As a child I spent a long time collecting, building and playing with my legos. The design of the bricks and in particular the lego people are fantastic in my opinion. Which is why when I got my lego boxes out a few months ago to take some still life photography, I took a couple of the lego men back to my flat. The example in the above photograph rides around the top of a light that I have in the corner of my living room. It is a very colourful one from Ikea, but the top has a flat, white surface. So turning off all the other lights in the room and just using this diffused up-lighter gave an interesting feel to this photograph.
Tile Detail in Park Guell Barcelona
The above photograph is another simple detail of the Art Nouveau style of Gaudi’s architecture. I like the contrast of white tiles and colourful mosaic patterns that this park is famous for. This is a small section of the mosaic work that can be seen at the park’s main entrance. Built between 1900 and 1914 it was originally part of a commercially unsuccessful housing site, the idea of Count Eusebi GÃell, whom the park was named after.
Spires of Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
The Sagrada Familia is the reason that the city of Barcelona was such a draw to me photographically, I knew there was a lot more than just this massive Cathedral to photograph, but it was this church that caught my eye. Whilst sat on a bench at the western side (or Passion facade), I noticed branches from a nearby tree framing the top of one of the spires in this interesting way. The reason I was waiting was I had already got my daytime photos a day or two earlier, but had returned with my tripod for some night photography. After scouting my locations it was just a matter of waiting around. After seeing this interesting composition I used a shallow depth of field and long focal length to blur out the tree’s leaves and keep the Cathedral’s detail in sharp focus.
Someone once told me that you don’t see photographer’s mistakes, they only show their best work and this is probably true for the majority. However, the above photo is a mistake of mine. Both in the set up of the Lego and how it was taken. Please let me explain. This is a Lego lady, she has lip stick on, however, any big Lego fan will know that this hair is male hair not female hair, the Lego female hair is longer at the sides. So that’s my first mistake. The second is the background, with her hair being black and using flash, the background has no light on it and as a result not only are there horrible highlights, but the background and hair seem to blend together.