Photographed on the lobby of the apartments that form part of the El Corte Ingles complex on Av. António Augusto de Aguiar in Lisbon. A modernist design with huge plate glass windows looking out to a decorative small lake. When I took this picture, I always intended it to be in black and white, making the most of the clean symmetrical lines.
Taken on a Sony A7R, which was new to me at the time these pictures were taken in Cardiff Bay. I set up my camera onto a sturdy Manfrotto tripod and then just waited for traffic to come through. I set the exposure to be f22 at about 8 seconds to maximise the starlights.
I then post processed in CaptureOne. For the main edit, I decided to get rid of the Sainsbury’s corner shop in the bottom left corner as it didn’t seem to add much to the picture and was more of a distraction. Once I’d cropped that out, I worked through the tabs gradually reducing the colour of the sky and lightning the image to add more interest and let the starlights from the lamppost in the centre and at the back, come to life.
one advantage of working with such a small aperture (f22) is that you can see the individual lens blades. The lens I used here was a Nokton f1.4 from Voigtlander, paired with a Sony A7R was great for landscape work, especially when using a tripod, as you’ve more time to get the focus right. The Voigtlander is a completely manual lens, no autofocus here..! Old school, but works a treat when you take your time.
My theme from a City & Guilds project in 2007, although the other 25 gas stations have yet to be photographed…
Reason for the project, as the world starts shifting to electric, then these are going to fade and disappear from collective memories.
View the book by Edward Ruscha ‘Twentysix Gasoline Stations’ 1963 – the inspiration behind this project: https://www.tate.org.uk/about-us/projects/transforming-artist-books/summaries/edward-ruscha-twentysix-gasoline-stations-1963
Now, all I need to do is complete the project and continue photographing gas stations around Wales. I’ll do this, and post the images here as they get done.
Nike ads that help inspire us to get off the couch and run…and it’s true that ads like this help. All you need do is lace up a pair of running shoes and the outdoors awaits.
Link to artist’s page: Eilis O’Connell
Taken in the early 1990s when the steam function still worked, now it’s long gone. Situated on one of the busiest roads into Cardiff Bay, the site was ideal for boosting the image of the new Cardiff Bay development that began in the late 1980s and continued throughout the 1990s. It was commissioned by Cardiff Bay Arts Trust in 1992.
I took the picture as part of a Black and White Landscape course at Ffotogallery, the national development agency for photography in Wales. In the space of a couple of years, I’d done several City & Guild courses that also included darkroom printing. Using a darkroom was something I’d never done before, and the thrill of watching your print appear in the chemical trays captured me from the off. Doing these courses helped me gain access to the Ffotogallery darkroom, and I did another class at a college in Copenhagen a couple of years later while living there. An opportunity presented itself when I moved back to the UK in 2006, and I built a darkroom in my house. My home darkroom lasted a couple of years before I switched to digital. If money and space were no object, I’d go back to a darkroom today in a heartbeat. But, you can’t deny the attractions of digital and being able to make images so quickly and cheaply.
This image of Secret Station was taken on a Hasselblad 501c and an 80mm lens. The film, a favourite, was Ilford Delta 100asa, which was great for long exposures as I could usually get a couple of seconds for an exposure even during the day. I used to expose at 80asa and extend the development in ID11…those where the days!