy of being hung on anyone's wall. It probably won't surprise you to know that I have a load of photographs hanging on the walls of my flat. Some of them are simple 10x15 inch prints mounted on board and then hung on the wall in a simple black frame. Others, including my panorama photograph of St Albans, below, are behind acrylic. 

St Albans sunset panorama - extra bigSt Albans sunset panorama - extra bigseven frame panorama of the sunset over St Albans lakes. It is unlikely that you will find an appropriate way of ordering a printed version of this from this website. If you would like to discuss how we can get a printed version for you, just get in touch with me! Even if I say so myself, at almost six feet, it looks fantastic. The depth of the colours is awesome and it has a vitality that hits you between the eyes. As a striking piece of wall art, a great photograph is hard to beat! I also have a few really big prints, such as this:

Sunset LeavesSunset LeavesCopper Beach leaves in the sunset These beech leaves give a great sensation of warmth and sunshine that brightens up any room. At the moment I only have it as a print, but I am sorely tempted to get it done as an acrylic. 

Lots of people wonder why they would pay for a professional photograph in these days of the ubiquitous smartphone. And while some people produce outstanding work on their smartphones (the Apple advertisements prove it!) comparatively few people produce work that can be printed and look good on your wall. The professional photographer not only takes the photograph, but they also "produce" it - many would say that taking the photograph accounts for less than half of the end result. That is because the information that is captured by the camera needs to be re-interpreted. All cameras will show you what a photograph might look like, but making it look as you remember, or in some cases would like to have remembered needs more work. The time and effort that goes into that post-production process makes the difference between the "snap" and the "work of art". I have absolutely nothing against "snaps" - I take many and post them on Facebook just like everyone else - but they are rarely the material that ends up looking great on the wall! And of course, the professional photographer has probably been honing his or her craft over many years. 

The costs of prints vary enormously, and if you are thinking of ordering, it might worth discussing what you want to do with me as I might have suggestions. And of course, my website does not hold all of my work. I may well have other suggestions that I can share with you, or I can even undertake bespoke commissions. 

I would highly recommend considering a well-executed photograph (or series of photographs!) as an option for decorating your room. In some cases they will come as numbered prints (where there is a guarantee that only a certain number will ever be printed) but they will always be special to you and will generate a really exciting buzz and point of discussion for your home or office.

 

 

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(Richard Anderson Photography) Jumping Jack St Albans acrylic beech panorama trees wall art http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/6/wall-art Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:40:51 GMT
Informal Portraits http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/6/informal-portraits In Dockey WoodIn Dockey Wood I had a great time taking some photographs recently in Dockey Wood. It was a fantastic place for some lovely informal photographs with dappled light coming through the leaves. Dockey Wood is famous for its bluebells, which unfortunately I had largely missed (the few that remained were decidedly on their last legs), but it was certainly a beautiful location for a series of portraits.

In the WoodsIn the Woods Some close up and some incorporating the trees as well.

On a treeOn a tree Let me know which of these three you like the best!

Thanks

Richard

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(Richard Anderson Photography) Dockey Wood Portrait dappled leaves light trees woods http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/6/informal-portraits Wed, 01 Jun 2016 13:33:44 GMT
Chicago 2016 http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/4/chicago-2016 South from the John Hancock TowerSouth from the John Hancock TowerDusk falling over Chicago as seen from one of the tallest buildings in Chicago Nestling on the shores of Lake Michigan, the skyscrapers of Chicago give way to mile upon mile of flat ground with gazillions of lights glowing in the dusk. 

I recently spent a week in Chicago and had the absolute pleasure of seeing Chicago from a variety of perspectives, whether it was from the lake during the day:

Full SkylineFull SkylineJust nestling on the shore of Lake Michigan and surrounded by miles and miles of low-rise buildings Or at night:

Night time panoramaNight time panoramaAll shades of blue in the sky just after sunset We also saw the famous "Bean", a sculpture by Anish Kapoor:

The "Bean"The "Bean"A public sculpture in the Millennium Park by Anish Kapoor The glorious reflections provide a great perspective of those tall buildings along Michigan Avenue. But peer underneath and you can get an altogether more surrealistic perspective:

Under the "Bean" (light)Under the "Bean" (light)One of two images under the "Bean" Of course, the dominant memory is of tall buildings:

Sunset approachingSunset approachingOverlooking State Street And also from the river - including this unused bridge which is permanently raised:

Skyline from the riverSkyline from the riverOn the river exploring the architecture

But you also get to see a different perspective on the street:

Vehicles ApproachingVehicles ApproachingUnder the Metro at street level There are more photographs in the Chicago set: Or else for EVEN more photographs look at my Flickr set here.

All the photographs on this website are available for purchase (but you will have to contact me directly if you would like to buy the panoramas since they are not standard sizes)

Do let me know what you think of the range of photographs.

Thanks

Richard

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(Richard Anderson Photography) Bean Chicago architecture lights panoramas skyscrapers http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/4/chicago-2016 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:04:36 GMT
Headshots http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/1/headshots Checking the hat...Checking the hat...

I rather like headshots (for some reason my Apple MacBook Air does not like the plural and wants to correct headshots to the singular all the time...) anyway, I was playing with a single flash and a reflector in these two shots. The single flash was on about 1/16th power and was positioned above the model's right shoulder and out to the right a bit to cast a shadow using the brim, but also to send light through the hat. That created the shadow across the face, and then the reflector made sure that there was also light coming back on to the face. I would love to know what you think. If you would like a new headshot for Facebook, LinkedIn or other social media or business purposes, do let me know!

Modelling the hatModelling the hat

There are a couple more here as well: https://flic.kr/s/aHsksAHEVA

Thanks for looking...

 

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(Richard Anderson Photography) business flash headshot headshots reflector social media http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/1/headshots Mon, 25 Jan 2016 19:27:36 GMT
Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photographs http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/1/leave-nothing-but-photographs-take-nothing-but-photographs Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprintsTake nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints

I did a little research on just who came up with this saying. And of course I have transposed it, but It seems that it is a corruption of a phrase substituting "photographs" for "memories", and it is very widely used. Personally I like the idea, and I hope the ghost-like people in the image help to convey the idea. I don't often take my tripod into London, but this photograph tells me that it might be worth doing more often!

Sometimes a photograph just touches a nerve with an audience. Take this photograph, I don't quite know why, but it is the most viewed photograph I have taken. I published a while back on Flickr https://flic.kr/p/AKjULi and all of a sudden it had gone from zero to over 4,500 views in a flash. That is three times more than the next most viewed of my photographs, and that was after a steady viewing history over a period of years.

Now I don't particularly chase views on my photographs. I rarely put them in galleries. As one photographer friend said, I publish them because I enjoy doing so. But I cannot pretend that it is not gratifying when they suddenly, literally over 24 hours, amass a flurry of views!

Of course, we all hope that someone is going to see "that" photograph that makes your fortune. Until recently I had not taken Flickr all that seriously and I used it to experiment with all sorts of styles, photographs and different examples. However, I have recently culled enormous numbers of photographs, taken since I acquired a Canon 7D in 2010, and I have reduced it to a manageable number that people can look at and come to a view as to my merits as a photographer. Why don't you have a look at what I have here on this website, and let me know which is your favourite photograph?

Thanks for looking! Feedback and comments always welcome...

Best

Richard

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(Richard Anderson Photography) London footprints ghost-like photographs tripod http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2016/1/leave-nothing-but-photographs-take-nothing-but-photographs Thu, 14 Jan 2016 19:59:44 GMT
Seeking the Autumn sun http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2015/11/seeking-the-autumn-sun And around the cornerAnd around the corner I went out looking for the sun recently and headed into a woods, where all I could find was the darkest shadow where the sun certainly did not shine! But as I came out of the woods, I was going down this lane when all of a sudden the trees in front seemed to be on fire with the Autumnal sunlight. Absolutely glorious! Anyway here is another view:

The enchanted laneThe enchanted lane

I then went on to Nomansland Common to watch the sunset, and managed to arrive just as the sun was setting behind the hill. But this dog walker came over the hill from the opposite direction with the orange and pink sky behind him. I have always thought the light the other side of the sky can be as gorgeous as the sunset itself. Anyway, as he appeared on the skyline with his dog, I thought it was a great silhouette!

The evening dog walkerThe evening dog walker Do let me know what you think!

Thanks

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(Richard Anderson Photography) St Albans golden light orange sunset woods http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2015/11/seeking-the-autumn-sun Sun, 01 Nov 2015 20:19:09 GMT
Sounio, Poseidon's Temple http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2015/9/sounio-poseidons-temple Sounio - Poseidon's TempleSounio - Poseidon's Temple Some people have asked me about the temple I referred to in my sunset posts from Sounio. This is Poseidon's temple, an absolutely glorious location on a headland that protrudes out into the sea. To get an idea, have a look at the next photograph:

A view of Sounio, Poseidon's Temple on the hillsideA view of Sounio, Poseidon's Temple on the hillside Not a bad spot at all! And you can see some of the yachts that are visible on my panorama shot here:

Panorama from Sounio (1)Panorama from Sounio (1) This a truly beautiful setting for one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever had the pleasure of seeing.

If you would like to know more about the temple see here. Anyway, it amuses me to think that I am not by any means the first Englishman to love the place: a certain Lord Byron has his name etched deeply into the ruins. I on the other hand lived by the photographers code: "leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photographs". Incidentally, a very little bit of Googling tells me that this is a misquote from a song by John Kay called "Nothin' but" - as always I am sure there are multiple sources, but I couldn't find any others yet!

Enjoy Sounio!

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(Richard Anderson Photography) Greece Poseidon Sounio boats headland light ruins sunset temple yachts http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2015/9/sounio-poseidons-temple Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:08:15 GMT
Zen-like quality http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2015/9/zen-like-quality Bucolic fieldBucolic field To me this photograph has a Zen-like quality - but let me be clear, I am no philosopher, so this is MY interpretation of "Zen-like quality". It is totally calming with the gentle sun-soaked colours, the purple of the flowers and the dappled light from the out of focus grasses. Today has been a fast-paced, action-packed mind numbingly frustrating day, and yet I come back to this photograph and it helps me to calm down and get back to grips with what is important in life. Perhaps it also helps that it was taken at a place called Nomansland Common (just near Wheathampstead, between St Albans and Harpenden). It was a gorgeous day with lots of late evening sun and together with my companions on the walk we simply enjoyed the dying day. No stresses, no worries, just perfect harmony. I have this printed largish (10" x 15") and mounted in a standard mount of 50 x 40 cm. You may ask why I am switching between Imperial and metric measurements? Pah! Who cares? I am in a Zen-like mood of serenity...

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(Richard Anderson Photography) Zen-like dappled flowers golden hour grasses light purple quality serenity sunshine http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2015/9/zen-like-quality Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:15:13 GMT
The sun may set on Greece... http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2015/8/the-sun-may-set-on-greece Sunset from Sounio, Greece (3)Sunset from Sounio, Greece (3) But it will certainly rise again...

This was taken from the hillside just below Poseidon's temple at Sounio in Greece. The clouds in the sky were simply incredible. It was taken just as the Prime Minister was arranging for the austerity referendum and to me it became symbolic.

I also have two panoramas of the same view:

Panorama from Sounio (1)Panorama from Sounio (1) Panorama from Sounio (2)Panorama from Sounio (2) Which of the two do you prefer? I have a slight inclination to the dreamier look, but would welcome your feedback. As ever, only one will survive on my website!

Feel free to comment here on this blog, or on my Facebook page, and while you are there, feel free to "Like" the page!

Thanks

Richard

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(Richard Anderson Photography) Athens Greece Poseidon Sounio boats golden light mountains orange reflections sea sunset http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2015/8/the-sun-may-set-on-greece Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:27:16 GMT
Swans http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2015/6/swans Swan in full sailSwan in full sail Three photographs of swans. A maximum of one can survive on here. I would like you to tell me which you like best, and the one with the most votes will survive! UPDATE: AND by a large margin you said the first was the one that you would vote to save...

Here is the second: SORRY: this has now gone... but you can see it here;  and the third: SORRY: this one has also gone now, but you can see it here.

Leave a comment below (or on my Facebook Page) and I will leave the favourite on here...!

Thank you!

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(Richard Anderson Photography) Swans blue choose dribbling favourite full sail golden swan http://www.raphoto.me/blog/2015/6/swans Sun, 14 Jun 2015 18:14:29 GMT