Archives For August 2013

San Marco

August 31, 2013 — Leave a comment

Some days I love tourists and others not so much. Our few days in Venice presented us with a tourist ultimatum and I simply had to get with the programme. Deal with it.

Impressed

I love this shot for the sheer number of reaction expressions to their first sight of the famous San Marco. And, of course, the umbrellas!

I do hope your weekend is sunny.
Michael

This is Suzy, truly my best half. We had an excellent wedding although, if Nan could scuba dive, Suz might have had us all in wet suits and exchanging vows with an audience of Anemone fish and schooling Snappers!

Cool Bride
And then on to a fantastic few days in Venice, where the traditional City mumble of cars and buses are replaced with boat motors and the near constant mating call, “Gondola Gondola”.

Gondola Gondola

We are glad to be back… well, until we walked through our front door to a very sodden and squishy carpet!

Not sure about blessing the rains in Africa, but our place certainly was this weekend.

From London’s Streets

August 22, 2013 — 3 Comments

A few from the past few days…

Shopping Break At The Apple Store

Tourism

iCamera

This one is definitely touristy, but the woman’s stare makes this a keeper!

Emirates Cable Car

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Next Steps

August 18, 2013 — 1 Comment

Thought I’d let you know I’ll be offline for a few days. I’m getting married and very excited too!

Can’t leave you without a photo and this, Bridge of Aspiration just off Covent Garden, was taken a few days ago.

Bridge Of Aspiration

I was hoping this was going to be accessible for London Open House, but I don’t think it is. Boo.

London Cool

August 15, 2013 — Leave a comment

It seems counter intuitive to stop whilst crossing the road but, for a super shiny Taxi and a Hipster on a Harley Davidson, it would be rude not to!

London Cool

[Last] Monday morning blues…

Broken Wheel
Broken Wheel at Smithfield Market

Grumpy
Grumpy in China Town

Suffering In Silence
Suffering In Silence

Get In There!

August 12, 2013 — 2 Comments

I watched this guy put the hard sell on these two to move his vintage cameras. A Polaroid in this case.

Hard Sell On The Vintage Cameras

My lightning quick ;-) composition brain concluded shorter depth of field and get his cold eyes locked in!

Around the world I am hearing, “So?!”.

At 50mm, on a full frame don’t forget, or longer this blog post falls on its moot little face, but I shoot at 35mm. This is a full frame capture at 35mm, processed but not cropped or rotated.

I virtually had to join in the sale and rub shoulders with these two to get the shot.

Shortly after, I got the icy stare and made a quick exit.

If you’re going to shoot street like this, get a 50mm.

It’s luxury camping they said. Proper beds and furniture and showers they said.

I didn’t like camping before, glam or no glam, and sleeping overnight in what is essentially a desert is a new and specific level of hell for me.

Dawn at Spitzkoppe

This is the dawn, over Spitzkoppe, Namibia. It ever so slightly made up for the camping.

Yesterday, and only through a random ‘off to London’ status on Facebook by friend and Street Photographer Stephen Cosh, I was invited to join a photowalk.

I must confess I was quite keen to meet other Leica photographers. I should not have been surprised when they turned out to be thoroughly nice people who are true fans of the brand and love to chat about it.

New friends! Common interests! Can’t get any better than that, surely?!

Three Leica 'M' Support Units
Three fellow Leica enthusiasts

So we met and the conversation flowed. With introductions out the way, we advanced from our Waterloo meeting place to the Southbank. I caught up with Stephen and, as we walked, I talked to the others.

I’m not rambling, the point is I was really enjoying meeting these new people, but I was not taking any photos!

This is about the only shot I captured with the group and it’s pretty much just a portrait.

Southbank Diva

After I left the group I could concentrate.

Calm

Smoking Zone

 

So, the moral of this story is to use your photo walk as a learning experience for new techniques or to catch up with friends or find new contacts. You won’t get any decent photographs though ;)

For me, I got an invaluable and all too infrequent opportunity to talk to fellow street photographers. I can’t wait for the next one.

Themes are always open to interpretation and, to win competitions, you need to almost climb into the minds of judges to work out what they think is a ‘scenic wonder’.

Acacia Trees In The Late Afternoon Sun

This is Namibia. I took a condensed tour, north to south, with Marsel Van Oosten and the whole journey was a series of wondrous scenes.

This is a grand image of 2 long since dead desiccated trees however, on the 1km walk to this pan, peaking over the final dune and seeing these trees, they seemed so modest and small.

Cameras. Lying bastards!