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 but.........it 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.