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Jar, British Museum, London

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Art, Journal, Monochrome, Photography | Leave a comment

There was something about the simplicity and elegance of the shape of this ancient jar, which really appealed to me.

Already in pale colours, I wanted my final image to be in creamy tones, to accentuate the brush strokes on the jar itself.

Tea for Four

Tea for Four - © willomailley.com

Tea for Four - © willomailley.com

Walking through London on the eve of the Royal Wedding, I saw these people sitting on a street-side cafe having tea. The French name of the place aside, it was such a quintessentially English scene. Everything stops for tea.

The problem here was how to capture the shot and remain discrete in doing so. I was walking on the other side of the street and I knew that if I stopped walking and took the shot, I would be spotted before I pressed the shutter and the scene would be changed and ruined. The solution was to prepare the shot whilst still walking. This image was the result.

Bridge to St Pauls

Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Journal, Monochrome, Photography | Leave a comment
Bridge to St Pauls - © willomailley.com

Bridge to St Pauls - © willomailley.com

Coming out of the Tate Modern and heading toward the Millennium Bridge, I liked this shot of St Pauls Cathedral. I had little time that afternoon and had to quickly find a half-decent composition from the banks of the Thames. To make matters worse, the contrast levels in the light were horrendous. Much as I might have preferred a dusk shot of this scene, I had to make the best of what I had at that moment. In post-processing, the trick was really to bring out the Cathedral, as that was very much the focus of the image, using the bridge to lead in to it, and dampening down the extraneous items of the scene.

The Great Hall

Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Journal, Monochrome, Photography | Leave a comment
The Great Hall - © willomailley.com

The Great Hall - © willomailley.com

This scene was something I have long wanted to photograph, the Great Hall of the British Museum in London. The balcony seemed to be the obvious place to get the best viewpoint so that is where I went. And it was there that I realised that the ever smaller baggage allowances on aeroplanes have a lot to answer for; next time, I will be sure to take my widest lens.

Memorial

Posted by on May 8, 2011 in Journal, Photography | Leave a comment
Memorial - © willomailley.com

Memorial - © willomailley.com

Walking along from Downing Street and on to the Cenotaph, I was taken by the Womens War Memorial. A man was busy cleaning it in preparation for the Royal Wedding the following morning, and I think he must have used a gallon of Brasso – it was gleaming!