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Did I mention that New York was hot when I was there? Well it was. I spent the Saturday morning walking through Central Park, with a hangover, trying to scurry from one patch of shade to another in order to avoid getting sunburn. Thankfully I wasn’t rushing anywhere during my trip so I could just relax to get to wherever I wished to go.
After my first burrito in the Flatiron district I felt a little sleepy myself to be honest, but I had places to go and things to see so no time for snoozing. Not like the fella. I bet he had a burrito too, and then the satisfied belly plus sun overhead meant he could do nothing but try and catch 40 winks as the tourists and cars passed by.
I took the opportunity to grab a few photos, hoping that the clicking of the camera would not stir him from his slumber. For him to wake up and catch me aiming a camera at him while he slept….awkward!
Have a good weekend all.
This bridge was taken at Orford Ness during a trip there towards the end of last year. It’s been a while since I looked through that set of images but when I was looking for something to process last night this one jumped out at me.
Though we took a boat out to there it isn’t an island, as you can walk the stretch of land all of the way around it, it’s just a lot quicker by boat. Saying that, the title of this post is more to do with what follows than the image itself.
As mentioned briefly last week, No Briton Is An Island is an exhibit put on by The Photographic Angle.
I have 10 images of London that are going to be displayed, however due to the size restrictions of each of the galleries I actually have no idea at this time how many of the pieces will be viewable at each location. I hope to be able to get to the London one at least.
If you’re able to get along to any of the venues please do keep an eye out for my work
I was up and out of the house reasonably early for a Saturday morning last week, around 7am, and my first destination was the Southbank. It’s normally teaming with tourists, but I had eggs to find so wanted to do so while it was quiet and early morning seemed to be the best choice (I returned later in the day to get a few indoor eggs once locations had opened and it was indeed busy busy busy).
Enjoying the solitude I took a walk past the London Eye/Millennium Wheel, slowly following this guy and his dog as they walked along. It’s likely due to the dog, but for some reason I thought they looked a little French to me. If it wasn’t for the landmarks I could easily have believed I was in Paris walking down the Seine.
It wasn’t too long before they presented me with this photo opportunity; the guy leaning to get all of the wheel in his shot of the Thames, and the dog adopting this pose so that the leash didn’t pull too tightly.
I loved how it turned out.
I’m not one for New Year resolutions. I have tried them in the past and never stuck with them…and as far as I’m concerned I have a long list of things I want to do, and places I want to be and when the real motivation is there for me to do them, they’ll get done.
I do, however, have a list of things that I want to aim towards in order to take a further step with my photography, and it’s a list I’ve had for a while now but haven’t really done much with. A few are hopefully going to progress in the following year, but I’m not going to hold myself to them and if they don’t happen then so be it, I will not beat myself up about it.
So, here’s a quick look at a few things I wish to do in the near future, a few words to those who read this blog, and also a look back at some of my favourite shots over the past year.
New camera. I wish to take the leap into full frame and will hopefully do that very shortly. I’m awaiting the outcome of something else to see if I have the available funds, and then I’ll likely jump right in there and buy the Canon 5d Mark II. My only real stumbling block is whether or not to hold off for the announcement of the 5d Mark III which will likely be in the around the end of Q1/start of Q2 of 2012. Knowing me, though, I’ll just buy the Mark II and consider an upgrade if it’s worth it and if the price is right when the next model is released.
Sharing. I wish to share a little more about my workflow and how I produce a final image and I guess the best way to do so would be via a few videos that look at my processing an image from the camera through to release. I think this would also be an opportunity to get feedback from others on how they work differently to myself, and that would be very beneficial. Along with I’ll like to add a page with software reviews and links to discounts. I’m starting to get more and more people emailing me with questions on how I do something and taking the time to build this resource will save me time in the future, and help more people.
Participate. I’m the first to admit that I fail quite hard on this in comparison to others who tweet, comment and promote other photographers a lot more than I do. I would like to start spreading the love a little more.
Sell something. Photography is pretty consuming, and pretty expensive. I’ve recently been given an opportunity to get some of my work out there and start selling it, and I look forward to delving into this and hopefully making a little cash to pay for all of the hardware and software I use.
That’s it. Nothing too major, but steps towards doing something a little more than I am already and which I feel will be beneficial.
A few words:
I really just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has dropped by and supported me throughout this year. Whether you leave a comment here or on one of the photo sharing sites, whether you tweet or like my work, whether you email me or link to my posts, it’s all appreciated and doesn’t go unnoticed. I don’t think I would be able to keep up a daily post if it wasn’t for those who appreciate them, so thanks very much for providing me with the motivation to do so, and helping me to try and raise my standards so that what I do post is of quality. I’m looking forward to continuing to share my work with you in 2012, and growing as a photographer.
A few favourites:
I’ve published about 237 shots on this blog since February of this year, and I have a lot of favourites within there, so much so that it is difficult to pick a top 5, 10 or 20. So I don’t bore you with all of the re-runs, here’s a simple way for me to do it. What follows is one image from each month, 11 in total as I started this photoblog back in February. Sure, there are some months that may have a few of my favourite shots, but I think it’s fair to split it this way.
February – Misty Morning
March – The Day The Music Died
April – Stairways & Shadows
May – I Dreamt I Was Batman
June – London’s Burning
July – At Night I Stand Watching
August – Lone Tree
September – Head in the Clouds
October – Shard Sunrise
November – Ascend
December – Birdwatch
It was only a matter of time before I would start creating my own lego minifigures after buying so many on eBay. As usual, I went a little overboard and bought all the various parts from FireStar Toys and, ahem, had one part shipped in from the US.
Okay, it could be worse, because I haven’t yet actually made my own custom pieces with decals and such – but with this one I’ve gone ahead and created my own character from existing parts that are available to buy; so meet my Lego Urbexer creation above. To my knowledge this is the only Lego Urbexer in the world. I could be wrong though – the world is quite big, and the Lego quite small.
So, we have a pair of jeans, a nice zip up hoodie, a beanie cap, a back pack and a torch. Wait…he could so easily just be a burglar! Better throw a camera in there to complete the look and make him look innocent. Phew!
This is his first urbex adventure and he’s loving it, climbing up scaffold to get a great view of the city.