I am always on the look out for unique photos that have a narrative so when I stumbled upon these set of photos about the Japanese Yakuza then it immediately opened my eyes.
These images are incredibly powerful when you realize that these people are reputed to be the toughest gangsters in the world. They are legendary and have often been compared with the Italian Mafia gangs.
I’ve just got back from an amazing Christian Conference up in Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel North Wales. I’ve posted a few photos on another website. I hope you like them!
I just received this present through the post from my brother in Hong Kong. It’s the awesome 24-70mm F/2.8 coffee mug.
My postman, who’s also a keen photographer, rang my doorbell because I had to sign for it. Because it was an international package it had to be declared on the label which said “Mug”. I opened it with much excitement and lo and behold it was the Lens mug. I’ve not been this excited about a package since my last lens which was the £1200 14-24mm!! This mug was a fraction of the price but it just looks so damn cool!!
Being a geek and a photographer I had to photograph them side by side. Can you tell by the photo below which one is the real one??
Thanks to my bro Ray!!!
i thought I would share my current desk and all the Apple things I have collected.
- Macbook Pro i5 2.66
- iPad WIFI 3G 16GB
- 30″ Dell Monitor
- 15″ iiyama monitor
- Macbook Pro 15″ Core 2 duo 2.33
- Mac Pro 2007 model, upgraded to 8 cores
- iPhone 3GS 32GB
What you can’t see is my iMac 24″ in my studio.
Call you what you want, but walking around busy urban areas with a SLR camera is dangerous these days. People either think you’re terrorists or think you’re a pedophile on the loose. However this guy Bruce Gilden is legendary for how he shoots Street Photography. Just watch this short documentary about him taking photos in New York.
I admire his ‘no-ethic’ attitude, but it is not a moral that sits comfortably with me. I like to gain people’s trust but the best shots I’ve taken on the streets have been with a long lens and definitely NOT the IN YOUR FACE approach which Bruce Gilden adopts.
What are your thoughts on Urban Photography? What is your style? Perhaps you’re not a photographer but just a normal guy who’s annoyed at big SLRs being shoved in your face?
Please comment and let me know if you’re for or against it.
As much as I love shooting weddings, I like to relax by taking studio shots of beautiful people. This shot is of my friend Charli Keeler. See more of Charli on my portrait photography site. Link here…
The more I use the 5D Mark 2, the more I realise how close it performs to my Nikon D3. I am very close to saying it’s a better camera than the D3.
A good friend recently gave birth to a boy called Noah. So naturally I wanted to take a few photos. Surprisingly I took the Canon 5D Mark 2 with me and not my trusty Nikon D3. The reason? Because I still believe the Canon 5D MK2 is still the best all round camera (if you include the video feature). I believe I can take better images with my Nikon D3, however it doesn’t have the video feature that I so crave. Since having access to the 5D I’ve used every opportunity I can to take photos AND video.
Anyway, enough technical stuff. I hope you like this little video I created using the 5D. I shoot in full HD at 24fps (60fps blows). It was edited on an iMac 24″ using Final Cut Pro 6. Oops, sorry. That was a bit more techno-babble!
All the videos I take is just for fun. I enjoy it, but I obviously don’t do it professionally…yet. I’m still learning.
Please FACEBOOK LIKE at the bottom. Only if you like it of course
Because I intend to record alot of audio with the HD video from the Canon 5D Mk 2, the built in microphone within the camera is insufficient for my needs. Fortunately Canon have the foresight to include an external microphone jack which means any 3.5mm jack mic can be plugged into to improve the audio.
I’ve gone for the Rode Videomic. I’ve only just purchased it today from Amazon so i wont’ be able to do tests just yet but keep your “ears” open for an upcoming post with video/audio examples.
Update, I’ve just posted a very short video showing some of the subtle differences of the VideoMic.
However, futher exploration of YouTube has revealed slightly longer audio tests using various settings on the Rode VideoMic. See what you think from this chap. Personally, I think the LOW PASS filter setting is more pleasant. I’m not entirely sure what it does though. If you do, then please leave a comment.