My daughter pointed out to me that the rose bush growing up the front of the house has recently flowered. The roses at the back have bloomed and gone already, so it was something of a surprise. They are quite high up the wall, so photographing them from ground level would have needed step-ladders or some other unsafety equipment. So instead, I have photographed them from a slightly unusual angle; above and slightly to the left from my bedroom window. Putting the brickwork of the wall at the bottom grounds the image, and putting the roses at the "thirds" ties it together. A little bit of tweaking on the saturation and contrast to really capture the difference between the flowers and the brickwork is all I've done here.
I was recently asked if I could help out providing an image for a magazine article about stress management. For reasons as yet undiscovered the requested image would be of the USS Enterprise flying through a storm in space. Unfortunately I didn't have a lot of time (just a couple of hours), but I did have a very nice model of the Enterprise D I could use to build the image around. Thinking fast, I rigged up a rather slapdash rig consisting of a black reflector backdrop, an umbrella and stand from which dangled the model by a thread, and a couple of strobes. One light above, diffused, to provide the key light, and another, reflected and lower power, to fill some of the very dark shadows. It ended up all looking something like this: Using a fast shutter, f/16 and cunning flash positioning I managed to keep the background black and give the model suitably textured lighting so it didn't have that flat, uniform, shadowless appearance of, well, a model. The narrow aperture obv