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Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand
Sri Mariammam Temple, Singapore
Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong
Interior of Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai, China
Pudong from the Bund, Shanhai, China
Modern Shanghai, China
Bulguska Buddhist Temple, Busan, South Korea
Haedong Yonggungsa Buddhist Temple, Busan, South Korea
Dancers, South Korea
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shinto Shrine, Osaka, Japan
Ema, Sumiyoshi Taisha Shinto Shrine, Osaka, Japan
Sorihashi Bridge, Sumiyoshi Taisha Shinto Shrine, Osaka, Japan
Sake Barrels, Sumiyoshi Taisha Shinto Shrine, Osaka, Japan
Lanterns at Asakusa Buddhist Shrine, Tokyo, Japan
Concert Pianist, Japan
The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Spa, Blue Lagoon, Iceland
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.
A good portrait brings us uncannily close to a real human being. Its impact and immediacy are such that little seems to stand between the observer and the subject. Indeed, the image approaches reality. So what are the hard-to-define special qualities that elevate the finest images to such levels? Photographers talk about pizzazz, zing and the x-factor, but what does this really mean in terms of photographing people? A definitive statement would undoubtedly be useful, but in practice there are too many different subjects, styles and techniques to consider.
However, whilst accepting that any effort in this direction will be incomplete and imperfect, there is no reason to evade the matter. So, in no particular order of merit, and complete with gaps, wrinkles and appropriate health warnings, a few suggestions follow.
Not 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.