Window light

•February 13, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Window light, originally uploaded by Paul Sidle.

Another image in a series loosely titled Photos of no consequence. The main ingredients are some light, my home and my camera. No grand meanings. No explanations. No consequences?


Door chain

•February 13, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Door chain, originally uploaded by Paul Sidle.

The more time I spend with my 50mm lens – currently my only lens in fact, so it is a somewhat forced, albeit happy, acquaintance – the more I learn to appreciate the everyday details around me which, in the right light, reveal their beauty and character. This photo was quickly seen and quickly composed – benefits of my 16 month old son perched on my back eager to get moving – yet is a current favourite of mine. Simple and uncontrived. The black and white brings out the texture in the wood and metal. If I’d seen this a year ago, I’d probably have just walked on past. That’s what photography can do for you – you start to see more and spend more time looking: at things without and those within.

London by Holga

•October 14, 2011 • 2 Comments

I’ve recently begun a project of undetermined duration to photograph the City and thereabouts through the lens of my Holga and some Tri-x film. It’s something I’ve been doing so far at lunch on and off – it’s certainly a different style of photography for me and it’s interesting to notice how I gradually seek to adapt my usual process of taking pictures. The simplicity of the Holga and it’s fundamental lack Continue reading ‘London by Holga’

Telegraph poles in mist

•July 8, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Telegraph poles in mist, originally uploaded by Paul Sidle.

I spent some time in this field of grass considering how to make a composition with little visible in the distance. However, the mist was shifting and the sun occasionally burnt its way through, so Continue reading ‘Telegraph poles in mist’

At sea

•July 6, 2011 • Leave a Comment
At sea, originally uploaded by Paul Sidle.

This image was taken while on holiday down in Devon. I took this at a place called Little Dartmouth on top of the cliffs while carrying my son on my back (having my hair pulled) and hand holding my camera with a 3 stop ND grad to balance the sky. What struck me was the intensity of Continue reading ‘At sea’

Pen Pond at dawn

•April 13, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Pen Pond at dawn, originally uploaded by Paul Sidle.

I downloaded a trial of Nik Silver Efex Pro and I used it for this. It’s an impressive piece of software – almost too impressive. Does it make creating b&w images with impact too easy, I ask myself? There’s something about satisfaction that makes it greater the harder it is too achieve…but maybe that’s just the sadist in me! I do find myself questioning though – who really is the artist when so much of the final image is created by advanced software at the click of a button? Did “I” really create this? Maybe I’ll take the credit (or flak) for now…but will there come a time when it becomes harder to do so? Is this something I need to worry myself with or am I being overly precious? Surely I don’t need to set myself unnecessary hurdles – or do I?

With photography as with most endeavours, I always feel that the more you put in, the more you get out. The temptations and distractions of automation are there in abundance – they may produce the results objectively, but what about subjectively? Do they limit personal growth? An open question if anyone cares to give me their thoughts on the matter…

Pen Pond in Richmond Park one frosty morning, 0.6 ND Grad over the sky.

Horse play

•December 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment


Going for a walk one recent Sunday afternoon in late November, the sunlight was falling quite beautifully on this horse (and its friend, not in the shot). I thought I’d take the opportunity, since I had my camera with me for once, to take a few photos with a view to their being black and white images. I have applied a subtle split tone to emphasise the warm glow of the sun that day. It’s a little different from what I would usually photograph but I couldn’t resist.

Since the subject was being so compliant and hardly moving at all, I knelt down to take this image:

This too was converted into black and white with the same split tone effect applied. I really like the way the light reveals some of the texture of the hair on the legs. For images taken rather “on the hoof” (excuse the pun), I am pleased with how they turned out.

Sometimes, it’s good to photograph in a way you wouldn’t normally. It helps bring a new perspective on things and stops you from becoming stale.