Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Leadenhall Market, London


Went walkabout in London a little while ago and I stumbled, by chance, across Leadenhall Market. I thought they would look better in B&W...




Monday, 22 August 2011

Canon S90 V Panasonic GF2

Street Photography has always been my thing. I used to spend hours wandering the streets as a youngster with my old 35mm Fuji ST605 (who remembers them?) taking off the cuff shots. Of course, it all got  a bit cost prohibitive which is as good a reason as any to praise digital. 

The S90 is now my go-to camera when I want to be as unobtrusive as possible. As a point of interest, I  purchased a Panasonic GF2 the other day as I thought the four thirds format might give me a bit more quality. Turns out, it didn't. The colour noise in the shadows is shocking as far as I'm concerned and anything above 400 iso and the noise is screaming at me! Having done a crude side by side with the S90,  I'd go with the S90 all day long. Take a look at the pics below and see what you think, bearing in mind the S90 sensor is smaller.

It's a shame really because the GF2 is a beauty of a camera to look at and a doddle to use but, if it's not producing good quality images, there's no point in keeping it.

I was going to back the GF2 when I thought I'd run a few more shots...it's developed a fault! A pink cast covers the entire image (as if you'd put a pink filter over the lens) and it is showing a row of coloured pixels along the longest edge. Strange!!

So, it Is definitely going back.


S90


GF2


S90


GF2

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Remembering the old days in B&W



Many moons ago, I started out learning the fine art of Black & White photography. I love it. As fantastic as colour is, for me, B&W is the ultimate. Free from the distraction of colour, B&W lets you explore the rich tones and shades of light and dark and lets you really see the guts of an images. 

I spent many, many hours  hunched over trays of chemicals in my make shift darkroom (my bedroom with the windows blacked out) learning my craft  and, by trial and error, learned how to dodge and burn the light from my Durst C65 enlarger onto a sheet of 10x8 Ilford Gloss paper (grade 3 if I recall correctly).

For all the immense benefits digital brings, nothing will ever compare to seeing your photograph begin to form in a dish of developer...it just can't. Sadly, the likes of us are the last of a dying breed. A hybrid if you will. Photographers of my age group straddle the two genres...analogue and digital and, for the most part, do it well but, God I miss those days.

I've been experimenting with B&W more and more never quite being satisfied with the look I got but I think I'm getting to a point where I'm happier. Not satisfied. Not yet. But happier.

So, my next few posts will pay a kind of homage to my past, as I post a number of B&W's and toned images and fondly remember the old days. 

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

London Riots/Woolwich

Many of you will know by now that the UK has seen three consecutive nights of rioting which has caused tens of millions of pounds worth of damage to shops and businesses. 

My local area, Woolwich, was particularly badly hit and I was on the streets at 6am this morning to take these photo's. They are in no particular order and have not been 'tweaked' in any way. They are 'as is'.

The smell of burning was still strong from the night before. From what I could make of it, at least three buildings had been burnt to the ground and just about every shop in the High street had suffered some form of damage or loss.

If you feel compelled to leave a message with regards to these images, please do not give any reference to this being caused by 'disaffected' youths with 'no prospects' or 'no future'. I have seen and heard it all before and have no truck with the trendy lefty morons who pander to them. There is no excuse for crime. Only choice.

This was caused by scum. Thieving, low-life criminal scum who have no decency in them and encouraged by a succession of spineless governments who have encouraged the breakdown of our society by burying their heads in the sand and refusing to accept that we have problems and refusing to tackle it. Will we tackle it now? No. 

But no doubt we'll 'learn lessons' from it....