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Punch, Ki’up, Click

Perhaps that should be the title, but when two passions of mine merge into one, it is a great feeling.

Gradings are normally stress filled affairs where you are worried if your skills will show up in your mind that day, or perhaps have taken the day off. Well at least they are for me. I went into the last grading with a completely different mindset than before. This was the first time I had taken part where my attention could be focused on something completely different and concentrate on another passion of mine, Photography.

Instead of the normal Ki’up that accompanies a skill, I opted for something I have been hearing for 15 years. A trusty click of a shutter and a photographer's instinct (with a bit of Hapkido knowledge).

When looking back over some of the many images, a few stand out to me for different reasons. They are not necessarily the best photos technically, but the ones that evoke the most thought and emotion inside of me. Each of these is worth an essay in itself, but lets try and keep it brief.

 

Fall fall and fall again.

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It is one of the first things you learn when you put on a white belt, but falling is one of the most technically challenging and hardest things to do when your mind says no. It is also one of the things that you do most. Well it’s definitely what Mr Murray did most of in the last grading (in a good way of course).

Perhaps it is some secret fixation that only my inner self can confess, but every photo of someone falling seemed to have the familiar shape of Mr Murray. It must be the name. Nevertheless, there was not one complaint, grievance or protest to be heard. Infact, I told him my observation a few classes later and he didn’t even realise that he had been used as a rag doll. I admire his mindset but the great thing about this is that most people in the dojang have this attitude; that the body will give up before the mind.

 

How am I ever going to kick two people to the face at once? What to aspire to.

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No matter what belt you are, the next one always seems so far away. Skills look harder, faster and more complex than before. As a yellow belt I could barely remember attacking form and used to wonder how on earth you could ever remember all 10 of them! For some this could come naturally, but for the rest of us earthlings the repetition of skills brings them to second nature that only falters when your mind strays from the ordinary.

Now I concentrate on perfecting all 10 of these forms while looking forward and thinking there is no way that I am ever going to kick that high.

One day I hope to just try this skills and heavily embarrass myself in the process rather than leaping like a gazelle doing the splits.

 

Never get bored at breaking

 

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The one thing that you can't practice in class is breaking part of a dead tree. The thing you quickly learn is that it's not the speed of the punch or kick; it’s the technique behind the movement. That is the one thing you can practice. The one thing that you doing in every class. I’ve learnt to never underestimate the parts of the class that you take for granted as they are often the most important.

 

The hardest part is thinking that you can’t do it. The mind is a powerful weapon, and if you think this, the probability of failing climbs dramatically. Your moment could come at any time. A black belt told me when I first joined that Master Chang will only ask you to break a board when he knows that you are ready. Even before you think that you’re ready. Something only a lifetime of experience can bring. If he chooses you, you know inside you that can break it.

 

It’s the little things

 

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In the past 5 years I have gone to every grading, whether participating or not and in all that time this was only point where I could remember Master Chang getting up and showing how a skill should be performed. This is not to take anything away from Dimitri. Grading for a black belt is tremendously hard and I would be more worried if Master Chang didn’t say anything while I was grading. Perfection on any skill is impossible. We are always learning, always trying to improve ourselves and every time we perform the basics of any skill we learn something new no matter how small. Whether that be about an opponent or how everyone's bodies react differently.

No matter what grade we are we are always prepared to learn and our Hapkido community is an amazing place to do this.

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A Rogue One http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2016/8/a-rogue-one We are half way through the year and that means that it’s only another 4 months until Christmas (yes 4 pay days) and also until the new Star Wars film is out.

I have always thought that Canary Wharf underground station looked a bit futuristic and by a bit I mean a lot! While looking through the new trailer for Rogue One I saw some familiar sights that I spotted immediately as this station. Cue all Star Wars fans flocking to this station me included.

A Rogue OneA Rogue OneWe are half way through the year and that means that it’s only another 4 months until Christmas (yes 4 pay days) and also until the new Star Wars film is out.

I have always thought that Canary Wharf underground station looked a bit futuristic and by a bit I mean a lot! While looking through the new trailer for Rogue One I saw some familiar sights that I spotted immediately as this station. Que all Star Wars fans flocking to this station me included.

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Roosevelt Crossing http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2016/4/roosevelt-crossing New York left a lasting impression on me. I still find photos today that I want to go back and edit and it makes me relive the trip I had over there. In many ways it is so similar to London but also so very different. You definitely do not get the feeling that you only get when sky-high skyscrapers in every direction surround you; although some say London is starting to get that.

Only our very last day there we didn’t know what to do. We had so much planned that we were spoiled for choice. In the end we chose to do something that not many people told us about. There is an aerial tram that connects Manhattan Island to Roosevelt Island. There is hardly anything to do on the other side but it offers great views back over to Manhattan on the way over. I took this one just before the trip over there.

Roosevelt CrossingRoosevelt CrossingNew York left a lasting impression on me. I still find photos today that I want to go back and edit and it makes me relive the trip I had over there. In many ways it is so similar to London but also so very different. You definitely do not get the feeling that you only get when sky-high skyscrapers in every direction surround you; although some say London is starting to get that.

Only our very last day there we didn’t know what to do. We had so much planned that we were spoiled for choice. In the end we chose to do something that not many people told us about. There is an aerial tram that connects Manhattan Island to Roosevelt Island. There is hardly anything to do on the other side but it offers great views back over to Manhattan on the way over. I took this one just before the trip over there.

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Welcome o China Town http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2016/2/welcome-o-china-town China town seems like it’s own little world cut off from the heart of London. There are so many things here that stand out from the London crowd, bring tourists flocking here to see it.

Unlike the traditional arcades that you get when you go and visit family by the sea front, China town has a few of its own. The neon scenery makes for great photography, even if they are empty.

Welcome to China TownWelcome to China TownChina town seems like it’s own little world cut off from the heart of London. There are so many things here that stand out from the London crowd, bring tourists flocking here to see it.

Unlike the traditional arcades that you get when you go and visit family by the sea front, China town has a few of its own. The neon scenery makes for great photography, even if they are empty.

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james@thinkjamesphoto.com (Think James Photo) London arcade architecture camera casino china cinema cinematic end flash gambling glass happy hdr machine neon night people phone pizza red reflection restaurant shop sign sloth street town welcome west window http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2016/2/welcome-o-china-town Sun, 28 Feb 2016 15:30:00 GMT
A Bright Walk http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2016/2/a-bright-walk The Hungerford footbridge is one of the lesser-known landmarks in London although you can see it from the most tourist of places. It links up charring Cross up with the London Eye and Southbank.

I first walked over it on a university trip looking at different architecture. Obviously this bridge came up and has turned into one of my favorites.

You can photo it from so many different angles and I have spent many hours shooting timelapses from its walkway.  Yet again the symmetry of my shots comes through.

A Bright WalkA Bright WalkThe Hungerford footbridge is one of the lesser-known landmarks in London although you can see it from the most tourist of places. It links up charring Cross up with the London Eye and Southbank.

I first walked over it on a university trip looking at different architecture. Obviously this bridge came up and has turned into one of my favorites.

You can photo it from so many different angles and I have spent many hours shooting timelapses from its walkway. Yet again the symmetry of my shots comes through.

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james@thinkjamesphoto.com (Think James Photo) London architecture blue bridge building china dark dynamic film foot glow hdr high hour hungerford light night people railing range repetition river shadow shell steel street structure thames town train water winter http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2016/2/a-bright-walk Wed, 24 Feb 2016 20:46:31 GMT
The Red Windmill http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2016/2/the-red-windmill I recently spent an evening walking around Soho and Chinatown in London. Probably not the best idea I’ve had in the world as when you tell people this they usually assume you end up in a place like this. Luckily I have a good excuse to be wandering the streets with a camera in my hand.

I only stumbled across this place but it doesn’t take much imagination to work out what it is. I didn’t have a tripod with me as I had just come from work so I had to bump up the iso that helps in giving the image a nice grainy look adding to the post processing.

The Red WindmillThe Red WindmillI recently spent an evening walking around Soho and Chinatown in London. Probably not the best idea I’ve had in the world as when you tell people this they usually assume you end up in a place like this. Luckily I have a good excuse to be wandering the streets with a camera in my hand.

I only stumbled across this place but it doesn’t take much imagination to work out what it is. I didn’t have a tripod with me as I had just come from work so I had to bump up the iso that helps in giving the image a nice grainy look adding to the post processing.

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Along Southbank http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2016/1/along-southbank I did a mini photowalk along the Thames on my way home recently; and by mini I mean 20 minutes out of my way so I don’t miss the train photowalk. I had the mindset of just photographing random street scenes as I usually concentrate on architecture shots around the capital but this night wasn’t great for it.

I forgot how much I love just randomly walking around London with my favourite Spotify playlist on and just concentrating on finding different compositions. Unfortunately London’s light that night wasn’t great so I had to do something different with the processing but I like it.

There are so many things to see on the Southbank of the Thames. This is why I call it the Photographers Walk and I’m sure many other photogs do too. I didn’t stray too far from Waterloo Station but in that short distance you walk down a few bridges where the scene changes in between each. This is a shot of a food stand in a traditional American Van. At least that’s what I think it is. What ever the case the food looked great.

Along SouthbankAlong SouthbankI did a mini photowalk along the Thames on my way home recently; and by mini I mean 20 minutes out of my way so I don’t miss the train photowalk. I had the mindset of just photographing random street scenes as I usually concentrate on architecture shots around the capital but this night wasn’t great for it.

I forgot how much I love just randomly walking around London with my favourite Spotify playlist on and just concentrating on finding different compositions. Unfortunately London’s light that night wasn’t great so I had to do something different with the processing but I like it.

There are so many things to see on the Southbank of the Thames. This is why I call it the Photographers Walk and I’m sure many other photogs do too. I didn’t stray too far from Waterloo Station but in that short distance you walk down a few bridges where the scene changes in between each. This is a shot of a food stand in a traditional American Van. At least that’s what I think it is. What ever the case the food looked great.

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james@thinkjamesphoto.com (Think James Photo) London american architecture cinematic color colour food grading lights london market night oxo restaurant river southbank stall street thames tone tower tree waterloo winter http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2016/1/along-southbank Tue, 26 Jan 2016 13:36:53 GMT
Lock Down http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2016/1/lock-down Ha yes a cleaver name I know. I’ve been sitting on that one ever since I wanted to go and photograph Shepperton Lock. Finding somewhere to take off with an RPAS is harder then it looks. I always look on Google Maps to scout locations and with that comes with a plan to be able to take off in a safe place. I had the perfect place in mind but I was too close to some trees. Places just look so different from the air.

I had to move to a different location the other side of the lock. The annoying thing is that rivers without a bridge are very annoying and I had to drive the long way round. The long way around being 30 minutes where I found I was on private property. Again another no go. I did a short walk along the river until I found somewhere suitable and prepared for take off. About 45 minutes after I planned to.

I think it was worth it. I think this was the max altitude of 120m. A nice way of looking at Surrey.

Lock DownLock DownHa yes a cleaver name I know. I’ve been sitting on that one ever since I wanted to go and photograph Shepperton Lock. Finding somewhere to take off with an RPAS is harder then it looks. I always look on Google Maps to scout locations and with that comes with a plan to be able to take off in a safe place. I had the perfect place in mind but I was too close to some trees. Places just look so different from the air.

I had to move to a different location the other side of the lock. The annoying thing is that rivers without a bridge are very annoying and I had to drive the long way round. The long way around being 30 minutes where I found I was on private property. Again another no go. I did a short walk along the river until I found somewhere suitable and prepared for take off. About 45 minutes after I planned to.

I think it was worth it. I think this was the max altitude of 120m. A nice way of looking at Surrey.

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Watching Big Ben http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/12/watching-big-ben You take so many things for granted when you just don’t notice what’s around you. You sit in the same seat on your morning commute, take the exact same walk into work and take the same route home. 

At least I know I do. When you walk slightly slower into work you notice so much more.

I decided to do exactly that one morning alone with my camera. Yes it nearly made me late for work but what I captured was worth it.

This guy was just sitting there chilling on the side of the Thames as I walked by the London Eye. The Houses of Parliament sits just opposite with the usual cluster of tourists gathered this side of the river taking photos and annoying commuters walking by.

As usual in London it was a grey morning. I do see some amazing sunrises on my journey into work but of course I never have my camera with me. Perhaps I should start carrying it on me.

Watching Big BenWatching Big BenYou take so many things for granted when you just don’t notice what’s around you. You sit in the same seat on your morning commute, take the exact same walk into work and take the same route home.

At least I know I do. When you walk slightly slower into work you notice so much more.

I decided to do exactly that one morning alone with my camera. Yes it nearly made me late for work but what I captured was worth it.

This guy was just sitting there chilling on the side of the Thames as I walked by the London Eye. The Houses of Parliament sits just opposite with the usual cluster of tourists gathered this side of the river taking photos and annoying commuters walking by.

As usual in London it was a grey morning. I do see some amazing sunrises on my journey into work but of course I never have my camera with me. Perhaps I should start carrying it on me.

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james@thinkjamesphoto.com (Think James Photo) London arcanum architecture bell ben big bigben bird bridge bus clock commute day goth gothic houses in landmark life medieval middle of palace parliament river seagull stone thames. the town uk water westminster http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/12/watching-big-ben Tue, 29 Dec 2015 19:29:23 GMT
The Lone Surveyor http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/11/the-lone-surveyor On the 6th November, a group of photographers in my Arcanum cohort were set a task to document your day. The end result was a collection of images from around the world showing what all of us were up to. This day in the life of, has been put into a website that I will share once it is finished but all of the photos look great. You’ll just have to take my work for it.

My set of images documented my commute to and from Surrey to London, but I did make it out the office at lunchtime to go and visit the Tate Britain, which is a short walk away from my work. I spend about 45 minutes just wandering around taking photos of everything that looked interesting to me. The place is filled with huge rooms and on an unusually quiet lunchtime looked even bigger when only filled with one person. Ok you got me… there was actually a second person in this photo that I managed to remove. I was waiting there for ages seeing if he would move but no. Both people were trying to get the perfect shot of different paintings and were taking there time. Yes this meant that my subject didn’t move much, which was great, but the other person didn’t either. I think I did a pretty good job on removing him. The irony in trying to get the perfect shot backfired on me.

The Lone SurveyorThe Lone SurveyorOn the 6th November, a group of photographers in my Arcanum cohort were set a task to document your day. The end result was a collection of images from around the world showing what all of us were up to. This day in the life of, has been put into a website that I will share once it is finished but all of the photos look great. You’ll just have to take my work for it.

My set of images documented my commute to and from Surrey to London, but I did make it out the office at lunchtime to go and visit the Tate Britain, which is a short walk away from my work. I spend about 45 minutes just wandering around taking photos of everything that looked interesting to me. The place is filled with huge rooms and on an unusually quiet lunchtime looked even bigger when only filled with one person. Ok you got me… there was actually a second person in this photo that I managed to remove. I was waiting there for ages seeing if he would move but no. Both people were trying to get the perfect shot of different paintings and were taking there time. Yes this meant that my subject didn’t move much, which was great, but the other person didn’t either. I think I did a pretty good job on removing him. The irony in trying to get the perfect shot backfired on me.

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Layered Junction http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/11/layered-junction There is a word that is beginning to become taboo. A word that when spoken creates panic from people and governments together.  That word is drone, and while becoming more and more popular, they are creating a stigma of danger and while people are misbehaving it’s always going to appear that way.

It’s important to not put anything or anyone in harms way. Never fly over anything that would put anyone in danger if you did have a sudden crash. You can be the most careful person but a sudden gust of wind could do anything.

I also now have to call it a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS). Doesn’t that just sound so much better! Who needs a drone when you have an RPAS.

Layered JunctionLayered JunctionThere is a word that is beginning to become taboo. A word that when spoken creates panic from people and governments together. That word is drone, and while becoming more and more popular, they are creating a stigma of danger and while people are misbehaving it’s always going to appear that way.

It’s important to not put anything or anyone in harms way. Never fly over anything that would put anyone in danger if you did have a sudden crash. You can be the most careful person but a sudden gust of wind could do anything.

I also now have to call it a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS). Doesn’t that just sound so much better! Who needs a drone when you have an RPAS.

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james@thinkjamesphoto.com (Think James Photo) 3 Phantom RPAS aerial air­craft autumn birds car dji drone eye forest park photography piloted professional remotely road sys­tem transport tree wood http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/11/layered-junction Wed, 04 Nov 2015 21:01:19 GMT
Angle in thirds http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/10/angle-in-thirds Well I have taken to flying drones like a duck to sky. You are able to take your photography to new heights (pun intended!) and look at things in a completely different way.

Of course drones are not allowed to fly in London’s airspace so it’s back to the good old fashioned roof tops for London images.

If you’re lucky enough you can access parts of the Mayor’s office. It looks out over the Thames onto bankside below. It was a wet day and umbrellas had just been put away. A shame really as I think that would have made a great image.

I wanted to split the image into different sections using the diagonal lines from the scene below. In post I just made subtle adjustments in Lightroom to bring out the contrast in the scene. I was tempted to remove everyone in the scene just leaving the two people in the upper centre of the image. In this case a simpler image would perhaps be better.

Angle in thirdsAngle in thirdsWell I have taken to flying drones like a duck to sky. You are able to take your photography to new heights (pun intended!) and look at things in a completely different way.

Of course drones are not allowed to fly in London’s airspace so it’s back to the good old fashioned roof tops for London images.
If you’re lucky enough you can access parts of the Mayor’s office. It looks out over the Thames onto bankside below. It was a wet day and umbrellas had just been put away. A shame really as I think that would have made a great image.

I wanted to split the image into different sections using the diagonal lines from the scene below. In post I just made subtle adjustments in Lightroom to bring out the contrast in the scene. I was tempted to remove everyone in the scene just leaving the two people in the upper centre of the image. In this case a simpler image would perhaps be better.

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james@thinkjamesphoto.com (Think James Photo) 2014 London architecture city dirty down drone glass grass green hall house london look mayor murky office open path people rain reflection river small steps thames walkway water wet http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/10/angle-in-thirds Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:00:00 GMT
Flight of the Phantom http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/9/flight-of-the-phantom So I finally caved and have bought myself a DJI Phantom 3. I know, I know I shouldn't have but what can I do. What's done is done. To be precise it was the Phantom 3 Professional with a 4k camera for video. I wasn't going to scrimp out on the camera obviously.

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I had it delivered to my parents house in the leafy suburbs of London. Once I found out it had been delivered, it was a long 4 days before I got a chance to actually get my hands on it.

After ripping open the box to quickly get the batteries on charge I fixed on the prop guards and read up on the manual one more time. I had been studying this even from before I put in the order so was pretty up to date on my knowledge.

There are so many rules and regulations to drone use. It makes it hard to fly professionally. Luckily this is only for personal use until I can get CAA approval and that takes time and lots of money.

Looking at things from this high up gives you a different perspective on this that are so common to you. It seems to enhance my interest in the mundane. There are so many new things to explore.

Here are the rest of the photos and a little video of my first flight.

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From a different Angle http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/9/from-a-different-angle Don’t you just love it when you have a few spare hours at an airport! Well I guess not everyone sees it that way but if you ever travel with a photographer that has had plenty of sleep you will see them running around the place looking for new angle rather then sleeping in the corner.

Don’t worry I’m like a normal person when jet lagged in an airport. Where’s the nearest bench to lie on? But sometimes the time is right to do a little exploring.

That’s what happened here at Heathrow Terminal 5. Somehow we had an hour to kill before check-in so I went roaming around and came across this shot looking down onto a café below.

From a different AngleFrom a different AngleDon’t you just love it when you have a few spare hours at an airport! Well I guess not everyone sees it that way but if you ever travel with a photographer that has had plenty of sleep you will see them running around the place looking for new angle rather then sleeping in the corner.

Don’t worry I’m like a normal person when jetlagged in an airport. Where’s the nearest bench to lie on? But sometimes the time is right to do a little exploring.

That’s what happened here at Heathrow Terminal 5. Somehow we had an hour to kill before check-in so I went roaming around and came across this shot looking down onto a café below.

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Old before new http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/8/old-before-new One of the great things about living in London is the contrast between old and new. The city is constantly changing. I can’t even keep up with the amount of new skyscrapers there are. For all I know there could be a building nicknamed The Ladle to follow on from the kitchen themed name of The Cheese grater.

The building that lurks behind Tower Bridge here is the Shard. It is actually quite hard to get them lined up when you are looking for a certain perspective. Of course when the tripod police are lurking nearby as they were here, every shot adds some fun risk to the equation.

Old before newOld before newOne of the great things about living in London is the contrast between old and new. The city is constantly changing. I can’t even keep up with the amount of new skyscrapers there are. For all I know there could be a building nicknamed The Ladle to follow on from the kitchen themed name of The Cheese grater.

The building that lurks behind Tower Bridge here is the Shard. It is actually quite hard to get them lined up when you are looking for a certain perspective. Of course when the tripod police are lurking nearby as they were here, every shot adds some fun risk to the equation.

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james@thinkjamesphoto.com (Think James Photo) London amplify bridge dock drawbridge dusk glass lights mix new night old perspective river sculpture shard sinset skyscraper summer thames tower water http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/8/old-before-new Mon, 10 Aug 2015 06:00:00 GMT
Movement at the Ageas Bowl http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/7/movement-at-the-ageas-bowl When you go and shoot architecture you sometimes have to be very patient for the right moment or sometimes that moment just never comes and you have to improvise. This was the latter of the two. I needed to get the back of the hotel that looks onto the cricket pitch. I recently was asked to take photos of the Hilton Hotel at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton and needed this shot. There was a very bright blue cheery picker finishing off some work that was in view at the hotel. I came back later on in the day and it was still there. In the end I decided to just take the shot and Photoshop it out along with the rest of the building work.

I also had the issue of getting movement in the sky combined with freezing the players on the pitch. I used a 10 stop ND filter to get movement in the sky but this showed too much movement for the players. I decided to combine 2 shots in the end to allow me to freeze the action. Doesn’t really work too badly. 

Movement at the Ageas BowlMovement at the Ageas BowlWhen you go and shoot architecture you sometimes have to be very patient for the right moment or sometimes that moment just never comes and you have to improvise. This was the latter of the two. I needed to get the back of the hotel that looks onto the cricket pitch. I recently was asked to take photos of the Hilton Hotel at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton and needed this shot. There was a very bright blue cheery picker finishing off some work that was in view at the hotel. I came back later on in the day and it was still there. In the end I decided to just take the shot and Photoshop it out along with the rest of the building work.

I also had the issue of getting movement in the sky combined with freezing the players on the pitch. I used a 10 stop ND filter to get movement in the sky but this showed too much movement for the players. I decided to combine 2 shots in the end to allow me to freeze the action. Doesn’t really work too badly.

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james@thinkjamesphoto.com (Think James Photo) 10 ageas architecture bowl cloud cricket dynamic exposure filter grass green high hilton hotel key long movement nd range sky southampton sport stop http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/7/movement-at-the-ageas-bowl Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:00:00 GMT
Out of the Shadows http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/7/out-of-the-shadows Yes I know it’s been a while since I last posted. Mankind has even been able to make it to Pluto since I last posted. I have recently moved into a new home in the middle of Surrey. While this has taken up so much of my time recently, it should mean that I should now have loads more chances to take photos. I even have my own desk. I’ve never had that. Now only to fill it with something worthwhile.

As I have yet to wander about the local area and take photos, I have been looking through my unprocessed library and found this little gem. I was on a tour of Malta a few years ago and wandered inside the home of someone very noble. I can’t for the life of me remember who it was but it was a very grand building. I was trying to concentrate on interior shots naturally, but saw this girl peering through this window to the outside. I love how the window frames her pose and almost silhouettes her against the very bright background.

Out of the ShadowsOut of the ShadowsYes I know it’s been a while since I last posted. Mankind has even been able to make it to Pluto since I last posted. I have recently moved into a new home in the middle of Surrey. While this has taken up so much of my time recently, it should mean that I should now have loads more chances to take photos. I even have my own desk. I’ve never had that. Now only to fill it with something worthwhile.

As I have yet to wander about the local area and take photos, I have been looking through my unprocessed library and found this little gem. I was on a tour of Malta a few years ago and wandered inside the home of someone very noble. I can’t for the life of me remember who it was but it was a very grand building. I was trying to concentrate on interior shots naturally, but saw this girl peering through this window to the outside. I love how the window frames her pose and almost silhouettes her against the very bright background.

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james@thinkjamesphoto.com (Think James Photo) Europe Malta Valetta dark frame girl lonely outside people person portrait shadow shutters silhouette single window woman http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/7/out-of-the-shadows Thu, 16 Jul 2015 06:00:00 GMT
Look through to the horison http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/6/look-through-to-the-horison Navigating the streets in London can be pretty tough if you don’t know the area. One of the many great things about New York is that after a day there you can pretty much navigate to every corner. I could get used to straight roads. One unusual place to navigate around is the high line. It’s a disused railway line that the city has turned into a park. It windes though the west side of Manhattan and produces some great views over the city.

Look through to the horisonLook through to the horisonNavigating the streets in London can be pretty tough if you don’t know the area. One of the many great things about New York is that after a day there you can pretty much navigate to every corner. I could get used to straight roads. One unusual place to navigate around is the high line. It’s a disused railway line that the city has turned into a park. It windes though the west side of Manhattan and produces some great views over the city.

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james@thinkjamesphoto.com (Think James Photo) Manhattan New York america architecture building cab corner crossroad dynamic hdr hdri high line range road street taxi usa yellow http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/6/look-through-to-the-horison Mon, 15 Jun 2015 06:00:00 GMT
The First Peaceful Moment http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/6/the-first-peaceful-moment Kimilili in known in the area for having a decent hospital. Well decent compared to everywhere else relatively close by. Kenyans come from miles away to use its facilities as it actually have a place where they can perform relatively complex surgeries. One being C-section. We spent a lot of time in the maternity ward handing out donated clothes and other items to new borns and mothers.

This baby was only a few hours old. His mother had become very ill after giving birth and was having a lot of treatment while we were there. Child birth can be a big killer in Kenya and the work they are doing here is trying to help combat this.

The First Peaceful MomentThe First Peaceful MomentKimilili in known in the area for having a decent hospital. Well decent compared to everywhere else relatively close by. Kenyans come from miles away to use its facilities as it actually have a place where they can perform relatively complex surgeries. One being C-section. We spent a lot of time in the maternity ward handing out donated clothes and other items to new borns and mothers.

This baby was only a few hours old. His mother had become very ill after giving birth and was having a lot of treatment while we were there. Child birth can be a big killer in Kenya and the work they are doing here is trying to help combat this.

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james@thinkjamesphoto.com (Think James Photo) CHECK baby bed born boy charity hospital humanitarian kenya kimilili maturnity new old ward work http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/6/the-first-peaceful-moment Mon, 01 Jun 2015 06:00:00 GMT
Lie in Wait http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/5/lie-in-wait Thinking about it, having a World War 2 Battleship in the centre of London is a pretty strange thing. It’s now a part of the furniture as it has been there for so long. It just feels normal. It was mainly used to escort the Arctic convoys past the Soviet union but docked in London in 1971 close to Tower Bridge. It is now home to a museum that shows what it was used for in the war.

I was in London to see a sunset and it just so happened that I found myself along the bank of the Thames. The sky suddenly started glowing and I new that I wanted to have the ship as the main focus in the image.

Lie in waitLie in waitThinking about it, having a World War 2 Battleship in the centre of London is a pretty strange thing. It’s now a part of the furniture as it has been there for so long. It just feels normal. It was mainly used to escort the Arctic convoys past the Soviet union but docked in London in 1971 close to Tower Bridge. It is now home to a museum that shows what it was used for in the war.

I was in London to see a sunset and it just so happened that I found myself along the bank of the Thames. The sky suddenly started glowing and I new that I wanted to have the ship as the main focus in the image.

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james@thinkjamesphoto.com (Think James Photo) London architecture battleship belfast blue boat bridge city dynamic golden hdr high hms hour inside more night office range river ship sunset thames tower war water world http://thinkjamesphoto.com/blog/2015/5/lie-in-wait Thu, 21 May 2015 06:00:00 GMT