Textures, details and street greens

The one about my latest photographic proclivities

#30DaysWild day 14

Now, confession time. I have developed a little obsession. It’s been coming on for a few months, but grown noticeably in the last week. Some of you may already be aware, you may even have whetted your own appetite.

What I’m talking about is Instagram. No, that’s not the obsession; specifically that niche group of photographers who hunt out close-up details of mundane everyday things around them, especially if they involve rust, peeling paint or tenacious plants growing in unlikely urban settings.

Have a glance at my Instagram feed linked with this blog and you will get a taste. If you have an Instagram account of your own then try searching tags like #rustlord, #primepeel, #street_greens or the one that started me on my quest, #plantsofbabylon. If you get hooked too, just don’t come to me for your money back.

If you like what you see then please by all means follow my modest contributions to the genre on Instagram. I’m @timburkinshaw on Instagram.



Things are looking up

The one with the funky camera angles at Newby Hall…

30DaysWild #Day4

A day out at Newby Hall, North Yorkshire began with a picnic beneath a huge spreading walnut tree. Looking up into the canopy inspired me to look for some striking and unusual camera angles around the woodland gardens.

Naturally first port of call was the adventure play garden (our party today including three boys from six to nine years). So after a sufficient spell of play in the fountains, paddleboats and pirate fort etc. we set of for the woodland and rock garden. I found lots of tempting photographic subjects simply by getting down low and looking up at leaves backlit by the bright sunshine.

Some of my favourite results came from the interplay of shadows and light and the variety of leaf shapes and veination. I particularly liked the reddish Ligularia leaves with silhouettes cast by shrivelled blossom collected within their concave form.

Do have a go at getting down low with your camera for an ant’s eye view. As these pictures, grabbed hurriedly amid the woodland hide and seek games attest, it’s not always best to shoot with the sun behind you!