Sad to see the online gallery Leica Fotopark closing as it reinvents itself into we not what as yet. Former users have been recommended to use the curated galleries of Leica Fotografie International (LFI) and I’m delighted that having made the transition the image below has been chosen by the site editors to appear in the ‘Leica Master Shots’ gallery.
It has been a good start to the year as another of my images was published in the Leica Society Magazine this quarter.
Under pressure from colleagues to join them on wildlife shoots I have now invested in a Sigma 150-600 Sport lens for my Nikons. It’s a heavy beast but very well built, so should hopefully take a few knocks out there in the wild.
I was quite impressed with the results from my first outing, but not with the lack of wildlife. This was my best, and only shot.
The original plan was to confine the imagery on this site to monochrome and to post colour images to an alternative site, but this has proved too unwieldy and so today I have relaunched the site with an all new colour section, which I hope you will enjoy.
As with the original site, it will be updated periodically with new images, so please call in again to browse the galleries.
In early November I was fortunate to spend a few days in the beautiful city of Lyon in France, travelling from the UK by rail.
It was a great experience despite some indifferent weather that limited my photography.
It is certainly on my list to pay a return visit and to extensively photograph the amazing architecture which ranged from the ancient Old Town, now a World Heritage Site to the ultra modern as typified by the Musee du Confluences pictured below.
I can thoroughly recommend it as a destination.
I enjoyed a brilliant day out in London exploring Brutalist Architecture with professional photographer and guide Tony Bramley of Light Academy Training ( lightacademy.co.uk ). We visited some great locations including Barbican Centre, Western Rise Development, The Brunswick Centre and SOAS Building London University. The harsh bright sunlight proved ideal for architectural photography providing us with plenty of deep shadows and bright highlights.
I’m looking forward to another outing with colleagues to further explore the genre.
You can see more of my shots HERE.
After the hustle and bustle of Canary Wharf it’s hard to find a greater contrast than a sunny day on the banks of the Orwell watching and photographing the Pin Mill Barge Race.
If you like ‘street photography’ or ‘architecture’ then Canary Wharf has to be a great location for a shoot, but best contact the information centre and get a free permit just to cover yourself, then stick to the rules.
Spent a great day out on Saturday 8th August with a colleague at the Knights Tournament held in Framingham Castle. An early start saw us gain entry before the crowds and gave ample opportunity to chat to and photograph the various participants, all in their authentic costume.
The blazing hot sunshine soon brought out the crowds which helped to boost the atmosphere as the tournament proper began.
Who’d be a knight with over 5 stones of chain mail and armour to cope with in that heat!
A repeat of this event is definitely one for the diary.
Another well supported Clacton Camera Club outing, this time to Danbury Country Park and then on to Paper Mill Lock. There were plenty of opportunities for interesting shots at both locations but with more chances for ‘people shots’ at the lock.
I think I have a few ‘keepers’ from the day with one or two that may end up in a competition.
What promised to be a really good photographic opportunity at Great Holland Pits Nature Reserve the other evening proved a washout with heavy rain bringing an end to proceedings after half an hour or so.
The Reserve, which is run by the Essex Wildlife Trust, looks very promising and we were able to scout several interesting locations before running for cover.
I guess we’ll need to pay closer heed to the weather forecast in the future.