Photo Blog: Day 2691

#2691 – 45 (Lindfield)

Another go at the 45 project; a hectic work day, the weather was warm (although cloudy) and I fancied another attempt

As mentioned previously, the idea of the project is to set out on a walk with a phone/stopwatch and your camera. Set your stopwatch for five minutes and start walking. When the five minutes is up, stop walking. You have a minute to compose and take a photograph. Set your stopwatch for another five minutes and start walking. When the time is up, stop and, within a minute take and compose your second photo. Keep going until you have walked for 45 minutes and have nine photos.

As before, the photos below are as they were taken. The only processing I have done is to straighten a couple of horizons and get rid of a couple of dust spots and resize the shots for this blog. So, here you go. Nine shots, each taken five minutes apart.

Haywards Heath / Lindfield, May 2019.

31st May – 12:15

A decent enough start; phone boxes aren’t as prevalent as they once were, and those that are around are not always updated to be shiny and clean (as they’re not used, there’s no real point in forking out money for their upkeep).

31st May – 12:21

I’ve photographed this junction box before, but this time I got more up close and personal with it. (Weirdly, the leaden grey seemed to be reflecting my mood – or was it my mood that pointed me in the direction of this as a potential photograph..?)

31st May – 12:27

If I am honest, I think this attempt at the project is my least successful – the photos didn’t come out as planned (I’ll be coming back to that later!), by this point, I was beginning to realise that the weather, rather than being warm and pleasant, was hot and muggy, and, while I wanted to have another go, my heart wasn’t fully in it. But, once I start something, I like to see it through to the end!

31st May – 12:33

I have no idea who Dylan Reece is, but have the feeling he will be connected to this tennis court for a while to come!

31st May – 12:39

Something arty, and, while it didn’t turn out exactly like I had wanted, I am not wholly disappointed by the result. (I liked the idea of a town on the hill, a way across the grass, but it ended up being more grass than town…

31st May – 12:45

Right opposite this building in Lindfield is a duck pond, and, as I was approaching, I was sure that the water was going to feature in the next photo somehow. However, I saw this across the street (believe me, it is considerably brighter in real life than it is in this photograph!) and bam, there was the shot!

31st May – 12:50

And this is why, as part of the 45 project, you are allowed a minute to compose and take your photo, rather than just snapping away…

31st May – 12:56

It was a grey day (have I mentioned that?!), and the images were all coming out darker than I had liked. Okay, Richard, what’s the answer? Up the exposure? Lower the focal length? Oh, go on, push the boat, out, let’s do both! Dagnabbit!!

31st May – 13:02

Nearly back at the office, andΒ at last a photo from the day I am quite happy about! Oddly, I am generally not happy with my flower photos – I’ve seen people’s images of plants and they are pieces of art! My attempts to photograph the same thing end up being, well, photos of plants. (In my head that made sense…) So, what I tend to go for are more architectural pieces of vegetation, cut the focal length down as far as the camera will allow and hone in on the detail. (That is, of course, easier said than done, when you’re crouched down at the side of a busy road, on a narrow pavement, because you want to photograph something that has caught your eye!

There you have it, then. My third 45 of the year and my fourth in total. How is my learning coming along? Well:

  1. Be okay when it doesn’t go to plan.
  2. USE THE MINUTE to fully compose (and focus!) your shot.
  3. Lose yourself in the experience.
  4. Don’t vary your pace, just because you see a potential shot ahead…

My previous 45 project attempts can be found here:

The full 45 blog can be found at: https://takeninephotosinfortyfiveminutes.wordpress.com/.

9 comments

  1. Hi Richard,
    If I had to guess I’d say it was a bit of a grey day! πŸ™‚
    Contrary to what you said I think you have some great shots here. While I can’t know how you hoped the photographs would turn out you have been loyal to the principles of Forty Five and turned in some wonderful images. I also like the commentary which runs alongside the images and of course your experience.
    The ‘Coins’ shot is nicely observed and it’s degraded state not only reflects the decline of public phone kiosks but perhaps could also be seen as a lament about the decline in the use of hard currency in this country/age!
    The grey junction box is another nice shot and getting in on the detail works very well.
    The hedge/street lamp post to my eye is perhaps the least successful in this batch. However I do like the green post against green hedge particularly with the white label detail.
    The tennis court shot really has that grey out of season look about it and at this time of year with Wimbledon coming up maybe reflects many people’s reality of wishing to play tennis when actually the window of opportunity is quite narrow. Also the reality of this image challenges the ‘glamour’ of spectator/telly tennis.
    I really like the town on the hill image πŸ™‚ although would agree with your thoughts about where the image might be improved. A little less grass would have balanced the shot. That said, this is a Forty Five and this feels authentic. Outside of Forty Five you might have taken two or three shots to get the composition bang on. I do still like the shot and it was one that caught my eye when I glanced through these shots the other day. Plenty to enjoy and to think about.
    The painted wall perhaps reflects some of the grey in your day! I’m sure this shot would look more vibrant on a brighter day.
    The multiple sign post is an interesting shot. Such an odd mix of sign styles, fonts, materials and weathering. The broken Mayerling sign certainly adds a smile to the shot.
    The ivy leaves shot adds to the overall feel of the Forty Five experience
    The last shot of the set is very nice. Composition, depth of field and of course the subject all make for an engaging shot. I like that it’s possible to find a photograph such as this next to a busy road but that the image does not reveal anything about it’s location.
    I also really liked your summing up at the end.
    Forty Five can produce such a diverse set of images that in the context of Forty Five hang together in ways that they otherwise might not!
    I have posted this set on the Forty Five blog site. I moved your summing up so that it falls above the gallery of shots and for some reason when I copy from your site and paste into the Forty Five site it doesn’t want to post the gallery as a gallery! Also, when I post on 45 I try to keep all the main images and words above the gallery. The reason I do this is that the gallery is a nice idea but is also shunts any nasty wordpress advertising away from the main content. Have you noticed how horrid the WordPress advertising is?
    For the first time ever this year I have upgraded my main Postcard Cafe site to get rid of the adverts. They also post the adverts in subscribers emails which is why I’ve started to adopt tactics to shunt the advertising as far away from the main content as possible…
    Right this comment turned out much longer than I anticipated – sorry about that.
    Best wishes
    Mr C πŸ™‚

    • Hi there, Mr C!
      Many thanks for your kind comments… I’m glad the images struck a nerve with you in such a variety of ways, although you seem to be thinking a lot more deeply about them than I did!
      I will need to think about upgrading at some point – as much as anything, after 2700 daily posts, I am slowly but surely running out of the free space the site gives me.
      Thanks again,
      Richard

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