I visited a local church to take some shots on a drizzly rainy morning and found this gentleman asleep in a chair. I don’t much like taking candid shots and I felt very uncomfortable taking the shot but I think that it is a very powerful image and hope that it will help to highlight the plight of the homeless. Those that fall through the net, those who don’t have a voice of their own. I urge you to think on this as you sip your coffee in the warmth and comfort of your home.
I was in two minds about my recent purchase of a 17mm f1.8 M.Zuiko lens. I didn’t have any reservations about it not being a great lens in terms of optical and build quality but my doubt was would I use it enough?. I know that the 35mm focal length has for many years been a firm favourite of street photographers but I’ve never owned one. Years ago when I owned my OM film cameras and a range of lenses, including the almost obligatory 50mm “standard” lens, I missed out 35mm and for that matter 28mm and went for a 24mm wide-angle and various telephoto focal lengths because I couldn’t afford to buy additional wide-angle focal lengths. I then moved over to a series of DSLRs with zoom lenses and thus I have never actually up until now used the classic 35mm prime focal length.
Well I was very wrong and I guess that I’ve finally seen the light! (pun intended) :), after history nearly repeating itself and almost missing out this focal length yet again. I am so pleased that I decided to buy this lens as I’m finding it so useful and with one exception when I fitted my M.Zuiko 12mm lens, I used it for all of the shots taken last weekend on my visit to Putney and most of my shots taken earlier in the year when I re-visited Twickenham and it perfectly suits my needs and my style of photography, it is beautifully made, very light and pin sharp but above all the field of view is so useful. If I had to only take one of my lenses out with me then I think that this is the one I’d take.
I took two of my older HDR works and re-mastered them, I was trying to get a more fluid look and also perhaps a sense of depth, a kind of pseudo-3D look to them. I’m always in two minds about producing newer versions of older work, part of me says “what’s done is done” whilst another part of me says “you live as you learn”, or maybe “learn as you live” 🙂 and I’m always experimenting with new techniques so I’m always learning, I think that’s how one evolves.
Colossus – digital remaster
Jumping Jack Flash!, I just noticed that my last posting was my 100th blog posting. I never thought when I started this blog last year that I’d enjoy it so much, it has become part of my daily life . I know that, relatively speaking, I am a man of few words 🙂 and mostly post my artwork and I’m pretty prolific in producing new works but it surprised me that I’ve posted that many blog posts so quickly. I’d like to take this opportunity of thanking my fellow bloggers for so readily and warmly welcoming me into the blogging community and for supporting me and encouraging me in my work.