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Union Station, Los Angeles

I’ve visited this station just off of downtown LA a few times and I love it features.  It was built in the 1930s and is a mix of Art Deco, Mission Revival, and Streamline Moderne styles.

Art Deco clock by the East entrance
Great typology

For this visit I happened to be meeting a friend coming into town and decided it would do no harm to arrive a little early and see what shots i could find; as it was her train was delayed and I had a couple hours to wander around. Continue reading “Union Station, Los Angeles”

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Waiting for the Bull

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I went to Phoenix for Thanksgiving and we were invited out to see bull riding; which is kinda what an ignorant person like me would refer to as Rodeo.

This was a somewhat casual/for-fun event and it happens every Friday night at the Buffalo Chip Saloon

I didn’t know quite what to expect and definitely didn’t dress appropriately for the cold evening in November, but is was a fun event for sure and worth a visit.  I would advise getting to your seats early if you want a decent view; it is extremely popular and busy.

Of course I took a camera; my trust Pen-F Digital and managed to capture this picture of a young boy with (I think) his Grandfather

The Smith Family Garden Luau

This will (I think) be the last of my posts of the Kauai trip.

We couldn’t be in Hawaii with all our friends without taking them to a Luau.  And the one we found most recommended was with the ‘Smith family‘.  They have a large estate and so there are a few options that can be a part of your package as well as the Luau itself; we went for the whole thing that included a boat ride to Fern Grotto, time to explore the extensive gardens, dinner and the luau show.

Vintage weight and horoscope machine amused us whilst we waited for the boat trip

The event started with the boat ride which is a large floating platform holding something like 100 people.  The captain gives a talk through of the sights along the way which to me at least sounded very random and odd in places and I think amused him more than some of us (or maybe that is my British-ness); you could tell he’d been telling the same stories for a long time, anyway it was a fun ride with beautiful landscapes.

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The boat takes you to a landing stage where after a short walk through jungle-like scenery you find yourself at the grotto.  It is very picturesque with a small stream of water tumbling over a cliff with a small cave at the bottom.  Unfortunately because of the other 100 people its a little crowded and you aren’t allowed too close which is understandable.  Interesting white birds (long-tails?) flew around overhead and a small Hawaiian band played, it was very nice. Continue reading “The Smith Family Garden Luau”

Come fly with me…

This is another post from my recent trip to Kauai, Hawaii.

One thing that we promised ourselves when we were planning this trip as a wedding present to ourselves was a helicopter flight around the island.  There are quite a few operators doing this but we chose Jack Harter; firstly they offered the longest flight time (only by about 5 or 10 minutes but enough) second they offered doors-off flights and lastly well with a name like Jack Harter you’ve got to just go with it 🙂

Continue reading “Come fly with me…”

A white September

So September came and went super fast; so much happened and it went by in a flash.  As a result focusing on taking shots of white things for my ‘12 colours of 2018‘ challenge just didn’t happen.

So the below shots are a selection of shots I took on the Kauai trip that just happened to be of white things.  Apologies as most of them are (predictably) of flowers.

I will try to do better in October looking for Purple things to shoot.

Continue reading “A white September”

The chickens of Kaua’i

If you have been to Kaua’i (one of the islands of Hawai’i) you will quite likely think instantly of chickens; not beautiful beaches or hot weather or even Mai Tais… Chickens

Chickens on Kaua’i are like pigeons of London Continue reading “The chickens of Kaua’i”

July was Blue and August too

Another colour themed post

So for many reasons the July hunt for Blue was a bit of a wash out, actually wash is probably not the right word more the opposite as a primary issue was that it was so hot here getting out to shoot was uncomfortable.

As I was thinking of switching the colours slightly anyway (monocrome is not a colour) I decided to extend blue into August.

As it was I didn’t fair much better in August but here is my selection for your enjoyment.

Hemosa Beach with Voigtländer Vitoret

Continue reading “July was Blue and August too”

Cameras: Nikon 1 V1

I have no real idea why I bought this; it was completely on a whim.  I have a perfectly good (better) digital camera that I love so this really is a mystery.

It happened in a kind of blur… I read a couple of reviews and then fatally checked out that auction site…  some days later a package arrived on my doorstep.

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Apart from my Nikonos underwater cameras I have never been a Nikon owner.

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I guess what interested me about this camera was the look it has; very simple minimalist lines (a sleek black slightly round cube).  Continue reading “Cameras: Nikon 1 V1”

It’s competition Time!

… and there is a prize too!

The image below is a 100% crop of a photo I took recently. I thought it looks interesting when viewed this close and a little abstract.

Decided that if someone could identify what it is an photo of, I would offer a prize in the form of this nice new camera strap from ‘Art Tribute‘ (Shipping anywhere in the USA)

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Red woven camera strap (image from Art Tribute)

So here is the image….

Continue reading “It’s competition Time!”

Stepping out

Over the last few years I have enjoyed writing this blog and also posting my photos online, it feels good to share my thoughts and work. But all too easily one can get used to this kind of life with everything online and, apart from going out to take photos, not really mixing in the real world.

Even the going out and shooting for me for the most part is a solitary exercise. Of course I go on trips and visits with my Fiancee and I take photos, but even then it’s usually me taking my pictures and other times it is just me doing a photo walk.

So recently I have been actively seeking out opportunities to meet and spend time with other photographers; real in the flesh people – I know, shocking. Continue reading “Stepping out”

Grey May

This is another post in my series for this year called the  Colours of 2018 and the month of may was grey (not gray).

Shooting things that are grey can be a little uninspiring but a good challenge; here are my picks.

So there is more than grey in this shot I know, but I like the coloured accents and the shadow
Making the most of the depth of field on my Miranda Sensorex here

Continue reading “Grey May”

Themes: Cars (and how to shoot them) Part 1

As I look back through my archive at my common themes I find a lot of images of cars.  Cars in fields, in streets, racing, in pieces, close-up etc etc.

I have mentioned before I have an liking for cars you can read about my history with them and my thinking somewhat here so I won’t go into it again.  I think my love affair  with cars is, for now, well let’s just say we are taking a break.

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Instead then (rather than repeating myself) for this post, I thought maybe I should talk about how I take pictures of cars rather than the why and whatnot.

 

 

Let’s break this up into two categories; racing cars and concourse/display. Continue reading “Themes: Cars (and how to shoot them) Part 1”

Themes: Animals

Another in my short series looking back at my work and common themes that stand out.

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I can’t (and don’t) call myself a wildlife photographer as I see that as a certain type of photographer who studies his (or her) prey as a true naturalist would so not only can they accurately and factually describe the animal or plant that they are photographing but they are aware of it habits and movements and are willing to put themselves through physical difficulties to get the image.

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I am not that person, I like my bed too much.  Continue reading “Themes: Animals”

Themes: Geometry

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For a long time I have been shooting geometric patterns but it wasn’t really until the last few years that I identified it as a thing.  Up until then, when asked I would have described my photography as being mostly architecture and then added a caveat that I don’t really shoot buildings, its more the details I see; which didn’t really help.  Now I could describe this as abstract architectural photography but Continue reading “Themes: Geometry”

7artisans 25mm 1.8 lens on my Pen-f digital

I’m not really one for product reviews other than trying to document my own collection of old cameras but I got this lens recently and I am impressed.

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7artisans appeared on my horizon only very recently and I have to admit I was almost completely ignorant of them, I guess because I don’t really follow the latest equipment publications and reviews.  I don’t know why but I was browsing B&H and saw this lens, thought “oh that’s that manufacture I have seen recently” then I saw the price;   Continue reading “7artisans 25mm 1.8 lens on my Pen-f digital”

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