Monthly Archives: March 2015

Photography Walk Workshop

Carter Lane and Fleet Street.

Date: Sunday 26th April 2015

Time: 10 am to 4.30 pm

Cost: £75 per person (Maximum of 8 people, so places are limited).

Fare and refreshments are not included.

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This is a walk that I have wanted to do for a long time.

Carter Lane is a relatively short distance,  it is a very old thoroughfare possibly dating from the 12 century. It’s name first appears in the 13th century when carriers used this lane in preference to nearby Ludgate Hill which could be congested with cattle and traders.

Although none of the original buildings survive this narrow twisting lane still has plenty of old world charm and mystery. Aside from the lane itself there are many smaller lanes, alleyways and a courtyard that add to it’s charms. There is the original St Paul’s Choir School building built in 1875 with it’s Latin inscriptions on the front and the site of the Kings Wardrobe destroyed by the great fire in 1666 in a lovely little courtyard. As I said there are many unique alleyways off Carter Lane to explore.

From Carter Lane we shall head across to Fleet Street, my old stamping ground in my  newspaper days. Again narrow alleys, courtyards, squares, Christopher Wrens St Brides Church and the famous Cheshire Cheese pub are all in this street. Once famous for it’s newspapers, at the far end of the street where it meets The Strand is the Church of St Dunstan’s in the West and interestingly next door is purported to be the site of Sweeney Todd’s barbershop, true or false I don’t know but it’s a spooky thought.

There are masses of picture opportunities on this walk. Please make sure your battery is fully charged and bring a spare if you have one. Any type of camera is suitable for this walk from point and shoots to DSLR’s

As usual, I will be there not to take pictures but to give you technical support with things like white balance, exposure compensation and anything else you might need. Of course me being me I’m bound to chuck in a few ideas and suggestions as well!

This is an all day workshop meeting and leaving from Wanstead tube station at 10am, we will wrap up on location round 4.30pm. There will be plenty of opportunities for coffee breaks   etc.,  during the day. If you are not Wanstead based you can meet up with us at St Paul’s tube station.

To book a place on this workshop, please call the gallery on 0208 530 1244.

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Seize the moment !

Evening traffic on Wanstead High Street

Evening traffic on Wanstead High Street

Always carry a camera, there’s really no excuse these days. Approximately 93% of the UK population have a mobile ‘phone and there’s every chance most of those ‘phones have a camera. It’s said that the best camera in the world is the one you have with you at the time, so your ‘phone is fine. If you are serious about your photography there’s really no excuse.

I took this picture one evening on my way home from the Gallery. It’s actually taken from a car, I wasn’t driving, and shot through the windscreen. It first appeared on my blog Wanstead Daily Photo and received comment from both France and America, here’s what I wrote at the time.

“I shot this picture yesterday evening on my way home from the Gallery. I was in stationary traffic near The George pub.No particular reason for taking the picture except that I was really  drawn by the colours, lights and reflections of the traffic, it made me think of chaos. It was just a gut feeling. One of those moments in photography when it all comes together in front of you with very little time to think so you just react. As I often say ‘not everyones cup of tea but I like it…’

I am always telling student or anyone who will listen for that matter “always think your picture through’. Decide on the angle, the lens, the light, landscape or upright, I have books filled with notes, sketches and diagrams for every shoot, it’s kind of one of my rules. Rules however are made to be broken and this is a prime example where I just went with my gut feeling…

Most importantly you will see from the technical info below that I used my  Leica for this picture but I could just as easily used my ‘phone!

Technical info: Leica D Lux 6 camera with an ISO of 200. The shutter speed was 1/5th of a second handheld and the aperture was f2.3. The focal length was appx 75mm (35mm equivalent). Normally photographing with a shutter speed of 1/5th of a second would produce camera shake, however with a little care and the D Lux’s built in VR it was manageable, it’s always worth trying..

The Photography Show

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World © Geoff Wilkinson – All rights reserved.

I paid a visit to The Photography Show at the NEC, Birmingham earlier today. I thought going on the last day it would probably be a little quieter, how wrong was I. The guys at The London Camera Exchange told to me that yesterday it had been reported 17,000 people had passed through the hall. Now that’s quite a number and just goes to show how amazingly popular photography is. There were some great deals to be had with the dealers.  and some great shows and talks going on. Was I temped ? I certainly was but I’m not going to say with what at the moment, it’s part of larger plan.

Wondering about the photograph? Well I shot this as we were waiting for the bus from the car park to the exhibition hall. The guy is holding a fold up reflector or diffuser on his way back to the hall, not quite sure why’s it’s not folded up, there is an art to it. Anyway good luck to him getting that on the bus…

Print size ?

A2 photographic print coming off Epson printer

A2 photographic print coming off Epson printer

We have been making prints this afternoon to go on the Gallery wall. I’ve come to the conclusion that A2 in my favourite size, it’s big enough to look impressive but not too big to be a problem with where to hang. Hopefully by the end of the weekend they will all be finished and on the wall. As you can see from the picture we use Apple computers and Epson printers, we think it’s a great combination and produces lovely print. If you are not to far away you are more than welcome to pop in and have a look at the final prints on the wall. What’s your favourite size of print? let me know…

Technical info: nor very much I’m afraid, I shot this picture with my i.pad and processed the image with Snapseed

I’m back…

As Arnie said in the film Terminator ‘I’ll be back” and then in Kindergarten Cop ‘I’m back’…

A bit like me really, after a year’s absence, I can’t believe it’s been that much time, I’m back on the photography blog. Sorry I’ve been away for so long. As some of you will know part of my time has been taken up with the Gallery where there is now a new craft shop, Craft Boutique 84, as well as everything else that goes on photographically, generally it’s just been really busy. The Wanstead Daily Photo goes from strength to strength, as I look at  todays figures I see readers from the United States, France, Canada, Australia, Germany, India, South Korea, Lebanon and of course the UK. I am amazed how what was started as a very local blog for the immediate community is now read worldwide. I have taken lots of pictures in the last year, some for editorial assignments, some for commercial jobs and some just for me, I’ll bring you up to date on the thinking behind them and how they were done. I’m in the middle of a big rethink with regard to cameras, tripods, filters and equipment generally and you will get my thinking on that. The workshops that have been on hold will start again next month, although I have been doing lots of 1 to 1’s, some will be walks others will be studio based. I’ll be tidying up this site, paring it down and generally keeping it a lot tidier. So we’re off running again, thank you all for your patience and the new posts will start in just a few days so please check back in a day or so…