Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year!!!



Happy New Year guys.....try not to get like this! See you next year. 
New site coming.....

New Yorkers on ogle patrol

This took a little bit more processing than I usually carry out due to the extreme contrast that was present in what was, a grab shot. I'm happy with the way it turned out although it wouldn't stand being printed at a respectable size.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

When Britain ruled the waves...



I spotted this single boat moored up on the Thames not far from where I live and I knew that it had the potential to be an 'oldie' so, back home, a quick application of a Lomo preset in LR3 followed by the application of a texture (you really do need to get yourself some textures - either download 'em or go shoot 'em) and a vignetting of the corners and I had my suitably aged sailboat.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Days of our lives...



I'm currently working on a project somewhat cleverly called 'A Day at the seaside' I know, right?
What I did was to take my little S90, sit on a bench, put the camera by my side and click away. Same spot. Never moved for about 30 minutes.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Canon -V- Nikon


This is a clever little action film in which all the guns are switched out to cameras. Good fun.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

'Spot' the difference...


When you're next out taking shots, look for contrasts. I don't necessarily mean colours. Here, I've used young and old, fake and real to highlight contrast and it makes the picture that little more appealing.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Only the lonely...



I spotted this guy sitting alone at Charing Cross train station. The world went by as he sat, asleep, wrapped in his loneliness.

It must be a terrible thing to be lonely. Whoever see this, I hope your not. I truly do.

A Request

I know there are quite a few people 'lurking' around out there (my stats tell me you're out there!) so I would like to get your feedback on something before I commit to it properly.

I'm looking to start up a new site that will be part blog part video tutorial site. I think this will be much more beneficial to you my readers but I wanted to know how you feel about it. So, waddya think? Should I do it?

Please leave a yay or nay comment.

Thanks

Steve

Monday, 5 December 2011

In the good old days


I spotted this scene whilst on walkabout in London one day whilst the missus was getting her hair cut. I immediately knew it had potential but when I started to process it, I got bored with it. I felt it would be better served if I made it look a tad older and so I dragged in a texture layer and then played around with just the blend modes until....voila'.


Thursday, 1 December 2011

Two is better than one...



I wanted to show you how, with a bit of thought you can create an endless number of photographs out of one original (or, in this case, just two!). Play around...have fun....


Monday, 28 November 2011

Seaside...



I love the seaside! I love the fact that you can see all kinds of people going about there business and it provides so many photographic opportunities for us that I heartily recommend that you grab your camera and set off in search of some interesting characters.

On this day, it was a bit fresh and there wasn't as many people around as I would have liked but, this lady was made of sterner stuff and sat herself down outside a local cafe. I managed to grab this as I sauntered past...

I'm having a change around....

I decided that my old style of blog was just that....old style. So, I've decided to try out a different, cleaner look which I hope looks better.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Brighton Pier - Fine Art Dahlings....


I put a white frame around this (you probably can't see it but trust me, it's there) and decided to call it fine art. I guess that's what all the fine artists do.....


Monday, 21 November 2011

Saturday, 19 November 2011


I don't normally do this, but this you have to see....I'm hooked!!

Monday, 7 November 2011

And the moral of the story is....



New York sometimes gives of a peculiar light caused by reflections off of all the tinted glass on the surrounding buildings. This isn't it but, I was stopped in my tracks by a really strange light cast across the street and I have to say, hand on heart, that I have never, never seen such a light. 

I didn't know where to start photographing. Turns out, I didn't. My sodding battery packed up on me!

I always, always carry a spare but this time, my spare was as dead as a dodo. Turns out I picked up the uncharged one (I have to get a system) and strolled out blissfully unaware. 

I could have cried....

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Central London


I found this when I was out and about in Central London one day. I half expected to be approached by a security guard asking me what I was doing but, no. I wandered around for hours on end, right through the heart of London's financial district and didn't get bothered once.


Most security guards seem to be getting the hang of what they can and can't do these days. Message seems to be getting through.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Bill Stickers



Years ago when I was a kid I would often see signs stuck on a wall that said ' Bill Stickers Not Allowed'. I always found that a bit amusing because obviously, someone had stuck  up a Bill (poster) telling you that you couldn't put up a poster!!

And, in my strange mind, it amused me to wonder if there was someone called Bill Stickers and how he must have felt. I wondered if this guy was the Bill Stickers in my ramblings....

Monday, 31 October 2011

Winchester Wharves London




In days gone by these old wharves were extremely busy places along the banks of the Thames and now, sadly, virtually all of them have been converted into luxury apartments selling for squillions of pounds. Huge inside though!!

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Greenwich Park, London



Again, another shot that allegedly breaks the rules of composition...Never place your subject in the middle of the frame. I have to ask you. Why not?

Does this composition work for you? Would it have worked if they were over to the left....or right. Higher or lower? Probably. Obviously would have looked completely different but what's wrong with any of it? Sod the rules....

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Park Avenue New York



This was taken with my Nikon D5000 and 35mm lens open at full aperture ISO 1600.
One of the few nights it stopped raining and it gave me a chance to go walkabout without getting soaked!!

I know that the D5000 is classed as an 'entry level' but, to be honest, I find that quite insulting. I know a few photographers who perhaps have an 'entry level eye' but in terms of technology most entry level cameras sport a shed load of quality in terms of image processing and features. 

I know it's a marketing ploy by all the companies but it's a shame that the newbies to the game fall for it and part up with more cash than they need to in the belief they will automatically take better pictures.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

New York Skyline


After about half an hour of sticking my camera through the bars, I thought I'd photograph a few people poking their cameras through the bars....

Monday, 24 October 2011

Leadenhall Market



Another shot of Leadenhall Market. If you ever get the chance to go, you really should. There are not too many places like this left to see.

Sunday, 23 October 2011




Approaching the steps to this church I was struck by the ornate detail and saw the people on the steps as an extension of the statues

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Father and Son



I saw this down in Rochester not so long ago. I think it was during the Dickens Festival. I was struck by the contrast between the modern dress of the boy and the olden day dress of the father.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Lady In Waiting


As I've often said, the best camera you have is the one you have with you. This was taken with my mobile phone a HTC Sensation. A bit of tweaking in CS5 and voila!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

New York Chinatown



This was taken in the Chinatown area of NY. It felt very 'rough' and for me, coming from SE London, that's saying something! We didn't hang around here too long.

Friday, 30 September 2011

Fragility



This young lady was spotted from the top of a tour bus in NY (on a day it didn't rain!) and sparked a few outpourings when I posted it on to my NAPP portfolio. It seemed to invoke a few emotional responses based around the subject of an individual giving up and facing a bleak future because of that inability to motivate oneself. 

The woman here looks to be fairly clean and not suffering from any form of physical disability. Are these facts any less relevant to her situation? I don't know what her circumstances are and I cannot really comment but I do know that despair is a terrible thing and I look at her thinking 'There but for the Grace of God go I' 

Providing she's not having me over!



Sunday, 25 September 2011

The rain fell in New York




When Hurricane Irene hit New York I knew I had to go walkabout with my Canon S90. Luckily, although it was a hurricane, it was a hurricane with no wind! Well, a breeze....

But there was rain. God there was rain. However, labouring under the premise that there is no such thing as bad weather only inappropriate clothing I wandered off in my jeans, showerproof coat and training shoes - how inappropriate was that? I took a brolly with me (as I said, no hurricane) and promptly got saturated. Loved it!

As I said before, I find myself becoming more and more reliant on my S90 as it is so easy to use, tiny and discreet and handles low light exceedingly well. My only wish (and manufactures are beginning to listen) would be for the inclusion of a good quality viewfinder. I still can't take to using LCD screens and holding the camera at arms length. It just isn't right!!




Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Night Photography - New York



I'm finding that the Canon s90 is doing more and more work for me these days, particularly for the 'grab' shots. It handles the light so well particularly when I shoot in RAW. Now, one or two of you may remember that I wasn't a big fan of RAW and couldn't see that it had much real advantage of JPEG. That was then....

I'm totally on board with RAW now as I can see the benefits of the latitude it affords when it comes to post-processing. 

Obviously with the a compact camera there are going to be 'noise' issues at the higher ISO's but I haven't yet gone beyond 400 ISO. It does produce what, for me, is noise but I've adapted my workflow in Photoshop by using Topaz DeNoise. I process the image to how I want it to be then I run DeNoise to 'smooth' out the noise then finish off with a light sharpen. Seems to work well enough for me and certainly good enough for the web.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Fibonacci Sequence & The Golden Ratio




This short, but beautiful video demonstrates how the Fibonacci Sequence and The Golden Ratio (Phi) can be found all around us.



Near Miss Lightning Strike



As photographers, we have a tendency to push ourselves a little bit further than most and will happily brave the elements to get some good shots. I myself have stood in the middle of a thunderstorm to get  that shot of a lightning bolt. 

However, had this happened to me, I'd have gone home and called it a day!



Friday, 16 September 2011

Take Out in New York



I know these colour pop photos are getting a bit cliched but I think the inclusion of the coloured neon sign  'lifted' this particular image and gave it an added dimension. 

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

New Page - New York

I've just posted up a dedicated page of photographs of my recent trip to New York. Click here to view them. I will add more as I get round to processing them.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Monday, 5 September 2011

Here's a few B&W's I took whilst going walkabout around St. Paul's Cathedral in London early last month.

The Infra- red shot is from a single RAW file