Sunday Morning – Old Love

Relaxed and inspiring

Sunday’s are a great time to start the day off in a relaxed manner; set aside some time to watch a Premier League game, listen to some music, have breakfast, it’s all without any sense of rush.

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Old Beauty

As you saw a bit of the landscape of Skye earlier this week, I thought another vista might be welcome.  This island is just amazing and these landscape images are only a beginning of a much larger set that I have to capture some fine year.  It’s amazing to see how the view changes, as clouds move to cast shadows in different locations.  You can probably understand why I love these old (geological) formations.

As some of you may be aware, I’m also learning how to play guitar, which is a slow process that is highly rewarding in engaging the brain in a different manner and a great way to unwind from a day in the high technology world.  As I very much enjoy the blues, its expressive capabilities seemingly boundless, Eric Clapton is certainly among my all-time favorites.

That’s why this morning, I’m spending a little extra time listening to Old Love, a song from the Journeyman album.  This song was written by Eric and Robert Cray, inspired by Eric’s recent divorce from Pattie Boyd (the muse for Something, Layla and Wonderful Tonight); you can hear the pain in this song from the difficulty of letting go.  I’m adding this to my study list to see how well I can learn to play this.

Here’s Eric Clapton’s Old Love from his 24 nights at the Royal Alber Hall in 1990:

Hope you enjoy your Sunday!

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

12 thoughts on “Sunday Morning – Old Love”

  1. Skye looks so beautiful. I hope you enjoy learning the guitar, it’s a fabulous instrument, I’ve played for years and have also tinkered with the blues as well as other styles, flamenco and classical. I also love just belting out a good old classic tune like “Bye Bye American Pie”. 🙂

    1. Skye is stunning in its beauty.

      I’m definitely enjoying learning to play the guitar. As I was the kid who was told to shut up during singing class, so I didn’t take the rest of the class off key, I never considered playing any instrument, until just over 2 years ago. There’s a lot to learn, but at least I can play a fair number of songs by now and jam with others on most tunes. There’s lots to learn, so I’m staying on it!

      1. Good for you, it’s absolutely never too late to learn. And there’s so much to learn to play you’ll never be bored again! Enjoy it all. 🙂

  2. What a lovely location! I really like your composition on this, it really invites the viewer to consider all aspects of the landscape and sky and just takes me right into it.
    I’m curious about your processing here, is this an HDR composite?

    1. Thank you very much. I really appreciate your kind words about the composition.

      Yes, I used the in-camera HDR capability of the Canon EOS 5D Mk III and haven’t taken any additional steps with this and the other Skye images yet. At some point, I will process my favorites separately through Photomatix Pro, as that gives me finer controls over the end result.

      1. I look forward to that! I’ve been following you for a few months and have seen you do some really nice HDR (which is not easy, I know!), this one felt a little flat in comparison, in camera HDR explains that. This image is a real gem though and I can’t wait to see it again once you’ve polished it a bit. I’m also looking forward to seeing more from this location, I am totally unfamiliar with it but I want to go there now!

      2. Thank you! You’re very kind.

        Skye is an amazing island that is an absolute photography dream, as the light keeps changing across the very dramatic landscape. You can stay in the same location for hours and shoot very different images depending on the light.

        Both my wife and I want to go back there and explore more. If you get the chance, visit Scotland, as it is truly stunning!

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