#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.
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).
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..?)
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!
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!
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…
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!
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…
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!!
Nearly back at the office, and 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:
- Be okay when it doesn’t go to plan.
- USE THE MINUTE to fully compose (and focus!) your shot.
- Lose yourself in the experience.
- 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/.