This photograph was taken late one August afternoon in Wilkes Street, Spitalfields. Virtually the whole house was covered in this lovely verdant creeper but it was the door with the lovely lamp above it that drew me in. Continue reading
I always shoot a little ‘aide-memoire’ when I am out taking pictures. Could be just a street sign or the name of a building, in this case it was a plaque on the wall of Christchurch, Spitalfields with interesting information and dates. The Rector, the churchwarden, the architect and even the builder are mentioned. It’s a great help in remembering your exact location when it comes to captioning and filing your pictures. It’s also worth remembering that the EXIF information in your picture file will give the time and date that you took the photograph. I feel sure in a few years time that all cameras will have built in GPS to identify the spot but in the meantime…..
Our first ever Wanstead Fringe finished last weekend. There were wonderful events all week, music, storytelling, a cherry pie baking competition and I conducted a series of photo walks. During one of these walks the battery died on one of the participants camera, undeterred she whipped out her ipad from her bag and carried on shooting. As I appeared over her shoulder watching her compose and frame I was immediately overcome with a case of live view screen envy – how can I fix an ipad size screen to the back of my Nikon?
Technical Info: Nikon D7000 handheld in aperture priority mode, with Nikon 17/55mm f2.8 zoom lens. Exposure 1/125 of a second. Aperture f4 and ISO 400.
While I was looking through the files to find the ‘Jack the Ripper’ picture that I posted last time, it jogged my memory about how this particular set of photographs came about. People often say to me “I don’t know what to photograph”. Inspiration is everywhere, you just have to slow down a little and take time to look around. With this particular set of photographs of Spitalfields I just sort of walked into them, there was no planned assignment. I had dropped my wife and daughter at a hairdressers nearby so I had an hour or so to kill and I just went for a walk with my camera. The first photograph I ever took in Spitalfields was this one, ‘Two coffee cups’, I was just being observant as I walked, nothing more. The cups were just sitting there on the table with the spoons at opposite angles. As soon as I saw them I knew immediately that it would make a good photograph. I wondered who had left them, had it been a business meeting, two friends having coffee or a secret romantic liaison. I will never know and I don’t need to, it just makes a lovely picture.
Technical info: Nikon D80 camera handheld with a Nikon f2.8 20/70mm zoom lens set at 70mm. The exposure was 1/250th of a second with an aperture of f2.8, the ISO was 100. The conversion was done in Photoshop CS5
I thought it might be of interest to my readers to gain an insight into the world of words and pictures and how they are brought together for publication.
Throughout my career it has been my privilege to work with the best and most talented writers and journalists in the business. One such man is my friend and colleague Brian James who has kindly agreed to contribute this article to my Blog.
Whenever the men and women who produce our newspapers and magazines get together someone is bound to say, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Then the fighting breaks out. Yet as a wordsmith I had been made – reluctantly – to accept that this COULD be right. With a cameraman I’d been sent on assignment to a primitive village on the Romanian boarder with Moldova. We knew we had found the right place — by the stench from 50 yards away. Inside a gaunt old building scores of half clothed Continue reading
I have ceased to be surprised by the number of people that carry their camera in an ordinary shopping bag. One lady I met carried hers in a plastic carrier bag from a very posh shop, maybe she wanted to avoid being recognised as a photographer but didn’t mind being recognised as a world class shopper.
It’s really worth spending some money on a decent bag. I use Lowepro and I have to say they perform really well. In fact I have never worn one out. There are however, many other makes on the market and you should check around to see what is the most practical and comfortable for you. Just make sure you buy something that is well padded inside to stop the gear knocking together and has some protection from the elements. It’s money well spent, a decent bag will last you for years and prolong the life of your equipment.
You could be forgiven for thinking that these photographs were taken in 1909 or around that time. The way the people in the pictures are dressed, the cars and horse and cart it all looks very authentic just like the 1900’s, in fact I shot them earlier this week at Arnold Circus in East London. I happened to be in the area when I came across this wonderful set for a new series of ‘Mr. Selfridge’ in production by ITV and PBS television in America. In case you don’t know it’s about Harry Selfridge an American who founded Selfridge & Co one of the largest department stores in Oxford Street, London. The lead role is played by Manhatten born actor Jeremy Piven. It was a great series first time around and I am sure this one when it airs will be just as good. A big budget television series or film always seems to require an endless amount of people and a huge amount of equipment and this one was no exception. I have to say though it was worth all the effort, they did a remarkable job of recreating the period. It makes my 8 or 9 cases of gear that I take on location look very modest. This area Calvert Avenue and Arnold Circus are popular with film and television companies, I imagine it has changed very little since the day it was built. It’s always worth carrying your camera you never know what you are going to come across.
Technical info: Nikon D7000 camera handheld in Aperture priority mode with a Nikon 17/55mm F2.8 zoom. The ISO was 400. The shutter speed and aperture varied picture to picture. The post production was done in Photoshop CS5
One picture that I really wanted to include in the Spitalfield series was of a cobbled street. Strangely enough there aren’t that many left. In my mind I see horse drawn Hanson cabs clattering over cobbles. Of course the reality is that Spitalfields is now a vibrant, busy, modern community with a road system to match.
The cobble picture eluded me for some time. I tried Continue reading
To cap it all…..
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I always carry spare lens and body caps. Maybe it’s just me but they do have a way of disappearing. Lenses and camera bodies are expensive so a few pounds spent on spare caps is a sound investment and remember they don’t have to be ‘branded’
As this is the first article on this blog I thought I would show you one of my favourite pictures from a series that I did in the Spitalfields area of London. To me photography is about keeping the technical side Continue reading