Mother and Child
My latest submission to the United Photographic Postfolios group that I belong to is a monochrome abstract image. The group is for monochrome images, so that part is as usual, but abstracts are unusual … in fact this is the first time I’ve submitted an abstract monochrome image to the group. (I think they’ve seen some of my ‘abstract’ colour photographs in the past.)
I’ll find out what they think of it in a couple of months, or thereabouts! They are used to me submitting the occasional unusual image amongst the landscape and floral photography I usually submit.
Just in case you can’t work out what it really is, it’s a section of a trunk of a tree, where it was partly split by winter storms. The photo was taken earlier this year in Manesty Woods, on a visit with Lakeland Photographic Holidays.
Sheep may safely graze
Sheep peacefully grazing in Manesty Woods, Cumbria
I’m pleased to say this photograph has been awarded a Gold Label in the group I belong to in the ‘United Postal Portfolios’ group I belong. It’s the third Gold Label I’ve been awarded in this year, and will be exhibited with them and other Gold Label prints at the UPP’s Annual meeting.
My other two gold label prints were:
Approaching Storm – monochrome photograph by Mike Finley
This was another entry into a round of the United Photographic Postfolios group I belong to. It’s one of a series of photographs taken of a storm approaching over the Cheshire landscape I took over a period of about half an hour, before getting soaked when it arrived! It’s a digital image, converted to monochrome using Photoshop and Silver Efex Pro.
I am delighted to discover that the group awarded it the Gold Label. The print will be exhibited later this year at the Annual meeting of the UPP of Great Britain. This is my second gold label award in this year.
Well, it seems appropriate having just posted on my last competition entry of 2011 to follow-up with my first competition entry of 2012, even if it’s a very different sort of competition!
I am entering this print into this month’s round of the United Photographic Postfolios group which I belong to. It’s a photograph taken during a visit to the Lake District in the Autumn of 2011, and shows a detail from an old barn by the side of a road near Hodge Close. As far as I could tell it was built using the same techniques as the dry stone walls common in the area – just stones roughly cut to size and held in place simply by gravity and will-power! Any paint that may have been applied to the wooden window frame has long since disappeared.