Been a While

Architecture, Black and White, England, Historic, London, Monochrome

As is usual for me I get away from blogging about my photography and photography altogether. I have not been shooting much this year. I have shot some but not much and nothing that has thrilled me enough for sharing. Maybe I can get back into this game.

I got a new (used) lens at the weekend to take pictures at a Christening. It preformed very well at the Christening and I am now thinking of testing it out on the streets.

Thought I would just do a little post here today with a couple of shots from September 2016. Taken in London.

21 Sep 2016 21 Sep 2016_2

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Neglected Blog… Neglected Photography

Architecture, Black and White, England, Historic, London, London, Monochrome, Street Photography

I truly have neglected both my photography blog and my photography itself. I have gone out with my camera a few times this year and what I have shot has held no interest for me. I found no inspiration in the spring blossoms which is unusual, as I do love to shoot floral and nature.  I think I am tired of shooting the same old same old.

That is until I went to central London this week and walked from one part to another with my camera in tow. I am finding myself more and more drawn to street photography and shooting in the city. I usually come back with a few shots that I quite like. Add to that I am seem to be more drawn to black and white images.  There is just something about a black and white photo that speaks to me these days.

Here are the successes from my outing this week.

London Living

City Living

London Architecture 1

Beautiful buildings on one side of the street…

London Architecture 2

… and on the other side as well

London Coffee

Morning Coffee

London - Tate Britain Entrance

Entrance to Tate Britain

London Tourists 1

Tourist enjoying the city

London Tourists 2

2015 Round Up

Animals, England, Nature, Photography, Wildlife

It is that time of year once again where I reflect back on the previous year and sort through my Lightroom library and clear out images that I never got around to deleting and/or processing. It also gives me a chance to revisit older shots and make the decision rather or not it is a keeper. If I decide it is a keeper I then process the image.

There is no better way of sharing these images that have lingered on the hard drive for many months than to publish them here to my blog. This is the first post of my yearly round up.

 2015 RoundUp_Goose 2015 RoundUp_Duck

You can just see the little goslings gathered under Mama. Mallard Duck surrounded by blossom petals.

2015 RoundUp_Bunny

A Hare. I do believe I have identified this correctly.

2015 RoundUp_Bird 2015 RoundUp_Herron

Just a bird and a heron.

2015 RoundUp_Peacock 2015 RoundUp_PeacockFeathers

Pretty as a Peacock.. which it is.

2015 RoundUp_Spider

Garden spider

2015 RoundUp_Squirrel_1 2015 RoundUp_Squirrel_2

Squirrel. I can never get enough of shooting squirrels.

2015 RoundUp_Robin_2

2015 RoundUp_Robin_1

Gorgeous little robin which posed for me.

I will be back again later this week  with more of my 2015 round up, after I get the work thing done.

So Far Behind…

England, Photography, River Thames, Views, Windsor

I am so far behind in processing and sharing photos that I really need to get busy with them. For now here is one I took a few weeks ago in Windsor. I will eventually get caught up… umm maybe.  More likely I will go out and shoot more before doing so.

If you are anything like me you will take a photo and then you will not be sure if you like it or not. So you will leave it to sit for a while and then revisit it at a later date. This is one of those for me.

Across the River

Across the River

Street Photography–Windsor

Black and White, England, Monochrome, Photography, Street Photography, Windsor

Took along my camera with only 50mm lens attached to Windsor yesterday to practice more street photography. I had more fails then successes. I tried shooting without raising the camera to my eye  most of the time resulted in fails.

Here are the successes from the outing.

Street_Smokers The Fudge Seller

The two on the right had no idea I was taking a photo of them I have titled this one ‘the smokers’. The chap on the right posed for me and is the one and only person I interacted with. This one is titled ‘the fudge seller’, he entertained the public to entice them into the fudge shop. I have decided I must interact more with my subjects to get these kind of shots.

Street_Selfie_1 Street_Selfie_2

‘the selfies’, couldn’t resist these two shots. The family selfie is interesting. Guess those selfie sticks are getting around.

 Street_Shades_2 Street_Shades_1

‘in shades’, it was a beautiful sunny day.

Street_Cyclist_2 Street_Cyclist_1

‘the cylists’, these two were not together and was taken in different areas. I left these two in colour as I thought they worked well.

I am already looking forward to my next outing to the streets of somewhere in England, which is likely to be London, for more practice.

Views of London

England, London, Monochrome, River Thames, Views

Some more shots of my day out in Central London last week. These were shot as we walked along the River Thames toward Waterloo Bridge except for the last shot which I took on our walk back to Waterloo Station.

Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and London Eye

Classic London view: Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and even a bit of the London Eye

Victoria Embankment London

Looking across the river toward Victoria Embankment

Golden Jubilee Bridge Portrait

Golden Jubilee Bridge

Golden Jubilee Bridge Scene

Another view of Golden Jubilee Bridge

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral

View from Waterloo Bridge

A view from Waterloo Bridge as we made our way back to the train station

More of London to come.

Street Photography–London

London, Street Photography

Enjoyed a wonderful day out in London yesterday. Thought I might try my hand at Street Photography once again. Was it a success? I am not too sure about that. I am always worried about confrontation by those I try to shoot or those that end up in my frame. So I end up trying to take the shot without being noticed which translates into I shoot too quickly and do not pay attention to settings etc. Oh well we live and learn.

London Street Photography

I feel that this shot would have been better if the person in the van was looking toward the customer. By the time I got my camera up to my eye she had taken the order and started to prepare so lost that moment. Timing is the issue here.

London Street Photography

Noticed the couple walking into my frame so decided to include them in my shot. Composition could be better here.

London Street Photography

I think this is one of the better shots of the day. Exposure could have been better.

London Street Photography

This one I do like BUT I rushed the shot it probably could be improved if I had taken a moment to think.

London Street Photography London Street Photography

Happened upon a wedding photo shoot, couldn’t figure out where the photographer was positioned and I didn’t want to walk into the shot. So stopped and thought hey why not take a quick shot which once again I rushed and did not THINK about exposure etc. The photographer was just on the other side of the building. The image on the right I feel was one of my successes of the day although could have been improved upon if I had taken a moment to think about it I am sure.

I will continue to work on my Street Photography as I can only improve or I at least hope so.