Peter Bargh

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December 18th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 352 – Power

Today seemed to be a day of power. It started when I decided to go on a bike ride. I haven’t been on the bike for a few weeks and some areas where quite a struggle on my route. Mostly flat, but the hills hurt and power was certainly needed in the legs.

I cycled up the canal from Worksop towards Chesterfield and got as far as Kiverton Park. Here I photographed the old colliery – a symbol of mining past and power fuel. I then took a circular route back passed the wind turbines near Harthill. I stopped to photograph them backlit by the low winter sun. As I was taking photos an airplane appeared in shot, and I quickly managed to get this one -seconds later the plane was behind the turbine and the moment gone. The shot brings together two forms of powers.

I cropped the photo taken on the Olympus E-P2 and darkened it to bring out the rim light edge.

I continued my journey and was passed by a car, seconds later I saw the car stop. As I approached it was in the middle of the road with the front end crushed and oil leaking onto the road. In front was a four wheel with a small dent. The women driver of the 4×4 was saying she’d only come this way because a crash further up the road had blocked the road. I looked and in the distance I could see another pair of cars head to head. The same stretch of road seems to be perilous.

I cycled passed feeling relieved that I was on a push bike. The second pair was an older guy in a 4×4 and a young lad in a small car that, like the previous one, was well and truly crunched in the front (but this one was also rammed backwards into the steep bank so the back end was a bit wrecked too. Seems like 4x4s may not just be good for getting around the countryside, but also protecting you in a head to head!
I couldn’t help thinking power in the wrong hands maybe?

I wore my Stealth Gear coat which allowed me to carry the Olympus E-P2 in one of the pockets, while spare lenses and the iPhone were each in another pockets.

December 1st, 2011

Photo365 – Day 335 – smokin!

I’ve been meaning to have a go with incense smoke this year but never got around to it. Yesterday I bought some sticks…tonight i had a play.
This is using very basic equipment to show you don’t need to spend a fortune.

Incense stick held up on a chair using tape.
Budget auto flash set at f/4 and positioned to the left or right of the rising smoke.
Camera on manual 1/90 sec at various settings between f/4 and f/6.7
Black cloth backdrop held up using clamps from Poundland
Camera on tripod but it could be resting on a chair/table/bench
Light the incense stick and fire away (manual focus – focused on the stick tip and reframed to exclude tip)

Shoot in draft free room and waddle finger or blow to create movement / shapes.

I coloured it while processing in Lightroom just by altering white balance sliding temperature towards blue end of scale.

April 10th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 100 – snail’s pace

Today is my 100th photo365. It was taken on the patio this morning. At a certain height I could see the glistening trail of a snail, which disappeared when viewed from different directions or angles. I thought I’d shoot with the macro lens and at a wide aperture so that just a small cross section is sharp, letting the trail come in and out of focus.