As storms batter the English coastline, and rain seems to be a constant feature of 2014, it's difficult to motivate yourself to get out and take some photos. Once your out, everything is so grey that it's hard to get motivated. ONe solution is to practice long exposure photography and give it a bit of B&W treatment :)
An early start to catch the colours cast by the sunrise in Henley this morning. The place is still pretty flooded due to the fact that it's rained every day since New Years!
Google+ is an excellent resource and community for photographers. The combination of some great functionality and a strong community of like minded individuals makes for a great place to share, learn and teach others about taking photos. There are ways, however, that you can alienate yourself and really test the patience of other users, and be 'uncool'!
A great way to test your photography skills and creativity is to set yourself a month long challenge. This can be any one of a number of things, from actually taking the photo to post processing. Can you stick to the challenge?!
You may (or may not) remember a gallery post from a while ago when I visited the Millennium Bridge in London. It was a gallery of HDR images of the bridge and surrounding scenes. I recently reprocessed several of these images in black and white and some tonal changes/enhancements.
I recently discovered that an infrared filter which I used to use on an old camera, and since forgotten about, fit one of my current lenses. Excited at the prospect of trying something relatively new, I ventured straight out and took, what I consider, a crap photo. Here's why it turned out so bad, and I wasted my time on the shoot.
I was out and about before sunrise this morning in the hope that there would be a clear Winter Sunrise, and there was! All of the images below were taken with wither an Samyang 8mm Fisheye or Sigma 17-70mm. Processed in Photomatix and Photoshop.