Today was great fun. Fran and Martin are perhaps some of the most camera-shy people I've had to photograph, but they certainly warmed to having me and a big black box in front of them as the evening progressed! We wanted a "London feel" to the photos and I enjoyed trying to capture some less common shots upon our tourist-central locations. Our journey started in Green Park, followed by: Buckingham Palace, St James' Park, Westminster and finishing on the South Bank. Thanks for being good sports and good company... I'm really looking forward to your big day!
Technical details: Sony a850 with Minolta 28-75mm and 70-210mm lenses.
Strolling Regent's Park and Victoria Tower Gardens on a nice summer afternoon.
Technical details: Fuji X-M1 with 50-230mm and 60mm lenses.
Shraddha wanted a new look on her website http://mybodytemple.co.uk/ and it was fun to try some something unique for the homepage banner in addition to the standard product shots. Getting to photograph Anoushka was certainly an added bonus!
Technical details: Sony a850 with Minolta 28-75mm and Sigma 105mm lenses.
Insect photos taken in the the Butterfly Paradise area using the macro converter. Species below are:
Northern white-faced owl; Ruppell's griffon vulture; Oleander butterfly
Costa Rica clearwing butterfly, a housefly (?), and another Oleander butterfly.
Technical details: Fuji X-M1 with 50-230mm and OM MF Olympus 50mm f1.8 lenses and Teleplus Macro Converter.
Photos taken during a warm and welcoming mandap murhat event of a close school friend - it was my pleasure to capture the event and glad you liked the photos! Congratulations to the happy couple and the whole family.
Technical details: Sony a850 with Minolta 28-75mm lens.
Alternative London's "free" (pay what you like) walking tour certainly lived up to the hype... despite it being a dull and drizzly day the tour engaged us thoroughly in the sights, sounds and smells of Brick Lane and surrounding areas of Liverpool Street, Spitalfields and Shoreditch. It ranks highly on Time Out and this is how the site itself describes the tour: "This is our original tour which was established to showcase East London's incredible creativity whilst giving insights into important historical and cultural events that have made the area what it is today. "
Our guide (Doug) was incredibly passionate yet informative - all the guides have a personal connection to the street art they are showing - whether they are street artists themselves or have a strong interest in capturing it - Doug runs Fifth Wall, an independent short film company focusing on London's creative scenes.
I don't want to give too much away - I strongly recommend signing up and going on one! You can book on the site here: http://alternativeldn.com/walking_tours.php
I enjoyed the tour so much I returned a few weeks later to explore and re-capture some of inspiring street art in the area.
Technical details: Fuji X-M1 with Fujinon 35mm and 16-50mm lenses.
Some shots taken with the beautiful new lens - the Fujinon 56mm XF f1.2. Loving the razor sharpness and super shallow depth of field for portraits.... Just check out the eye lashes on the first photo!
Jim has worked as in the media industry for about 25 years, and has had the pleasure of working on some very high profile and impressive shoots and campaigns eg for The Apprentice and Tomb Raider. He uses the Fuji X system quite a lot nowadays (hence him promoting the system at the Jessops workshop!) Your can check out his site here.
Technical details: Fuji X-M1 with Fujinon 56mm XF f1.2 lens.
I know. Its been ages since I've updated the blog. Ashamedly I'm actually posting this 6 months after the above date. On the flip side, there's lots of photos to share so I'm going to try and get it all out there quickly (and may have to sacrifice detailed write-ups!)
Photos taken on a lovely spring afternoon in the garden.
Technical details: Fuji X-M1 with OM MF Olympus 50mm f1.8 lens and Teleplus Macro Converter
Another new toy - the Fujinon XC 50-230mm lens. Although the build quality is not in the same league as the XF lenses, the image quality is still very good! And the image stabiliser certainly works well - Photo 4 was taken at a 200mm focal length with a 1/14th second shutter speed - I make that a good 4 stops.
Photos four and five taken in the Serpentine Gallery within the park, and the last photo is taken on Chelsea Bridge.... all other photos taken somewhere within the massive 350 acre Royal Park.
Technical details: Fuji X-M1 with Fujinon 50-230mm lens.
A few photos taken on a stroll around Springwell Lake.
Technical details: Fuji X-M1 with Fujinon 60mm macro lens.