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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..

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…

Tip of the week – getting closer

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World © Geoff Wilkinson – All rights reserved

Interesting stuff last weekend. If you follow me on twitter @GeoffWilkinson7, you will know that while the sun was shining outside and people were sunbathing and barbecuing, I was in my little studio crashing out dozens of still life’s. Actually it was quite a challenging project, lots of things to be photographed ranging from very small to about A4 size. With so many to do how to go about it with the minimum of fuss and lighting changes ? Continue reading

The power of the close up

Close up photograph of a pelican

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I was walking through St.James’ Park near Westminster in London the other day with some of our students. The pelicans who have made themselves at home, were sitting very close to the path next to the railings around the lake. Lots of tourists were taking pictures with their cameras and iPhones. Moving between the students giving them advice, I thought it would be interesting to do a really close-up picture of a pelicans head to show them what could be achieved. After all, it’s not everyday you get the chance.

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Photographing the Olympics

You may have read the post on this site back in December last year about the death of Monte Fresco. Monte was the Daily Mirror’s chief sports photographer. I mentioned in that story how the job of sports photographer is now commonplace but how it was not always so. I can remember a time in ‘Fleet Street’ when there were no more than perhaps four or five, with much less sophisticated cameras than we have now. How times have changed.

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World © Darren Gatcum – All rights reserved

My friend Darren, who is a photographer himself, is just entering the world of sports photography. He sent me one of his recent pictures earlier this week, it’s of a Romford Raiders ice hockey player powering along the ice at their home stadium in the Romford Ice Arena. A fitting photograph as the Winter Olympics have just finished.

I’ll let Darren’s e.mail continue the story:

“I’ve been following the sports photographers at the winter Olympics with great interest (together with the competitors). I attach one of my favourite images. As a part time sports photographer, I have made lots of notes and have collected lots of tips from all the sports photographers’ blogs who are at the Winter Olympics. Continue reading

New Nikon…


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Nikon D4s announced today. In the shops from 6th March 2014, check out all the spec’s here at Nikon UK. At a shade over £5000, it’ll be interesting to see what users think as and when it becomes generally available. Having had a chance to have a brief look at the specs, particularly the video aspect, I think this will give the Canon 1DX a run for it’s money.