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Cameras: Voigtländer Prominent

I got this and another couple of cameras recently and, for the first time in a long time, I feel like “That’s it I am done buying, it’s not going to get any better than this.”

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I have had the Prominent on my list of desirable cameras for some time but prices have always been above what I was willing to pay.  Now I know that apparently, reasonably priced Prominents are like buses; you wait ages and two turn up at the same time. Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtländer Prominent”

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Thoughts on being explored

So there I was on Sunday quietly minding my own business when a couple notifications appeared in my inbox from Flickr; the first stating so and so had like one of my pictures and another inviting my image into the ‘in explore‘ group.

My image had been selected by the mystical Flickr algorithm that puts them into Explore!

This is not the first time this has happened but last time I think I only just scraped in and dropped of the list fairly quickly (you can read Jim’s explanation of how this works here) so it didn’t really register.

This weekend however, it seems I was well in there and got a lot of attention.  I haven’t really put any effort in to developing followers on Flickr so my viewing figures are normally quite low; rarely into triple figures and fav’s in the low teens.

Suddenly my figures start climbing and the whole day my phone is buzzing as yet another fav or something comes in.  It was exciting at first and then slightly embarrassing as my phone constantly interrupted conversations or activities throughout the day. Continue reading “Thoughts on being explored”

Themes: Water

Another review of themes whilst I take a moment to re-calibrate

Water has featured a lot in my life and as such it is not surprising it is a co-star in much of my photography over the years; be it canals, streams, fountains, rivers, lakes or the sea I have shot it at some point.  I am happiest when I am near, on or even in the water and if I can combine that with a camera (or a bike) even better!

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Themes: Shadows

Another on my look back at my photographic themes.

Well, we photographers all like shadows.

After all shadows are what photographs are, otherwise they would be just white light.  The shadows make shapes in the light that we can capture.

But more than that, I do look out for interesting shadows; this is linked to my previous post about geometry and there is a big overlap but I wanted to give it it’s own post as there is something more to shadows. Continue reading “Themes: Shadows”

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”

Themes: Cars (and how to shoot them) Part 2

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As part of my retrospective look at the photographic themes I have shot as a process I am doing to try to figure out in my head what I like shooting these days I last week posted part one of this pair of posts about cars;  here.

Part Two is about stationary cars or cars on display;

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Having been an owner of a few classic cars in my time I have spent many a Sunday afternoon walking about fields looking at shiny cars. I was never big on the whole polishing and detailing thing (I’d rather drive) but I do appreciate that a polished car makes a nice photograph. I will focus here on mostly  classic cars but these thoughts apply equally to modern cars. Continue reading “Themes: Cars (and how to shoot them) Part 2”

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”

Themes: Rust

This is the first in a series of posts which discuss the various themes of my photography to date and to help me find a path to where I want to go with it.  Here is my previous post kicking this of with the reasoning behind this method.

So, rust…

I have always been fascinated by rust, well I say “always” certainly for many many years and I can’t help taking pictures of it when I see it.

What is it about rust? Continue reading “Themes: Rust”

April was Yellow

This is the fourth post in my series for Colours of 2018, focussing on specifoic colours for each month of the year. April was the colour of Yellow.

My sunglasses on the passenger seat; I liked how the sun was hitting them.

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Themes and styles – a journey

I have read a few articles recently about photography styles and also had a couple of conversations about influences and what my photography is.  It is something that lately I seem to struggle with and it relates to my current photography confusion.

One post I read suggested that to find your ‘style’ make a collection of all your favourite images by trolling the web then analyse any commonality.  Where there are common themes, try to put some words describing what it is about those images and Hey Presto! you have you style.

This is interesting but I decided an amendment to this approach is to look at my own work and determine any common themes there first.

So I have scanned through the last 12 years of digital images in my archive and have indeed found some common themes.  Continue reading “Themes and styles – a journey”

Walking DTLA with a Mamiya C330

It was my birthday last week and my fiancee asked me what would I like to do.  I didn’t really have anything that I could really think of other than photography time.  So, she agreed to accompany me on a photography walk downtown in LA and as she was looking for a few things we started in the ‘fashion district’.

My fiancee is someone who likes to have a plan and ideally an itinerary, by the very least a goal to aim for.  By contrast I am happy to wander aimlessly just looking about and seeing what I see.

Continue reading “Walking DTLA with a Mamiya C330”

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