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
London South Bank Low Tide
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
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!
A line of lenses
Old boots and a boxing bag
Ivory and Wrinkles
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
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
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
Three cliffs Bay 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 …