Posts tagged Photography
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!!!
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.
In one of my recent weddings I photographed, I managed to squeeze in a few moments to capture some video footage, stuck it together using Final Cut Pro in under 30 minutes and added a soundtrack by my very good friend Gary Mullins who happens to be an amazing guitarist.
The NIkon D90 isn’t the best video SLR in the market, but because you can use some impressive glass with it (in this case a Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8) then it beats any compact HD camcorder in my opinion. I’m hoping to get my hands on a Canon 5D mk2 soon so I can continue with my experiments.
Have a look, let me know what you think.
I was speaking to another Tech Gear Head this evening about the iPad and what it meant. He suggested that it right now it doesn’t fit anywhere and is creating a market all of its own.
But what does this mean for Photographers? For amateurs I can’t say; it is an investment regardless if Steve Jobs says it’s only $499! But for a Professional Photographer I can see great benefits.
Imagine preparing to see a potential customer who want to see your work. They have already seen your portfolio on your website, they have chatted to you over email and phone so now they want to visit you. Armed with an iPhone, a Macbook and a iPad they would be impressed with your tech (well, perhaps the groom might be). The couple want to see your work in more detail so you hand over your latest gallery on an iPad! The interaction with the photos (slide, spin, flick) would give that “WOW” factor and perhaps the edge you need to close the deal.
On Location during a Shoot:
100% of my photoshoot happen away from home, that means my gear has to be portable and powerful. The iPad is portable but I doubt it could beat a Macbook. However there is a place for the iPad on location; checking emails, note recording, review photos (assuming that it is possible to connect a card reader).
My good friend Dwiko has just posted some of his best work so far. I have always been a fan of people and the stories their faces tell but lately it is our surroundings that has taken my eye. In the quest of originality it can be difficult to find something that is personal, individual and unique. I truly believe Dwiko has found it with his amazing pictures of Highgate Cemetery. Check out more of his work by clicking http://dwikoarie.blogspot.com/2009/05/gone-but-not-forgotten.html
I was up late last night working on various projects so I decided to treat myself but doing something. I hadn’t decided yet so I was just checking my website’s statistics (435 visitors this week). I also had Facebook open and saw my mate Kelly was online. After a very quick and spontaneous decision we decided to have a picnic at Combe Hill. We had a very chilled out time even though she was a bit chilly. I loved the randomness and spontaneity of the afternoon! Brilliant!!
2007 was an awesome year for me, probably the best year in my life. So much happened that I don’t even know where to start… so I won’t. But I did want to share my favourite sunset in Hoi An in Vietnam. I dedicate this post to my travel buddy in Vietnam Alex Berman. It was, as he colourfully puts it, “Hot as Baaalllls” which turned into a catchphrase over there; it was an amazing little excursion for the two of us. We didn’t go far as it was getting dark (hence the sunset), but it wasn’t the distance travelled, it was jsut two guys walking the streets of Hoi An and stumbling upon the most wonderful painting in the sky. It is something that will be with me forever.