The hard part here is selecting six pictures out of the several hundred I have taken. One thing I am sure of is that they will be in colour with blue dominating.
The other, upstairs, area will be monochrome but I cannot decide exactly on a theme for here. possibilities are the cathedral, Lincoln streets or macros. I need to decide soon as each picture can take several days to edit, print, mount and frame.
These exhibitions in the Angel are one of the joys of my life. They are very varied and range from photographs to drawings to paintings. Some are excellent, some are decidedly amateurish but it is great that people are willing to put themselves out there to be enjoyed and judged. I am very in line with the Player in Tom Stoppard's 'Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead' - "the single assumption which makes our existence viable – that somebody is watching - with no audience, what is left?"
I have bought several lenses lately for my Pentax cameras. These all have a 52 mm filter thread. They all, also, came without lens caps. Now, I am not the gentlest when it comes to using and storing my kit. Three lenses with no caps is asking for scratches. Bought as accessories in a camera shop, these are quite expensive - singly, perhaps not too bad, but when you want a few it soon adds up.
I decided to try one of the cheap Chinese companies selling on Ebay. What I bought was a petal lens hood and lens cap - only £2.58 for the pair. I bought two sets. I am of an age where Chinese goods were always rubbish so I have some long standing prejudices to overcome. I am aware that the Chinese can do good stuff now: my newish Canon 650D is made in China but that does not appease my prejudices. I am pleased to report that they are both (lens hood and lens cap) well designed and well made. The lens hoods are a screw fit and have a locking ring. The lens caps are a snap fit.
While I was looking through my archive for suitable pictures for my Angel exhibition, I was taken by both the quality and colour rendition of my medium format pictures. A lot of these are taken on Fujifilm Provia slide film. This film has its own colour signature and produces particularly attractive colours in cold conditions.
Colour rendition is dependent on a number of factors. Partly, this is down to the colour of sunlight. At midday on June 21st on a sunny day, sunlight is white (that is almost the definition of 'white'). At other times of day and other times of year, the colour of sunlight changes. Most photographers know that early morning or late afternoon is best for landscapes - the Golden Hour - as the sunlight is more yellow then. In the winter, the sunlight passes through more atmosphere and the yellow/red portion of the sunlight is scattered more - giving us a bluer light. It is this reason that makes snow in photographs look blue. Snow aside, all other colours get a colour shift towards blue making all colours that bit colder.
But there is more to it than the colour of sunlight. Most people will have come across things that are designed to change colour with temperature (at work, we have warning signs that magically show the word 'ice' when the air temperature reaches zero) but even things that are not designed to change colour do so at least a bit. So, sunlight is bluer in the winter (regardless of temperature) and other colours do their own colour shifts depending on the pigment and the temperature. This can give cold scenes an aethereal look which is what I have found in my snow scenes taken on Provia film. At least one of these is going to find its way into the exhibition.