Black and White – Part 2

 Back in Black and White!  As you remember, from my previous B&W post, Black and White photography is a classic form.  Whether you like the way it looks on your wall, or the focus on subject rather than colour, or they way it makes your portrait photography look classy, you have to admit there is something about it.

The photos I have posted can be grouped in twos; a pair from Portobello Road Markets, and a pair of animals from Africa.  Portobello Road Markets are quality markets in a nice area of London.  As usual, they are directed at tourists, but there is something extra there, something that if you had the money you could get yourself some very groovy bits and pieces to display in your house.  That, of course, means there are some very cool things to take photos of, including rows of old cameras and retro sporting equipment.  I can’t have the items, but the photos will dress up a wall very nicely. And the Africa photos … well, the rhino stood in the water long enough to give me a great reflection, and the elephant has more character than the Muppets!  As always, enjoy!

Rhino Reflections

A line of lenses

Old boots and a boxing bag

Ivory and Wrinkles


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


Camera Phone

This week we are mixing it up a bit …I heard a quote the other day  ” The best camera for the job is the one you have with you” and that is what this weeks post is all about …we have focused this week on the Camera we carry everyday with us in our mobile phone …

All Of these photos where taken when it was just not practical to have my SLR with me ..another factor in this type of photography is the creative aspect… I love the vintage look of film photos and with an application like “Hipstamatic” on my Iphone I can get creative ..it is like having 10 cameras in my pocket at all times …

The first Photo was taken a week or so ago will crossing trafalgar square to meet some friends for a drink …

The Second Photo Is a photo from my Camden office when it started snowing this winter ..

Photo Number 3&4 are both from a walk on hampstead heath in the summer time..

The Last Photo in the set is from a trip to Ireland a nice sunset above the clouds …

Trafalgar Square, London

Camden loch snow, London

Hampstead Heath Summer, London

Hampstead heath Summer, London

The Airspace between London & Dublin