Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

I'm lucky in that where I live there is a very large wooded area just a few minutes walk from my house. Despite it's proximity I have never really taken advantage of the fact and tend to just jump in the car when I want to take photos in the belief that there are newer, shinier things to take the further from home I go.

I guess what I'm saying is, sometimes there's no need to go further than a few minutes walk away and whilst I appreciate we may not all have woods, forests and ocean mere minutes away, we can look at where we live with new eyes.

Photographs are everywhere. Everywhere. We just need to open our minds then our eyes, then our shutters.

Go take a look around your neighbourhood and see what you can see......differently.

Rather than keep posting wintery landscape type images I have a page at the top of the blog that you can click on or use the link here.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

The weather here in the UK has gone mental again! Up to eight inches of snow fell in just a couple of hours here in the south of England. When it started, I had to go walkabout with my cameras but, what I didn't realize was just how hard and fast it was going to fall. At one point there was a virtual whiteout and I became very disoriented. I kept heading in what I hoped was the right direction and managed to find a main road. On reaching the road though, it was really eerie....all the traffic had come to a virtual halt. Cars were sliding into buses and people just got out of their cars wherever they were on the road, and, apart from the odd spinning of wheels, there was silence. Very strange.

I managed to take about 50 odd shots but the snow was settling on the cameras within seconds and I actually got worried about damaging them. I can't remember the snow ever falling like this and ferreting back through my memory banks certainly don't remember a winter as long and as harsh as this....

The Forest

Friday, 17 December 2010

Wednesday, 15 December 2010


The weather has taken a downward turn again here in the UK so, rather than doing the English thing of moaning about it, I went walkabout instead. It was freezing but there was also a fog which gave me an opportunity to test the Canon S90 even further. Overall, I think it did a pretty good job so, yes, I will keep it after all.

If you want to see some more shots from my jaunt in the woods, take a look at the page here.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat!!!

Aaaahh! This little chap, a white tiger cub, resides within the confines of the Mirage Hotel & Casino in sunny Las Vegas. Bizarre place Vegas. Where else could you find a white tiger cub in the middle of a (granted, it's developed) desert.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Winter Park

So, having used my Canon S90 for a few days now, I really don't think I would part with it for all the tea in China (can I say that these days?....probably not!). I did a bit if retouching to this image in that I had to clone out a large set of bright yellow fitness equipment which has suddenly started to appear in a few of our public parks and open spaces. Gives the kids something to damage I suppose....

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

The Union Square Dance

There was a band playing in Union Square when I saw this chap. He was either very worn out or just couldn't be arsed to get up and dance!

Friday, 3 December 2010

The Cheesecake Factory

This little chap was spotted in 'The Cheescake Factory' in Union Square. I love this place. Just about everything in the world is on their menu and I couldn't believe my luck when I found out they had one in Vagas too!! 

I always thought the Cheeescake Factory was fictional....where Penny works in the 'Big Bang Theory'. 

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

San Fran By Air

I managed to grab this out of the plane window as we went over. I couldn't believe how densely packed San Francisco is. Silly really. But to be honest I didn't know what to expect...wasn't this though.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Greenwich in the snow

I recently purchased a Canon S90 and have been playing about with it to put it through its paces a bit. I've never owned or used a Canon before but I really wanted a small, lightweight camera that I could chuck in my pocket and after lots of research, the S90 fitted the bill nicely (on paper). The fact that it has similar controls to an SLR (I can't be arsed to keep saying 'DSLR'- it's old hat and unnecessary now. How many people actually buy a 35mm SLR these days?), Aperture priority, shutter priority, full manual control, RAW etc was the decider. It was worth a punt.

Turns out to be a right little beauty! Luckily, the snow decided to hit us here in London today and whilst it's a pain, photographically it's a godsend. So I went of to Greenwich Park and took these. I mostly used the camera on scene setting (snow) just to see how it handled it. Overall, I thought it did very well all things considered. I put it in shutter speed mode for a few shots but mostly, Scene mode.

And yes, I did have one or two minor problems with the wheel at the back being a bit loose and moving when it shouldn't have (this is a common complaint on the S90 which has been rectified on the S95), but this was more due to my being unfamiliar with the camera and it just needed to be held slightly differently.

Post processing was done in CS3 and Lightroom 3.

The Pagoda

Sunday, 28 November 2010

The Tour

This was taken from atop a tour bus in San Francisco. It was so,so cold and when everybody else had legged it downstairs the intrepid Englishman stood his ground and carried on shooting. I seem to remember being picked up in one frozen lump and carted off to the nearest radiator.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

The Aria V. Tesco

The Aria resort and complex is the latest addition to the Las Vegas strip and is an architectural photographers dream. I spent ages wandering about and burning my head. I'm from England and not used to that kind of sun!  I remember seeing the foundations being built a few years ago on a previous trip. 

What fascinates me about this complex is that in three years the Americans built an entire mini city and in contrast, it took us Brits two years to build a bloody Tesco's which would probably fit inside one of the Aria's broom closets!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Butterflies.......California Academy of Sciences

I caught these little chaps in the California Academy of Sciences in the Golden Gate Park. I didn't particularly want to go in to this particular section as the butterflies were on the top floor. After discovering the elevator and realising the stairs were superfluous to my needs, I chanced it. Glad I did.

There are butterflies everywhere and the biggest problem was not stepping on them. I don't think I did, but as they don't crunch or yell, I can't be overly sure....

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Union Square Spotlight

I remember standing in Union Square for this one. I just caught sight of the this little burst of light bouncing off of one window from the corner of my eye and spun around just in time. 

Friday, 19 November 2010

This shot was taken with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1. I love this little beast of a camera and it goes just about everywhere with me these days particularly when I can't face lugging the D5000 around.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

San Francisco Sunshine

I recently visited San Francisco and Las Vegas. I've been to Vegas quite a few times but never San Francisco. It was much more densely populated than I thought!    
It was windy most of the time but gloriously sunny and the light just peeked through the gaps left by other buildings. Some of the most beautiful architecture too...

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Another one from the Venetian. I was attracted to these fountains for reasons unknown but as I approached it I got this image in my head. It was one of those rare occasions when I knew what I wanted the shot to look like and pretty much succeeded with it.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

I know! It looks like it was taken in Venice wasn't! Good ol' Las Vegas was the setting for this shot. The Venetian Hotel is a monumental mock up of Venice which, from a distance, doesn't look to bad but when you get up close, not so good. However, it does give the opportunity for shots such as this.

Monday, 15 November 2010

My first love is Black & White photography. It's what I was brought up with and still prefer to this day. I used to love spending hours locked away in my makeshift darkroom. Bits of hardboard at the windows, strips of negatives hanging, like useless fly paper from a thin line of string stretched across the room, the faint glow from the 'Paterson' red lamp... those were the days.

Thank God they're gone! Toning an image such as this was a smelly, hit and miss chore to be perfectly frank. And I know there will be a load of purists all queuing up to burn me at the stake for my views but give me CS3 and five minutes and Voila! Just my opinion....

Saturday, 13 November 2010

The world famous Hasting Pier was recently the subject of an arson attack which more or less destroyed it. Two 'youths' were arrested for the crime but will no doubt be let off by our messed up judicial system because they come from broken homes....

The irony is, a campaign was under way to restore it back to it's splendour as you can see from the banner hanging from the rails. Sadly, it's future is now more uncertain than ever before.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

I've always loved the sea and have long been fascinated by its power. This shot reminds me of when I was a kid and my dad used to take me to the seaside for the day. I remember standing in front of the waves as they crashed into the shoreline and the feeling of the spray as it hit my face, the taste of salt....good days.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Hastings is home to one of the last working fishing communities and is marked by its famous 'net huts' which are used to hang the nets to dry after a day's work. I didn't take a picture of them because, it's just a hut and not particularly exciting to look at (unless you're an enthusiast I guess). But, they do have some beautiful old working boats that are just begging to be photographed. 
I took a series of images whilst the storm was picking up and these next few shots, I feel, represent the best of those.

Hastings Storm

Had the immense pleasure of being present just as a storm was brewing on the Hastings coastline. Never one to be sensible, I just had to go walkabout and photograph its power.