If you have visited this blog previously you will be aware it’s been quite some time since my last post. Due to numerous other commitments, mainly work related, the camera has stayed shelved for far too long. A family outing to a one day 80′s event in Bristol (Let’s Rock Bristol) made a worthy trip to start snapping again.
With some beautiful weather, some reminiscent music and a VIP pass it was time to capture the day in all it’s glory, or as well as I could. Personally, without having a zoom lens / front row access it was hard to take many photos of the acts so I focussed my attention on my passion, street journalism esq photos of the crowd.
Below you will find my attempts, hopefully they capture the day and convey what a good overall experience the day was.
The line-up included:
and many more…
Over the coming weeks an months I am going to be fortunate enough to travel with work, as a result I thought now would be an opportune moment to start writing about my experiences photographing in cities.
With out any correlation to my output, I have been inspired by the Street Photography book I bought and as a result took to the hard streets of London on a beautiful spring day. Whilst I took a significant number of photographs, ultimately I was left with 7 that I felt comfortable enough to share on my blog.
All of those seven images are displayed within this post. Their subjects vary but the common theme is nearly all of them (apart from one taken in suburban Surrey) were taken in and around the Southbank of London.
Appreciate your comments and feedback as always.
So today I used my Canon 5D Mark III’s HDR function, built into the camera it provides the option of automatically combining multiple exposures to create a what is often described as an artificial look.
Whilst in principal I think this look has been overused recently, it wouldn’t be right to have a high end camera and not try all of it’s features at least once, there may be a situation in the future that requires this visual pop effect it produces.
So the header image is just that, a simple view from my balcony, limited composition, boring view but quite an interesting result.
So, tonight I took chance and posted one of my shots onto an online forum, it turns out I had some very positive feedback and with a few minor tweaks the picture could be enhanced quite significantly. As a result I took my photo back into Aperture and played around , above is the result.
This weekend I had the pleasure of seeing my family which presented an opportunity to take some photographs of our pet dog Sidney. A frustrating task as I soon found out, animals don’t like to sit still at the best of times, especially with a camera lens pointed at them.
I think I have captured a few good shots considering it was in a small flat and therefore I couldn’t capture his real personality which loves to play.
As always I would love any critique you can offer, below are the photos.
So this weekend I decided to take a few photos on my journey in and out of London. Safe to say, the biggest learning was how much I need a tripod to take the photos that my mind wants to take. With that said I have a few images I would like to share for feedback, I’d love to know your thoughts.
I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the inspiration that I come across on the internet. The internet can be a wonderful place of inspiring and insightful resources to challenge the way in which you approach your photography. One such example is the work of Irina Werning, rarely can you view the past and present simultaneously whilst thinking about everything that has happened in between to cause the visible shift in the images.
I would sincerely urge you to take a minute or two to look at the work Irina has showcased on her site, some of the portraits are her own, some are submissions but both forms equally as interesting. I find portrait photography fascinating and this adds an extra dimension that takes it one step further.
You can find Irina’s work here.
The “Featured Image” is not from Irina’s work it is of a similar style but taken from Flickr here and is Copyright of Simon Bonaventure.
Well, today was a day of limited photo taking opportunities. With that said I did promise to upload anything I took, good or bad and so I will.
Today’s photo was taken as a passenger in a car trying to perform a long exposure and follow the car where possible. It didn’t work as expected, but still producing an “interesting” result.
Finally, I have ventured out into taking photographs of other people. Whilst the subject in the photo is very resistant to me taking photographs of her, I managed to capture this one as my photo of the day. The lightening isn’t perfect but I think it has a nice, simple, feel. The weekend is the time I will be dedicating to my photography , however, the weather today isn’t conducive to stepping outside without the relevant covers for the camera so expect more interior shots.