This is not an area of photography that I thought I would go for but once I got understood what I was doing I found it fascinating. I think my problem initially was that I didn’t really understand the requirements and thought I could convert any image into high or low key but the last exercise showed me that this is not the case. Photo tutsplus, http://photo.tutsplus.com/tutorials/lighting/beginners-guide-to-shooting-high-key/ [accessed 26 April 2013] makes it clear that high key uses ‘unnaturally bright light to blow out any harsh shadows’ and that it is not easily achieved indoors unless you have the right lighting.
This explains Nicki Gwynn-Jones’ statement that she ‘applied a contrast boost, post processing but no other effects’ in her high key bird photography, which is her specialism. http://www.abirdseyeview.co.uk/ [accessed 26 April 2013].
In the main, Nicki’s photographs are very simple with clean lines showing only the movement and behaviour of the birds. Her preference is for photographing at the beach, usually just before dawn when she says the light is magical, often pink or purple. Her technique is interesting too, she uses slow shutter speeds and deliberate camera movement, saying that she allows the camera to move with her breath and that this allows her to connect with the scene. Nicki, who is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, considers herself to be a visual artist rather than a nature photographer and looking at her work it is easy to see why.