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.
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
A week or so back, I needed a walk. I needed to get outside, into the autumnal sunshine for some fresh air. I grabbed my camera and decided I’d snap whatever caught my eye.
A few months ago, when showing someone one of my shots, I got the response that every photographer hates… “Wow, you must have an amazing camera!” Really? Would you say to a chef who had cooked you a wonderful meal, “Wow! You must have an amazing oven!”Read More
We hadn’t planned, it but last Saturday evening the Delightful Mr F and I looked out the window, and saw clear skies, ripe for a spot of astrophotography. Grabbing our kit, we made our way to a nice remote spot with low(ish) light pollution* and set up. Being terribly efficient, we arrived at the start of the golden hour, so I took the opportunity to capture a few nice sunset shots.Read More
...well, I was asked for some prints by someone who lives in Doha, Qatar. That counts doesn't it? Perhaps, it is stretching it a little, but nevertheless, I was quite excited.Read More
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