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. πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ŒπŸš’


Photographing Kids

This has been one of my weaknesses simply because I get caught up in how cute kids can be and how funny they are too!

Within the last 6 months I’ve be privileged enough to photograph a few kids and will share my experiences πŸ™‚

Firstly, they do not keep still and run around…ALOT so you have to travel light and have comfortable footwear on!

Make sure your shutter speed is at a decently high rate because they move around you have to move fast and think quickly.

mid-fall on the bouncy castle
a moment of tickles

Other times they occupy themselves with things totally irrelevant to the moment but it still makes for a great photo.

I would have preferred for this lil guy not to have his bottle in the pic but it actually makes his eyes stand out more! #CutenessCentral


The shots I love taking are the natural, not knowing I was filming you, shots.  I believe they really capture the childlike qualities and pure innocence.




There are however kids who are proper posers! And they make for really remarkable shots, the two below are my godsons! πŸ™‚



Above all make sure they are having fun, make it an enjoyable experience as no one to sit or stand somewhere for too long! I would recommend having toys present or an activity they can do so that they forget you’re around taking pictures.  Totally depends on the child and the type of shot tho! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™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. πŸ˜‹

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. πŸ˜‰

Cee’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 lateπŸ™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 πŸ˜‰πŸŒˆ

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 πŸ˜‹

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!😘 

Photography Lessons So Far

So it’s been just over a year since ive started taking photography seriously (in my spare time that is). So far ive managed to get a fairly decent website up and running, got an active instagram and facebook page and have loads of accounts on photography sites that promote selling your images and competitions. In social media I’ve learnt that you be consistent and active, which can be very time consuming. I’ve not even begun to use my blog as much as I should and could yet! 
It’s been a good year so far, ive photographed a few weddings and ive got my first proper official one this October!! I’m really nervous! But im so very ready for the challenge.  
The biggest lessons I’ve learnt so far are looking at the entire image and not just the subject at the time of the shoot. e.g., 

With this image, its a lovely shot of the couple but would have been better without the fence thingy at the shoulder of the guy.  Looking at the image in post its quite distracting.
Another example of this was when I attended a photographers on safari shoot where they drilled into us when taking pictures of animals not actually on safari but in enclosures to take pictures without manmade items so that it looks like they are in the wild. The inage below is of a monkey at London Zoo, before I went on the course. It’s a fairly decent image but you can tell this monkey is in a zoo.

This image below of a black jaguar was taken during the course.  She looks like shes in the wild stalking me as I took the pic!! It did help that I was very close to her (see previous blog about my time at Ashfords WHF for more details).

Ive also learnt that it is always important to have crisp eyes for a portrait as they are the focal point in that type of shot. 
Invest in a second battery as soon as you can! I attended an Asian Bride Expo in the morning and only had 1 battery, which I thought I fully charged. I managed to take a lot of good images but at the end of the fashion show I had to sit down at a coffee stall to recharge the battery before going to a music video shoot in the afternoon. Somehow the battery was charged enough and lasted just before everything finished. But it was a nightmare!
I’m currently learning about how to go beyond taking a good picture and trying to make the viewer feel something from the image, which is something im finding very difficult.  Anyone can take a good picture but other than that what makes you stand out from the crowd? This is my current challenge and I will let you know how I get on. For now everyone keep taking great pics and keep moving forward!

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!