After An Ice Storm, Emory 2001

Ice, Emory 2000

When I moved to to Atlanta, I was convinced that I had managed to avoid a British winter and that it would be short sleeves all year round. You know, ‘cos it’s  next to Florida. As it turns out, I was wrong, and it was freezing!

I think I found this picture in Emory, which is a small suburb of Atlanta near Decatur where I lived (home to an illustrious college).

Technical Details

Olympus OM2 + 50mm F1.8 using Kodachrome 64. I used to love Kodachrome, each frame being a drop of beautiful colour.

Street Trader, Georgetown

Roti Man – Georgetown, Penang 2015

I used to live in Penang. Street traders are a feature of life there, selling sweets and snacks from the back of a motorcycle. I am told the Roti Man delicacy is an ice-cream sandwich. I wish I had tried it.

Technical Details

Canon EOS 650D and 24mm STM lens. A really good combination for this kind of photography, just right for walking down fairly narrow roads. Nice and sharp into the corners. I did consider posting a black and white conversion, but it felt like I was pushing an “olde worlde” view – which I’m not. 

Found on the River Bed, Chiswick

Bottle, River Thames, 2003

There is an “impossible” school of photography, who always want to tell you how complicated or difficult it was to take a particular photograph. While it can be interesting, it is irrelevant, ‘cos photography is about pictures. 

The River Thames is tidal for much of its length, which means that at low tide, large stretches of bank are exposed, sometimes showing interesting details. At the time, I lived in Chiswick, so it was quite easy to find a time to wander out on to the river bed. The only snag being, that you had to keep an eye for when the tide turned, ‘cos then you could find yourself wading or possibly even swimming out of it (hard with a camera bag).

By the beach, Penang 2015

Georgetown, 2015

Being from the UK, I always struggle with the idea that a place can be hot enough to live outside all year round.

Here you can see someone fishing with a hand net, casting from the beach, probably for a restaurant which is just behind where I took this picture. 

 

In Helsinki, 2003

Mean People Suck, Helsinki 2003

I didn’t really travel anywhere until I was in my thirties and even now (many years later), the list of places I would like to go is pretty long.

Anyway, once upon a time, I visited Helsinki over a number of months, lazing in the long, warm summer evenings and when winter came, shivering in the bitter wind that blew in from the Baltic. Helsinki is quite walkable, with clean, wide streets and friendly locals. 

Technical Details

This picture was one of those things you just catch with the corner of your eye as you walk along. I was using a Nikkormat and 50mm lens with some colour negative film (Kodak Ektapress 400 I believe), which I have changed to black and white – ‘cos I don’t think colour adds to it.

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh 2018

Holyrood Park, October 2018

Years ago Kodak used to promote their materials with amazing landscape photographs – all done with large format cameras – as huge banners in places Grand Central Station – I think they called them Coloramas. And I’ve always loved that sort of thing.

Anyway, took this picture last month month when I was in Edinburgh. I’d never been to the city before – and loved it. One of the things that strikes you as you walk around the city, is how close the hills look. So one day, when my wife was suggesting we have cake at the Himalaya Cafe (it is nice), I suggested we try walking to the park instead – and this was what it looked like. Worth the walk I think.

Leaf in the Park, Horsham

Horsham Park, October 2018

Another one of those “as I was wandering past” photographs. October in West Sussex was particularly mild this year, with a number of glorious sunny days. Horsham Park is pleasant green space near to the station where I often wait before catching a train.

I think there are two types of  photographers: those who photograph leaves and those I don’t. Can’t resist them myself.

Technically speaking, I took this with my iPhone (a 6s Plus). I am really happy with the colour. In good light, I find it takes excellent pictures. It focuses quite close. My only issue is missing focus on slightly moving objects (I think I held the twig this leaf is on to keep it still enough.

Looking Down, Atlanta 2000

Oil Dog, Atlanta 2000

One of the things I love about photography, is how it encourages you to look around you for interesting details. I saw this in a Kroger’s car park near where I lived (very handy). I’ve tweaked the contrast a bit to make it clearer – but to me it looks like dogs face in the oil leaks.

For the technically minded, I was using a Canonette compact camera and some colour print film.

Goober Gun at Loreto Fest 2010

Paul Dymott – Lead Guitar

Too many landscapes lately – so I thought I would post from a concert.

One of the nice things about less formal concerts, is that you can get a decent view of the stage, so it is quite easy to take pictures. Technically, concerts are quite difficult, because there isn’t a lot of ambient light and the light there is, is usually from a spot source. I was using a Canon 50D and a 35mm f2 lens, working at 3200 ASA @ f2.8 or so. I’m pleased I caught his hair with what was probably quite a long exposure. Anyway – liked the bouncy hair and the grimace.

 

Kyoto Garden, London 2018

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Summer 2018

I lived in London for a long time before I even knew about Kyoto Garden. It is located in Holland Park – just off Kensington High Street.
I like the colours and the landscape and the slightly grumpy peacocks who occasionally peck at people who get too close. On a cold morning or during the week, it can be empty – but on a sunny weekend – it can be like this.

This picture was taken with my Sony RX100. Full screen, there is lots of detail and the colours look good to me.