Sunday, July 31, 2016

Two pair

Another possible for the "Pairs" theme. Fuji X100S. I like the relaxed posture of the two women on the left and the more rigid (for lack of a better term) of the couple on the right.


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Friday, July 29, 2016

Number 13

Another possible for the "Pairs" theme but definitely near the bottom of the edit list.


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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Just looking....

Still getting material for the "Pairs on the Square" project. Spotted this young lad rummaging through his mom's purse. Not sure what he was looking for but it does make for a different image for the series.


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Friday, July 22, 2016

Legs!

Another possible for the "Pairs" project that I picked up this week. This one is different from most as I did a fairly severe crop to get this image. That is one of the advantages of the higher megapixels on the Fuji cameras I am now using. I no longer have any real long lenses like a 300mm or 80-200mm zoom to reach out and get the crop I want when an image catches my eye. The full image that this comes from actually has four people in the crosswalk but it was the similarity in dress between these two women that caught my eye. This photo was captured with a Fuji X-E1 and Nikkor 1,8/85mm AFD lens. I then cropped in Adobe CS6 and converted using Silver Efex Pro.


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Just looking

Was at Adamson Square yesterday while my wife was at a writers' club meeting. Productive day overall I think as I came away with three possible images for my "Pairs on the Square" project. This particular image struck my fancy as it seems to be a frame within a frame type of image. I spotted this couple as I arrived in the square and they happen to stop at a free book exchange kiosk. After grabbing an initial shot, the young man leaned down and, as you see, his face could be seen through the glass door. It seem to kinda create a second image within the initial framing. I did a slight crop and conversion (Silver Efex Pro). The image was shot with a Fuji X-E1 and Nikkor 1,8/85mm AFD lens.


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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New website

After toying around redesigning my old website, I did finally decide to get a new web host. Got a great deal with GoDaddy for $60/year for 3 years. I was just going to do a year but when they offered the sale price for 3 years I took it. If anyone gets a chance to take a look, please let me know what you think. I tried to keep the site very simple. It was a toss-up between doing nothing but slideshows or having the viewer scroll down a page. In the end, I thought being able to scroll down and stop at an image that caught one's eye would be the better option. It also makes the site easy to update for projects that are ongoing. I just add an image in at the top of the page, add the new html page and jpeg image and I am done.


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Thursday, July 14, 2016

THE SHOOTER

While out on the Square on Tuesday, I saw some young girls in the studio of a local portrait/wedding photographer, Aislinn Rain. I raised my camera (an X-E1 w/Nikkor 1,8/85mm) and fired off a shot. One of the girls saw me and they all looked out the window (when they were supposed to be listening to the photographer who was conducting a workshop). I raised my camera again and fired off a second shot. That is the image you see here. It was readily apparent to me that there was a least one SHOOTER in the group. Several of the girls at looking at each other. A couple are waving (obviously very outgoing personalities). But one brought her camera to her eye in response. I think this is something that was instinctive for this young lady. Who knows but maybe we are seeing the next star photojournalist in the making!


I did email this image to Aislinn as way of apologizing for interrupting her workshop. She liked the image and said she would be showing it to the kids the next day. I hope they enjoyed seeing themselves!
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

UNDERGROUND

From my continuing effort to capture PAIRS on our local square for a possible exhibition or book project. Met this young lady and her friend down on the square and gave them my card so I could send them a digital copy of the shots I captured.


A couple of pleasant young folks to talk with during my stroll through the Square.
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Saturday, July 9, 2016

BENT

I often wonder why I will keep one image over another. This is just such an image. Really not a lot to it other than the power pole is curved.
But today is its day in the sun. It is just something that peaked my fancy on this particular day.


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Just the beginning?

I don't usually get involved in other countries' politics or religious practices on this blog but the happenings in the rest of the world give me cause for concern.
With London residents having recently elected its first practicing Muslim mayor, changes are already being implemented that suggest  sharia law is not far behind. Starting next month, Transport for London will not allow ads that cause pressure to conform to "unrealistic or unhealthy body shape," said London Mayor Sadiq Khan referring to the lingerie ads that are on London transports throughout London.
Ads such as the ones below on buses will disappear.
 








"As the father of two teenage girls, I am extremely concerned about this kind of advertising which can demean people, particularly women, and make them ashamed of their bodies," Khan said. "It is high time it came to an end."
How long before ads for the theater district that show bare legs, midriffs, uncovered heads and faces are outlawed?


Will advertisements such as this one from Coca-Cola on the Piccadilly Square marquee be deemed the "kind of advertising which can demean people, particularly women, and make them ashamed of their bodies" according to Khan.

 
Now, Mayor Khan, like most politicians, uses his family and the "child" ploy to try and shame people into going along with his desires. (Happens in the USA all the time from the dog catcher to the President) With all the protests by young people in England, mainly in urban areas, about the BREXIT vote, Londoners could very well be seeing the downfall of their freedoms with their new mayor. Maybe the same young Londoners that are complaining about the BREXIT referendum outcome are the same Londoners that voted this mayor into office probably thinking "look how progressive, or European, this makes us look." Now it could come back to bite them in the a$$.
With advertisements being banned, can the requirement for wearing a burqa be far behind?
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Saturday, July 2, 2016

"We want Parky!"

With the latest doom and gloom for the modern world having taken effect as a result of a referendum in the UK, I thought this shot from May of 2006 was appropriate. The headline on the back page reads "We want Parky", referring to [I believe] Michael Parkinson. Seems the broadcaster/journalist was in line to take over some position with the Charlton FC.

Just thought this headline might ease some tension......the doom and gloom being projected hopefully will not be as bad as some "experts" say. 'Course everyone knows what an expert is - a former drip under pressure.
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