A Return To Form

A pheasant running

At 2012’s Wild Photos conference  there was a lot of discussion about ‘returning to form’. At least three of the speakers (professional photographers like Charlie Hamilton James,  Britta Jaschinski and Klaus Nigge) exhibited photography portfolios where they had foregone the sharpness of digital in the urge to produce textured (grainy) shots representative of bygone eras. Britta, herself shoots only with black and white film cameras, Klauss favors the slow approach to photography – spending time with the subject an using slow shutter speeds and high very high ISO to capture the subject in an unconventional way, and Charlie has recently returned to Africa using a high ISO and infrared photography to capture shots that would not look out of place in years gone by.

It struck me that the kind of photos they were displaying are the kind that I would normally toss into the trash because they are not sharp or perfect enough. That was, until last year, when I started to try and capture movement in photography and I have had to look at things differently. In previous blog posts (like ‘Less perfect, more reality‘ and’ movement‘)  I have explored the notion that maybe pin sharp images are not always required, but that this requires a deliberate and somewhat bold shift in mindset and approach to photography.

This has urged me to do 3 things :

  1. share some of my movement shots with you of a pheasant (top), a kingfisher diving, geese flying, gannets flying and a captive tiger (bottom).
  2. explore my archive of discarded images to see what else I can find and resurrect in support of this differing photography style. Watch this space…
  3. Try infrared photography… my first attempt at this was in Lapland courtesy of Santa (AKA my Hubby’s Christmas present to me). But I anticipate the real test being Kruger in March. Again, watch this space whilst I start to review the images.

In the meantime, further photographs in a similar style are available in the TarajiBlue movement gallery.
A Kingfisher dives to catch a fish

Geese fly monochrome fly through the air


blurred shots of gannets flying over the ocean

 Tiger in captivity in a good (?!) UK zoo. I am so unsure how I feel about this.


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