Prints on Show, Round 2 / by Simon Ng

My prints are finally up at Now and Not Yet (minus one print, which has sold). So I thought I'd tell the story of these three prints in the set of six (now five) that are on display (you can read about the others here). Now and Not Yet is a community cafe that gives to those in need, so even if you don't want to see or buy my prints, go along and have a coffee and give a little to people who would benefit from your help. 

Blossoms was one of those photos that just happened by chance. I was wandering down to the river with my camera, and the wild plums that grow everywhere in Warrandyte were blossoming. I had my 24-70 f2.8 lens, so I stopped to take a few shots of the textured branches and the delicate petals of the flowers. It's funny how you can find such beautiful things so near to home. I think people rarely look this closely at the world around them.

Blossoms

Blossoms

Yarra Valley Dawn was the end result of a morning photo trip with Daniel and two of his school friends over the summer break. We'd intend to go to the property of one of his friends, but we somehow got ourselves lost and ended up somewhere else. Perhaps I was encouraging delinquency, but I took all three of them onto private property through a broken fence line. The view was fantastic, and as the sun came up over the hazy summer sky, we were treated to something fleeting and perfect. 

Yarra Valley Dawn

Yarra Valley Dawn

The final photograph is a miniature. I wanted to capture something of Warrandyte and the Yarra River, but no matter how much I love the river here I find its turgid water and its scrappy banks difficult to photograph. However, reduce the view and the river can be quite beautiful in a unique way.

Stones in a River, was taken only just upstream from the main bridge that crosses at the centre of the village. It is a long exposure (perhaps 5-10 seconds) that required an ND filter to take, and I framed the shot to exclude the banks. This is what photography is all about: starting with a scene and then stripping it back, removing everything extraneous until only the  essence remains. I processed the image in Capture One to make it a monochrome (dirty brown water isn't very attractive). If you're ever in Warrandyte, go see if you can find the spot and create an alternative view.

Stones in a River

Stones in a River

All three are on sale at Now and Not Yet cafe, with a portion of the price going to help those less fortunate. Or you can buy an unframed print by clicking on any of the images above. And if you just want to get the occasional blog post about my photography and don't want to make me rich (I wish), then sign up using the form on musings.