Think James, Think Photography
I say home but the home of F1 in the UK. I was lucky enough to be able to go to watch some amazing racing at Silverstone, I had never been to a Grand Prix before so made the most of it at qualifying (and scouting for a place to sit for sunday) Saturday and had a sunburnt Sunday.
I made it my mission to get a crisp shot of a F1 car while moving at speed to get a blurry background. Unfortunately this is harder then it looks and it looks very hard. You have to follow the car, keeping it in the lens while having a relatively slow shutter speed. I think i went fot 30th of a second. I did manage it with Vettel’s car that I’ll post at some point but for some reason I like this shot more.Yes it’s all very movementy and abstract but I guess thats why I like it. The face that it’s Hamilton also helps.
Happy 26th of June everyone. Not thats its a special day (although a quick google search reveals that its Happy Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Day wohoo!) at all it just felt the need. Unless it’s your birthday or other such occasion. Anyway onto todays post. I was lucky enough to be invited onto a rooftop that is rare to get onto although I think Murphyz would somehow find a way as always. A company that I am doing a bit of photography for invited me to their client party. I couldn’t resist taking photos from this great advantage point over London. For those of you who want to know I was at One Bishops Square in London. I have many many more photos from up high. It’s rare that I get to do that.
It looks over the Gherkin and a few new developments in London including the “Cheese grater” by Richard Rogers. WHy does everything have to be given a name to do with food. Soon we will have the Juicer or something along the lines of Tupperware. Who knows.
Thats just what every photographer wants. Not a fantastic image (I’m not saying this isn’t), but a title where you can use alliteration. It gets harder and harder to hink of a title for every image. Sometimes you come up with a great one then realise when you type it into Lightroom that you’ve used it before. Thankfully this one I hadn’t.
This was taken by the entrance to the Strata Tower. Yes that’s the building that I have posted about many times before with the defunked fans (Ahhh aliteration again, I’m on fire). Not much else to say on this as its pretty self explanatory. Count the busses.
I had completely forgot that I had been to the Victoria and Albert museum until I was looking through my photos to process. I had a few taken with a small Canon S95 when I wasn’t lugging around my giant camera. I had a phase for about a year where I would carry this small camera everywhere. I don’t really know why I stopped carrying it. I got some great impromptu snaps but I think my iPhone has taken over that side of things.
I vaguely remember taking this photo. It was way back in 2011 and my memory is normally atrocious on this kind of thing but this was taken in the courtyard. I say courtyard as I don’t know what else to call it. Square perhaps. I remember going outside as it was a boiling day and downing a bottle of water. Strange how these things just stick in your memory.
You must be sick of hearing the old “The best camera is the one that you always have with you…blah, blah, blah”. Even reading that in your head it would of been said in a very mundane, boring voice. Truth be told I do actually agree with that statement up to a certain point. When people say that they tend of mean two things. Its mainly the point of you being you having the opportunity to capture every moment. Having a camera there in every situation. You wouldn’t want to lug around a big heavy DSLR all the time and everywhere you went. These days camera phones are great little devices. We have got to the point where they are beginning to rival some small point and shoot cameras. They will never get up to the DSLR stage but no doubt in time, they will get hugely close.
The second point is that decent equipment isn’t the only thing that makes for a good photo. You have to follow all of the standard composition, framing, subject and focus rules that you would do even if you were using the daddy of all cameras. Using a phone’s camera still allows you to practice good photography techniques no matter where you are.
I think you see where I am going with todays image. Yes this was taken on my iPhone 5. I have discovered a great app that takes photos in .tiff format. This is basically a RAW file (or as near as) for iPhones. The app itself is called PureShot and it has an array of great options. That is the only different from my normal photos. I went about the processing in exactly the same way and I’m relatively happy with the result.
I was fortunate enough to be allowed in to the RAC Foundation head quarters located on Pall Mall. Every week they have a different car on display in the foyer and I was there to shoot this one….. I have no clue what car that is either. The tiny car was made purely out of carbon fibre and the BIG hint on the door is that it runs on hydrogen. Thats putting my GCSE science to good use right there. I didn’t want to be too cheeky and just wander around the building as I could of easily spent hours inside this marvel. Its a HDR photographers dream.
And I’ve got to say that I love the carpet!
The abandoned Heygate Estate in elephant and Castle on full to 2 things. Rubbish and people trying to climb over everything. No idea why! There were concrete walkways that spanned the complex that were once used to navigate the complex maze-work of roads. Yes they were all blocked off and if I was feeling even a tad more enthusiastic I guess I could of jumped over and got some even better pictures. I wasn’t so made do with trying to use them as strange object in a photo. Standard procedure really.
Nope I still haven’t discovered why these wind turbines on the top of the Strata tower do not spin like they were designed to. Perhaps its one of the modern mysteries that will never be solved. Perhaps they do work but just for some reason decide to never spin everytime I have seen them (everyday on the train into London). They maybe Toy Story esque and only come to life when no one is looking at them.
Paradise still looks good in black and white dont you think. The colour one was too boring to I bumped up the contrast and blues in the sky to get it popping. I had to try and figure out where this was taken. There aren’t exactly any landmarks that I can reference from. Luckily I keep all my unprocessed photos organised in lightroom, which means that I know the general vicinity is Miami but that is all. There are thousands of places that look like this so your guess is as good as mine.
Even in the dimmist of situations people always have faith or in this case their faith is Brian Cox. I guess he is a great replacement for Jesus, spreading the knowledge of science to his disciples. Who would his dad be? I’ll leave that for thought.
This was taken in the abandoned Heygate estate. I have no idea why this poster was there but does it need a reason? It was the only thing that wasn’t covered in graffiti. Either people love him that much (I know I do) that they cant bear themselves to deface it or that it had only been there for a very short amount of time.
P.s. There was ALOT of them. Maybe he came round and put them up himself.