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Trying to keep up with the shooting in the hope I’ll get back into the habit. Going up with nobody coming down the other side, I saw an opportunity to grab this at London’s Green Park station. What I didn’t have time for was to switch to shutter priority mode, so at 1/60th it was not quite sharp, but not blurry enough to make it a cool movement shot either. I could add the latter in Photoshop I suppose …

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Get down

As part of our staycation we went to Brighton yesterday. I’ve never been in the height of summer, and it was such an all-out assault on the senses that I only took my camera out once. The heat, crowds, noise and cliche drained me of all creative inspiration. I know, that’s really bad on my part but sometimes the camera just stays in the bag, and that’s okay. Something about the writing on this boat got me to bring it out, though I wish I’d tried harder to isolate the various textures. GH4 with the 12-35mm at f2.8.

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Kung Fu Demon

Another still from the movie set at Easter. This is my brother and nephew, who played the lead roles. Again with the rotalux strip bank, which I was actually getting out to do some rim lighting shots. Those came later but this is better. This was one of the last pictures I took with my Nikon D600 before I sold it and moved on to the Panasonic GH4, which is proving to be more fun and more versatile, but not as good as the D600 for image quality.

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Happy accident

While setting up the Elinchrom to get some stills for the Kung Fu movie at Easter (yes, I made a Kung Fu movie at easter – more on that later, maybe), I got Gail to stand in for me. When I commented that her face was too bright and her skin was blowing out (as in I needed to turn down the strobe), she pulled this pose. Months later I’m looking through the files and realise there’s something there. It’s the shirt that makes it work, too. Another fluke. One light – a strip bank, slightly off to the right.

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Always look up

Bankside Apartments

Leica M, 21mm Super Elmar, 1/500s at 3.4, ISO 200

Absolutely gorgeous day yesterday. Grabbed this one on my way to work. I’m not 365-ing but I am trying to get back into the habit … exercising those visual muscles every day so I can get better. This one didn’t quite come off, composition-wise. But it’s close. The problem is buildings are so hard to move ;)

I am gobsmacked by this lens. More on that later.

Blackfriars Bridge, London
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Photo Walk: Shoreditch & Brick Lane on a Sunday

No big secret to this one. Shoreditch and, in particular, Brick Lane, are a big draw for street photographers and photo walks in London every weekend.

Despite all this I’ve never actually been there with my camera, having thought little of Shoreditch since a few misguided nights out years ago made me think it was a not very nice part of London (which was probably true back then). Continue reading

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