First Photo Montage to an ambient Soundscape

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My first photo montage – Mountain Rooms

I was recently asked if a friend of mine could use photos from my Driving Lights collection.  I was delighted and said yes.

A few days pass, and he asked if I could provide another set of photos to accompany a live performance of a Soundscape, by Diane Dunn, during the same gig.

Having never done such a thing before, I naturally said yes!  I was sent a wav file of the piece, no title or story behind it, and was left to my own devices.  The only remit was it should be black and white, which made life a lot easier, not having to worry about colour matching, etc.  I’m not sure it would have worked well in colour anyway.  mountain-rooms-editing

At first, it did seem a bit weird, but as I browsed my photos, inspiration slowly grew and I began to piece together a to timeline using Premiere Pro.

It took a few passes; and at 12 minutes long, it took longer than I thought, but it grew on me, both the piece and the process.  It’s rather satisfying when you find an image that really fits in with the sound, like a ‘bingo!’ moment.

The gig went very well, and Diane was pleased with my montage, a huge relief, especially as I was unsure if my photos fitted with her vision, let alone the name of the piece.  Funny how sometimes, things come together.

This experience has been inspired to give this genre a go myself, and so i have begun experimenting recording out and about with my Tascam DR40. (though I need to get a wind shield for it!).

Have you got any photo montages to share?  What do you think?  Let me know below.


My 365 Project Completed

My365 – Mosaic

I finally got to the end of My 365 Challenge for 2017.  Last year (2016), I saw a post on Facebook of a friends last photo of his 365 Project.  I thought – yep – I’ll give it a go; how hard can it be?

Well it’s a lot harder than I thought!

At the beginning, I had loads of ideas, enthusiasm, and there’s loads of stuff around me to snap away at.  The inspiration was flowing in bucketfuls.  I even had ideas of for weekly themes, such as using old cameras.  I started off with much excitement, and the notion “I’m going learn a lot from this”.

The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells

To be honest, there were times when I did learn a lot from it.  Notably using it as a means of encouragement to take those photos I’ve been meaning to take for some time.  One such photo was a shot of the Pantiles in Royal Tunbridge Wells, specifically after it had rained, for that shiny pavement effect.

One of my favourite forms of photography is light-painting, and My365 spurred me on to experiment with a stencil.  I made a stencil of a stick man, and using a strobe, was able to create the illusion of a line of stick men.  One around a dome, and another a wee bush in the woods.


For one of the weekly challenges, I dug out my very first digital camera, a Sanyo XPC350.

As time rolled on, I must be honest, the enthusiasm began to wane.  Then there we times, when I was simply snapping away at anything for that day, and that made the whole thing seem a bit of a chore.

Another photo bucket list shot – I also managed a 6 AM trip to the local park to catch the sunrise.

Sunrise at Dunorlan Park
Sunrise at Dunorlan Park


From the begging, I chose to post each entry to Instagram, to see how that might work.  I did miss some days, but still had to post something, so decided upon uploading a “Whoopsie”, a black image with text, numbering the Whoopsie.  Yes, I know it’s spelt wrong, but I think it looks better this way.

I did learn some new techniques.  But the biggest lesson of all was: “not every day is a photo day”, least not for me.  There are days, when I just don’t feel like taking photos – hence the 50+ Whoopsies

One of my 54 Whoopsies

Have you done your 365?  If so, comment below and post a link to it – maybe It might inspire me to try again in a few years time 😊



#162 of my 365 project

Gig Photos – The Orange Circus Band

#162 of my 365 project

Took the camera with me to Horsmonden’s Summer Festival, as I was playing there with TWUNT, and The Orange Circus Band were headlining, and I like them!

The nifty 50, did catch some nice shots, in very low light, so was pleased with the results.  The biggest problem, was the lighting.  The red lights were so strong to the right of the stage, they washed out the fiddler and bass, making them look radioactive!  That’s why their shots are black and white, which fortunately look even better!

Don’t you just love it when you have a spot of fortune whilst processing in Lightroom 🙂  They liked them so much, they’re on their website too!

My365 #1

My365 Project (2017)

Just before Christmas, I decided I would attempt the photographer’s bucket list challenge – the 365!

Labelled ‘My365’, I hoping it will ensure I think photography everyday, forcing me to venture beyond what I normally do.  Having a day job and a commute, will make it a bit harder, so I’m going to have be even more creative.

I suspect I’m going to learn more about other stuff too, not just photography.  There’s the ‘getting it out there’ social media stuff to improve on; hash tags and all that jazz.  Then there’s presentation.  I’ve seen people with borders, logos, and watermarks of all varieties.  The one thing I have decided, is to experiment, rather than fret, on day 1, about my watermark.  I might not even stick to anyone style, instead choose to tweak as I go along.

I am sharing on Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and here of course 🙂

It’s day 3, and so far I have the following.

And so it begins #365project #365 #photography

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Too much #email. #outlook is grim. #My365 #3

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