Following on from seeing the marina in the mist, another misty morning presented itself. This time, the mist was thick, as thick as fog in places. There is a distinct difference between the two as discussed here, but I will go with mist.
I love the indistinctness the mist brings. Images can be conjured out of the air. Objects loom or recede with a delicate fall-off that is difficult to replicate without it. There is mystery. I used both the Fujifilm X100V and the Fujifilm XPRO1 (with the 50mm f2 lens) and was very pleased with the images from both.
On my walk, I limited myself to the marina and the river Great Ouse around Waterside and along to the railway bridge, in Ely. The subjects of structures, trees and boats made great images. I was particularly pleased with several.
Here are some of the images taken for another misty morning, with the Fujifilm X100V. Find more at larger size, at murpwokschrome
Since moving to what can be considered the side of the river Great Ouse (I’m in a marina, just off the river), I’ve seen swans. Every day, a flock of swans appear by the slipway at Waterside (though in truth, there are only a handful). They are there, waiting for tourists to feed them. The feeders are rewarded with waddling hulks of bird within arms length. Occasionally, a glide by in the river itself.
So, I’ve bee trying to capture the essence of a swan in a photograph. It’s early days yet but some of my attempts are up on murpworkschrome.
I initially started photographing in colour but I feel my best effort so far has been in B+W. See what you think, I’m posting the best image from several separate attempts here.
I’ll keep on the look out for a flock of swans in future, whilst trying to capture the essence of these magnificent birds.
A first real treat of the experiencing the marina in the mist here in Ely. It took me straight back to A Misty Morning used in the Contact Card post. There was an ethereal feel, just like before. I find I really like the indistinct. I think it’s the idea that a thing has the possibility be something else. There is mystery.
From a photographic perspective, it provides great opportunities for mood. The autofocus hunts at times, depending upon the thickness of the mist or fog but it worked in most cases. Manually focussing is always a solution.
I was using my newly obtained, old Fujifilm XPRO1 with its new 50mm lens. It captured the images in black and white just how I wanted them to be.
In the flat field in Cambridgeshire. I now live in a remarkably flat area of the country. This image was taken looking out toward Queen Adelaide. Looking out across the land, it made me think of Bauhaus
“I do get bored, I get bored…” (Bauhaus)
Head over to murpworkschrome to see an ever so slightly different take in Field II
Living on a marina, I find there is always some form of work happening. It is usually heavy work. Things are being lifted, replaced or implemented all the time and one thing that strikes me is the colour of construction.
The various machines that rumble around are usually of striking colours. They demark their corporate lineage. The newer the machine, the brighter the colour, usually a bold, single one. Older items of machinery show the wear of time and the muting of colour. Paint has been scraped away sometimes revealing previous paints schemes. Other times, exposed metal has rusted. It is colour that dominates but shape comes a close second. The various shapes formed by arms of diggers are a bold example.
I also find the typography used in the logos a further point of interest.
I love tea but each morning, I climb the hill from Waterside to Market Square for coffee. On each day of the week, come rain or shine, the large black trailer from Silver Oak Coffee is stationed in the square. All except Monday’s that is. However, there is a solution to Mondays…