Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Picfair Prints and Digital Downloads

Covid-19 has hit the local Wirral art scene extremely hard. Naturally under these difficult circumstances, art fairs, art events, shops and museums have either cancelled their planned events for 2020 or sadly closed down permanently and it's uncertain when things will get back to normal.

For me, one of the joys of taking photographs has always been watching them sell as prints and gift cards at local fairs or showing them in exhibitions. Talking to members of the public about my photography across an art fair stall was a lot of fun. Having them stored on a hard drive and not viewed at all is an incredibly sad prospect.

To compensate for Covid-19 restrictions and to get my work out there and seen, this blog is a big help, but I've also enlisted the help of Picfair. Picfair is a stock photography website that also provides a print on demand service. As well as being able to sell licenced images, Picfair offers a small range of Giclee prints, framed prints and canvass wrap options to a potential buyer. 

For a small £50 per year membership fee I've been able to build my own website hosted by Picfair to showcase my best photography under the name of George Evans Photography

Selling photography online is extremely difficult and I'm not expecting to make a fortune. In fact I'd be amazed if I'm able to get the £50 membership fee back in sales but linked to this blog it's a small price to pay to get an unlimited number of my wider images seen by the public. The blog can only do so much.

To date there are over 130 of my best photographs hosted on my new Picfair website with more being added weekly. Images can be viewed in albums from the drop down menu in the top left corner of the homepage. Of course there is no compulsion to buy or licence an image if you do visit but if you do then I hope that you find the pricing reasonable and comparable to my art fair prices. 

The reason for this new venture is to provide an opportunity to those who normally enjoy my photography but due to Covid-19 are now are unable to purchase locally, an outlet to owning a print. If you're not in the need for wall art then I sincerely hope that you get enjoyment out of simply visiting George Evans Photography and viewing the images. It won't cost you a penny. Thank you for your support.

Sunday, 27 September 2020

Brimham Rocks

I've been photographing in infrared for 15 years starting off with the Sony F717 bridge camera with an R72 filter attached and experience has taught me that the best infrared photographs are a combination of foliage and hard landscaping in the form of water, rocks, buildings, fences etc. to prevent the problem of wall to wall whiteness where there's no contrast and no focal point for the eye to rest on. Hard landscaping as a stage set to show off the white foliage of infrared is in my opinion the best look for landscapes.

With that philosophy in mind I enjoyed an afternoon at the National Trusts Brimham Rocks in October 2018. Brimham Rocks, is a 184 hectare biological site of Special Scientific Interest on Brimham Moor in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 8 mls north west of Harrogate, North Yorkshire. 

Lone Tree at Brimham Rocks - 720nm channel swapped

Brimham Rocks have been sculptured by the ice, wind and rain of nature for thousands of years but many of the formations could easily be mistaken for Henry Moore art work occasionally peppered with lone trees rooted in shallow crags. This makes them a wonderful subject for photography whether it's infrared or traditional colour photography. 

720nm infrared - channel swapped

720nm infrared - channel swapped

During this visit all of my shooting was done with a Sony A6000 which has been permanently converted to the 720nm standard wavelength of infrared. The 720nm wavelength produces weak colour in the red and blue channels only. With the correct white balance set to green grass, the colours straight out of camera have a brown sky. Some of these images have been channel swapped to produce a blue sky as above, one has been processed with the colours straight out of camera with a brown sky and many were processed as traditional monochrome images. My go to lens for these infrared photographs was the excellent Zeiss 12mm f2.8 Touit which captures very sharp images without any hotspots.

720nm infrared - out of camera colour

Traditional "fine art" infrared photography has always been in monochrome. Producing infrared images has alway been a creative post processing exercise and there are 101 ways to process any Raw image but I've been slowly moving away from false colour towards the more traditional monochrome since this visit to Brimham Rocks. Does monochrome work better? That's subjective and a matter for your personal taste. 

720nm infrared 

720nm infrared 

720nm infrared

The weak Autumn light wasn't perfect for infrared and I've had to do some dodging of the highlights as a result to brighten and enhance the white foliage but the bonus was there were very few visitors to the site on the day which gave me free reign to shoot without being disturbed. I'd love to return during the Summer months when I expect the results and the atmosphere captured in the images will be very different.