Discovering that you’ve been featured somewhere #BestFeelingEver!๐Ÿ˜

So I randomly searched my name in google last night and found that a Photographer had used my Salisbury Cathedral image as a Photo of the Day feature on 27 Jan 2017! This is amazing, may not be much to someone else, but a big deal to me.

What is more another photographer commented on the article about the colour tone. It’s not often that I get proper feedback from a Photographer other than, nice pic or great work. So this was really appreciated!

Link to the article is here.

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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. 

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

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!