All Good Things Must Come to an End........

I have written previously about the benefits of scouting a new area before shooting. A case in point was a recent trip to Suffolk. I wanted some early Autumn mist at dawn on and around heathland. Such areas exist in Suffolk. Having decided the area I waited for the right signs from the forecast. Then I picked my date and booked somewhere local to stay. Of course by the evening before dawn the forecast no longer had any mention of mist. This is where my instinct kicked in; high pressure, clear skies, light winds. I was reasonably comfortable.

My instinct proved to be correct and this coupled to me scouting the area beforehand gave me perhaps one of the best two hours of dawn photography For many years. Mist, nice light (although being very picky I could have done with a bit more pink in the pre-sunrise sky). The changing light and drifting mist gave me no end of possibilities and I was delighted with my work, some of which will be available at the two shows we have coming up.

We are rapidly approaching our last two events of 2018, namely the ever excellent Essex Craft & Design Show at RHS Hyde Hall Gardens over consecutive weekends , 30th November to 2nd December and 7th to 9th December. Open each day 1000 - 1500.

As I always have done there will be new work and some archive never previously printed on sale.

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So..…what is coming to an end? Well we have taken the decision to cease exhibiting and displaying after these two events so in all probability come Sunday 9th December that will be it. A sad day but I think it is time to put away the easels and hang up our browsers. Why you may ask; well the time feels right. I will not be ceasing photography though and my web site will remain active as will be my stock on Alamy.

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We have had some not-so-good times exhibiting but these are greatly outweighed by the good times, most of which have been at Essex Craft & Design events run so professionally by Jan and Dave who work so hard to make their events a pleasure for visitors and artists. I am sure they will go on for years. A big thank you to them for putting up with us, having first exhibited in Rayleigh, October 2009.

If you wish to pre-order any image from the web site please let me know no later than Sunday 25th November to ensure your print available for collection from me at Hyde Hall.

Elaine and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Hyde Hall in November and December but if not to those who have given us so much support over the years, thank you very much.

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017 Competition

Its that time of year again, in fact it is the 11th year results of the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition have been announced, along with publication of the book containing all the winners, highly commended and commended. It is always a joyous collection of some of the best landscape photographs from amateurs and professionals. That does come with a caveat; not everyone agrees with those chosen and surprisingly to say even at the short-listing phase in early August much hubris was spouted across various social media outlets. Probably best if I keep my thoughts to myself.

All forms of art are judged subjectively once those with technical flaws are discounted; what one person may think is fabulous another may not. I know of one successful image this year which had been discounted last year: different judges, different perspective. In any case how many people run in the London Marathon? Hundreds of thousands yet there are few winners, (male, female and para) but I bet the rest are thrilled just to have taken part and crossed the line. This is how I think one should react to photo competitions. From my perspective I have had far more rejects than successes but it just spurs me on.

This year I was lucky enough to have two entries short-listed but it was only two days that I received the good news that ‘Frost & Fog’ had been commended and would be in the annual book, published yesterday. So pleased. So pleased to be amongst outstanding work from many fabulous photographers.

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A cold, foggy and frosty morning back in January found me wandering Danbury Common in Essex looking for suitable compositions in conditions heaven sent for the likes of me. I was spoilt for choice. What attracted me to this composition? The first element I noticed was the finely frosted grasses, from there the rich colour of the bracken in the foreground helped the grasses stand out. My gaze worked through the composition with the fog-shrouded trees in the background seeming to continue drawing my vision up and through the image. It was just then about ensuring I had composed correctly. I did have in mind at the time outputting the image as a square, one of my favourite formats.

A fellow photographer whose work and opinion I greatly admire did observe earlier today that ‘Frost & Fog’ had ‘compositional echoes to my previous LPOTY success’, ‘Winter’ in 2014. Quite correct, although at the time of shooting it is fair to say this was achieved more by accident than design. Perhaps though a recognisable style is emerging. That would be good.

I will have ‘Frost & Fog’ in print at my only remaining 2017 event, namely The Made in Essex Show as part of RHS Garden Hyde Hall Christmas Show on 2nd and 3rd of December. Of course you do not have to wait until then. If you interested in acquiring a print of ‘Frost & Fog’ please do not hesitate to get in touch and let me know your requirement; size, media and so forth. Print, mounted or framed, Acrylic or even a canvas. If you would like to have a print available to collect at Hyde hall in December please also let me know.

Finally the exhibition of winning images will start at Waterloo Station on 20th November and run until 4th February 2018. I am sure you will not be disappointed and of course having seen a number of the winning entries I can safely say that the book will be well worth acquiring. Some stunning work deserves as wide an audience as possible.

a new web site

 

Why on earth have I put myself through the rigours of finding a new supplier and then tiptoeing through the minefield of options to reach a point where I am happy with the outcome? Well I tend not to accept the status quo for too long and I really was looking for a site which would show my images off to better effect. At the same time I decided to reduce the number of images as well as the number of pages. Simplification plus better projection.

So here we are. Getting here though was a struggle. I think these layouts, templates and instructions, are designed by people who were probably presented with a laptop or PC as a gift at birth with not too much consideration for those of us born in the 1950's. Well the easy option would have been for me to do nothing but I do not really like shirking a challenge. For me it is akin to wading through waist high water. I think I have reached dry land.

The proof will be in the pudding. What is the purpose of a website? To display my work and hopefully be attractive enough to encourage print purchase or for anyone, individual or company, to think my work good enough to attract an enquiry about a commission. Does it work? Well I remember having a conversation some years ago with a highly renowned and respected photographer who surprised me by saying he did not sell much direct from his site but that it was essential as his shop window. Importantly he added that he ensured it was kept up to date with new work added. There is nothing worse than someone having a look one month, returning a month later only to see the same images. I review my content on a frequent basis. The more I can get out the greater the opportunity to add new work worthy of promotion. Trouble is I am not very good at promoting my work, a common trap photographers and artists fall in to. We seem to believe that our work will sell itself. True to a point. In a previous life I was a director selling contracts worth millions but do it for myself? Oh dear.

Anyway when in one of my galleries, hovering over an image will display the title; to look at any single image just click on the image to open it on a new page. When you have finished just click on the 'x' in top right hand corner to return to the gallery page. No doubt I will continue to tinker with the site until I am completely happy, for a while!

I have also acquired a new Domain Name www.timothysmith.photography......no .com....no co.uk, just .photography

September was really all taken up with a geographically large commission, planned and executed to time. I have always considered it important to communicate with clients during such work and keeping them updated of progress. Whatever I have done in my working life has been determined by giving of my best; now when I am behind the camera that remains the objective and it is no different in front of my PC and final delivery of a commission. I like to think clients can be assured of my wholehearted attention.

I do hope you approve of the change and enjoy looking at my work, who knows it might encourage a sale or enquiry!! Now I must put the finishing touches to my site. I would welcome comments or observations about the new look. You can use the Contact page to send a message.

Thank you.