2011 Deck – Week 52

The final week of the year, and the final photo for the Deck Project for this year.  This one I can say I like, it has been “edited” a bit in addition to the standard processing, I added a “purplish” gradient to the sky for effect.

Another year has ended, I am a bit disappointed with myself, and I think I need to refocus for the new year,  I plan on restarting the Deck Project, it gives me a sense of purpose for my photography, so I wouldn’t want to stop it.  I think that Nikhil may be re-starting his 365 Project that he did a year ago, I look forward to that.

As we end this year and look forward to 2012, I present a photo that I think represents many Coastland Guyanese, a typical afternoon on the coast, enjoying the winds of the Atlantic and just “Shooting the Breeze” (chatting, talking, gaffing!)

Shooting the Breeze

2011 Deck – Week 20

I thought to myself this week that maybe I should just put up as good a photo as I could get up to today before I let another week pass by and then I would be behind again in this project…  and since I went with Nikhil to the Kingston Promenade yesterday photo-hunting, I came back with a few decent shots, so here’s to the twentieth week of the year.

It was one of those uninspiring afternoons, nothing seemed to leap out at you, at least not photographically.  I did get a shot of a crab before he scampered back into his “hole” (is there a name for those?), but he isn’t super-sharp, I may yet post it up.  The beach was littered as usual, and the sun was shining so brightly I almost couldn’t look eastwards, and the glare off the water and sand wasn’t helping any either.

Fortunately I did manage to see through the glare enough to spot a youngster playing near the waves, as it turned out I got more than I thought  🙂

Silhouettes on the Seashore

Alone in the Crowd

This was the photograph I had in mind for last week’s Deck Photo, but then the horse-cart took over  🙂

I still find it amazing that in a crowded room or a public place full of people, I can be next to my wife, and feel as if we’re alone, just the two of us.  It was one of those things you read about in poems and novels but didn’t quite get until it happened to you.  For more than half of my life, that has been us, I can look into her eyes and we’d be alone wherever we were.  I look forward to many more years like that.

Well, I took this photograph, so it’s not of us, but you get the idea 🙂  Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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August Monochromes

I had a few images that I rendered in monochrome this month, these were the results of three walks I did with Nikhil, I got a few nice coloured images, but more that I processed in monochrome, which is unusual for me.  I have a few friends who always love my monochromatic work, so I think that they will like these images  🙂

I know that the title “monochromes” cover more than just black & white and sepia images, but I have not quite gotten around to expressing myself in the other formats as yet, although some of my black & white images are actually more of a selenium tone rather than pure black & white.  I tend to lean towards the idea that if it is close to black & white, then that’s where I will categorize it, even if it does have a slight tinge of another colour.  If the effect is more obvious, then I will rethink its category.

To start it off I have two Sepia images, one from the shore at the Kingston Promenade seawall and the second from the Manatee Pond at the Botanical Gardens, Georgetown.

Lonely Coconut
Feeding Time

And now for the Black and Whites, I have four new added to the album; and they go like this:

End of the Wall
Clouds over the Bandstand
Wading Out
Plaisance Palaver

I have found a fondness for monochromatic images, now all I have to do is learn how to represent them better and better, each time I try one I find something new, sometimes I want lots of detail and other times I want high contrast with starkness, sometime I want a bit of both.  Hopefully I am learning all the time  🙂

Sunset at Ogle

Sunset at Ogle

I had just decided to upload this, and then I gave it a title…  Giving it a title brought forth a torrent of emotion.  Yesterday I said farewell to my sister-in-law and niece, Areza and Ariel, and in a few months I will be saying the same to my brother André.  They have lived at Ogle for all of Ariel’s life and as soon as I titled that image “Sunset at Ogle” I realized that their family is having their sunset at ogle all too soon.

Ariel is my first niece, Areza is my first sister-in-law, André is my first brother, it is strange how those things happen.  My parental family may not be the perfect family, but we grew up together, had and have our differences, but at day’s end we are family.  I count myself fortunate, in that my brothers and sisters are not just my siblings, they have grown to be my friends, André and Nicholas are the closest of these, but that’s because we grew up like the Three Musketeers, inseparable, always fighting, always in mischief.

If you click on the image and see it at the site slightly larger, you’ll see three figures walking towards the sunset, two adults and a child.  Serendipity.  This photograph is not of them, but I dedicate it to them, as the sun sets on Ogle.