Photography thoughts on a train

So I’ve been trying to work on my craft for the beginning of the year, which means updating my website, attending conventions, watching youtube videos, reading blogs, capturing new content… really trying to see how I can be forward thinking in photography.
This quote is really helpful to make me realise I’m doing the right thing and photography does scare me because it’s all on you, how you capture an image, your editing style and so on.

So here’s to a new year, new photography and a new me (hopefully!๐Ÿ™ˆ). It’s a learning curve, I’m bound to make mistakes but equally im bound to learn from them.

Keep going y’all!

Lest We Forget

So in light of the Armistice this weekend I took a trip to the Imperial War Museum near Elephant and Castle to pay homage for the service men and women who contributed with their lives for the rest of us today.

It was a great afternoon, very awe inspiring and deeply heart felt. There were so many people attending it was difficult at times to take pictures and then I felt a bit disrespectful taking them because everyone was reading plaques and information boards etc. Something I have always found challenging, taking pictures when I think it may come across disrespectful but you are doing it for the right reasons.

Interesting enough there were loads of wartime images at the museum and it really made me think about being a photographer and that it is about documentating things and reporting it back and can mean you are on the front line of things which in this case is life and death!  It really put value into my work and wanting to do more than simply take pictures for the sake of it. I am afterall still learning my way around photography. 

I had a similiar experience reading this young artist’s account, as I had previously been an artist (although not quite portraits and landscapes) and again was prompted to think about how vast war is and that absolutely everyone who could be involved, was.

This was at the weapons part of the museum. You see in films how resourceful you have to be but seeing it in the flesh…remarkable.

There were a few navy servicemen dotted around the museum who were very friendly and allowed me to get a quick snap! (Thanks fellas) They all looked so young, to think they could be called away to war… 

This was also a very interesting fact about the Poppy Appeal and how and why it started. And to see one from back then was amazing.

The plaque says that a kid named Patrick Blunstone witnessed a SL11 aircraft crash outside his house in Cuffley and he was telling his dad all about it. At the end he says, “Please dont be alarmed, all is well.” 

Again I found this quitr fascinating to read the notes of a nurse who was tending to her patients during WW1. To think this is where it was going to end up after all this time makes you think about what you’re doing in life.

This was an interesting piece depicting the effects of modern warfare. The video playing on the sculptures were men running into battle but then facing heavy fire from machine guns and falling down dead. It was very moving.

This segment was quite sentimental to me as I have Japanese heritage (although I don’t know it very well) but still brings a feeling of identity and a sense of belonging. The samurai swords, when given from a Japanese officer to the enemy officer, was a sign that the war or battle was over. However the sword below was given willingly as a gesture of goodwill.  It was by far the prettiest one.

These flags were sold in London Armistice Day 11th November 1918. There are records stating that on this day there was much rejoicing in London, and diarist Ethel Bilborough stated that the city, “went quite mad.”

All in all it was quite a sad and tender time at the museum but also one of much amazement. I am deeply grateful to the men and women who have participated in any war, it means I have been fortunate enough to be here today.  It’s quite sad that wars are really disagreements between men who hide behind the legions. 

Asian Bride Fashion Show

So I attended the National Asian Wedding show in October at London’s Excel Centre. ย I wasn’t sure what to expect as I had previously attended the Asian Bride Live Expo at the beginning of the year.

Well this year was definitely different, they had a proper catwalk and loads of press. I had tried to get a press pass beforehand but since I dont do photography professionally I couldnt obtain one. Anywhoo entered the catwalk as a member of the public and walked past the press stand and simply asked if I could sit at the end (had mt Leica around my neck which made me look more the part) and the usher said thats fine. Whoop whoop

Managed to network with a few of the photographers, some who were professionals and some who were enthusiasts, even got me a few tipsnon how to photograph a fashion show as I had never really done one like this before. The photographer told me to capture the model just as they take a step or just after. Which is more difficult than it seems.

Here’s some pics I took of the fashion show…would love feedback.

One key tip id say is research the hell out of the fashion designers, their brands, the models etc and tag them in your shots, even the makeup artists, the shoe sponsors to the event organisers. on my instagram page I managed to find a lot of the models and extra sponsors who liked my work and opens me up to their networks which as a new photographer, I could always do with ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cee’s BNW 2 different things photo challenge

Had to delve into the archives for this one – great topic though! The power of twos!

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This was a shot I took of a mother and son at a christening. I thought it was such a sweet image despite its graininess.

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Image I took in Australia some years back. Decks should always come in 2s, if not you’re not a real dj!๐Ÿ˜Š

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Couple’s shoe shot. Would have liked to have taken a wider shot so I could make it more panoramic so that the composition compliments the eye a bit better.

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Two sleeping lions…think it says it all  ๐Ÿ˜„

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Two page boys waiting for the bride. Cutest thing ever!

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Save the date pics I did for my friends. It was a lovely winging it session. Images came out beautifully – blog about this coming soon!

When I saw these 2 empty chairs I loved the composition. I was travelling on a boat hence the off centre shot  ๐Ÿ™ˆ (dont judge me! Lol) 

Well there you have it, my rendition of this challenge. I hope it was enjoyable. Any comments, reviews, critism is much obliged ๐Ÿ˜‹

A Photo A Week – Blue

Nancy Merril’s newest photography challenge is about the colour blue and this is my submission.

This image was taken Cyprus 2015.  I absolutely love this image. The colour of the sky and reflection of it in the water balances out the composition of the boats and the beige rocks break up the blue to make it look all the more vibrant.

There are no filters used in this image and I did very little in post production, simply cropping the image, making it straight and enhancing the clarity a little but not by much. 

It was a perfect weather day and I am very proud that I managed to capture this shot as the family and I were on a boat starting a boat excursion.

Would love to get your thoughts and opinions about this. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿšข

Double Exposure

So I’m learning about double exposing images at the moment and of course this totally depends on the type of image you are capturing. 

Firstly it helps if you have a tripod or something to keep the camera still in the same place, but if you’re like me and you’re still new to this game and budget is a big issue you simply have to make do and learn to keep a steady hand, which is harder than it seems at times. 

I’m currently on holiday in the Dominican Republic on holiday and saw an abandoned building nearby and was like I’ve totally got to get there.  I’ve seen the shots people have taken at abandoned buildings and they look crazy! So I thought I’d give it a try. I dont think I was allowed in the building but no one was around ๐Ÿ™ˆ.

These are the two shots I took of a corridor. One focused on the end of the corridor, the other the foreground.

Since I was on holiday I used an app callex Pixlr to doublr expose the image and create the final product.  However if I was using my regular software, Lightroom and Photoshop, I reckon I would have been able to make this image a lot better…. but I’m on holiday so I made do with what I have. ๐Ÿ˜‹

So this is the final image, you can see its actually a bit rough and rugged as I can only do so much on my phone but I think it works given that it has that spooky, creepy feel to it. Anyway guys, hope you enjoyed this lil post. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ceeโ€™s Fun Foto Challenge: Eyes

I’ve put up in the past a post about cats eyes which I think is relevant to this blog (but is a little late๐Ÿ™ˆ) but I like this topic and I have a few more pics on my phone that I’d like to share while on holiday.

Pic of my friend’s dog Red, how cute!

I love this shot, the bird was just starri g right at me like I was some punk and the fact that the wire fence is in the shot too, I think makes it all the more a great shot.

The same with this shot the bird was quite a fair distance away and when I was taking pics he looked right at me head on as if I was invading his personal space! 

One of my fav shots from my cats eyes blog post. 

As well as this one from my Photographers on Safari post.

I’d like to add more pics and new ones but as mentioned in my recent post I am on holiday ๐Ÿ˜‰๐ŸŒˆ

Classic Cars

Here’s a sneak peak of some pics from my time at Coventry Transport Museum this month. More pics coming soon! Deffo a must see ๐Ÿ˜‹


1973 Triumph Dolomite Sprint

1974 Jaguar E Type – only 800 miles on the clock!

1947 Daimler Limousine – first choice to carry King George VI

1972 Hillman Avenger

1938 Alvis Speed 25

Check my insta page for updates @kira.koji

More coming soon!๐Ÿ˜˜ 

Cee’s black and white photo challenge – Trees

I love the forest and somehow tree photography is quite captivating. I took one of these pics with my Leica camera and another with my Huawei P9 phone. I love the way the tree branches are dispersed and there is an “organised mess” lol.

Normally I take tree pictures at a distance but this tree was massive and looking up at it from below gave a very unique perspective and there was so much detail! 

This one is a bit of a regular tree image but I still like the way it looks. The atmosphere is awesome! Where thriller movies are made! 

Thanks Cee!

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

I haven’t participated in a photo challenge for a while and this one caught my eye.

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A walk in Salisbury – if you look close enough can you spot the rabbit?
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Cyprus steps from the beach – I love this shot because the colours were naturally vibrant and made for an incredible shot.

 

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Sunset on the peer in Cyprus
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Old river bed in Greece – I loved the different textures of the foliage and rocks, madr an interesting black and white image.
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I took this shot while my partner was driving in Greece.ย  It’s a grainy shot but I think it creates a nice dynamic.

 

 

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River outside ZSL, London