Ball pool #2

Ball pool #2

If you’re a regular visitor to this blog, you will know that I’m fond of ‘popping a colour’ through a black and white image.

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To my surprise, I don’t think this works very well with this photo. It seems like an unnecessary distraction. What do you think?

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Ball pool #1

Ball pool #1

These children were having great fun running down the hill after the balls. There were one or two tumbles, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm (pun intended!).

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There seems to be an argument about street photography with many people advocating the use of black and white images. As a newcomer, I’m happy to go with a ‘what works for the shot’ approach. In this case, I think B&W is best.

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Water feature

Water feature

Walking back to our hotel on a hot June evening, we stumbled on this fun scene. I think it was on Richard Mayr Gasse (but I could be wrong). Several children were playing in the water channel that flows down the street.

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I don’t think this wee girl understood what was happening when she put the balls into the water. But she seemed to enjoy it. If you look at the faces of the adults, you’ll see that they were enjoying it too.

Sometimes a simple, straight-out-of-the-camera holiday snap is good enough.

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Out of the comfort zone

Out of the comfort zone

The next few entries will be a bit different. (They will also be the final entries from our trip to Salzburg.)

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I’m conscious that I rarely include people in my photos. So, I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone and attempted some street photography. It’s not something that comes naturally to me. But, if I want to improve, I need to try new things.

Happy to receive constructive feedback.

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Millennium People

Millennium People

While in London recently, I left the rest of my family napping in the hotel and went to do some people photos.

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This image was intended to capture the range of movement on the Millennium Bridge – some people walking purposefully across; others pausing to admire the sights. Then the chap with sunglasses (left of centre) turned and held this pose for a few seconds. I have no idea what caught his attention, but it tickled me that he seemed to hold the look just long enough for me to get this shot.

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Long shadows

Long shadows

I loved the way that the low sun was creating very long shadows as people strolled along the Southbank on a Saturday evening. We were walking from Tower Bridge towards London Bridge – into the sunlight, leaving the shadows behind us. Somehow, that seems to be an appropriate metaphor given recent events.

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Because of the low sun, I was using a neutral density filter. I haven’t done much in processing – just added a wee bit of fill light.

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)

People on Primrose Hill

People on Primrose Hill

(I usually prepare these entries about a week ahead of publication. This one was set up to publish today. I think it’s particularly appropriate in light of the recent terrorist attack in London – to show people relaxing and enjoying the peace of their environment.)

Often I work hard to exclude people from my photos. On this occasion, I think that they add an important dimension to the image.

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Our green spaces in cities exist to provide citizens with places to relax and get close to nature. It could be argued that excluding people divorces the scene from reality… or shows a different reality?

The skyline is still the main point of this photo, but it’s not the only element of interest.

I wouldn’t (quite) call this street photography, but that’s an avenue that I’d like to explore.

A story in pictures

A story in pictures

We recently visited London (again). On the Sunday evening, the London Symphony Orchestra was performing a free concert in Trafalgar Square. We decided to stroll along and see what was happening. When we arrived, we realised that we were (far) too late. So, I decided to try to capture the story in images in the slideshow below.

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I’m not sure that everyone would agree with the definition of full. But it didn’t seem to dampen people’s enthusiasm or enjoyment.

(I haven’t done very much post-processing, so there a bit raw.)

 

Sealed with a kiss

Sealed with a kiss

After showing photos taken from the Shard, I thought I’d post some images featuring the building itself.

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This one didn’t turn out as I’d intended… I’m pleased to say!

My plan was to take a panorama – using my iPhone – taking in Tower Bridge, the Shard and Tate Modern. I didn’t realise that this couple were being intimate until I swept around as I took the shot.

My first reaction was to wait for them to leave and take it again – as you may have noticed, people don’t feature much in my photography. But as I waited, I looked at the photo and concluded that without them in shot, the image would be a bit flat. So, I decided to keep it and share it.

Sometimes accidents are useful.

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)