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OPS On-line Exhibition 2014

The Society is pleased to announce that a presentation of photographs by the award-winning English landscape photographer Peter Watson has been selected as its 2014 on-line exhibition. Click this link to see the exhibition gallery.  

Peter Watson is a long established and highly regarded professional landscape photographer. His interest in photography goes back to his teenage years when he first captured black & white images which were sold in a local art shop. This early success encouraged him to pursue his hobby more seriously. He become interested in landscapes and began to photograph in colour.  In 1988 he became a professional photographer using a Tachihara large-format (5"x 4") view camera. He now uses mainly Mamiya medium format digital equipment.

Peter is a contributing photographer to several picture libraries and his work is internationally published and exhibited.  He also undertakes commissions for clients, primarily architectural and travel photography.  He holds practical photography workshops throughout the UK and has written several practical photography books including Light in the Landscape: A Photographer’s Year, Seasons of Landscape and Views Across the Landscape.

This exhibition consists of rural landscape images taken over the past twenty years. They depict a variety of different landscape locations and have all been personally selected by the photographer.

More examples of Peter Watson's work can be seen at www.peterwatson-photographer.com.

All images are protected by copyright © Peter Watson 2014.

Understanding Colour Spaces

Colour gamutNot sure if you understand the significance of the various colour spaces? Can you honestly say that you are clear about the differences between Adobe RGB (1998), sRGB, Apple RGB and Wide-gamut RGB? Well, colour is a complex matter and you could spend the rest of your life studying the science of the subject. In an effort to help, and with the assistance of Bruce Lindbloom, we have introduced a 3-D gamut viewer which displays a variety of commonly-used colour spaces. The viewer even allows you to compare two three-dimensional RGB working spaces by drawing one inside the other. The whole display can then be rotated in any direction, or zoomed in and out, to help you focus on those crucial areas of difference. At last it is possible to visualize clearly how switching, for example from Adobe RGB (1998) to sRGB, imposes significant changes upon your images.

The 3-D RGB gamut viewer can be found here.

Seeing Light

The ability to see light is a fundamental part of the art of photography. Obviously we see light in the simple physical sense, but that is only the beginning. A much more perceptive approach has to be developed.

When we look at a scene it is the dominant shapes and colours that are most readily retained by the brain. Subordinate detail, such as the illumination of particular features, is unimportant in the context of everyday life and hence easily overlooked.

The eye must therefore be trained to see the quality of light in an analytical manner. First, ask what initially attracted your attention to a subject and strive to incorporate this into your image. Then identify and evaluate the more subtle characteristics of light that make a scene special. They are essential ingredients for a successful image. Note the direction of the light and how it falls on your subject, and be aware of areas of shadow. Observe the light's harshness and colour, and remain sensitive to their implications in terms of mood.

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