Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Kevin Lelland - 'King of the Gloaming' for August 2007

I am very pleased to annouce the most blogged member of Scotland in the Gloaming for the month of August 2007 is…

Kevin Lelland
- August's 'King of the Gloaming'.

Well done Kevin! Thank you very much for your contribution to the outstanding standard of imagery that makes up the group pool.

I asked Kevin to share a little of the background on his photography.

1. Below is his personal favourite gloaming photo which was featured on the blog in August.

Arran from Skipness Point

2. Tell us a little about how you shot the photograph, the location, what particular aspects attracted you, anything special you did to get the shot and any comments about the Scotland In The Gloaming group.

Thank you very much. Am well chuffed.

The Scotland in the Gloaming group has been a great Flickr discovery for me. So many great images to look at, lots of ideas of places to go and shoot (if I can find the time!) and help and advice on the forum have all added up to lots of inspiration during this last month to keep looking at the light and making the effort to get out and about.

This photograph was from a long weekend in Skipness. It was an incredibly still evening which lent itself to the long exposure that brought the detail out below the water in the foreground.

There always seems to be a debate (in magazines - and with my mother!) about the wispy and misty water type effect and the naturalness of colour in long exposure outdoor photography. For me with these shots it's not always about capturing what you see, it is also about creating a picture from the conditions you were given at that time. It doesn't always work out, but I was pleased with the effect on this one. For that reason this was my favourite from those blogged. There's a wee bit about the technical stuff in the photo description.


Thanks Kevin, great reply. I'm glad you've been inspired by the group and it goes without saying your contributions have been exceptional so thank you for adding to the inspiration. I totally agree with your ethos on long exposure photography. The subtlety of colour and detail in your shot is just sublime. The composition has a nice dual movement between the foreground rocks sweeping right and the island relief and clouds sweeping to the left. It adds to the painterly impact of the shot.

As far as I'm concerned it's part of the art of photography as an expressive medium as opposed to a recording medium. No one complains that a Turner painting looks nothing like the landscape he was painting do they? The artist's job is often to subjectively interpret the object and express the facets he finds most worthy of celebration and that is the beauty of this type of photography.

I was going to say leave the realism to the journalistic photographers but even their work is 'a lie' to a degree as a moment taken out of its context in an ever moving world is empowered through emphasis in a way it would not be in reality. That's what gives us such iconic images from journalism and exploration throughout the years.

So I guess my opinion is every photograph is a lie, technically - it's just a question of how beautiful a lie we make of it.

Colin Campbell

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