Monthly Archives: January 2012
January 28 was the day that we ran the first ever ‘DSLR – Out of the Dark‘ practical workshop for people getting to grips with digital SLR photography.
Based at the British Legion Club in Muswell Hill, London N10 we created a studio environment to allow people to shoot portraits and still life with their own cameras whilst Matt & myself where on hand to guide and support as well as delivering a structured seminar.
This is something that we will be running again in the future so watch the website for announcements.
DSLR - Out of the Dark workshop, January 2012
Details: Nikon D300, 35-70mm , 1/10sec, f8, 400 ISO
So here I go again. Another unusual situation to place the camera in and see what I’m able to get out of it.
I’ve spent this evening driving along the A13 towards Tilbury. I managed to get locked into a car park near on the Rainham Marshes, the local police station was closed so I was getting ready to dial the emergency services when a man from the nearby refuge site turned up with a key & let me out. I didn’t fancy a 20 mile walk or trying to hitch. I was pulling off the main road at different junctions, parking & then walking to see what oddness I could find.
Living in such a large metropolitan area as London has meant that urban landscapes make up a large proportion of my own landscape material as well as offering locations for the teaching of workshops on the Shadows and Light programme.
Details: Phase One c/w IQ160, 35mm, 15 secs, f12, 100 ISO, no filtration
Still getting familiar with this new camera & every time I put it to use I delight in having medium format once again. It did well on this day as at -3C the re-chargeable batteries held up well. Alex & Sav at the Flash Centre were right when they said that the cold didn’t effect the camera adversely. I came across this horse by chance & as I had no treats he wasn’t prepared to spend too long near me. It was a good opportunity to try the camera in shutter priority mode whilst shooting across the light to keep the sky as rich as possible.
Details: Phase One c/w IQ160, 35mm, 1/60 sec, f12, 100 ISO, no filtration
The V&A’s examination of postmodernism in style, design, graphics, photography, etc comes to an end this week.
It’s given me the opportunity to reflect on a shot I did of Neville Brody for Design Magazine at his Tottenham Court Road studio. The art director who commissioned me, Neil Braidwood, has written about it elsewhere… The nice thing with Neil’s blog is that it allows you to see the image in context.
At the time I naturally knew Neville Brody’s work and yet he was rumoured to be a very difficult subject. However he took to the concept that Neil & I had in mind of shooting him from inside a TV set whilst eating popcorn and wielding a remote control. The rest took care of itself.
Details: Hasselblad 500c, 50mm, 1/4 sec, f11, Ilford FP4 @ 125 ISO
Millwall Inner Dock, London
Details: Phase One c/w IQ160, 35mm, 1/4 sec, f22, 100 ISO, 0.3ND Grad filter
My first urban landscape shot with the Phase One system on a late December afternoon in the Isle of Dogs at the heart of London’s Docklands. An area that I’ve visited and shot in since the old docks closed down in the late 1970’s leading to it becoming a land in limbo. I was working for the Daily Telegraph when they moved into 1 Canada Sq and the area was still one huge building site. Some wag on the paper decide to name the everything to west as the Avenue of the Victory of Capitalism whilst all to the east was referred to as the Avenue of the Failure of Capitalism.