Friday, 30 September 2011


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

New York & Hurricane Irene

I've recently returned from a family holiday in New York which turned out to be quite different from our normal family breaks. Whilst there we had to face a smallish earthquake and one 'Hurricane Irene'. 

Together with my wife and son we'd just walked out of the Empire State Building having just been at the top on the viewing platforms when we heard a lot of people talking about the earthquake and a few people asked if we'd felt anything. Thankfully, we hadn't.

However, a couple of days later Hurricane Irene came barrelling in. It really wasn't as bad as it was made out to be on the TV. Certainly not where we were. The TV reporters ramped it up and the US authorities reacted by effectively closing down NY for two days. Whilst I understand the need for precautions, I was a bit taken aback by the severity of the measures taken. Broadway was completely closed and the vast majority of shops were closed, boarded and sandbagged. The subway transit system shut completely (no argument with that) and the buses stopped running. It was literally, at least by NY standards, a ghost town.

As the storm drew closer, the reporters claimed the humidity was 100% and it may well have been. It was muggy! When it finally arrived, it was rain. Lots and lots of it for about 16 hours straight. There was however, virtually no wind. I went walkabout...

Do I think that the authorities over-reacted? Perhaps. A bit. But, I can't argue with the need to be safe as opposed to sorry. Devil and the deep blue sea scenario to be honest.

Friday, 2 September 2011