Random Wednesday


What to talk about….?

Nothing has happened this week in my world of Photography……

The weather has put the chances of any outdoor photography as slim to impossible. I don’t even have any images queued for editing. All is quite silent on the photography front.

Above is an image that I took in 2011. One that I entitled “A time to dance” …. it was a grab shot, an opportunity that caught my eye and I just snapped away. I am sure you know the routine, if you don’t then read on. As photographers we are always striving for things to take pictures of, something different, something better…..as the saying goes “Anything else, is always something better”. Why not aim for the best we can be… You will know from my other posts that I carry a camera with me most times, if not I have a decent camera on my phone and my eye is always searching for that opportune moment to use it.

In this instance I was taking some photographs for a friend who is a dancer. Prior to taking the images she took a little while to warm up and I used this time to prepare my camera’s and lenses and flash to get everything spot on. I was tapping off some test shots when she put her foot on the bar to perform some stretches. I really thought the shot epitomised the dance studio. As always I previsualised the shot and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it once back home and on the PC. For me, the image tells a very short story. A story about a dancer, a story about her preparing, a tale with no beginning and no end. The unknown dancer.

This brings me on to what there is to shoot out there in the big wide world. The answer is……..anything and everything. Why not? Everything has a quality. And as a photographer shouldn’t we try to replicate that moment in time to the best of our ability? Shouldn’t we try to convey the feelings and senses at the time it was taken, not just by the subject but by the photographer too? Capturing an image from around a corner because we dare not show our faces for one reason or another could portray fear in the eyes of the photographer, yet we cannot see him in the shot. This is from information that we compute as human beings. Capturing a single household object and changing the whole portrayal by editing in a certain way to maybe create a mood…. There is always something to take, whether you create the atmosphere by lighting, style or in the computer post-shoot it doesn’t matter. What you have done is paper the walls with your own style… and if you like it then all is well.

When I shot the dancer and her shoe…..All I could hear in my head was the song by the Byrds…Turn, Turn, Turn. A song where the lyrics actually state “A time to dance”…. The video and the words are shown below. I first heard this many years ago whilst watching a film called Footloose. The lines of the song are actually a quote from the bible (Ecclesiastes 3) as Kevin Bacon states in the film. I never related the two until this evening, I don’t know why, I just didn’t make the connection. I will leave you with this “Random Post” …. Have a great day. Thanks for reading.

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to build up,a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late


About Mark Winterbourne

A little about me … well, what can I say. I started photography back in 1979 when I was just 11 years old. I was given a 35mm SLR Camera by my late Grandfather as a birthday present. The camera was a Russian built Zenit EM and built like a house brick. Many of my slides on here are taken with the very same camera. My passion stemmed from my Grandfathers love of photography and in particular his fondness of the English Lake District. I will showcase his work on here in the coming months, but there are over 10,000 slides and I have quite a task ahead of me scanning them in. In the late eighties and early nineties I moved on to autofocus SLR’s and began to accumulate quite a stash of equipment. In between my full time employment and sleeping I started doing small photographic assignments for freinds, family and small businesses. In the early 2000′s I started using a digital camera and traed all my traditional film cameras in for more equipment. My Camera Equipment Canon EOS 20D Body BGE2N Battery Grip Canon EOS 50D Body BGE2N Battery Grip Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 EF-S Lens Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Lens Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Sigma 28-105 F2.8-4 DG Lens Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Canon 580EX Speedlite Flashgun Canon CP-E4 Compact Battery Pack for 580EX I took an avid interest in aviation photography at the start of the 2000′s when digital cameras became more accessible. My enjoyment was taken up a level when I discovered I could mix my love of light & colour with aviation photography by taking photographs. In 1983 I suffered a head injury which was diagnosed as a brain tumour. LIfe soon returned to normal in 1984 but in the early part of 2002 things turned nasty and headaches and sickness returned. To date I dont have a surgeon willing to operate on me and struggle by day to day. You will find more about this in my blogs……. Nothing will stop my photography, not even this head injury….this blog reflects my day to day life as a person with an interest in photography….with a headache to match Hope you enjoy….please feel free to contact me, anytime

Posted on April 10, 2013, in Inspiration, Photography (General), Randoms, Videos & You Tube and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Nice photo mark,I remember the song well.video wont play though.

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