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
Last week The Delightful Mr F and I went to Paris for a little break. Paris, is wonderful, and we were planning on doing lots of photography. Mr F’s camera bag was full to bursting with film for his Olympus OM1, and mine was packed with batteries and memory cards for my Fuji X100F.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.
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
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
About this time last year I took delivery of my new Fuji X100F, and The Delightful Mr F and I headed off to London to put it through its paces. A not so original idea struck us, why not try to take a photo in each of the locations on the UK edition of the Monopoly board?Read More
Last week I had a client meeting up in London. Travel arrangements were tricky and I could not afford to be late. Given the current state of the railways in our area, I decided to take a much earlier train than seemed sensible. As is the fate of rail users everywhere, when planning contingency in a journey, it wasn’t needed and I was at London Waterloo at 0630* and with two hours to spare.Read More
In keeping with the Halloween vibe, the weather here as been spookily foggy. I decided to go out and test my Fuji X70 in low light and foggy conditions just to see what it could do. So I bravely headed out into the early morning murk.Read More