Thursday, 4 February 2016

Window shopping in Cambridge

The best weekend of street photography yet.

I cant help it, im totally hooked.

I want to go out and shoot more street.

Its the challenge, finding something quirky, how close can you get to get that shot?, its the waiting game; waiting for someone to walk into the shot.

I've started to manual focus more; using zone focusing, knowing that anything in the 'zone' will be in focus. That way I can set up my focus zone, step forward and take the shot. The last thing I need is for the camera to hunt for focus!  I don't want anyone turning round wondering what im doing!!! LOL

If anything, im becoming more adventurous, im not shooting so many peoples backs anymore, im photographing people walking right towards me.

Often all you need is a smile after taking the shot, no one questions a smile.

This weekend ive started shooting with windows in mind; reflections, advertising, shooting through the window. Life is lived around windows, windows are everywhere.
Sale shopping

Just look at the similarities

This guy saw the funny side

Or walk on by

Im looking into her world, she's asking me why.
I cant wait to get to a city again.

Photography is my life and I want to live it!

Monday, 25 January 2016

The death of a whale

Maybe it's just part of their lives. 
The natural selection process. 
Life's shit and then you die.

For humans it's both sad and a spectacle; Whilst you stand there in awe touching the giant beast thinking 'wow this thing is massive'. 

Much like everyone else I had to go and visit the Sperm whale that washed up at the weekend. There have been beeched whales before, 1 in the last 5-10 years in my home town too, but I've never been to see one with my own eyes. 

For many of us this is the only opportunity we have to come close to such a creature. So it becomes a tourist attraction; a selfie magnet!

The whale in Hunstanton was not the only whale death this weekend, I've heard 3 were beeched in Skegness too, the opposite side of the wash from Sutton Bridge and Hunstanton and reports of some washed up in Europe too. 


The spectacle

As the blood trickles away

The Skeleton of a ship wreck and the body of the beast. 

This is the 1st blog post I've ever created without the use of a computer. No computer has been used to edit the photos, instead the Jpegs images were transferred to my iphone 6 from my Fujifilm X100T via built in wifi, a feature that I've used and love since my recent new purchase of the legendary Fuji. 

The blog has been been typed via the iPhone and Blogger app. 

The future of the whale tourist attraction is almost certain. 
iPhone blogging for me is currently not going to see a return. You can't beat a proper keyboard and mouse.

Carry on living your lives with open eyes 

Friday, 22 January 2016

Being a kid and the ghosts of pigs

Its funny that ive just explored a building once owned by members of my family.

I remember going to this place as a child with my dad, I think he used to store things here.

Everytime I drive down this busy road, I see the old Piggery and think of long ago walking into this cold, dark and dirty place. Im not sure how long its been 'empty' for, im not sure who now owns it, im now 30 years old and my memories of the place probably date back around 25 years.

I was itching to go exploring December 30th, I woke up and its all I could think of, I didn't go, a little bored I was that day. So New Years Eve I climbed out of bed, put my exploring coat on; its just a dirty old duffel coat, and drove to Long Sutton with 2 locations in mind; both locations approx. 1 minute from each other on the same road.

For this explore I used my newest camera; Fujifilm X100T and the WCL-X100T wide angle lens converter. Since buying the X100T a couple of weeks ago, I haven't had a real chance to use it. I would usually explore with my Canon but I thought id see how this lens Fixed Lens Compact fared in a low light situation.

Image quality from Fujifilm cameras are known to be superb, a statement I agree with since previously owning an X20 and X-Pro 1 cameras. My X-Pro 1 is usually my carry everywhere camera but I think the X100T will now replace this title.

Urbex means low light, for me, its either a 'tripod day' or a time for high ISO, large aperture usage. I don't like tripods; they're too restricting so ISO ranged between 400 and 1600 and apertures typically around F2-2.8.

Muddy track led the way; a job for wellies
Early worm catches the early sun

A little dangerous this one


Mouse hole


Love the shadows on the door


My next blog post, coming soon, will be the 2nd location from this explore session.
Keep shooting!

Friday, 25 December 2015

I want to shoot everyday

Im always eager to take a picture.

Eager to use my camera.

Its all I want to do.

I don't like to go anywhere without my camera.

I don't really enjoy going places that have no photography opportunities.

The new rule about plastic bags in the UK has given me a greater reason to carry a man bag, so now I can carry a camera around all the time.

Recent time spent in Norwich, its always Norwich, I like the place, it's proved fruitful for street photography and projects, i set myself the challenge of shooting with a manual lens adapted on the X-Pro 1. Sometimes this reaps good results, sometimes its a day of bin fodder!

This day, I hope you agree was successful.

The moment the person in the street that you want to look at you, looks at you!

Great colour and font

Rectangle brick, round hole

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Early morning light

Its all about light.

Im not a lazy person who likes to lay in bed all day long, I naturally wake up approx. 7am regardless of the time I went to bed the night before. But getting up earlier than 7am is hard work.

Now and then I think, 'im going to get up early tomorrow and capture that morning light', Ive only ever managed it once and that time Laura and I woke approx. 4am to start the day on a mission to shoot out in Norfolk and it was windy as hell. So that taught me not to bother again.

However winter is a different animal, the golden light that everyone loves is around 7.30-8.30am at the moment, dare I say it...perfect!

I haven't been out with my camera properly for a while, yes ive used it whilst on Holiday, shopping trips etc but the main priority was not photography, on those occasions its just a bi-product. Also I don't include shooting for clients either; as much as I enjoy it though.

I like the occasions when I get to go out and don't have to rush, I can walk around the same spot looking for the right angle and no ones trying to move me on.

So this morning I got out of bed, a quick cup of coffee and I was gone. Ok I searched the garage first for some gloves.

There were some buildings that I have had on my list to explore again. Id looked around them in the summer with a film camera but it was a fail, the film didn't wind on properly and the whole roll of 36 exposures was scrap.

I used my favourite lens; Sigma 70-200 f/2.8, ive never explored with this combination before but it allowed me to focus on specifics rather than whole rooms or spaces.

On to the light.

Live dangerously

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

The streets around the O2

It was a busy weekend when I last visited the big smoke; London.

we spent a little time at the O2 arena like all tourists, though I used this time to walk around and grab shots of the other tourists and the high rise buildings surrounding the word famous structure.

Come to think of it, I didn't take any photos of the dome, why bother, if you want to see a it.

Around the outside of the arena is a partition wall that I guess building work is being conducted behind. Lucky for me this temporary wall is used as a giant bill board containing images of almost full sized humans.

This makes street photography easy.

This guy was hardly dressed properly for the game.

I think this teen realised too late that she had tickets for the wrong show as the crowd partied around her.

Skate or die.

Being a small town boy, tall buildings fascinate me. The perfect warm weather supplied the good time feeling for this image.

Remember to look up.

Down at the waters edge I waited for at least 15 minutes for a couple to walk along together in front of this sign.

Now colour popping is not my 'thing' at all, this could well be my only colour popped image ever and may be the last!

Easy shot, everyone in London loves to run where the big crowds are, ego boost!

Keep shooting!