London Night


Macro

Macro – making the world of the small very big.  I do not have a macro lens or any other attachment that’ll make macro photography easier.  Rather, I need to do it the old fashioned way and get as close to the objects as my lens allows me.  Bugs and flowers seem to be the easiest, and the most impressive at the moment.

Hover Fly... Hovering

Flowers at the Borough Markets

Grass seeds on Hampstead Heath in Spring

A blue dragonfly having a rest


Movement

Movement is a photographical challenge.  Movement can blur and distort, but on the other hand it can smooth, or show action.  Here are a few that give movement in the world of still photography. 
New York Taxi
Central Park Ice Skating, New York
Mokoro polers stop for the night
 
Skateboarder at Southbank

Blur

No, not the band, but rather, using the focus, or lack of focus for effect. 

Four great photos – 1) Colouring pencils; 2) Those who know JZ, will know that he is not afraid of a camera and showing all and any of his moves.  Here is one of ba-zillion I have of him posing for my camera, or any camera matter of fact; 3) This little fella was laying easy on a beach on Stromboli, Italy.  Pity he was dead; 4) A great photo of Cuba at Jav’s and Jordan’s goodbye party.  Appreciate the blur!

Get the Point!

The JZ Blurred Boogie

Praying Mantis on Volcanic Rock

Cuba and Javan


Holidays

What do you think of when someone says ‘holidays’?  Maybe sand between the toes, cool cocktails and long lazy sleep-ins? Or is 5 star hotels, taxi rides and city spots?  Or early flights, lonely planet guides, and ‘stretched-arm-photos’?  A mixture of all of the above?  Yep, I hear what you are saying.  I can almost see your dreamy eyes stare into space as you contemplate a relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives.

I too had mind-pictures of what kind of photos I should add into this weeks post; a close-up of a colourful long drink beside a turquoise pool, or a footprints winding away down a long golden beach … yeah, couldn’t find those; how about a nice hotel in a funky part of an old European town … nope, not there either.   I was getting worried, thinking my photos are just not going to cut it, but I started to see a common theme in my photos.  Let’s see if I can explain what I mean.

When you travel, holidays can mean many different things.  However, you always have the opportunity to spend time with the locals …

When in Rome, prepare to pay

… but you should try to blend in …

Which one is the local of Edinburgh?

… and even if you feel top of the world …

Jungfrau - top of Europe

… and you want to hug everything you see …

Travel does strange things to people

… things can change.  You can be easily confused with cultural differences …

Always pack the right shoes for the circumstances

… or stuck in traffic …

Moove, hairy coos

… remember to rest when you get the chance …

Comfort was a rare option for this little one

… and lean back, take a load off …

Its good to see the entire group relax together

… because no matter how you feel …

Do I look fat in this?

… you’ll always have a great time  with your friends …

Great image for a great bunch

Enjoy all your travels and holidays!


Black and White – Part 2

With this weeks Theme of Black And white I tried to find images that have texture ..I love the complex simplicity of Black and white and how it strips photos of space and time …let us focus on the objects and lets the simple textures come to the front using just light and dark shades …

Back to the roots of photography before colour came about ..

Photo 1 : A simple dandelion in field hampstead heath

Photo 2 : London south bank and low tide revealing a timber and stone path way

Photo 3 : A metal ring used to keep boats from drifting away..

Photo 4 : The door to kenwood house hapstead heath

Photo 5 : A metal rusting fence In a forest in south england

dandelion

London South Bank Low Tide

The Ring

The Door

The Fence


London Southbank

This weeks theme is London South Bank ..a place I keep on photographying again and again …I love walking the South Bank it has so much to offer ..here is a small selection …

Photo 1 : literally the South Bank Of the Thames ..under the oxo Tower one morning at low tide .

Photo 2 : London’s Own City HAll ..a strange but I think cool bit of architecture

Photo 3 :London Eye and welcome path of blue lights …

Photo 4 : The Letter “B” in Bankside under the walkway next to the Globe Theater something I did not even know till the tide went out ….London keeps revealing itself to be a little at a time …

Photo 5 : This a little bit of a cheat ..The London Eye As seen from the Northbank of the river ..slow shutter speed to capture the movement …

South Bank - Oxo Tower

South Bank - London City Hall

South Bank - London Eye

South Bank - "B" ankside

London eye


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