Too much choice

Too much choice

While wandering around Borough market I was standing at this stall about to take my camera out of my bag. Then I spotted the man to the left of the photo. I wanted to capture the look on his face.

I knew that I didn’t have time to get my camera ready, so I took my phone out of my pocket and grab a quick shot. It’s not perfectly composed. But I think it captures the moment.

I really should remember, and apply, the Scout motto – Be prepared ­čÖé

While I was processing this photo, I was reminded of a TED talk by Barry Schwartz – called the Paradox of Choice. It’s worth a watch.

Taken at Borough Market, London.

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Wee dancers #2

Wee dancers #2

There are no prizes for guessing my alternative treatment of yesterday’s image. And there are no apologies from me for being predictable.

Taken in Irvine, Scotland.

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Wee dancers #1

Wee dancers #1

It seemed to me that this year’s parade was one of the biggest that I can remember. There were lots of community groups involved – Scouts, archers, rugby and football teams, gymnasts and loads of dancers. Seeing the diversity of the groups and the number of children involved reminded me of the value of community.

This photo captures a reasonably wide age range, which I find encouraging.

Taken in Irvine, Scotland.

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Only one trombone in the big parade?

Only one trombone in the big parade?

There may have been other trombones and trombonists. But this one caught my eye because this instrument was gold coloured, while all the others seemed to be silver.

So, I converted the image to black and white and isolated the musician and her instrument.

Even if the facts described above are inaccurate, photography is all about what you see. And this is how my mind processed this scene.

Taken in Irvine, Scotland.

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Pipers and Carters

Pipers and Carters

The Marymass parade has traditionally been based around horses (it is organised by the Carters Society). I haven’t figured out how to take decent photos of horses. So, when I’m taking photos of the parade, any horses that are included are generally a by-product.

In this shot, you can see one of the Carters (a former Captain) on his horse in the background. You can also see a horse and cart on the Society’s flag. But my primary interest was in the pipe band. They add colour, as well as music, to the parade.

Beyond that, this is really just a snapshot – capturing a moment in time. And I don’t see anything wrong in that.

Taken in Irvine, Scotland.

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This year’s Queen

This year’s Queen

At the weekend we went back to my roots in Ayrshire. Every year there is a festival – called Marymass – which culminates in a parade followed by horse racing on the town Moor.

One girl from the local schools is chosen to be Queen. And this year’s Queen was Rebecca. She graciously smiled when she saw that I was pointing a camera at her. Given my (poor) track record with people photos, I was very grateful. Even I would have struggled to mess up this opportunity.

Taken in Irvine, Scotland

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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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