With no shortage of subjects for this week’s photoart, I spent an afternoon in a busy London square, exploring all the facilites on my camera’s menu systems. Most of the time I’m shooting in the dark as it were because I’m unable to digest and retain the instruction manual. Sepia mode was a great discovery, bringing out the warmth and intimacy of the Autumn afternoon, although good light levels were more crucial for shots.
When it comes to capturing moments I need to be less eager and grabbing so just sitting where I was and zooming in and out to what I saw around was an object lesson in relaxation. This also suited my purposes because I do not like to obviously intrude on people nor steal their privacy. Far shots, side and back are good enough without permission.
I decided to make minimal manipulations to the figures as the sepia itself is an art form but it did need some alteration of light levels. The addition of an ‘artisitic media’ bordering gives a vintage postcard feel.
Instead, I’ve strung some stills together for this photoart Friday theme and am trying out my first ‘movie’ – after all it figures that figures move! The zoomy shots are not too good but the main point was to capture the multiple configurations of people in Russell Square. Much of the action revolves around a solitary, seated figure who provides ‘the still point of a turning world’. 1 [ turn up speakers]
Am hanging this up in the ‘Figure(s)’ theme gallery for another shot at Bonnie’s Photo Art Friday
Postscript: ‘Movie’ made in Picasa, edited in Youtube with music but have since discovered WeVideo
1. T S Eliot ‘Burnt Norton
Amateur Photography Tips: Sepia photos