“I always go for simplicity”
I like this David Bailey quote. When all else fails, simplicity often leads to great compositions. There are many potential dimensions to it: filling the frame with a subject to remove extraneous clutter; using viewpoint or choice of lens for the same reason; careful selection of background; and so on. But I’ve also always been attracted to simple monochrome images and some subjects suit this treatment so well. Turtles are an interesting case, because on the one hand their shells are so beautiful that you can ignore the usual advice and so shoot from directly above to capture rich colours and patterns. On the other hand, the patterns can be so strong that you crave to see only that, which was the case with this compact camera image. Simple. This and dozens of other composition concepts are documented in my forthcoming book, ‘Winning Images with Any Underwater Camera: the essential guide to creating engaging photos’, which Dived Up Publications will publish at the end of May. The book launch will be on 11 June at 6:30 for 7:30pm in Ocean Leisure Cameras, Embankment London (a short preview of the book and more details of the launch is at this link). It is an open invitation; everybody is welcome to attend and Dr Alex Mustard will open proceedings at about 7:00pm, when everybody should have a drink & some nibbles in hand courtesy of the author! I hope to see you there…
best wishes to all, Paul Colley
Well, after an amazing trip to dive with friends that I met in Cuba, I captured the final 3 images for my next book, Winning Images with Any Underwater Camera. Those final images were harder work than I imagined, not least due to some social pressures that I take quite seriously! I also worked with the publisher whilst in Barbados on the first full design of the new book and it now begins to look and feel like a professional product; a big step forward from the raw concepts, words, images and diagrams that comprised my original submission to Dived Up Publications. As in hillwalking and climbing, there are still erstwhile hidden ridges to climb, so the route to final publication is still steep and will need more hard leg work. But we now have the summit in very clear sight.
To that end, I feel on track for the projected end-May publication and a first book launch on the evening of 11 June at Ocean Leisure Cameras in London, to which everybody with any interest in this publication is invited. Alex Mustard has very kindly agreed to provide an opening address and I will provide refreshments, some light bites, a short pitch about the book and a signature for anybody that buys it. Other launch details are already out there and embedded in this link to a short presentation on Facebook.
I will follow up the first launch with a presentation to the British Society of Underwater Photographers on 15 July in London at its new meeting place, for which I shall share more details later. Meanwhile, thank you to those many friends & fellow photographers that have given their support to this project in so many different ways. I hope that it will add to our corporate body of knowledge about underwater photography.
all the best to you, Paul