Category Archives: 2011

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

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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


London Southbank

I love obvious titles, and London Southbank satisfies.  In London, and on the south bank of the Thames.  So clever.  With smart remarks to the side, the Southbank is a classic and must-see, or should I say ‘must-do’.  It has a path that winds along the river, through markets, past culturally-iconic buildings, displaying postcard views, and delivering food and streetside entertainment throughout any season.  Do my photos capture that?  Not even close.

I’ve watched street dancers flip and spin, I’ve bought books that are over 100 years old, I’ve watched the sun set through the buildings of London, I’ve experienced street hustlers trying to scam tourists in games of shells or cards, I’ve been there in the rain, the cold, the summer, in a rush, at a stroll, by myself, with friends, late for an appointment, as a tourist, as a local, before dawn, after dusk, to see photos, to take photos, to hear and see Shakespeare, to experience the London Symphony Orchestra, but … but …

Do my photos show the Southbank? Not properly, not even close.  However, a small taste until next post.

The Eye at Night

The Lights light the way

Pow - graffiti at the skate park

Blurry vision of the Eye


People

For most of early photos, back in the day of my automatic 35mm camera, I used to wait for people to get out of my photos. My interest was nature and landscape, not tourists and slow-coaches. But, as I have progressed and learnt as a photographer, I realise that people can bring life to a photo. Even if the image I’m trying to capture is a landscape or wildlife photo, sometimes a well positioned person can show depth and scale to a photo.

And then other times, people just make great photos. Smiles and laughs, poses and stances. You would have to agree, make some of the best memories!

Speaking of memories, here is a few I’ve captured. The first shows that too many cooks don’t spoil the broth, or the barbeque in this case. The ever busy, ever bustling square of Djemaa el Fna is always good for some food action. The next is a humourous little moment I caught in one of my many wanders around Hampstead Heath; it was a beautiful day with everybody out enjoying the weather, and this couple obviously enjoying the tree.

The third is a stunning photo. William would be the first to say that he is no supermodel, but I think Will, his hat, and two paintings from Jane, his wife (I always think of the line from the Jetson’s when I say that), make a very striking image. Some brilliant colour.

And finally, one of my favourite people photos. It kind of speaks for itself. Jackie has great facial features for photos. Congratulations on being a mum, Jackie!

Djemaa el Fna Smokey BBQ

Two sets of legs in one tree

Three of Jane

Jackie - B&W


Panorama

Richard is the guru of panorama, he has some very classy panoramas (as you may of already noticed).  However, I had a fair go at it.

Two photos are just cropped (giraffe and elephant), but two others are six or more photos stitched together.

Elephant on Etosha salt pans

Giraffe on Etosha salt pans

Greenwich Panorama

Three cliffs Bay Panorama


People

This weeks post is photos of people and is a difficult theme for me as I normally  try to exclude people from my photos as I prefer manly landscapes or objects …so  I had to really get creative and enlist some help to track down some appropriate photos from my back catalog of 35  thousand photos …

The first photo was shot at a  friends wedding in Thailand ..probably the first ever wedding photos I have taken this is my favorite  image of the  happy couple on their big day …

The second photo also taken at the  wedding  of a good friend of mine and his new wife as they make their way  up the isle  after being married while being congratulated by there guests

Photo number three was taken just days ago while shooting a band at a small east London venue called “jamboree” this is the owner preparing the candles at the bar for the evening.

Photo number four is of  Tara and was taken on my Iphone using Hipstamatic  one evening in the pub ..a great image of her

Photo number five was also taken at the “jamboree” venue ..& is of one of the band members playing with Michelle daly the talented singer I was there to photograph

So I hope you enjoy these images

Nadia & Jason Thailand Wedding

Joslyn & Andrew London Wedding

Jamboree

Tara

Michelle Daly

 


Panorama

From the small portable camera last week …this week we go wide ….very wide …This is one of my favorite types of photography .. All these Panorama photos are made up of between 3 & 7  individual photos that are taken with a slight overlap and from left to right …then are opened in Photoshop and joined together to make one photo…then cropped and any other adjustments done ….

I love Panorama shots because they have such a wide view of the world and you really can get a sense of a  landscape with these shots …so enjoy …also if you want to see them bigger just click the photos and they will open in another window full size …

London

Ireland

Cape Town

Thailand

Ireland