Woke early this morning for some reason and took the opportunity to get out and photograph a sunrise but as this was last minute decision i just headed to the harbour, due to the amount of cloud not the best of sunrises. However after the recent tidal surge i thought the tide today was quiet low.
Seen this shot on Flickr by a few different photographers and have wanted to get to photograph it myself, so while i was in London yesterday i made a point of aiming for it. This is The Staircase at Heals Department Store Tottenham Court Road London. The store is located almost opposite, Goodge Street Underground station, so is very easy to get to.
On arrival at the store i simply asked the two security staff if it was ok to photograph their wonderful staircase , to which they were very friendly and accommodating.
Having photographed this location i now have a appreciation of just how difficult it is to get the right composition, took several images and have included some of the better ones here.
Another great day out in London today where i managed to get to Natural History Museum. The main hall is a fantastic space. This image was taken with my Canon 5D MKiii with my Canon 17-40mm f/4.0 L usm. Shot at F/6.3 at 1/25 sec at ISO 2000.
Been wanting to get this shot for a while now and today i decided was going to be the day i went to try and find the location. I have seen various images taken from this location from some of my online FLickR friends including Glenn Driver, who was kind enough to advise me on the nearest station to it, which is East India on the Docklands Light Railway.
My day started off departing Ramsgate on the High Speed train to London St Pancras from there i went over to Camden Town. This for me was a first and is the most culturally diverse place i think i have ever been. The high street has some amazing shop fronts and of course is the host of the world famous Camden Market where the smells from around the world just completely envelope you.
Think i will have to return to Camden Town for a day out and sample some of the food and partake in some of the many beverage establishments around this very interesting part of London.
From here i departed and made my way on the London Underground to Bank station and had a walk around the heart of the financial city, passing The Royal Exchange, The Gherkin and Lloyd s of London.
Well today summer really has come to an end here in the South East of England. The rain has been torrential all day . I had plans to go out with my camera today but had not planned on a rainy day. So what to photograph on a rainy day?
I just had a look around me and found my wife’s Danbo character on the side. The garden table had a nice puddle formed in the middle so placed Danbo in it, got on my coat and lucky for me i have a roof over my back door so the camera was set up under here with a 70 – 200 lens and i shot from a distance on a tripod. I used a flash mounted inside my Lumiquest III softbox , fired with the fantastic Youngnuo yn622c wireless triggers and i was using ettl as i was hand holding the flash. Think i may have dialed in about one stop of flash exposure compensation and under exposed the ambient light by about a stop and a half.
After a few test shots you kind of figure out the best position to place the flash and i found that lighting from slightly behind Danbo allowing the light to wrap around him and at the same time was back lighting some of the rain drops in the foreground.
There was a little post work here with the mono conversion being done in Niksoft Silver Efex Pro 2. The reflection was also added in post as the original was a little boring. What do you like to photograph on rainy days any ideas thoughts or suggestions ?
With the rain not sure how the fireworks displays are going to cope this evening but i hope it will clear in time for everyone to enjoy them.
Today i received a parcel from amazon, which was a little bit of a surprise as it should not have arrived until Thursday according to their website. You can tell the order was rushed through as they delivered the wrong colour seamless background i ordered !!
The background i got was still grey just the wrong shade, i ordered Storm Grey and received Slate Grey. I think the Slate Grey is a little lighter in colour. Its not a huge problem as with grey seamless you can move the subject away from the background and it will fall to black or you can decide to light it and turn it bright white, put a gel on the lighting and turn it any colour you like.
In the image above i set up the seamless background on a stand and had my son, Ben stand about two to three feet from the background, i set my Key light in a 16″ beauty dish and had that boomed overhead and slightly to camera right, this was mainly due to the tight space i was working in and the boom arm was tight against the wall of my spare room!
I placed a second light behind and facing him set to very low power to help separate him from the background. I then had my wife hold a gold round reflector below and to camera left to provide some warm fill light, this is what you can see has spilled onto the background but i actually like the warm tones it provides.
Still only used the beauty dish a few times and i am still learning how to control the light with it but i do like the light it gives and will continue to learn how to use it as i go. I also have a grid and a diffuser which changes the light again.
As you can see from the above image there is hardly any spill onto the background at all with the honeycomb grid attached, and the image below with the sock attached.
The historic Tartar Frigate is one of the only 18th century flint restaurants in Kent.
I was out with my camera walking along the seafront at Broadstairs, while walking back from the small harbor area i saw this pub in the distance and just thought it looked a nice looking building especially as it is all illuminated in the evening.
Looking at the website if seafood is not your thing then there are alternatives and a brief look at the menu looks very nice, may have to book a visit myself. There is also a list of live music which is played on various nights so if you have never been might be worth a visit or if you have been why not let us know what its like !
The image of the pub was taken on a tripod with the following settings
1 sec exposure
Shot with a canon 5 D mkiii and a Canon 17-40mm F/4.0 L usm at 25mm
Edited in Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CS6.
Monday evening was Camera Club night at the Isle of Thanet Photographic Society. This week was Studio night and our models for the evening were anything but your usual high fashion models. Some members of the IOTPS brought in some studio equipment to photograph our subjects. Due to the number of members and the fact that radio triggers were required to fire the strobes it was a little difficult to work in a logical way. Another club member decided that we could set up a single speedlite fired through a umbrella outside the main hall.
The following images were all shot in that way.
This is Cut Throat Steve, a great character who used to teach gymnastics while serving in the armed forces, he did several tours of duty in various conflicts around the globe and is currently the proud owner of a recently assembled trike thanks to his fellow club members.
This is Kevin Bolden, a member of The South East 17 division
They were both active members of The Harley-Davidson Riders Club of Great Britain . Thanks to Kevin, Steve and all the members that gave up there time to come and model for us and hope that between our members we were able to provide you with some usable images.
A few days ago i ordered this bracket. It will allow you to connect any speedlite to any Bowens S fit studio light modifier , such as soft boxes, beauty dishes etc. The bracket comes in its own round carry bag and is of a metal construction. The bracket feels like it is well made but time will tell. I have also ordered a Beauty Dish and Light Boom as another light set up i want to try out. Hope to get some images up over the coming days. Just thought i would let you know that this bracket was out there makes it easy to add different modifiers to a standard speedlight.
This weekend saw London Open House 2013 and after trying to get to this for the last two years i was determined to get there this year and well as you can see i made it. I have to say i am glad i did. My first port of call was the Iconic Lloyds of London Building, which until today i had only ever photographed from outside. The inside is just as impressive.
Taken From Lloyds website:-
The internationally-renowned Lloyd’s building was designed by the architect Richard Rogers and took eight years to build. 33,510 cubic meters of concrete, 30,000 square metres of stainless steel cladding and 12,000 square metres of glass were used during the construction.
After this i then headed down to City Hall
If you would like to read more about the building click HERE
55 Baker Street sits on the site of the former Marks and Spencers Headquarters.
The building is split into a series of solidly designed stone-clad blocks and separated by sections of lattice-like glass with triangular forms.
The building will contain 45,800 square metres of offices, 4,200 square metres of retail, 1,500 square metres of leisure and 2,300 square metres of residential.
Typical office floor plans are over 6,000 square metres of space each
I have lots of images to process so hope to add to this post as i edit them or you can see them on my flickr page