The End of the Day: A Watercolour Tutorial PLANNING STAGEThis was a fairly involved project in terms of preparatory work. I had an image in mind, a feeling, a mood and knew that I would only really have real world reference to work from; the rest coming from my own imagination and from playing the PS3 game 'The Last of Us'.As the scene is a place I walk past most days I am very familiar with it (the benefits of being on location cannot be overstated), but I also used Google street view to get an additional vantage point. In fact the bus that features in the finished piece was inspired from the Google street view image below:I started by scrawling an outline of my thoughts, roughing out the general layout. Really this is just a way for me to start the process, to explore the scene and see what I find works, and what doesn't:Then begins a refining process. Over the next 2 sketches I hone in on the composition and gravitate to a more exact view
Photographing Fireworks: Equipment EssentialsI've written a few articles over the past few years about Photographing Fireworks - it can never hurt to emphasize a point again so hopefully some of you will find this useful. In particular UK deviants might find themselves faced with a firework display this evening - the perfect opportunity to test out the tools within this article! Tripod Tripods can be cheap or pricey. If you're looking for something decent, expect to pay a price! If you're unsure whether you can justify getting a tripod just to shoot fireworks then check out this article that I wrote - Tripod or Not? There's also a nifty DIY tripod trick you can try which I've written about here - but for fireworks, you need stability.