Over the last couple of weeks I have been giving one to one photography mentoring to a young lady, who is 10 years old, we'll call her C. She loves to shoot on her iPhone, anything and everything. Her pets, her friends and family, the things she sees around her.Read More
Imagine, if you will, that time before the UK heat wave hit, a time when it rained. Yes, water fell from the sky, and there was no requirement to carry factor 50 sun block with you. That was a period when I was working silly hours, long days, and weekends too. There was no time for personal photography and I was sad, dear readers, yes, I was sad. One Sunday afternoon when I had said “pah!” to work and was lounging around the place, I saw an advert for a Light and Land London workshop on my news feed. “That”, I thought to myself, “is the tonic I need”, and so booked a slot pronto.
Light and Land is celebrating its 25thanniversary, founded by Charlie Waite and Sue Bishop, it has a pedigree all of its own.
Last Saturday, with the weather app on my phone telling me that it could hit 31C in London, I braved the trains* and tube and made my way to meet the group. There I met our tutor, Paul Sanders,** and the rest of the group. We also had bonus tutors, Neil Wake, and Shanice, of Fuji UK, who had kindly lugged half of the Fujifilm equipment stores into London for us to play with. I got to use the XT2, which I may well have fallen for.
Anyway, enough gear talk, Paul set us off photographing the marvellous staircase in the hotel. This made me very happy indeed; you know how I love a staircase.
After that we headed for the Tate Modern, taking photos as we went. We then headed along the South Bank of the Thames over the Millennium Bridge towards St Pauls, shutter buttons happily clicking away. Lunch was upon us and we stopped for a break and some photographic natter. Fully refreshed, we headed for the city, where we were able to shoot the amazing architecture.
It was a really great day, Paul, Shanice and Nathan were brilliant, always ready to help. It wasn't rushed either, it was a healthy wander around, camera in hand seeing what we could see. I hate being marched from one location to the next and told to "be creative" on the spot. Check out Light and Land for similar courses, and Paul and Nathan on Instagram below:
@wiggys (Paul Sanders)
@nathan_xp1 (Nathan Wake)
*South Western Railways was on strike again, oh, the joy!
** So, this is slightly embarrassing, but I spent the first half of the day thinking, “Blimey, this Paul bloke sounds so familiar, can’t place him though”. It wasn’t until we made it to the Bank of England I realised he is one half of the marvellous Togcast, of which I am an avid listener.
Over the last 20 years I have attended photography courses and workshops. In the early days of my photographic journey, it was to learn the basics and practise. More recently it has been about meeting other photographers and seeing how they go about their craft. There is nothing like chatting to other photographers to get new perspectives, and make some photographically minded friends.Read More
Whilst the Delightful Mr F and I were on our summer holidays we visited The Mumbles on the coast of South Wales, UK. The Mumbles* is a beautiful stretch of coastline, with a pretty town and lovely views. We visited about 15 years ago and I took a photo of the old lifeboat launch building, built in the late 1800s. I was never happy with that shot, it was slightly off centre and not quite straight, but had so much potential. This has been bugging me for over a decade, and so before we could do anything else, I wanted to get that photograph right.Read More
… you will be mostly disappointed, but you should also be encouraged. Encouraged by others, as well as yourself.Read More
At the first sight of that large yellow orb in the sky, well you know what they say about mad dogs and English (women) and the midday sun... out I went into the sunshine, with the Delightful Mr F, some factor 50 sun block, and my XT-1.Read More
Complete disclosure here, this post has no theme or coherent content whatsoever. Life as been a whirlwind of hectic meetings, work and other miscellaneous life admin, and so my photography has been sporadic. I have been grabbing opportunities, sometimes of just a few minutes to take some shots.
So herewith, random things I have photographed over the last couple of weeks.Read More
My ambition to take photograph to represent every square on the monopoly board has ramped up a notch in the last few weeks. I have managed to capture a few more images that I am pleased with. The problem now though, is that I am left with the more challenging locations.Read More
What is it with me and staircases? I seem obsessed lately. Every time I go out on a photo jaunt, there seems to be a top class staircase.Read More
It is currently raining in the vicinity of Fennell Towers, and has been for quite some time and according to those lovely folks at the Met Office, it isn't going to change*. There are always shots to be taken in the rain, but today I am revisiting some of my shots from the StreetSnappers course I did a few weeks ago.Read More
Last week The Delightful Mr F and I went to Edinburgh for a short break. I will admit to being, annoyingly excited about this trip. Firstly, I love Edinburgh, I met the Delightful Mr F when we both worked in Scotland, so it has lovely memories. Secondly, we went on the Caledonian Sleeper Train. This has been on my wish list ever since I read Murder on the Orient Express. I simply couldn't imagine anything cooler than getting on a train in one city, going to sleep and waking up in another.Read More