I had already planned a photo shoot this evening to have another try at photographing some of the sights and sounds of the big city. Just as it was going dark Kov and I walked towards the city centre via the Bridgewater Canal, so I retook a previous image with a wide angle. Kov was taking a lot of HDR images with his new Nikon D40x (great camera by the way) but I was sticking with my usual type of photograph. The above image looks much more like a HDR photograph than my normal night time images because it is highly processed to bring out more detail and saturation. HDR photography is basically when the photographer takes 3 – 5 frames of the same thing on a tripod, identical apart from the exposure setting, making some photos under and some over exposed. When these files are processed together it gives a wider exposure range bringing out more details in the extreme light and dark areas of an image – hence HDR or high dynamic range photography.
I was looking at the Bridgewater Hall, wondering which would be the best way to photograph it and then saw the lights in the trees down by the canal. So I walked down the stairs and found this fountain. It was extremely dark when this image was captured. Because of this, the camera was supported by a tripod and set to take a 20 second exposure. This is why the water from the fountain looks so blurred, but I feel that this fountain is the focal point of the image. Looking at doing a lot more night photography around the city in the upcoming weeks and months.
When people talk to me about Alnwick gardens I think of two things, the treehouse and the fountains. In my opinion the photograph above shows the simplest and most elegant fountains in the whole gardens. The way that the smaller one in the foreground leads down its thin path to the larger one in the background. As soon as this part of the garden caught my eye I knew it was made for me to photograph. It took about an hour before the children stopped playing around it and people moved from the bench at the back, but it was worth the wait. Although I would like to re-take the photograph one day with the camera about 6 – 12 inches higher, which would give you more of the path connecting the two fountains.
There is an area of Alnwick Gardens which has about half a dozen very interesting and unique sculptures based on using and showing water. The one pictured above is probably my favourite to watch and as such was the most difficult to photograph. I am not sure how the whirlpool was created but the water started off low in this large bowl (probably 10 feet across), then kept rising up the sides slowly. Eventually the water came over the sides of the round, chrome container and flowed peacefully down the outside of the sculpture. At this point it hardly looked like water at all and more like a thick gel like liquid turning slowly around the bowl.