Last Monday morning at 0620 you would have found me waiting for the 0640 train to London Waterloo to attend another Light and Land Photography workshop. I had had a moment of indecision in the station car park as to whether I needed my thermal bobble hat. I decided to take it, and believe me if I hadn’t I would have been purchasing yet more emergency head gear*. It was so cold, bitterly, biting to the bone, fingertips numb, cold all day long.Read More
It has been a while since the sun has deigned to shine here in the UK. It has been a gloomy horrible start to 2019. Checking the weather last week I was stunned to see actual sunshine forecast. The Delightful Mr F pointed out that this might be the only opportunity to shoot with decent light before April, so off I went to London to work on my Monopoly project.
I went early, and the weather app on my phone was showing the sun would rise just as I was about to arrive at Waterloo station, leading to glorious, if somewhat chilly, sunny weather.
Once I got to London, I left the station with a spring in my step, only to be met by a howling gale, and rain going sideways. I briefly considered turning around and going home. I only had my X100F with me, which isn’t weather sealed, so photography was going to be tricky. In the end, with the rain stopping, I decided to walk a little and wait for the Tate to open, and to shoot there instead.
Off I went, and then the rain started again. I made haste to the next nearest train station for shelter, where I had to purchase an emergency woolly hat, as by that point I was cold, wet and grumpy*. Having acquired a woolly hat, my mood improved, and so did the weather. The sun started to break through the clouds, and the most wonderful stark, winter light emerged. I abandoned my Monopoly plans, and followed the light. I ended up walking all over the place, out to the Barbican, back through the City, along the river by the Tower of London, and back along the South Bank.
I don’t often shoot in the City, and perhaps should go more often. I remember when the Gherkin was a new building and everyone hated it, but I have always thought it was rather beautiful, and I like this shot with parts of the Lloyds Building in the foreground. The shot of the Shard is probably my favourite of the day.
Walking back along the South Bank, I found this lovely pool of light. I took a series of shadow shots, I like the slightly creepy, 1950s spy film look.
* Many thanks to the staff at the Charring Cross branch of Accessorize who took pity on me and cut the labels off so I could wear it.
Well, what can I say? The best laid plans of mice and men…
Over the New Year break, The Delightful Mr F and I pottered down the M5 to Devon, one of our favourite photographic haunts. The weather forecast was fair, some sunshine, some cloud. There was also a hint of a clear night, just right for some astrophotography.Read More
I do like a list. No, I mean I really like a list. I have notebooks filled with lists. Lists of books I want to read, lists of photographic locations I want to visit, lists of presents to buy, ideas, thoughts, general ramblings, lists of everything I may need to know at some indeterminate point in the future. This year I am going to cross off some of those photographic items.Read More
The Delightful Mr F and I had a lovely Christmas Day. We like a peaceful yuletide, and so post present opening we headed off to the local woods for a walk.Read More
Well, another year has gone by, and another festive season is upon us. It is time to eat our body weight in cheap chocolate, and try not to cause an argument with our nearest and dearest.
This year the Delightful Mr F and I are having a quiet Christmas together, there will be good food, reading, walking, and photography. A nice gentle and relaxing time, before 2019 comes rushing at us with new challenges.
Thank you Dear Readers for continuing to visit this little corner of the internet, and may I wish you and yours, a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2019.
This was my third Champagne at the Blitz concert as their official photographer, and I always look forward to shooting them. Experiencing live music is always a joy, and hearing Sarah, Jenny and Caroline sing in person is a real privilege. At their last concert I focused a lot on the audience, who got up and danced and sang, clearing away tables and chairs to make space. It was a truly joyous event.Read More
In a surprising turn of events, I ended up with a day off. I looked at the weather forecast and it was predicting rain. How bad can it be I thought? For goodness sake, I am British, a bit of rain won’t be a problem. How wrong I was Dear Readers. Having arrived at Waterloo Station, I headed down the South Bank and the Heavens opened. Not normal, drizzle, easily held at bay by the use of an umbrella, but full on torrential rain, mostly going horizontally because of the high winds.Read More
I was armed with my trusty Fuji X100F, and the Delightful Mr F was shooting on his Fujica STX1n, pushing the heck out of an ISO 3200 Ilford film.Read More
Each year, Fleet, the town in which we currently reside, has a 10k road race. Lots of people take part, some serious runners, some new to running, and some running for charity. This year I decided to go and photograph the event. I do very little in the way of sports photography, so this was an adventure as I had no idea whether I would manage to capture anything reasonable.Read More
Well, it has been a while hasn’t it? I am a bad, bad blogger. In my defence I was working rather than lazing about the place.
On Saturday night I had the privilege to photograph the fantastic Champagne at the Blitz. They are the lovely Sarah, Jenny and Caroline, who sing 1940s and 50s music, as well as modern day tracks in perfect harmony. Go over to their website and listen to some extracts, then buy their CD. It’s brilliant.Read More
It is getting darker, earlier in the evenings now and so astrophotography is becoming less of a tiring activity. The Delightful Mr F and I found ourselves looking out of the window at a lovely, almost full moon. “That,” we said to each other, “needs photographing!”
Within 20 minutes we had camera gear, tripods and torches at the ready as we headed out to the local woods to shoot the moon. The Delightful Mr guarded us against any wrong-uns that may have been hanging about in the woods whist we photographed. To be honest, the likelihood of getting into any trouble around near where we live is limited to falling in a ditch, or being accosted by the squirrels*.
I decided to go a little off piste and have a try at a “true colour” shot. Not bad for a first try… needs improvement, but we all start somewhere.
What do you think, do you like the colour version, or the more traditional black and white?
*I’ll have to tell you about the thieving squirrel in our garden sometime… He reformed last year and gave us back all the things he had stolen by leaving them outside our backdoor. It was slightly disconcerting.