Archives For September 2013

B00Bs (safe for work)

September 27, 2013 — Leave a comment

I work hard on my photography and recognition comes at a, most welcome but, glacial pace.

By sheer chance I encountered these Cheerleaders on Millennium Bridge. The whole ‘encounter’ was 1000-2000-3000, yes 3 seconds, long and a reasonable street shot; straight, clean borders, focus, smiles.

St Paul's Cheer Squad [Explored]20000 views in the first 24 hours and, near instantly, Explored on Flickr.

Go figure.


As I wander London’s streets I look up. I’m not referring to a moment, I mean the entire day.

Long ago I discovered, all too slowly for a reasonably intelligent person, I looked at everything as a tourist and, as a London worker bee, virtually nothing I wasn’t about to trip over.

I try to see the landscape with the people in it and my street photography reflects a style of unwaveringly long depths of field and significant backdrops.

Sometimes you don’t need people.

Blackfriar's Solar Bridge

Urban Landscape
We all take photos of the Tube and why shouldn’t we?! Definitely one aspect of London’s identity.

More often than not people make the scene.

Future Perfect

It’s not an intrusion. Don’t ignore the landscape.

Awesome Saturday

September 23, 2013 — Leave a comment

Time pinched our valuable bits and sprinted away from us on Saturday! Figuratively speaking, of course.

We fully intended to make use of the London Open House and, in the end, managed only to see City Hall before we had to be in Brick Lane. You can see the great efforts of others in the official Flickr Pool.

City Hall

I did take a few shots but, and I waited for this one, the above photo really captures the spirit of Open House; great architecture, open to all. If you click through you can see father and son lying supine on the ground, camera pointed to the ceiling.

Of course, the day is obviously too long for some.


And then on to Brick Lane. My better half is smitten with her Olympus OMD EM-5 and wanted to go see the ‘Olympus Image Space’ installation. Each day there have been several sessions where visitors can use their own camera or try out the new EM-1 with the various lenses on offer.

I politely stuck with my Monochrom and I don’t think I let the Leica side down!

Colin Nell


This is Cleveland who was running the sessions for Saturday.

R. Cleveland Aaron

Not a bad haul for a weekend!

Down Tools!

September 21, 2013 — Leave a comment

Bentley & Co.

It’s London Open House this weekend, so set down those tools and scrape yourselves out of bed!

Here’s a couple from me from last year, City Hall and Queen’s House.


Tulip StaircaseGood luck all!



The British Library

September 18, 2013 — Leave a comment

The Lives Of Others
The Lives Of Others

Did you know, through the Copyright Act of 1911, there is an established principle of the legal deposit that ensures the British Library and five other libraries in Great Britain and Ireland are entitled to receive a free copy of every item published or distributed in Britain?!

They haven’t asked for any of my images.

Is that a bad sign?

From London’s Streets

September 17, 2013 — Leave a comment

This short series are the results from a walk around London last week. I thought it would be fun to concentrate on the lives of suits, but they are literally on their way somewhere or stood drinking outside Pubs.

Business Travel

Of course, not all suits work in Finance. This chap had huge ‘diamond’ studs in each ear.


Even now I find it incredibly difficult to photograph people on trains. You really can’t do this with an SLR.


Spitalfields again. Very near Liverpool Street Station if you didn’t know.


Really, what else would you put in the open areas of the financial district?!


And, of course, the ever present homeless and hungry. Click through on this one to see the woman’s face of pure disdain.


Tate Modern

This image, above, was my 14th capture on my current camera. If you look back a year, at your out of camera exposures. Could you have captured a better frame?

Going into the weekend, I will leave you with my mantra.

Shoot the best composition you can. Shoot RAW and nail the exposure.

You can edit again, but you can’t re take the photo.

Have a great weekend all