Always carry a camera #2

Always carry a camera #2

Converting a silhouette shot to black and white is a ‘no-brainer’. And ‘no-brainers’ are right up my street!

Taken at the Millennium Bridge, London.

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Always carry a camera #1

Always carry a camera #1

This shot was taken after we’d eaten an evening meal. We were sauntering back towards our hotel, enjoying the evening sunshine. I had (briefly) thought about leaving my camera in the hotel room. It had been a day of travelling and I wasn’t keen to lug my camera bag around – especially as our only objective was to get some food.

Of course, the idea didn’t survive more than a few seconds. The chance of getting one decent photo outweighed all other considerations… as it usually does.

So, as we approached the Millenium Bridge, I noticed that the setting sun was creating silhouettes of the bridge, the buildings in the background and the people crossing the bridge. How could I resist? After all, I had carried my gear with me!

Taken at the Millennium Bridge, London.

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Shining on The Shard

Shining on The Shard

Even though the sun was setting – and reflecting on the Shard – it was still very warm when this photo was taken. People were still enjoying a relaxing Thursday evening. Cities definitely feel different when the weather is pleasant.

Taken on Bankside, London

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Procession

Procession

I was in St Andrews last week, and it happened to be a day of graduation ceremonies at the University. I (consciously) didn’t have my camera with me, as I knew it would be a temptation when I had other business to attend to. Of course, I took some photos using my phone.

While I spent much of the day trying to avoid the graduating students and their families, I was glad that I was in North Street as one of the graduation processions took place.

As the procession moved around the quadrangle in ever-decreasing circles, I noticed that the colour of the academic hoods was best seen from behind. So, while most people were looking for the faces of their children/friends, I was looking away from the faces and following the procession from the back side.

A simple conversion to black and white, then layer masks to pull through the colours… and you have this image.

Taken at St. Andrews University

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As time goes by

As time goes by

Walking along The Strand (during my one lens, one hour challenge) my eye caught the frontage of the old Strand Station. I was attracted by the shades of red in the image. The contrast of the man sitting still and the pedestrians rushing past was an added bonus.

To emphasise the red, I’ve desaturated most of the other colours, giving an almost monochrome feel to the background.

Taken on The Strand, London.

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Ladies who shop

Ladies who shop

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be publishing more photos from our holiday in Austria. The second leg was spent in Vienna – a city that I adore.

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This one of the entrances to the Freyung Passage – a small, very elegant shopping arcade. The monochrome seems to reinforce the timeless beauty of the surroundings.

As regular readers will know, photographing people is not one of my strengths. So this is pushing me out of my comfort zone. Technically, I don’t think it’s a great image, but that’s part of the learning experience.

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Hero worship?

Hero worship?

I was keeping an eye out for this young man – he’s the great grandson of a friend of the family. I love the way that he’s keeping a careful eye on his older, more experienced colleague. We all need mentors and guides when we’re learning something new.

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The wonky angle was a mistake, but I think it serves to emphasise the ‘looking up’ element of the image.

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Inter-generational

Inter-generational

I like the age range in this pipe band. It provides a good definition of community – a common interest, a willingness to play together, and the sharing of experience and experiences.

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I also like the way that – sometimes – the pipes can form a frame for the face(s) behind. I stumbled on this a couple of years ago and have tried to replicate it here.

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