All three boys decide to
compete with each other and clamber on to the posts in line - the beach is
crowded but fortunately there are no other swimmers to spoil the shot.
The "decisive moment"
- recompose and press the shutter, get slide developed, scan in to computer
at very high resolution (100 Mb Tiff file), tweak contrast in photoshop and
print full bleed on A3.
I'm on the Charles Bridge -
its teeming with tourists, its mid afternoon and the sun is still too high
and in the wrong direction even for a record shot of the castle. A hopeless
situation for any kind of photography! I'll get up at sunrise tomorrow and
get some shots with no one around - I decide to take advantage of one of the
bars in the old town square and do some people watching.
Its just before seven o'clock on Saturday
morning and the sun is coming up behind the eastern tower of the Charles
Bridge, the sky is cloudless, the air is crisp and fresh and there, on the
centre of the bridge, is a line of photographers, obviously on a photo
holiday from the UK, with tripods and cameras at the ready! I'll just have
to possess my soul in patience and wait until they have finished. I make my
way towards the western tower and get some pictures of this end of the
bridge with no-one about - the shadows are long as the sun rises and with a
wide angle shot my own shadow intrudes - I decide to change the angle of
view and zoom in slightly to lose the shadow. Its so beautiful and I also
get some lovely images of the castle and the cathedral before returning to
the centre of the bridge and trying some pictures of the eastern end as the
sun rises further. I take a spot meter reading to the right of the sun to
pick out the scene in silhouette both with and without some of the people
now starting to appear. Later when the eastern tower opens I make the easy
ascent to the top to get some high level views but by this time the bridge
is becoming crowded again.
"Just after six o'clock in the morning, the sun is
coming up over my right shoulder, I'm at Marazion waiting for the sun to hit
St. Michael's Mount, there is no one about yet, the air is fresh and still
and the temperature just right, the tide is flowing and nearly at its peak -
I'm rushing around trying to find the best viewpoint - I find three
possibilities - the best where a pathway to the island slips beneath the the
blue water gently ruffled by the slight breeze - pure bloody joy! I get my
pictures - I wish I could do this for a real living - what a marvellous job
to have - maybe one day when I'm a grown up."
Cornwall - it really is the most beautiful
county in England, and when the sun shines for a full week it provides an
unlimited supply of photographic opportunities. So much so that I have
extended the image galleries to two further
areas to include pictures taken this August. From the north coast to Lands
End to the Lizard and Bodmin Moor the views and opportunities were
remarkable. The sea is just so incredibly blue.
A week in the Scottish
Highlands last May was reasonably successful with Glencoe being a favourite,
the weather was very patchy with rain dominating some reasonable periods of
The Pembrokeshire coast is target
for later this year. Carcassonne and possibly Seville or Barcelona or maybe Ljubliana
are targets for next year.
I am currently in the
process of considering other new locations at home and abroad for photo trips
and will also have a crack at some portrait work!!
Poppyfields, can you find
one when you want one? Tricky stuff unless you get lucky when driving around
randomly (as you do). However on a business trip to Bristol late last Summer I drove
past Faringdon in Oxfordshire and there on the side of a shallow hill was a
field full, and I mean full, of poppies. It was quite spectacular, and with
Faringdon's church visible at the top of the hill, it was certainly a
photographic find. No camera though! Returning at the weekend with the
necessary gear at about 7pm, I was greeted with almost ideal conditions with
the weather stormy (alternating dark brooding clouds and blue sky and
sunshine), and the flowers strongly backlit.
This website was reviewed by Tracy Hallett in
the July 2003 copy of Outdoor
Photography magazine as follows
(although it has been much updated and improved since):
Dean has been a photographer for over 20 years but still considers himself
semi-professional. Personally I think he is doing himself a disservice. Not
only did Graham design and build this impressive site himself; the images he
has selected are both professionally presented, and well executed.
Initially, the site was created as a vehicle to sell Graham's framed prints,
but I think it moves beyond a simple sales tool. Portfolios include
Cotswolds, Eastern England, Central England and Ireland as well as Jordan
and Israel. The images range from windmills to mudflats - all presented on
an effective grey background. The site has a news page where Graham lists
trips to come: Seville, Warsaw, Carcassonne - it's a hard life"
Thank you for your kind words Tracy they are
Graham P Dean, July 2012