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I’m not sure why I chose to take this guy’s photo, but being caught taking the shot has actually made the shot interesting.

City HeatCity Heat

Why this is a keeper is that it was baking hot and I distinctly recall being parched and in need of hydration. This guy, in boiler suit and gloves, is a contrasty harsh vision of the heat that day.

It could be my eyes too but, full size and from about 5 feet, the perspective is strange too!

I hope the Summer isn’t quite finished with us just yet.

Wandering through Gerrard Street only to pause at this chap who was staring intently at one end of the street. Who knows why, but his brolly could not have been more useless under the searing sun.

Zero Chance Of Rain

Walking round the West End and Mayfair, it was wonderful to witness tourists and London locals all soaking up the summer sun.

Sunny London Friday Afternoon Part I

Kids and water! Whoever designed this monument to Bill Shakespeare knew there would be zillions of kids and their families in the summer.

Sunny London Friday Afternoon Part II

Ye old drinking culture shot is a bit misleading, what with Londoners drinking each and every lunch time rain, shine, winter or summer!

Sunny London Friday Afternoon Part III

Not my usual style, but I took a few of these scenes giddy from the atmosphere, dehydration, call it what ever.

Hope your weekend is relaxing and sunny!

From London’s Streets

July 23, 2014 — 2 Comments

The challenging street photography continues with London’s ongoing meltingly hot summer. I’m not complaining, well I am a little about the harsh light, people on the streets are entirely different in winter and summer. Different like wanting to be outside versus having to be!

Head Start

The Look

Uphill Battles

Incidentally, the London Suit will wear jacket and tie 46 weeks of the year. 3 weeks, at the apex of summer, they’ll remove their jacket and tie and, transversely for the remaining 3, in the most inclement cold of winter they’ll don a winter coat. Which is just a knee length suit jacket with thicker material.

Enjoy the sun and the coming weekend folks.

 

I don’t stumble through Lancaster Gate’s turnstiles by chance. When I join Ian Brumpton for spritely street photo walks I have ended up here. The one other reason is to visit the Serpentine Gallery and their new Pavilion each year. Here’s a shot from my 2013 visit.

It’s a fast 10 minute walk through the well tended gardens to the Pavilion so, in this 30 degree weather, drink plenty of water!

Serpentine Gallery Pavillion, 2014, by Smiljan Radić

Smiljan Radić is the fourteenth architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary Pavilion outside the entrance to the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens.

Occupying a footprint of some 514 square metres on the lawn of the Serpentine Gallery, plans depict a semi-translucent, cylindrical structure of fibreglass, designed to resemble a shell, which rests on large quarry stones. This work has its roots in the architect’s earlier work, particularly The Castle of the Selfish Giant, inspired by the Oscar Wilde story and the Restaurant Mestizo – part of which is supported by large boulders.

The 2014 Pavilion is designed as a flexible, multi-purpose social space with a café sited inside. Visitors will be encouraged to enter and interact with the Pavilion in different ways throughout its four month tenure in the Park.

 

From London’s Streets

July 14, 2014 — 3 Comments

All of these photos were taken last monday, July 7. Each photo walk reveals even more diversity in London than I think I’ve seen in the last. Amazing.

Step 4 For Phone Calls [Explored]

Dapper Gent

Looking Back

Tour de France Rest Stop

I’ve developed this habit, I’ve yet to decide whether it’s good or not, where I hold and point and shoot without stopping or literally stopping for a step-pause-click-continue. It has yielded a few shots I wouldn’t have got had I stopped, focused, framed and shot.

When did I get this impatient to see whether the scene would last 5 more seconds for me to take the picture properly?! Yes, these ‘new’ shots are blurrier, but the gamble for composition sometimes pays off.

The great value from this shooting on the run style is that the subject does not have time to react. I’m a well practised Ninja on the streets, but for those who feel more conspicuous this is a good trade off.

Here’s an example where I was keen to make progress to the Tour de France finish line on the Mall and I saw this guy from the back. Without pausing, I set focus to 4 metres, f/5. As I passed him I saw the magnifying glass and knew there was a good shot here. Still not pausing I held my camera portrait under my right arm, lens pointing backwards, and pressed the shutter.

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I knew I’d get something, but would the composition be slightly off or blurry… well a bit of both.

I’ve no idea why, but I can shoot a straight horizontal and vertical shot just holding the camera up. To within a degree. Not sure if it’s rangefinder ergonomics, but I’m an uncannily straight shooter with this Monochrom.

I challenge you all to try this and post links to these photos in the comments below.