Some more black and whites – Spaces and Geometry.

Some of my more recent black and white architectural works exploring space and geometry indoors and outdoors.I prefer to keep the words to a minimum and hopefully let the photos speak for themselves.

“Fisheye Fun”, “Prepare to enter the Bubble Zone!”, “Walkways”, “Curves”, “Up, Down, Round and Around”, “Around, Round, Up and Down” and “Spaces in Between”.

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Ham House

Earlier this year I visited Ham House http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ham-house/ here are a few of my photographs and works of the house, it’s a great location.

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“Sphere of Opulence – Abstract”

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“The Tea Set”

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“Vases”

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“Still Life”

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“Table and Two chairs”

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“Below Stairs”

I’ve been Scanned!

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Hi,

A warm welcome to my blog and to my Flickr friends who scanned me :). I love Flickr, it is a great site to post my work and admire the work of many very talented, creative and imaginative photographers and artists but I also wanted somewhere where I could talk about photography and occasionally express a few of the thoughts and feelings behind my work. Nothing too heavy, nothing deeply philosophical, just somewhere where I could collect my eclectic thoughts and ramblings :), oh, and here’s a new abstract work titled “Through The Keyhole and Beyond” taken with my Samyang fisheye lens. I thought this might make an interesting subject the way that the pond and surrounding hedges remained round whilst the foreground pathway splayed out to form a sort of flattened keyhole shape.

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Best wishes…Leigh

Me Scan-Scan-Page-Color

PS. How do I get out of this maze? πŸ™‚

A few new photos

A few of my latest abstract works, a view from the bridge at Teddington Lock and a twisted metal “thing” on a gatepost along with two staircase black and white abstract works. As always I have linked them into larger lightbox images on my Flickr page as you cannot really see the detail in the river shot in the small image.

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“View From The Bridge – Canvas Abstract”

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“Twisted”

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“Feedback”

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“A Well Trodden Path”

I just love this building

Ever since I became aware of the existence of the De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill on Sea I couldn’t wait to photograph it. With this in mind I arranged a day trip to the seaside in the company of our 3 year old granddaughter. I anticipated using my M.Zuiko 12mm wide angle lens but ended up taking this shot with my M.Zuiko 25mm lens. If I’d have owned my Samyang 7.5mm lens at the time I’d almost certainly have found a creative use for it at this location.

According to Flickr’s “black magic” formula for determining these things this photo has been my most “interesting” photo for some weeks now. I think it makes an interesting subject for an HDR shot and processing.

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More shots of this amazing building…..

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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and something blue again.

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“Hong Kong Street Scene 2004”

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“Horses for Courses” wall mosaic and statue montage.

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Β “Debbie Harry, Blondie, Epsom 2011” (No, not the delightful Ms. Harry, I wish, sigh!, this shot was taken with a borrowed camera) πŸ™‚

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“Feelin’ Kinda Blue – Smurf, Southbank, London”

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“Misty Mourning”

The older I get the more “retro” I look :)

This year I’ve been giving some thought to my camera bag and clothing and purchased three relatively inexpensive items. The first of these is a cheap “Courser f1002” canvas messenger-style camera bag and insert. This bag is excellent, well made and great value for money at Β£35.95 from eBay.

The bag comes with a large zip-up front pocket ideal for filters, spare batteries, memory cards and other accessories including my Gorillapod “Hybrid”. Two external pockets, one at each end, and a padded camera insert that can accommodate my OM-D E-M5 + both parts of the HLD-6 grip and any of my usual five prime lenses (M.Zuiko 12mm, 25mm, 45mm, Samyang 7.5mm and Sigma 60mm) attached plus the remainingΒ  four prime lenses. There’s also an internal zip-up pocket for other accessories and/or valuables. I love this bag as it is sturdy, practical and most of all it doesn’t scream “camera gear inside” and looks suitably fashionable.

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Although the supplied camera insert is perfectly adequate for the task I decided to change it over for the one below which fits perfectly and has the addition of a top flap to provide an additional degree of protection and weather-proofing and cost Β£9.99 again from eBay.

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Lastly, I’ve been hankering for an M-65 type jacket for some while and decided to purchase the one shown below. It’s an ex-Austrian Army surplus field jacket with four deep and large external pockets, great for holding gear including 7 inch tablet, lens caps, sandwiches etc., an internal button up breast pocket and built in hood. Β£19.99 plus postage from a UK army surplus supplier. I also like the hidden front zip and buttons as there’s nothing to snag on my camera strap or scratch my camera’s screen when the camera is worn around the neck.

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I love both the “Retro” look and the functionality of this gear at a net cost of about Β£70.00, (Β£60 if you don’t change the insert) considerably less that the cost of some camera bags or jackets on their own. Next step is to treat the bag and jacket with some Nikwax or similar waterproofing agent to provide a degree of inclement weather protection and that’s it. I guess I probably look like a throw-back from the 70’s especially with my OM-D gear but do I care?, not one jot, “Viva Retro!”. πŸ™‚

Just to add that I have absolutely no association with any of the manufacturers or retailers of the above items.

To HDR or not to HDR

I’m a big enthusiast of HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography. Most of the shots that I take are taken and processed as five-frame bracketed HDR shots. I thought it would be an interesting exercise to do a comparison between aΒ  non-HDR shot and the same scene shot and processed as HDR from a 5 frame bracketed set. I have deliberately kept the post-processing to an absolute minimum and only adjusted the brightness and contrast in both shots to the same degree.

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The colour saturation in the second shot is a bit too high my personal tastes but I think that they make an interesting comparison. I would have also most likely have processed this shot as a black and white HDR something like this.

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If you are interested in HDR photography there is plenty of information if you Google HDR. I prefer to hand-hold my camera in Aperture Priority mode and try and ensure that the slowest shutter speed is high enough to avoid camera shake which is greatly aided by the OM-D E-M5’s amazing five-axis image stabilisation. Remember that the slowest shutter speed in a five-frame +/-2 EV bracketed set will be 2 stops slower that the shutter speed indicated when you compose the slot.

I don’t do “people” shots

I know I said in a previous blog post that I don’t do “people” shots. Well I have taken a few shots this year where my fellow human beings are deliberately the main subject of the shot :).

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“I’m a Soul Man”

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“Day Trippers/People Watching”

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“Time Stands Still (Redux)”

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“Makin’ Music”

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“Dinning Out”

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“Poet For Hire”

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“Tihuana Toe Tapping at the Tate”

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“Street Performer – South Bank”

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“CafΓ© Society”

That’s all folks πŸ™‚

One camera, six lenses, six photographs.

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Earlier this year I bought my current camera an Olympus OM-D E-M5 and have since steadily accumulated a selection of prime lenses andΒ  I am absolutely delighted with the results. Years ago I started out in photography with an Olympus OM-1 35mm film camera and then OM-2 and OM-4Ti cameras and a range of Zuiko prime lenses and the OM-D has proven to be a fantastic and very versatile camera.

There’s always been something about the Olympus OM system that I’ve loved, low weight, small size, great build quality etc. so when I could afford one the OM-D E-M5 was simply irresistible, I knew that I’d love it before I even got to hold it in my hands. I decided to post six photos, all of which were shot and processed as HDR and taken with this camera and my range of lenses.

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“York House Gardens Statues Autumnal Abstract”, OM-D E-M5 and Samyang 7.5mm 1:3.5 fisheye lens.

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“Passer By”, OM-D E-M5 and M.Zuiko 12mm 1:2.0 lens.

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“Colourful Shopfront”, OM-D E-M5 and Panasonic Lumix G. 14mm 1:2.5 lens.

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“Muted Guitars”, OM-D E-M5 and M.Zuiko 25mm 1:1.8 lens.

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“For The Love Of Boats”, OM-D E-M5 and M.Zuiko 45mm 1:1.8 lens.

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“Support”, OM-D E-M5 and Sigma 60mm 1:2.8 lens.

The Micro Four Thirds system really suits my style of photography I can carry the camera and HLD-6 grip and these lenses plus accessories at a fraction of the weight of a full-frame DSLR and equivalent lenses, put simply,Β  I’m lovin’ it! πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading.

PS. The “Passer By” shot is a bit of a rarity for me in that it has a person in the shot. Not deliberate but a happy accident and I decided that the man walking in to the composition should become the title of the shot almost like he was walking through my photograph.