In my last post about Aprils adventures, as I posted the blog I’d just been out and shot some images around Warkworth and hadn’t processed anything at the time. Here’s a few made that evening…
May felt like a quiet month with the camera, as the days have lengthened significantly and the strength of light is near it’s strongest, that is understandable with longer between spells of “nice” light. Those brighter days aren’t helpful in being able to control the light for ICM capture during the height of the day only at around 9pm does it become easier to get pleasing data. So I haven’t made that many images I’m happy with this month and I also haven’t been very far at all.
My first wander about in May was to my usual bluebell woodland haunt which I look in on each year, I was a little early but still it was a beautiful scene. Interesting to see how the carpet of flowers is “moving” around the wood. Patches that were vibrant on previous years are now sparse and previously weaker areas are now covered. In the end though I never got back there the rest of the month so that was my bluebells done for 2017!
It was the middle of the May before I picked up the camera again for a wander by the Aln infront of Alnwick Castle, more for a walk than image making and I came back with a few promising frames to work on anyway.
Late in the month I met up with Anita, Alan and Calum again down at Bamburgh to check out the poppies that grow by the roadside to the south of the castle as the sun was going down. Conditions weren’t great for the other three in the party (no cloud to show off the sunset colours) but I was quite happy to embrace the pure colour of the poppies and low casting light on them to make a few images. One of which went a bit mad on social media – maybe my most interacted with image I’ve ever put on twitter. I made it onto the beach just in time to grab the sun setting, purposely keeping as still as possible during capture to put together later in a painterly way. It ended up being my favourite image of the month!
May saw the announcement from Kozu books that my work was to be featured in their Landscape Editions series of books. The secret was finally out, I’d been keeping quiet about it for months, I can finally breathe a sigh of relief that it doesn’t matter if I blurt it out. I’m very excited about this, I started the year with an objective of having an image published in one of the UK photo magazines, and here I am in May having a (small) book published instead!
At the time of writing, preorders for Landscape Edition: Volume 12 – Andy Gray “Intentional” are yet to open but you will find Kozu books at www.kozubooks.com
Recently I’ve had an exciting offer, which I can’t say much about yet as it may not work out, but 2017 looks like it could be exciting!
Here are May’s selected images…