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.
Having enjoyed my time out in London with Tony Bramley of Light Academy Training I enrolled on another course, this time photographing the delightful model Sarah-Louise at the Harwich Redoubt.
Model photography is definitely out of my comfort zone but with Tony’s excellent advice and the ever patient Sarah-Louise enjoyed a very interesting and rewarding day. Whether my photographs are of any value is another matter but you are welcome to view the fruits of my labour HERE.
Incidentally Sarah-Louise is a popular vocalist from Colchester frequently performing as a Madonna Tribute. You can visit her website HERE
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.
We decided to try our luck again with the Pin Mill Barge Race, shooting this time from Landguard Fort Felixstowe. Not a good idea as it turned out as the outgoing channel was just too far away. A quick trip around to Harwich and a walk along the long stone breakwater proved a much better location except that the wind had dropped and all the barges were becalmed at sea. The above shot taken with a 450mm equivalent lens was the closest they came before we packed up and went for a well deserved meal. You can’t win them all I suppose.
I spent an interesting afternoon with a colleague wandering around the streets of the historic and nearby port of Harwich recently. Here are a few of my more successful shots.
As much as I love the UK there is no doubt that rural France is my favourite photographic stomping ground. There is seemingly an endless supply of ancient villages to explore with photographic opportunities around every corner.
It is not as if one needs to travel far from the channel ports. The above image was taken not 10 km from the coast and I could quite easily have filled a memory card within the hour.
That being said, Burgundy is definitely my favourite destination where every town and village seems to be a winner and with magical names to boot; Semur en Auxois, Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, Couche, Buxy … et all.
So if you need some inspiration bag a day return on Eurotunnel and explore the Pas de Calais. You won’t be disappointed.
.. well it is for me. After many years happily embracing digital photography I have begun to yearn for what in my eyes is the more characterful look of my old film images. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with digital imagery. One can achieve amazing results and its convenience is unquestionable, but on occasions those results can be just too clinical for the subject matter. No amount of digital filtration or chicanery can successfully replicate the look of film.
I have therefore taken the ‘bold’ step of purchasing a Leica M6TTL to supplement my digital cameras. Time will tell if that is a rash move or inspirational.
A completely wet process is not possible for me but I will be processing my own film before scanning and editing and printing with my existing setup.
Interesting times ahead.