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Photographers of the Week – 08/12/23

As we approach the final two weeks of term, with the prospect of coming together with our families and friends for Christmas drawing ever nearer, we still have the opportunity to enjoy more stunning photography from our talented students. This week has brought forth absolutely stunning vistas, accompanied by a blend of creative framing and imaginative camera techniques. Let us delve into this week’s selections:

“Winter’s Silence” by Katie Monair is truly awe-inspiring, delivering a peaceful shot that captures both the grandeur of the environment and a nuanced play of depth and contrast. The image achieves perfect balance with warm autumn pastel colours and strong texture. The only man-made presence, a telephone pole, is impeccably positioned vertically on the rule of thirds, creating a perfect juxtaposition. The snowy path guides the viewer, encouraging exploration and immersion in the image. Truly amazing!

Next, we have “Sun-kissed Rooftops” by Aymie McHarrie, one of our regular photographers. Aymie possesses a great visual eye for capturing sunsets at the perfect moment, filling the frame with warm, vibrant colours. The chimney tops create strong shapes against the sky, with subtle details among the buildings and a peaceful street further engaging the viewer.

“In the Silence of Self” by Jack Barrett is one of his stunning images from his Higher Photography project. The subject has been perfectly placed, staring deep into their reflection as if in existential crisis. Highlights in the eyes and soft shadows accentuate the subject’s features.

“Harmony in the Horizon” by Oliver Brown has been captured at the perfect moment of sunset, with a rocky outcrop in the background creating an interesting visual shape. The rocky forms in the foreground help balance the image, and the rough textures of the sea harmonise with the golden sun.

“Aged Elegance among the Trees” by Ross Muirhead is a great example of a frame within a frame. Muirhead has expertly used the trees to frame the door of the church, adding a pop of colour, and the top of the featured symbol at the peak of the church creates a focal point. Muirhead has also saturated and lowered the temperature of the image, giving a cooler and more dramatic feel.

Jonathan Sneddon returns as a Photographer of the Week with “Rustic Reverie.” Sneddon uses the rule of thirds perfectly to frame the image, creating a peaceful harmony. The lake and the background hillside carry visual weight, and subtle use of tone and a mid f-number help to give the image depth and a pleasing softness to the background. Leading lines across the lake guide the viewer through the image to the foggy and ethereal backdrop.

Finally, Aymie McHarrie’s “Wired into Dusk” concludes this week’s selection with an image that represents the strong patterns and shapes that man-made objects can create. The transmission tower creates a strong focal point, with the street light placed perfectly using the rule of thirds as a secondary focal point, adding balance to the image.

Kindly channel your submissions to [email protected].

Winter's Silence

by Katie Monair

Sun-Kissed Rooftops

by Aymie McHarrie

In the Silence of Self

by Jack Barrett

Harmony in the Horizon

by Oliver Brown

Aged Elegance Among the Trees

by Ross Muirhead

Rustic Reverie

by Jonathan Sneddon

Wired into Dusk

by Aymie McHarrie

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